Donna Mazza: A Desk of One’s Own

Donna Mazza: A Desk of One’s Own

I'm thrilled to have Donna Mazza as my guest in the attic this week. I'm sure all writers will relate to her post about writing desks and rooms, as we all yearn for a place to write that's beautiful and tranquil. But this story is also about improvisation, and how...

Thuy On: Documenting Life In Poetry

Thuy On: Documenting Life In Poetry

Most of the writers who visit the attic are novelists, so I'm very happy to welcome a poet as my guest this week: Thuy On. Today, Thuy writes about changing course from critic to poet, and how documenting a particularly turbulent period of her life became a poetry...

Amanda Niehaus: A Change of Plan

Amanda Niehaus: A Change of Plan

All art is autobiography, so they say, and I know this to be true. Every story says something about the writer, regardless of their intention or, indeed, consent. Many writers draw from their lives for their fiction, and often return to the same themes in their books,...

Clare Griffin: Women of the Skies

Clare Griffin: Women of the Skies

Easter Promises, a fabulous new historical fiction anthology, was published just before Easter (as the title suggests!), and this week's guest writer in the attic is one of the authors in that anthology: Clare Griffin. In her piece today, Clare discusses her love of...

Anne Buist: Now Breathe and Push

Anne Buist: Now Breathe and Push

At first glance, you wouldn't think books and babies had much in common, but, believe me, they do, as anyone who's ever done both will attest. Anne Buist is a psychiatrist and the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She has thirty years of...

Favel Parrett: When Fiction Becomes Truth

Favel Parrett: When Fiction Becomes Truth

We're into the final month of 2019, and I have two more guests in the attic to come before I take a break for summer. I feel incredibly lucky that so many wonderful writers have agreed to write for the attic this year and I hope you've enjoyed reading their words. I'm...

Yvette Walker: Pick a card, any card

Yvette Walker: Pick a card, any card

Anyone who's followed me for a while, knows that I rely on a mix of old and new technology when writing. I love the software programme, Scrivener, and the way it allows me to shuffle my chapters around and edit easily. I'm also a fan of the old-fashioned sticky note...

Heather Rose: A Few Thoughts About Writing

Heather Rose: A Few Thoughts About Writing

Today's guest in the attic requires no introduction—she's one of Australia's best writers, as well as one of the kindest, most down-to-earth people you could ever meet. (That's how they breed them in Tasmania. 😉 ) I'm thrilled and honoured that Heather agreed to write...

Morna Seres: The Process

Morna Seres: The Process

This week, another Varuna-housemate-now-lifelong-friend* joins me in the attic. Morna Seres has worked as an actor, actor's agent and even as a salesperson of virtual reality funerals. She fell into writing and in this post talks about managing the ups and downs of...