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.

So You Want To Write? A full-day KYD writers' workshop

2 February 2019
Kill Your Darlings
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This day-long workshop is designed for those who wish to write seriously,...

A sensational Melbourne novel with Lucy Sussex

12 February 2019
City of Melbourne Libraries
Lucy Sussex

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Dead Letter Club - Love Letters & Dedications

13 February 2019
Dead Letter Club
Dead Letter Club / Melanie Knight

Love or Hate Valentine's day - we have you covered!

Gunnas Weekend Writing Retreat

1 March 2019
Catherine Deveny
Catherine Deveny

Our FOURTH Retreat!

IPEd National Editors Conference

8 May 2019 to 10 May 2019
IPEd
Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd)

Susan Butler, lexicographer and former Macquarie Dictionary editor, is the...

Gunnas Weekend Writing Retreat

21 June 2019
Catherine Deveny
Catherine Deveny

Our FIFTH Retreat!