Why do you write?  I write to explore the human condition. Emotion: desire, envy, greed, joy, fear, worry, grief. Emotion underwrites, drives, rewards and punishes every aspect of our human life. Emotions are our undoing and our making. Tracking them takes us into the most extreme recesses of the human psyche and out to its…

Australian organisations representing musicians, authors, visual artists, educators, screen producers and publishers have joined forces to mount the #FreeIsNotFair campaign in response to a push by Big Tech and large organisations to water down Australia’s copyright laws. The campaign’s website features leading Australian creators, such as musicians Jimmy Barnes and Josh Pyke, actor, director and writer…

The shortlist for this year’s Colin Roderick Award and H T Priestley Memorial Medal, administered by the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies at James Cook University, has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Carrying the World (Maxine Beneba Clarke, Hachette) Wisdom Tree: Five Novellas (Nick Earls, Inkerman & Blunt) Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus…

The number of Australians reading creative writing has declined over the past three years, according to the Australia Council’s third National Arts Participation Survey. Connecting Australians: Results of the National Arts Participation Survey is the third in a landmark series by the Australia Council for the Arts, following editions in 2009 and 2013. It measures Australians’ engagement with…

Genre publisher Twelfth Planet Press has reached its $20,000 Kickstarter campaign goal to produce Mother of Invention, an ‘ambitious’ anthology of stories about gender as it relates to artificial intelligence and robotics. The project reached its goal six days before its end date on 1 July. Backers who pledged $10 or more will receive an…

Congratulations to Vanessa Berry and Melissa Bruce, winners of the inaugural Woollahra Digital Literary Award. 2017 Winner: Non Fiction Vanessa Berry, Excavating St Peters 2017 Winner: Fiction Melissa Bruce, Picnic at Mount Disappointment The Woollahra Digital Literary Award is a new national literary award supporting innovation in Australian literature and publishing, encouraging writers producing work…

1) A question we get asked a lot here at QWC: what’s the difference between memoir and autobiography? As I see it, autobiography is an account of a whole life, from one’s origins to the present. It recounts childhood, family, relationships, travel, work, achievements, philosophy – anything the writer thinks is interesting or relevant. Memoir…

Lip Magazine has announced that the winner of the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is Alexandra Philp for her story, Pools 2007. Alexandra receives a $1500 cash prize, a 12 month online subscription to Books + Publishing, and a collection of books courtesy of Scribe Publications, Wakefield Press, Affirm Press and ARC @ UNSW. The 2017 Rachel…

The full program for the 8th National Editors Conference hosted by the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) has been launched and covers a broad spectrum of technology related topics. The conference titled ‘Advancing our Profession’ will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13 to 15 September. It has three streams —…

One of Australia’s most highly acclaimed fantasy authors, Isobelle Carmody, has been named the 2017 ACT Writer-in-Residence. The ACT Writer-in-Residence program is an initiative of the ACT Writers Centre in close collaboration with UNSW Canberra and supported by the Copyright Agency Ltd. It seeks to bring to Canberra writers of national and international stature who…

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