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’ 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.

Start Writing Poetry

1 September 2020
Norwich is a City of Literature
Time zone in Norwich, UK (GMT+1)

Writing Fiction: Next Steps with Monique Roffey

1 September 2020
Norwich is a City of Literature
Monique Roffey
Time zone in Norwich, UK (GMT+1)

Honing and Experimenting with Style

3 September 2020
Nottingham is a City of Literature
Giselle Leeb

This two-hour masterclass is for established or emerging writers who have...

Honing and Experimenting with Style

3 September 2020
Nottingham is a City of Literature
Giselle Leeb

Time zone in Nottingham, UK (GMT+1)

Creative Writing Workshop with Lee Kofman

5 September 2020
Wyndham City Libraries
Lee Kofman

Join author Lee Kofman to explore and develop your writer’s voice in this...

Sit Still, Travel Far: Creative writing and meditation

12 September 2020
Nottingham is a City of Literature

Time zone in Nottingham, UK (GMT+1)