5 more literary accounts

A few years ago I wrote a post about which literary accounts I recommend on Twitter and I think it’s time for another one!

Why? Well, as I say in Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity:

“…here’s some good news. I would say that emerging writers today find themselves in a terrific position. Many have had the advantage of coming of age at the same time as social media platforms have boomed. Back pre-Facebook and pre-Twitter, word-of-mouth was harder to generate. That’s why the mainstream media outlets were so powerful. They still are, of course, but there are other options, too.

This is why I suggest to students that they consider joining social media, if they haven’t already. Just join one platform to start, maybe two, and spend some time familiarising yourself with them. Don’t quit too early. And for the introverts who worry that being on social media is too much of a ‘look at me’ venture and that they won’t get far with it? That needn’t be the case. In fact, I believe that introverts naturally intuit an excellent social media practice: they listen and reply to others, engage in conversation and don’t over-broadcast.”

Melbourne City of Literature

2018 is the 10th anniversary of Melbourne becoming a UNESCO City of Literature. The City of Literature Office has implemented initiatives, projects and opportunities for writers and organisations over the course of that time and it was wonderful to be a part of that community when I worked there. It will be fascinating to see what lies in store for the next 10 years! Plus, they are excellent gif-users.

Definitely worth a follow for notifications on what’s happening in the literary community.


#LoveOzYA stands for Love Australian Young Adult fiction, but it is much, much more than a hashtag. It is a testament to the power of community and the love of reading. As the website states:

“The movement began – as all important conversations do nowadays – online, and rapidly garnered the attention of writers, readers, publishers, booksellers and so many more invested in our national youth literature. We all want the same thing – to draw the attention of Australian teens to Australian books that speak to their experience, and unite the youth-lit community by;

  • promoting a united message
  • centralising information
  • raising the profile of local content”

They’re also excellent live-tweeters at events, like at the recent Sydney Writers Festival.

Books on the Rail

One of the things I love about Books on the Rail is how a simple idea can be mobilised into something so powerful. As their website states, “When you took the train, tram or bus today, did you find a book on the seat and assume somebody left it behind? What if they had, but the person they left it for was you?” Everyone is encouraged to join up and leave these readerly treats for someone else. I’ve done it – you can too! I love the personal success that founders Ali and Michelle have had, too – the first book The Book Ninja is out 1 June!


AWW Challenge

AWW Challenge stands for the Australian Women Writers Challenge. Now in its eighth year, this challenge was born with the aim to redress the gender bias of Australian women’s writing being reviewed in the media, along with raising general awareness through blogging, social media and more. You can read more about it here. Their Twitter account is a good example of this advocacy, sharing news to amplify the message.


Books+Publishing is my go-to for Australian literary industry news, reviews, events, discussion, jobs and much more. For non-subscribers, much of their content is paywalled, however, you can sign up for a free trial subscription. Many libraries and even bookshops often have copies to borrow or browse, so it couldn’t hurt to ask around. I know, for example, that you can walk into the State Library of Victoria to read the latest edition or back issues.


Tell me which literary accounts did I miss? In your opinion, who’s going underrecognised? Believe me, I know it happens.

Oh – one last thing. You can find me here on Twitter.

Karen Andrews

Karen Andrews is the creator of this website, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Her latest book is Trust the Process: 101 Tips on Writing and Creativity