The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

If you love reading, chances are you've thought about reviewing books, too. Ahead of her Writers on Wednesday workshop on Book Reviewing, James Cayley asked The Big Issue books editor, Thuy On, what it takes to make it as a professional reviewer.

a portrait of Ryan O'Neill

Ryan O'Neill's latest book, about the lives of imaginary Australian writers, has been described as "a trick, a sham, a gorgeous lie." Ahead of his Short Story masterclass, James Cayley caught up with Ryan to find out why he's drawn short story, why parody works, and why literary writers should have a go at breaking the rules.

Mick McCoy discusses writing his new novel ‘What the Light Reveals’

There was standing room only at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on 8 March when the 2018 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship winner was announced. 

Jacqueline Kent was awarded the $15,000 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for her proposed biography of Vida Goldstein.

A photo of a trophy

Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.

Details are now available for the 29th Annual General Meeting of Writers Victoria Incorporated (ABN 18 268 487 576) for the 2017 Calendar Year.

Writers Victoria is thrilled to announce that Victorian-based writer Gabriella Munoz has been selected as the inaugural Digital Writer in Residence.

Gabriella Munoz is a Mexican-Australian writer and editor. She has published feature articles and essays in English and Spanish on a wide variety of topics ranging from film and the music industry, to celebrity culture and women’s health. Her literary work focuses on motherhood, exile and the mysteries of blood and origin. 

Beginning writing can be overwhelming. But Demet Divaroren believes that it's all about trusting yourself. Following her Victorian Premier's Literary Award for her new YA book ‘Living on Hope Street’, we spoke to Demet about teaching writing, raising your voice, and keeping your creative flame burning.


In his recently released book, ‘Silent Invasion: China’s Influence in Australia’, Clive Hamilton made a couple of references to Writers Victoria. These references were in relation to our co-hosting the Chinese Writers Festival held in Melbourne in 2016.