The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

A portrait of David Maney. An image of a man with dark curly hair with the sun on his face laughing.

2020 Write-ability Fellow David Maney is a performer and arts facilitator, with a focus on inclusive practice. He's currently writing '​Into the Fog', a mystery novella/podcast set in rural Australia. He lives in West Brunswick, land of the Woi wurrung people, with three housemates, two dogs and a socially distant cat.

With stage four restrictions underway, and so many of us isolated at home for the second time, this is another chance to reflect on our experiences and share our stories. Let’s get creative again with our August Stories from Home writing challenge.

Following the success of Stories from Home in May and June, Writers Victoria in partnership with VALID, is asking writers with disability to respond to the prompt 'I look out my window'.

With the recent news that current director of Writers Victoria Angela Savage will be taking up the position of CEO at Public Libraries Victoria (read more here), we are excited to open applications for the role of CEO of Writers Victoria.

Dr. Angela Savage

Writers Victoria would like to express our heartfelt congratulations and support to our CEO Dr Angela Savage, who has today been announced as the inaugural CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.

Angela has been a strong and steadfast advocate for writers in Victoria, demonstrating commitment to the craft of writing, and supporting writers at all stages of their writing careers and journeys. Her clear vision, development, and delivery of Writers Victoria’s varied offerings over the past three years have created a thriving community.

Writers Victoria is excited to announce our 2020 Write-ability Fellows. Since 2013, thanks to the support of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust, we have recognised five outstanding writers with disability annually as part of the Write-ability Fellowship Program

This year, for the first time, we are awarding seven Write-ability Fellowships.

Black-and-white photo of Grace Marion Wilson

Writers Victoria is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Now in its twelfth year, the prize supports emerging Victorian writers.

The cover of Shane Tindal's book, 'Just Like a Son'

I commenced writing 'Just Like A Son', a military romance adventure in 1996, after I finished my first novel 'Fur On The Inside'. I wrote 'Fur On The Inside', a legal romantic thriller, while I was living in Sale VIC, on leave without pay from my position as a civilian lawyer in the Department of Defence, Canberra. Prior to that I had been a military lawyer in the RAAF from 1980 to 1989. As a lawyer I preferred writing legal briefs and affidavits to court work.

 

Stories from Home: Weekly writing in May and June

During May and June 2020, Writers Victoria in partnership with VALID, posted a weekly writing prompt for writers with disability. With so many of us isolated at home, this was a chance for us to reflect on our experiences and share them with others through our writing.

Writers Victoria hopes that the following resources help our community navigate the difficult and urgent situation unfolding in the USA, as well as aid in educating and informing ourselves of the persistent racial discrimination occuring in Australia.

 

In my upcoming workshop, Surrealism, Magic Realism, and Fabulism, we’ll be discussing a bunch of wonderful non-realist texts. There are so many we could talk about, but I’ve included some of my favourites – and ones we’ll look at in the workshop to break down how they work, why they work, and how you can make your own non-realist, symbolic, stories work.