Yes, you can do it. No, most authors in Australia don’t make $13,600 a year, despite how often you hear that discouraging quotation. I doubt there is a single author who makes $13,600 and, if they exist, they are extremely skinny. That’s the average that Australians make from writing books. My darling husband makes $56…

Photo courtesy Paul Ewin Why do you write?  I enjoy writing; I always have. Just putting ideas – stories – down on paper. Even better if other people enjoy those stories! One of the drivers to get my writing out there was my disappointment that more of the stories I liked to read weren’t set…

Mocco Wollert‘s poem ‘Solomon: The Stray Persian’ was published in the November issue of FAW magazine, Jacaranda was published in Positive Words magazine, and ‘Sometimes I Dream’ was published in SCOPE February 2017.

The screenplay of James Raven’s Terra Major Under Threat, Book 1 of the Sentinels of Tzurac trilogy received the Gold Award in the California Film Awards – Screenplay Competition for 2016.

Fiona Robertson is the recipient of a Katharine Susannah Prichard Fellowship for 2017.

Why do you write?  I see writing as having a conversation with life. It’s a purge of all your experiences, imaginings and curiosities all balled up in some semblance of a plot. I absolutely love doing it. It is one of the few things I do that seems to come naturally, that feels like the…

For the last few months I’ve been working with a small tech start-up company with big ideas. Called oolipo—a nod to the oulipo movement that pioneered experimental constrained writing techniques—this company is taking the nineteenth century idea of serialised storytelling and bringing it to a contemporary audience via that most twenty-first century device, the smartphone….

Why do you write?  I write because it feels worse not to. Because the best ideas bug you so much that it ultimately feels like less hassle to sit down for a year or two and write them, rather than to let them keep on bugging you. It’s a good test of what to write…

It’s hard to pin down an Australian tradition, stylistic or conceptual, that reliably runs through our short stories. Lawson may have had an early influence, but for as long as Australians have been writing, our short stories have poked at the edges of convention. It’s fair to say that Australian short stories, notably those from…

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