On Writing

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

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.

Portrait of A.S. Patric

There are many considerations to make when you are writing a story, one of them being what literary form to engage. Is your story feeling the confines of the short story genre or becoming too diluted while reaching for a novel? We interviewed A.S. Patric in the lead up to his workshop, The Perfect Form of Prose Fiction: Novella Intensive, to find out more about the often difficult to define and ever-evolving genre of novellas.

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There's no time for small talk in short story writing, says Laura Jean McKay. Ahead of her upcoming online Beginner Short Story Clinic, we talk to Laura about what draws her to the short story form.

PHoto of Laurie Steed

Just because they’re short, doesn’t mean short stories are easy to write. Award-winning short story author Laurie Steed is runs short story courses for those seeking to improve their mastery of the form.

Ahead of his upcoming online Intermediate Short Story clinic, Laurie shared some of the short story knowledge he has developed over the years with Sharona Lin.

A portrait of Jackey Coyle

So, you want to start your freelance practice? When Jackey Coyle was starting out as a freelancer, she didn’t have information or resources available to her; she has essentially written her own freelancer handbook. You, on the other hand, can turn to established freelancers, like Jackey, and draw on their years of fine-tuning, growth, mistakes, systems and innovations. We chatted to Jackey ahead of her upcoming Writers on Wednesdays workshop, The Freelance Marketplace, where she will be...

Paul McVeigh headshot

You only have one debut novel, says tutor Paul McVeigh. Ahead of his upcoming clinic, we talked to Paul about how to take the pressure off and be prepared for its release.

A portarit of Jo Case

So, you want to write a memoir. Why? Jo Case lets us in on five things she's learned from writing memoir ahead of her Digital Memoir Intensive, a five month intensive online course for memoir and life writers.

Writers Victoria talks with Heidi Everett, a member of Schizy Week Incorporated about their upcoming Mojo Film Festival, part of Schizophrenia Week, May 2018.

a portrait of vikki petraitis

How do you make your story stand out from the crowd in a writing competition? Ahead of her Writers on Wednesday workshop on Entering Writing Competitions, we spoke to Vikki Petraitis about what judges are looking for in a winning competition entry.

Winter School season is almost here!

To celebrate, we’re giving away a ticket to a writing workshop of your choice! Want to go in the draw to win? All you have to do is post a picture of your favourite “winter read” on Instagram with the hashtag #WVwinter.