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A Novel Approach: The 5 Steps of Screenwriting Advice all Novelists should know

This is my writer’s origin story; how I went from burning through six story ideas in five months, to writing 85,000 words in just four. In this article, I share with you a variety of screen-writing resources from some well-known screenwriters, which have helped me immensely in my novel writing journey. From these resources, I will explore my learnings and key takeaways that have been translated into 5 clear steps.

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Unfortunately, Book Reviews Actually Matter

Debating the utility and function of book reviews—especially the reviews in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian—is a near constant presence in the contemporary Australian publishing field. These debates typically centre around three distinct themes: reviewers should not review the books that their friends wrote; who is the reviewer writing for (is it … Continue reading Unfortunately, Book Reviews Actually Matter

Book Club Zoom Rooms? Online Launches? Melbourne Reading Communities Adapt to a Post-Covid World

When I checked my phone this morning, I had a text from my sister. It was a video of her daughter – my niece – sounding out the words to her very first picture book: Mix, Mix, Mix, the engrossing tale of Bob the Bug baking a cake. Ordinarily, this is the kind of thing … Continue reading Book Club Zoom Rooms? Online Launches? Melbourne Reading Communities Adapt to a Post-Covid World

Imagining a Nation of Readers

Melbourne is known as a City of Literature. The city hosts north of fifty writers festivals, with new ones cropping up every year. Melbourne is home to a plethora of literary journals and Indie bookstores. Writing competitions have become a sport for those who would rather flex a biro than a bicep. These opportunities provide a springboard for locals to expose their work ­– a tapestry of tales that enrich the nation.