In the first season of the television series Girls, the famously self-absorbed central character, Hannah Horvath, infamously announced ‘I think that I may be the voice of my generation’, before back-peddling to ‘or at least a voice. Of a generation’. Think that’s obnoxious? Try wrangling the courage to be the voice of several generations….

Christopher Robin said to Winnie the Pooh, “Promise me you’ll always remember that you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  In a contemporary world that exposes us to the increasingly emotional stresses of everyday living and reports of crime and catastrophe on a daily basis, it is sometimes…

On the morning of 10 December 2013, I walked past a newsstand in Sydney. There was my picture on the front page of each daily paper. The night before I was headline news on television. The newspaper headlines read: SECRETS AND LIES – Revealed the Full Extent of Catholic Cover-up [i] Priest lured Children to…

The flap of newspaper on the back of the frame is from 1943, a fact I determine by Trove-searching a portion of the text. But the photograph of the Atlas Café could be earlier than that. Tack by rusty tack, I remove it from the frame, photograph it on my Samsung, and zoom in. I…

The conception of the children’s book The Little Lighthouse stemmed from tales I told my children. When our grandchildren began to correct my embellishments, my wife suggested I cement my story in book form. I did so, and created a “picture-book” for the four grandchildren using a simple Windows program. The presence of the original…

We’re surrounded by written content these days, particularly in a professional context—from social media feeds and email newsletters to annual reports and academic journal articles, writing seems to make the work world go round. If you’re an editor, this is great news—chances are that all of those words are going to need an expert pair…

QWC interviewed Koren Helbig, freelance writer and editor …   Why did you decide to start writing freelance, and how did you start growing your career? In 2012 I popped over to Spain for a holiday with friends and loved it so much I promptly started scheming a way to get back there more permanently….

When I jumped with both feet into the freelance writing pool in 2011, I had no idea of what to expect or what to do. I had never even met anyone in Kenya who worked full-time as an online-based freelance writer. So basically, I went in blind. Any fantasies that I had about a writer’s…

‘When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible,’ Ernest Hemingway told Paris Review in 1954. ‘There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write.’ Ah, dear Hemingway,…

I expect many people begin the writing of a memoir by looking through old photos. Pictures, after all, belong in the past, and they hold out the promise of delivering it to us again: everyone is younger, surrounded by yesterday’s world, a moment fixed in time. Even the size of the photo paper and printing…

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