Books 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. http://www.lindaaronson.com
- 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
- Writing Your Life: A Journey of Discovery, Patti Miller, Allen & Unwin, 2001 (1994)
- The Memoir Book, Patti Miller, Allen & Unwin, 2007
- Writing A Non Boring Family History Hazel Edwards, Hale & Iremonger, 2011
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
- Varuna, The Writers’ House, in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains close to Sydney
- Bundanon Trust, Shoalhaven River, NSW
- Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, Greenmount, Western Australia
- Writing NSW
- Writers Victoria, 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
Across the world
- Sangam House outside Bangalore, India
- Caferati, across India including regular writing groups and open mic events
- Goa Writers’ Group, Goa, India
- Cove Park, Scotland
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. Follow them on Twitter @pencilled_in
- The Australian Women Writers’ Challenge 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