The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

For six years Write-ability, in partnership with the Grace Marion Wilson Trust, has supported writers with disability through the Write-ability Fellowship program, giving five writers the opportunity to receive one-on-one support for their writing project through tailored professional development such as manuscript assessments, mentoring and curated programs of craft workshops. 

Since 2007, Writers Victoria has offered writers the use of a Glenfern writers’ studio for a period of three months, thanks to the support of the Readings Foundation (from 2007 to 2014) and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust (since 2009).

The Fellowships give authors the time and space to write, as well as the opportunity to be involved in a vibrant community of writers in the historic surroundings of the Glenfern mansion in St Kilda East.

Writers Victoria is thrilled to announce the finalists of the 2018 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competitions.

Volunteer badge photo

The first time I donned my ‘Volunteer’ badge for a Writers Victoria workshop, I was so excited that I posted a photo on my social media. The people I met at Sally Rippin’s Writing for Children course that day, almost a year ago, have become not only my writing group, but also good friends and a fabulous support network for my writing journey. The lesson: You never know where volunteering for Writers Victoria will lead you.

Clare Rankine speaks to Enza Gandolfo about Enza's new novel 'The Bridge'.

It’s one of those Melbourne days where it rains so hard the street floods and you feel like you’re swimming. A swirl of red and yellow autumn leaves stick to the ankle and it’s a relief to take down your umbrella, be inside and warm. It’s on this day that I meet writer Enza Gandolfo at The Moat, where we sit tucked cosily away in the back, to talk over a coffee.

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Thanks to a donation, Writers Victoria is running a series of professional development opportunities for women writers of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women this year.

The program aims to reduce barriers and increase publication and professional development opportunities for women of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Victoria.

It will include paid commissions, bursaries to attend a range of Writers Victoria courses, and a free training session for established writers on how to run writing workshops.

Emily O’Grady has won the 2018 Vogel Literary Award for her captivating first novel 'The Yellow House'. Each year, the prize of $20,000 and a publishing contract with Allen & Unwin is awarded to the best unpublished manuscript by an Australian writer under 35.

Regional writing groups and organisations in Victoria are able to apply for grants of $880 to subsidise literary activities in their area, thanks to the support of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

Applicants must be current regional members of Writers Victoria (in the non-profit organisation or regional writers’ group membership category), or Regional Ambassadors, and based in one of the 48 Local Government Authorities in Regional Victoria as listed on the Creative Victoria website.

Round 2 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund received 124 applications, requesting a total of $643,642 in grant money.

This round's judges were Rachel Bin Salleh from Maga Bala Books, Angela Meyer from Echo Publishing and writer Emily Bitto. They were thrilled with the quality of the applications and argued long and hard over the recipients. They awarded $49,230 to 13 applicants.

Photo of Jay Kristoff

Writers Victoria intern Ellen O'Brien talks to Jay Kristoff on writing 'LIFEL1K3'