The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Round 1 of the Neilma Sidney Travel Fund received 205 applications, requesting a total of $1,215,738.38 in grant money.

The judges (Robert Watkins from Hachette, Warren Bonnet from Embiggen Books and writer Toni Jordan) were thrilled with the quality and scope of the applications. They awarded $49,967 to 10 applicants.

Rajith Savanadasa

Today I meet writer Rajith Savanadasa at the Malthouse Theatre. It’s afternoon tea time, and the Malthouse café is busy with actors letting off steam and directors reading over their notes. A small school group climbs up and down the staircase, sparrows flit in and out through the open windows; the place is a hive of activity. Suddenly alighting from the staircase is Rajith, content and calm. He buys a cup of coffee and we sit in the middle of the crowd to chat.

“It devastated me,” says Sofie Laguna of Nick Broomfield’s film about American serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was convicted of killing six men and executed by lethal injection in 2002. It wasn’t, however, the obvious discomfort such a film would provoke that disturbed Laguna, instead it was the grim, desperate, dreadful childhood that Aileen endured.

Indulge Apartments, Mildura

The winners of all the Subscriber-thon 2017 prizes have been drawn. The winners have all been contacted and staff are working hard to get their prizes out to them. All the winners were very excited with many saying, 'Really? But I never win anything!' Well they can't say that anymore.

Congratulations to:

1st Prize: PH

2nd Prize: GL

3rd Prize: EH

Special student prize: RF

5 weekly prize packs: LB, LG, TM, PS, AM.

 

Once again, Writers Victoria is having a Subscriber-thon for the whole month of October 2017.

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Understanding the way the imagination fills gaps in your memories can be a productive tool in memoir writing, says Dr. Sian Prior. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Sian about embracing the blur between memory and imagination.

Many thanks to everyone who completed our annual member surveys earlier this year.

We use the surveys to support and improve the work that we do, develop new project ideas, and make sure our program is responding to the needs of our members and writing community.

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Does the idea of sharing your poetry with an audience fill you with a mixture of excitement and dread? As part of the annual Writers Victoria Subscriber-thon, The Salon will be hosting an evening of poetry. The reading is free and open to all to enter, providing a perfect foray into performance for writers hesitant to take to the stage.

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Writing a memoir is a journey of discovery that involves acknowledging every spectacular defeat and minute victory along the way, says tutor Josiane Behmoiras. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Josiane about how the house, in memoir, becomes a container for dreams and aspirations.

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To ensure well-rounded and non-stereotypical Indigenous characters, says tutor Jane Harrison, the writer must continually question their motives and their writing. Ahead of her upcoming workshop, we talked to Jane about the changing depictions of Indigenous people and stories.

Randa Abdel-Fattah interviewed by the Garret

Randa Abdel-Fattah has a very impressive CV. She is a lawyer, a human rights advocate, a community volunteer, and a researcher – she has a PhD in sociology. And of course, she is a writer. Randa studies Islamophobia, racism and multiculturalism in Australia.

As part of The Garret Podcast, Nic Brasch interviewed Randa at the State Library of Victoria, and started by talking about her earliest experiences with books.