On Writing

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

It’s debatable what’s harder: to produce a piece of creative writing or to find someone willing to read a draft and give authentic feedback. I was pleased and relieved when Jude readily agreed to read my draft crime novella. After all, I argued, not only was he a good friend but also a well-read and incisive member of a bookclub. I could certainly count on him to be objective in his feedback, yet encouraging. If he wished, he could do so over lunch. I’d shout him and we’d make it a social occasion. It should be fun, I thought. Little did I think the day would end as it did.

A photograph of Shivaun Plozza

Nothing is off-limits in young adult literature as long as it’s handled well, says Shivaun Plozza. Ahead of her Writing YA workshop, Shivaun talks about diversity and reader reactions.

Emily Bitto seated

We turn to reading to learn all kinds of things, but what about reading to learn to write? Ahead of her workshop, we caught up with author and tutor Emily Bitto to find out why close reading is an essential part of learning the writer's craft.

A photograph of Jax Jacki Brown

Jax Jacki Brown grew up in a regional area and understands the importance of community. Ahead of the Write-ability Goes Regional and Online Own Voices: Why Writing Matters forum in Bendigo, Jax talks about stereotypes, community and the importance of representing those with disability as nuanced, whole people.

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).

A full-time freelance writer and editor, an author and one of The Age's Top 100 inspiring and influential Melburnians, Greg Foyster knows how to get things done.

He shares some of his freelancing knowledge ahead of his Winter School Crash Course in Freelance Journalism.

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.