10 Session Picks for the 2015 Melbourne Writers Festival

The program for the Melbourne Writers Festival was released late last week to much excitement and fanfare (including a site crash, I believe, due to traffic). After getting home from my travels to Sydney, I sat down to go through it thoroughly and was very impressed. So many excellent events and I really love the…

Should I Enter Competitions if I’m not a “Serious Writer” Yet?

Should I Enter Competitions if I’m not a “Serious Writer” Yet? I received the above question the other day during an email exchange with a reader and I’ve reproduced it here – with permission – because I’ve heard it on a number of occasions over the years. I hope that by formulating some semblance of…

5 Literary Accounts to Follow on Twitter

Over the years, through my writing, or teaching/mentoring, or working at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, I’ve gained a huge appreciation and respect for the literary organisations or initiatives that continue in their advocacy for writers. This isn’t easy – nor, I suspect, has it ever been – but as governmental support of the arts dwindles,…