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.

Feminist Writers Festival 2018 - Fri 25 May 2018 at 6:30pm

25 May 2018
Readings Bookshop

Fri 25 May 2018 at 6:30pm

Holy Cow! James Joyce Slaughters the Sacred Cows of English Literature

13 June 2018 to 17 June 2018
Bloomsday in Melbourne
Bloomsday in Melbourne

The Bloomsday Festival proudly notches up 25 years in 2018 as one of the...

Social media for writers- Boroondara Literary Festival 2018

14 June 2018
Boroondara Library Service

In this workshop, we show you how to use social media to promote yourself...

Author Talk: Mark Brandi

14 June 2018
Wyndham City Libraries
Mark Brandi

Come along and discover the story behind Mark Brandi’s acclaimed mystery...

Self-publishing: take your book to the world with Tablo- Boroondara Literary Festival 2018

21 June 2018
Boroondara Library Service
Ash Davies- Tablo

Tablo is the new home for self-publishing where you can create and publish...

Digital storytelling workshop- Boroondara Literary Festival 2018

7 July 2018
Boroondara Library Service
Boroondara Library Service

Are you looking to develop and produce inspiring stories for change using...