On Writing

Writers, editors, agents, publishers and more share their thoughts, experiences and stories.

Portrait of Lyndel Caffrey

It can be tricky navigating roadblocks in our writing, perhaps even more so with literary fiction. Often, as literary fiction writers, we head completely off the map, or we experiment with turning traditional story frameworks and structures on their heads. We chatted to Lyndel Caffrey ahead of her Winter School workshop, Problem-Solving in Literary Fiction, about problem solving specific to literary fiction.

Portrait of Kate Cuthbert

Great writing touches us, stirs something deep within and lingers. For this connection to take place, there needs to be a strong sense of emotional resonance for your reader. We chatted with Kate Cuthbert ahead of her Winter School workshop next week, Building Emotional Resonance. There are still some places available so book in and learn how to give your writing an injection of emotional spark that will reach right out of your pages and grab your reader by their hearts.

The body is the vessel through which we experience life. Through the body, we experience ourselves, our environment and other human beings. Our perception can be skewed by reflections, messages and stories in literature, the media and culture about what a ‘normal’ body is - stories that are often censored, biased and exclusive. We chatted to Quinn Eades ahead of his Winter School workshop, The Body, Writing, about his inspiration and passion for telling and portraying honest, authentic, raw and diverse...

I’ll begin with a disclaimer. I’ve always experienced considerable tension between my writer-self and my book-promoting self. However you approach the task, when you promote your books you inevitably take residence in the kingdom of niceness, where the drive to please prevails. I smile more when I promote my books. I seek agreement more. I often try to present as the kind of person whose company, and by inference whose book, will please you. Sometimes, if say I suggest myself for a public event, I even talk myself up a little.

Sally Rippin headshot

Sally Rippin is a prolific author, with the highly popular Billie B Brown series and several novels to her name. In celebration of her upcoming workshop, we're re-publishing some of the insights she shared with Sharona Lin about children’s writing.

Eliza Henry Jones sitting in front of a window, smiling

Author and tutor Eliza Henry-Jones believes that writing about loss and grief can help us find meaning in overwhelming circumstances. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we caught up with Eliza to find out what motivates writers to explore this difficult, yet necessary, terrain.

A portrait of Anna Krien

Literary journalism is fast finding its feet in the online era, with audiences hungry for nuanced, beautifully crafted non-fiction. Ahead of her workshop, Writing Long-Form Journalism, we talked to Anna Krien about her creative process, the importance of deep research and how to give new life to over-exposed subjects.

Photo of Jo Case

Editor and ‘Boomer and Me’ author Jo Case shared her thoughts on the memoir genre with Writers Victoria.

Have you ever felt like there was a deeper dimension to your writing but you are not sure how to access it? Writing can serve many functions, one of which is the sharing of philosophical, ethical or political messages, either overtly or subtly. We chatted to Lia Hills ahead of her Winter School workshop, The Novel of Ideas, about how she approaches her writing processes and some ways she effectively brings depth to her writing.

It can be a challenge to develop your own voice and balance the different voices of characters in your story. But it is crucial to push through and achieve clarity so that your reader can easily distinguish between the voices of your narrator and various characters, and connect with your story. Robert Gott’s Winter School workshop, Voice and Point of View, is approaching and in the lead up we chatted to him about all things voice.