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.
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
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
Sangam House outside Bangalore
Caferati, across India including regular writing groups and open mic events
Goa Writers’ Group
Gondwanaland map: https://preearth.net/worlds-collide.html