Blog Author: MWF Staff

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,…

August 8, 2014

TAKE ME AWAY: WHERE I LIKE TO READ

Whether you like to read on the go, at home, in bed or poolside with a margarita in hand, reading can take you just about anywhere. Does fantasy writing help you escape the chaos of Richmond train station during peak hour? Or is a good crime novel perfected when read huddled away from Melbourne’s winter…

June 26, 2015

TELLING STORIES, CATCHING BUTTERFLIES

Jane Hone is a 2015 MWF programming intern. She completed her Honours in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne in 2012. The critical component of her thesis followed Helen Garner’s feminist trajectory from Monkey Grip to The Spare Room, and looked at how age affects power and radicalism in women. She is currently riding out…

August 31, 2016

TEXT CLASSICS

It’s difficult enough to keep up with all that’s happening in contemporary publishing, let alone figuring out what’s important and worthwhile in the Australian and New Zealand canon. That’s where Text Classics come in. These distinctive volumes focus on pulling the very best out of the back catalogue of great writing from Australia and New…

September 8, 2016

THE BEST OF #MICROREVIEW 2016

Our MicroReview project returned this year, seeing plenty of book-loving MWF followers contributing 140-word literary reviews that showed the incredible wit of our community. The best entries won a pack of special MWF 2016 Moleskine notebooks, thanks to our friends at Notemaker. Here’s a selection of highlights from the game. Thanks for playing! [<a href=”//storify.com/MelbWritersFest/microreview-2016″ target=”_blank”>View…

September 20, 2017

The Best of #MICROREVIEW 2017

Our MicroReview project returned this year, seeing plenty of book-loving MWF followers contributing 140-word literary reviews that showed the incredible wit of our community. The best entries won a pack of custom MWF 2017 Moleskine notebooks, thanks to our friends at Notemaker. Check out all the entries, including the winning reviews below: [View the story “#MicroReview…

January 31, 2018

The Best Parties in Literature

To celebrate our new series of monthly soirées, The Book of Fête, we’re sharing our favourite literary parties – ones we wish we could have attended, or ones we just want to have been able to peek through the keyhole on. Marieke Hardy, Artistic Director God, I would literally elbow a small robust crowd out…