The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Black-and-white photo of Grace Marion Wilson

Writers Victoria is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Now in its twelfth year, the prize supports emerging Victorian writers.

The cover of Shane Tindal's book, 'Just Like a Son'

I commenced writing 'Just Like A Son', a military romance adventure in 1996, after I finished my first novel 'Fur On The Inside'. I wrote 'Fur On The Inside', a legal romantic thriller, while I was living in Sale VIC, on leave without pay from my position as a civilian lawyer in the Department of Defence, Canberra. Prior to that I had been a military lawyer in the RAAF from 1980 to 1989. As a lawyer I preferred writing legal briefs and affidavits to court work.

 

Stories from Home: Weekly writing in May and June

During May and June 2020, Writers Victoria in partnership with VALID, posted a weekly writing prompt for writers with disability. With so many of us isolated at home, this was a chance for us to reflect on our experiences and share them with others through our writing.

Writers Victoria hopes that the following resources help our community navigate the difficult and urgent situation unfolding in the USA, as well as aid in educating and informing ourselves of the persistent racial discrimination occuring in Australia.

 

In my upcoming workshop, Surrealism, Magic Realism, and Fabulism, we’ll be discussing a bunch of wonderful non-realist texts. There are so many we could talk about, but I’ve included some of my favourites – and ones we’ll look at in the workshop to break down how they work, why they work, and how you can make your own non-realist, symbolic, stories work.

 

Sonya Voumard reflects on her writing life in a corporate cathedral designed by renowned architect Harry Seidler.

 

One day I go walking at dusk. 

I hear the birds whistling and cold wind blowing.

Walking into the distance I follow the track.

Sometimes I leave the track for a place I can call my own

A peaceful place where I can do and say whatever I like.

No one gets in my way or tells me what to do.

 

Suddenly I see the lights in the sky, crystal clear,

Stars starting to appear: they sparkle in my eyes.

It’s the time when nature’s spirits are calling me,

Like a hug from Mother Nature.

Connecting and contacting me,

Raphael Kaleb in a red and white shirt, smiling broadly.

Over 12 years Raphael Kaleb has proved he is a man for all disciplines, and his article reflects this.

The Land of Opportunity

Right now is the Land of Opportunity for Creatives. I can hear laughter. Everything is cancelled. We can’t go out. We are in Lockdown. That is precisely the point. Because people are at home, that means they are looking for more entertainment online. It’s the perfect time for writers.

Thanks to a recent generous donation, Writers Victoria is offering a Woman of Colour based in Victoria a paid commission for a new piece of work to be published in The Victorian Writer magazine (to the value of $200).
 
Submissions must align with one of our upcoming themes, which are:
  • October-November: Chrysalis – emerging writers, emerging from the margins, transformative reading/writing

Writers Victoria is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the twelfth Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Short story or creative non-fiction submissions of between 2,000 and 3,000 words are being accepted from emerging Victorian writers who have no more than three stories or articles published in a recognised book, magazine, or journal.