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

  • The 21st Century Screenplay, Linda Aronson, Allen & Unwin. See Linda Aronson’s website for amazing writing advice and resources, particularly in relation to structure.
  • The Paris Review Interviews online (can also be bought as a collection)
  • 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
  • Steering the Craft: A 21st Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story, Ursula K. Le Guin, Mariner Books, 2015
  • Cracking the Spine: Ten short Australian stories and how they were written, Edited by Julie Chevalier & Bronwyn Mehan, Spineless Wonders 2014
  • 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. One thing I can definitely recommend is writing with peers. I used to run a Shut Up and Write group at UNSW in Sydney. We’d meet every Wednesday for an hour or so. I wrote the first draft of ‘The permanent resident’, the final story in my book The Permanent Resident every Wednesday, at these sessions. This is how I completed that story. It was forced writing time, under pressure to stay focussed because everyone else looked like they were focussed. No checking emails and social media. It was tremendously useful. 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. I have found Dr Tseen Khoo’s posts about this particularly useful. See this link. There are also writing groups in the virtual world. Look for the hashtag #SUAW on Twitter.

Connecting with writing communities

In Australia

In India

  • Sangam House outside Bangalore
  • Caferati, across India including regular writing groups and open mic events
  • Goa Writers’ Group

Great resources on the web

  • Indigenous literature reading list: This is a great starting point for reading work by Indigenous Australian writers.
  • Southern Crossings: an online space for reimaginings of Australia, South Asia and the world.
  • #ReadAsianOz: An initiative by Pencilled In. “When was the last time you read a novel, a collection of poetry, or a compilation short stories by an Asian Australian author? How many publications by Asian Australian authors have you read, period? The #ReadAsianOz initiative hopes to introduce more Asian Australian writing to the wider Australian public by dropping off such work in public areas in capital cities all around Australia. We will be launching in Brisbane and Canberra on Saturday the 28th of January, 2017. Launches in Sydney and Melbourne will hopefully occur later on in the year. If you find one of these books, please use the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram and take a photo! Read it, write a review, add a note of your own if you’d like, and then take it back out into the wild for someone else to discover. If you would like to get involved, or if you would like to donate a book or two, please send an email to for more information. Alternatively, click here to send Pencilled In a dollar or two so they can afford to buy books to keep this initiative rolling.” Follow them on Twitter @pencilled_in
  • The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge “joins with other movements aiming to raise awareness of excellent writing by women – the VIDA Count, The Stella Prize and the #readwomen hashtag. It helps readers to challenge the subconscious stereotypes that govern our choice of books to read.” Follow them on Twitter @AusWomenWriters
  • Aerogramme Writers’ Studio. A great place for writing-related news, funding opportunities, and other resources
  • Brain Pickings. Maria Popova’s fantastic blog about creativity, writing, history, and their intersections.

Literary journals that publish short fiction

Please check each journal’s guidelines for details about the kinds of writing they accept