Blog Author: MWF Staff

July 19, 2018

Sleepover with the Stars of MWF18: Five Nights of Giveaways

How would you fancy a sleepover with the stars of MWF18? Over the next month, we’ll be giving away five prize packs, each comprising two front-row seats to one of our showcase events, plus one night’s stay at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins on the date of the event. The official accommodation of MWF18’s guests,…

May 2, 2018

Sofie Laguna: A Question of Character

We come to love certain books often because of our attachment to the characters. We talk to Sofie Laguna, author of award-winning novels The Choke and The Eye of the Sheep which are renowned for their compelling characters. Sofie will be teaching how to explore character at a Fiction Writing Workshop at Melbourne’s Faber Writing…

August 25, 2014

SOUND IS THE NEW STORY

Radio buffs, sound nerds, wav makers and other interested parties all crowded around for an afternoon of perspectives, insights and anecdotes at Sound is the New Story, on the opening weekend of the Melbourne Writers Festival. At this session, broadcasters and podcasters Benjamen Walker (USA), Jessie Borrelle and Miyuki Jokiranta all took to the stage to…

April 4, 2017

Staff Blog: A Library Love Story

By Tamsien West In 2016 I spent six months travelling Europe, and visited more than 30 libraries in 13 countries. Each space was unique, from private collections with restricted access, to huge public facilities with free wi-fi and events, to tourist attractions with entry fees and a look-don’t-touch approach. Evidently, I really love libraries. The…

December 8, 2016

STAFF BLOG: HOW DID I GET HERE?

You know that moment when someone asks you: ‘So what do you do?’, or ‘Where do you work?’, ‘What do you write?’? And in a few seconds you feel the need to question your life choices or formulate ways of fitting together freelance writer, arts worker, sometimes academic and wishful writer of essays & stories…

December 13, 2016

STAFF BLOG: MINIMALISM & MWF MOMENTS

Author Leo Babauta changed my life in a very practical way – he introduced me to the concept of minimalism. I first started reading his books, like Zen to Done, to learn more about productivity but instead discovered a whole new world of minimalism, simplicity and the power of doing less. I became an avid…

July 15, 2016

STUDENT BLOG: A CHARACTER I’D LOVE TO BE

A character that I would love to be is James Adams from the series CHERUB by Robert Muchamore. Unfortunately James is an orphan, but he gets picked up by CHERUB to see if he can become an agent. CHERUB campus is extremely high-tech and luxurious. Each student gets their own room, including a TV, king-sized…

May 31, 2016

STUDENT BLOG: FEMINISM AND FAN FICTION

Modern culture is very diverse, and the internet has made sharing your voice and opinion the easiest it’s ever been. Whether you’re sharing where you’ve been or what you’re writing, the internet has changed society as a whole. I love fan fiction. It takes me, and other people, to places they have never been. Even…

November 28, 2016

STUDENT BLOG: GEMINA REVIEW

Gemina: The Illuminae Files_02 by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Gemina is equal parts as spectacularly written as its predecessor. I feel like there are just no words to describe how unbelievably phenomenal this book was. The Illuminae Files are just so masterfully crafted, and are so unique, and I cannot fully express how beautiful…

March 19, 2016

STUDENT BLOG: YOUR SKIRT’S TOO SHORT REVIEW

Your Skirt’s Too Short by Emily Maguire When I chose this book, honestly, I thought it would be pretty bad. But I started reading it anyway, which was a good idea. The book is a cross between a nonfiction and fiction book, because it is her opinion, as she explores different ideas (kind of like…

August 31, 2014

TAKE A WALK WITH TWISTS & TURNS

I’m standing on the corner of Swanston and Little Collins Streets and John Wood is telling me to make a choice. I can turn left towards Elizabeth and become part of a mystery, or turn right towards Russell and join a struggling writer leaving a play. I turn right, and the story starts straight away,…