Writers

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures for 2011 indicate that just over 6,600 people were employed as writers or print media workers in Victoria, accounting for over a quarter of the national total. Of these, around 84% resided in Melbourne. This statistic does not factor in hobbyist writers or students and shows the depth of talent that continues to work in the state.

Our history of producing writing talent is vast, from the 19th Century work of Rolf Boldrewood (Thomas Browne), Marcus Clarke and C. J. Dennis, to the post-WWI preoccupations of displacement and political change of Lesbia Harford, and how these themes continued in the light of WWII immigration. Changes in literary taste brought about by new cultures and voices, has challenged a lot of preconceptions of what ‘art’ and ‘literature’ meant. Even to this day, the lines between fiction and non-fiction, for example, are often contested.

Among other writers who have achieved success are Peter Carey, Shane Maloney, Arnold Zable, Christos Tsiolkas, Helen Garner, Alex Miller, Brian Castro, Drusilla Modjeska, Don Watson, John Marsden, Alice Pung and many, many others.

A number of organisations exist to support the writing and publishing industry, which in turn helps the future prospects of writers – among the number include the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the Small Press Network (SPN), which runs an annual Independent Publishing Conference.

Essendon Rifles book relaunch

30 March 2017
Moonee Valley Libraries
Judy Maddigan

Join local historian Judy Maddigan for the relaunch of her publication...

Author Glenn McFarlane - The Fair Dinkums

19 April 2017
Moonee Valley Libraries
Glenn McFarlane

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Plot & Structure course with Sophie Cunningham

22 April 2017
Faber Writing Academy
Sophie Cunningham

What are the different types of plot? Do novels have to have them?

BROW TALKS Season One presented by RMIT's non/fictionLab: Lecture Four – THE LANGUAGE OF PROGRESS, by Chad Parkhill

26 April 2017
The Lifted Brow
Chad Parkhill, The Lifted Brow, non/fictionLab

Lecture Four – Wednesday 26 April, 6pm for 6.30

Author Graeme Simsion – The Best of Adam Sharp

31 May 2017
Moonee Valley Libraries
Graeme Simsion

The best-selling author of The Rosie Project will be talking about his new...