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
  • 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. 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


Great resources on the web

  • 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.





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