The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

A smiling Vietnamese woman with short dark hair, wearing a red jacket.

It's God's Will

Whenever a catastrophe happens, we all try to find ways to explain its occurrence to ease our mind and help us accept drastic consequences.  My sudden loss of vision during my trip to Vietnam shocked people and inevitably I became a target for many quirky comments and advice.

My sister and brother showed their concern by bombarding me with their wisdom. “You always do too much.  You never rest, so your body just collapsed.”

 “I went to the gym three times a week.  I was very fit before this happened.” 

Christine Davey-White, A smiling woman with grey hair and brown eyes

Erasing the Scar

“Why do you have a scar?”

She leaned forward, prodding my stomach.

It wasn’t the first time my daughter had asked about my shape or the myriad ridges etched upon the skin by the surgeon’s scalpel. She would repeatedly insist on answers, needing to know her mother. There was a presumptuousness to her questioning and touch that I loved.

Like before, I told her the story of my birth, the deformities across my digestive system and the ongoing impact.

A smiling woman with short dark hair and glasses in front of her desk.

Staying Positive While Staying at Home

My name is Anat Bigos. I had a traumatic car accident while driving in 2004, resulting in an Acquired Brain Injury. Prior to this, I finished my double degree studies at Monash Uni in Arts/Business (marketing) and I was looking forward to my future plans. I’d spent a year as an exchange student in Chile and I really enjoyed travelling around the world.

I still speak a few languages and luckily, this part of my brain was not overly affected.

The 2020 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing has been awarded to 27 year-old Anith Mukherjee for his story ‘I Am Full Of Love’.

To celebrate International Day of People with Disability 2020, we've partnered with the Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) in delivering an online program showcasing the diverse talents and abilities of people with disability in the community. Creative Control is an accessible online program of events featuring visual art, writing, theatre and film experiences over one week from 3-10 December.

 

Seven Days of Writing

A smiling person in a wheelchair with cropped dark hair, glasses, a dark shirt patterned with watermelons and light green pants

Puddle Hunting

“I feel sad… like the trees,” my 2-year-old says to me, looking mournfully out the window into another gusty cold winter’s day, clouds looming overhead, threatening rain.  

“Why do the trees feel sad, honey?” I ask. “Don't know. They just sad” she replies.   

“Maybe they need us to go out there and give them a hug, hey? People don't hug trees enough. Let’s put our jumpers on and go give one a quick cuddle before the rain. Come on, quick, quick, they are waiting!”

The Writers Victoria team is thrilled to be launching our 2021 Season 1 Program. Members are due to receive print copies of the program with their December – February edition of 'The Victorian Writer', and you can download a PDF copy here. All of the workshops and events for 2021 Season 1 are now listed on our events calendar. Read on for a message from our Program Manager, Kate Cuthbert.
 

Composite image of the 2020 Prize shortlisted writers

On Thursday 26 November, 7pm to 7.45pm (AEDT), the 2020 Deborah Cass Prize winner will be announced at an online Award Ceremony featuring guest speaker Philippe Sands. Philippe Sands is a lawyer and Baille Gifford prize-winning writer. His current book is 'The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive'.

The event, hosted by Elly Varrenti, writer, broadcaster and columnist, will include contributions from writer Rafeif Ismail, 2017 Deborah Cass Prize winner, and writer and judge Lee Kofman, who will present this year’s winner.

Author Tobias McCorkell spent the first 25 years of his life in Coburg, Melbourne. He has taught creative writing at the University of Melbourne and has authored works of non-fiction. In 2018 he appeared at the Melbourne Emerging Writer’s Festival. He is the recipient of a 2019 Varuna Residency Fellowship. ‘Everything in its Right Place’ is his first novel.

Chris Flynn is the author of ‘The Glass Kingdom’ and ‘A Tiger in Eden’, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Age, The Australian, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Australian Book Review, The Saturday Paper, Smith Journal, The Big Issue, Monster Children, McSweeney’s and many other publications. He has conducted interviews for The Paris Review and is a regular presenter at literary festivals across Australia.