The Hero Returns

A writing retreat can support writers at each stage of their journey.

Artists and writers often need to retreat from the world or go on a sabbatical. Sometimes these periods away from the outside world are by our own volition to recharge our creative batteries such as going on artists’ and writers’ retreats but other times life events such as bereavement, illness or mental health challenges force

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Political Correctness May Stop Authors Writing

Many writers are being accused of cultural appropriation.

Being accused of cultural appropriation could be stopping authors from publishing books that reflect black, Asian, ethnic minority (BAME) audiences according to the Westminster Media Forum. The issue was raised by the chief executive for the Society of Authors, Nicola Soloman, who pleaded with publishers please don’t troll our authors for cultural appropriation. “We need

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Hazel Rowley Fellowship 2017 Finalists

Writers Victoria has announced the seven finalists for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

Writers Victoria has announced the seven finalists for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian writer for a proposed biographical work. The annual award commemorates the work of Hazel Rowley (1951-2011), one of the world’s leading biographers, who left behind a legacy of great writing, a passion for words and for

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Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist

The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards recognise and reward literary achievement by Australian writers.

The Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has recently announced the shortlist for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The awards recognise and reward literary achievement by Australian writers. The winners of the five award categories – fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults – each receive a prize of $25,000, and go

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Writers on Getting Published

Writers face may struggles such as getting published and writer's block.

Getting published. It’s the proverbial carrot, the finish line, the one milestone that might convince your parents that choosing a career as a writer wasn’t a huge mistake. Almost every aspiring writer dreams of the day that they can walk into a bookstore and see their own name on the cover of a shiny new

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The Power of Fiction

Curated stories about books and fiction.

The power of fiction is a slippery, elusive thing — what it provides is not scientific, and often ephemeral. But stories matter. Stories shape the world. And sometimes we don’t necessarily realize how it’s shaping the world — or how it’s shaping us as the writer and those who read what we put out there.

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What Writers Should Do During The ‘Dead Month’

August is known as the dead month in publishing.

August is affectionately known as the ‘dead month’ in the publishing industry. During August all work comes to a virtual halt as editors, agents, proofreaders, typesetters, CEOs, dog walkers and everyone else on the planet takes a much-needed vacation. So, all you aspiring authors, don’t submit your manuscript to publishers, and don’t send your queries

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Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Longlist

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2016.

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2016 has recently announced this year’s longlist which includes writers from six countries and across four continents. The longlist includes Man Booker shortlisted and longlisted authors Colum McCann and Deborah Levy as well as the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize – Maggie Shipstead, the Guardian First Book

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Diverse Books Needs to be More Than an Online Trend

We need more books and readers.

A recent article in The Guardian by Nikesh Shukla questioned how to make the publishing industry less ‘posh’, ‘white’ and ‘male’. In the article Shukla suggests that the “absence of any black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) writers on next year’s World Book Night list [has] provoked an outcry” and asked various writers and prominent

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Australian Man Booker Authors Open Letter to PM

Books on display in a bookstore.

Australian Man Booker Prize winning authors, Peter Carey, Richard Flanagan and Tom Keneally break down what the ending of parallel importation restrictions could mean for publishers, writers and readers in Australia in an open letter to the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. An Open Letter to the Prime Minister, the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull Dear Prime Minister,

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The International Dublin Literary Award 2016 Longlist

The International Dublin Literary Award Longlist 2015 is one of the world's most prestigious book awards.

Book lovers everywhere will be pleased by the announcement of 160 books that have made the 2016 long list for the International Dublin Literary Award. The prestigious book award which in its 21st year is among the lengthiest in its already distinguished history. 53 titles which have been translated from other languages have been nominated

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