On Writing

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

Justin Heazlewood standing with the sky at sunset

If your biggest critic is yourself, chances are you are not alone. Ahead of his workshop on self-care for writers, author and performer Justin Heazlewood (also known as the Bedroom Philosopher) gave us his insights into surviving the creative life.

Michael Green standing outside

With the pace of journalism increasing, it can be tempting to rush the writing process. But for tutor Michael Green, the most compelling stories come from taking a careful, considered approach to interviewing and writing, empowering your subjects and putting ethics at the heart of your work. We caught up with Michael ahead of his Winter School workshop to find out more.

A close-up photo of Jessica Walton in front on a white brick wall

Reading books with queer and disabled characters had a huge impact on Jessica Walton and the way she saw herself. Ahead of her Our bodies, our stories webinar for the Write-ability program, Jess explains the importance - and positive impact - including marginalised characters in literature can have on readers from all backgrounds and marginalised groups.

Some days it’s hard to take yourself seriously as a writer. Or even to just take yourself seriously. And perhaps it’s okay to need that permission from the universe. That’s how earning a place at the Glenfern Writers Studio as part of the Grace Marion Wilson Fellowship for emerging writers made me feel – I can call myself a Writer now (yes, even with a capital W).

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 Kate Cuthbert, smiling

Commercial and literary fiction can feel like disparate worlds. Not so, says tutor Kate Cuthbert, whose workshop in July will explore the lessons writers can learn by taking a closer look at the mechanics behind popular fiction narratives.

It's a misconception that Young Adult writing is a watered-down version of literary fiction. We spoke to author Eli Glasman ahead of his Winter School workshop to find out why he loves YA and what adult fiction has to learn from its younger counterpart.

Forget all that literary terminology, Alex Fairhill has created a glossary for the street-smart writer.
 

advance A sum of money that may be offered to an author signing a contract with a publisher. Yes – ‘may’. Advances are not always offered and the author must earn more than that amount from sales before earning royalties.

Arnold Zable on letting a story take you where it wants you to go.

 

Story is an ancient art form. They stood by the campfire, the early storytellers, and gave shape to their experiences, and in doing this, they gave voice to the collective. The storyteller acquired their art through practice. Their tales took shape as they worked at them. They found the best ways to tell their stories by standing in front of an audience and seeing what worked through trial and error.

An introduction to apps and software for writers by Cory Zanoni.

 

Is something missing in your writing life?

Are you sick of looking at Microsoft Word? Fortunately, we live in a world of software and apps and there’s one for writing that’s just perfect for you. But with so many options available it can be hard to find the kind of writing software you need.