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.

Trans and gender diverse writing group

2 March 2021
City of Melbourne Libraries
Alison Evans and Nevo Zisin

Free, bookings essential

Teen Writing Bootcamp: Slam poetry with Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

2 March 2021
State Library Victoria
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Join spoken word artist ...

2021 Stella Prize Longlist Announcement

4 March 2021
The Stella Prize
Paola Balla and Zoya Patel

Mark your calendars!

Teen Writing Bootcamp: Screen writing with Nova Weetman

4 March 2021
State Library Victoria
Nova Weetman

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Teen Writing Bootcamp: Slam poetry with Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

9 March 2021
State Library Victoria
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Join spoken word artist ...

Afternoon Tea and Talk

10 March 2021
State Library Victoria
Astrid Edwards