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’ mean. 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, Clare Wright, 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.

Mildura Writers Festival

19 July 2018 to 22 July 2018
Mildura Writers Festival
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Blaise van Hecke

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present tense
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25 July 2018
Boroondara Library Service
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Christian White: The Nowhere Child- Boroondara Literary Festival 2018

30 July 2018
Boroondara Library Service
Christian White

Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter.

Toni Jordan: writing dialogue workshop- Boroondara Literary Festival 2018

2 August 2018
Boroondara Library Service
Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan's debut novel Addition was an international best-seller, lon