Resources for writers

Dear friends and fellow writers,

Here are some resources that have inspired and encouraged me on my ongoing writing journey. I try and seek out advice and suggestions from different cultures, disciplines, and perspectives. These lists are not exhaustive nor are they canonical. They reflect my own sometimes purposive, sometimes impulsive foraging. I offer you these lists in the spirit of collaboration and sharing.

Best wishes,



Thinking about the craft of writing

From Mind to Keyboard: Writers from Goa and beyond share stories of how they made it, edited by Sheela Jaywant, Goa 1556, 2016.

Telling Tales: Excursions in narrative form, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 2016

The Writer’s Room: Conversations about writing, Charlotte Wood, Allen & Unwin, 2016

The Good Story: Exchanges on truth, fiction and psychotherapy, J.M. Coetzee & Arabella Kurtz, Harville Secker, 2015

Psychology for Screenwriters: Building conflict in your script, William Indick, Michael Wiese Productions, 2004

remembered rapture: the writer at work, bell hooks, Holt, 1999.

Making Stories: How ten Australian novels were written, Sue Woolfe & Kate Grenville, Allen & Unwin, 1993

A Passion for Narrative: A guide for writing fiction, Jack Hodgins, McClelland & Stewart, 1993

The Writing Book: A workbook for fiction writers, Kate Grenville, Allen & Unwin, 1990

Writing Down The Bones: Freeing the writer within, Natalie Goldberg, Shambhala, 1986


Some ways to keep up a writing practice

Join a Meetup Group, see this link

Shut Up and Write with others. See this link for how it all started in San Francisco, USA. There are numerous Shut Up & Write groups across the world including in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as in the virtual world. Look for the hashtag #SUAW on Twitter.


Connecting with writing communities

In Australia

Varuna, The Writers’ House, in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains close to Sydney

The NSW Writers’ Centre and other state and territory writers’ centres

The Australian Society of Authors

The Australian Writers’ Guild

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators

Australia Council for the Arts

In India

Sangam House outside Bangalore

Caferati, across India including regular writing groups and open mic events

Goa Writers’ Group






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