Resources for new writers & writing students
Varuna - The Writers' House
Charlotte has a long association with Varuna, which has many excellent programs, courses, mentorships and fellowships for new and developing writers. Visit Varuna's website here.
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney
Runs high-quality community-level writing courses, including overseas writing retreats, with a program that changes every few months. Visit the website here.
Australian Literary Agents' Association
This website includes a list of reputable agents and some tips about finding an agent to represent you.
Books for new writers
Books to inspire, console, encourage you to keep going. These are some of the best I’ve found. Some are out of print but you might find them in secondhand stores.
The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing and Life Norman Mailer, Random House
Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing Margaret Atwood, Time Warner
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Stephen King, New English Library
Reading, Writing and Leaving Home: Life on the Page Lynn Freed, Harcourt
Making Stories: How ten Australian novels were written Sue Woolfe & Kate Grenville,
Allen & Unwin, 1993
Writers in Action - The Writer’s Choice Evenings Gerry Turcotte (ed), Currency Press, 1990
Dining Out with Mr Lunch Murray Waldren, University of Queensland Press, 1999
The Yacker series: Yacker, Yacker 2, Yacker 3 - Australian Writers Talk about their Work Candida Baker, Picador
Writers at Work - the Paris Review Interviews Penguin
The Best Writing on Writing Jack Heffron (ed), Story Press, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1994
Everything I Know About Writing John Marsden, Mandarin (Reed Books Australia), 1993
The Writing Book Kate Grenville, Allen & Unwin, 1990
Not Now Jack, I’m Writing a Novel, Carmel Bird, Picador, 1994
Bird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing and Life Anne Lammot, Doubleday, 1995
The Writing Life Annie Dillard, Harper Perennial, 1990