The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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Writing for the education market, says tutor George Ivanoff, has lead to a career filled with variety and ongoing learning. Ahead of his upcoming workshop, we talked to George about following briefs, meeting deadlines, and comparing boats to blue whales!

Deborah Cass

Writers Victoria and the Deborah Cass Prize Committee are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2017 prize.

The Prize is for unpublished migrant writers and was established in the memory of Deborah Cass (1960-2013), an established Australian lawyer and aspiring writer, whose grandparents were Jewish migrants from Eastern Europe.

Dan Cass, brother of Deborah, said ‘The quality and number of entries shows the wealth of stories waiting to be told about the migrant experience.’

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A seed, lovingly pressed into the earth. A child’s first experience with a deep and unconditional love. My most treasured possession.

Fur fabric worn smooth over years of clutching. Dull black glass eyes and a crooked frown. Endless needlepoint scars from patchwork, healing rips and tears from being loved so hard.

Neither children nor new parents are original or clever with names, so his name is simply Teddy.

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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.

People networking

Sarah Vincent hasn't always been a natural networker, but now she loves the opportunity to meet interesting people in the writing and publishing world. Ahead of How to... Network, a free workshop for Writers Victoria members, Sarah talks about her experiences (good and bad), proving that even wallflowers can learn to (net)work it, baby!

A photograph of Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay began her writing career as a blogger and is now in the process of finishing her first book. We spoke to Carly ahead of her upcoming Pathways to Publication webinar about her own road to publication, which has included television appearances, a high social media profile, and fighting discrimination against disabled people.

Clare Rankine talks with Writers Victoria member Justine Sless, stand-up comedian, comedy writer, award-winning short story writer and founder of the Jewish Comedy Festival.

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"Being able to plan, whether in detail or just an outline, is a critical skill to have," says tutor Eli Glasman. Ahead of his upcoming workshop, we talked to Eli about how mapping out your plot can help you recognise traps in your writing, before you become stuck in them.

The weather is warming up and our 2017 projects are winding down. We're happily stashing our winter coats back in the cupboard and enjoying the first juicy mangoes of the season. That's right – summer is in the air, and summer for us means Summer School!

In January, we're bringing you a host of Summer School workshops to kickstart your 2018 writing year. From novel writing to romance, pitching to picture books, we hope you'll find something to energise your writing life in the new year.

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