The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

Legend has it that rain is on the way when black cockatoos are in flight. However, in Harriet McKnight’s debut novel, ‘Rain Birds’, the cockies don’t so much signify rain as they do an almighty shit storm.

Sarah Vincent reflects on her experience of the HARDCOPY program run by the ACT Writers Centre.

Every year at this time I bang on about a manuscript development program called HARDCOPY run by the ACT Writers centre. I was lucky enough to be accepted into the program in 2015 and it led directly to my memoir being picked up by an agent and published by Penguin Random House in 2017.

Applications for HARDCOPY 2018 are now open and close on March 16. Pass me my drum – it’s banging time.

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.

A photo of Jess Walton

Awareness of disabled and marginalised writers in the publishing industry is increasing, but there’s still a long way to go, says Jessica Walton. Ahead of her Write-ability – Opportunities for Writers webinar, Jess talked to Writers Victoria about seeking out opportunities and the impact they can have on writing.

Writers with disability are hugely underrepresented in the industry. What can be done – from the grassroots level up – to help address this?

I am very grateful for the Women Writers of Colour Bursary provided by Writers Victoria, which enabled me to attend The Art of Criticism: Giving and Receiving Feedback workshop hosted by YA novelist, professional editor and manuscript assessor Shivaun Plozza in January.

ALAA Agent Jeanne Ryckmans of Cameron’s Management speaks to WV's Emma Cayley about her love of storytelling and how this has shaped her career.

 

Loving writing is complicated. Toni Jordan channels Marcus Aurelius (and Miley Cyrus) and learns to embrace the obstacles.

Madeleine Dore turns to the broken-hearted to understand how heartbreak can lead to new expressions of ourselves.

When good erotic writing works, there is nothing like it, writes Krissy Kneen.
(Warning: sexual language and themes).

In the first PEN Melbourne column for 2018, we have good news concerning talented young award-winning Iranian cartoonist Ali Durani, better known under the pseudonym Eaten Fish.