Featured Writers

Short stories, features and poems from our writing community.

Amal Award

Amal Awad is a journalist, screenwriter, author and performer. She is the author of 'Courting Samira', 'This Is How You Get Better' and 'The Things We See in the Light' as well as the non-fiction books 'The Incidental Muslim', 'Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women', 'Fridays with My Folks: Stories on Ageing', 'Illness and Life', and 'In My Past Life I Was Cleopatra'. She has also contributed to the anthologies 'Growing Up Muslim in Australia: Coming of Age' and 'Some Girls Do… (My Life as a Teenager)'.

Maribel Steel

They say, when one door closes, another one opens. It’s true! My application to be selected as a mentor for a regional writing group with Writeability earlier this year was not successful but instead, I was invited to apply to the Storming the City program.

To say I was excited to read the words ‘successful application’ in the email sent by Lyndel Caffrey, Writeability Program Manager, is an understatement. After doing a merry jig around our lounge room with my guide dog, I swung into action – and did a reconnoitre on the internet to check out the cohort list in the email.

Lisette Drew

While my theatre career hangs out to dry like washing on a line in a gusty Melbourne wind, I look to my lockdown to-do list.

First: get the jab. Mass vaccination hubs are opening up for my age group, so I book in for Friday. A week away. What to do until then?

Luckily, the Melbourne City of Literature office in collaboration with Writers Victoria announce their Experts in Residence series; industry expert talks every day for five days. I zoom onto Zoom. Knowledge is power after all, and feeding my brain is essential work in lockdown.

Simon Rowell

I’ll start at the beginning, but will not linger there long. When I was around fourteen, buoyed by a sense of grandiosity fed by a healthy dose of hormones, I decided I wanted to be a writer. A beret-wearing, hipster-before-there-were-hipsters type of writer. What genre or style I couldn’t say, which should tell you that my ambition was more about image than substance. I was a reader, which was a start, with a bookshelf filled with Hemingway and Brontë.

Ingrid Laguna

Ingrid Laguna is the Education Advisor for the Melbourne Writers Festival and the author of four books – a memoir and three novels for young readers. ‘Songbird’ was given Notable recognition by the CBCA and shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year Award. ‘Bailey Finch Takes a Stand’ is her latest release.

Lyn Yeowart's first novel, ‘The Silent Listener’, a literary suspense thriller set in the heart of gothic Australia, was published by Penguin Random House in February 2021. Lyn is running a course in our 2021 Writers Victoria program where she’ll be sharing her knowledge about how writers can get the most out of MS Word.

Marisa Wikramanayake is a freelance journalist, editor and writer currently based on Kulin land in Victoria. You can read her crime fiction at patreon.com/marisa

Dr Kate Forsyth is an award-winning author for both adults and children. Her work has been translated into twenty languages.

Steve Evans writes and teaches fiction, poetry and nonfiction. He has published 13 books (seven of poetry), most recently 'Easy Money' in 2019. 'Animal Instincts' is set for 2021 release.