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Category Archives: writing


The brand new Kill Your Darlings Podcast

We are very pleased to launch the first Kill Your Darlings podcast of 2014! Produced by Jessica Alice and Meaghan Dew, the new hour-long format has allowed us to bring in more contributors and go into more depth with each quarterly production. In this podcast we speak … Read more »

On reading

Ever since I learned how, I have read quite a lot. The childhood habit of reading for half an hour before sleep waned a little in my early twenties (when neither reading nor sleeping were high on an evening’s priorities) but has reasserted itself in recent years. … Read more »

Commerce, compromise and the business of writing

  Thanks to a thoughtful post on Overland by Jennifer Mills earlier this year a hearty discussion has ensued online about the need to #paythewriters. It’s a principle I support and a discussion I respect. We live in a capitalist society and what keeps it (and us) … Read more »

Exercise and the Writer

From Dylan Thomas, the Beats and Hunter S Thompson, to fictional Bernard Black, the image of the writer has long been romanticised as an unhealthy, alcoholic and otherwise-addled self-destructive force. But is this an outdated portrayal, and could it be holding us back creatively? Is it time … Read more »

Art in the writer’s room

When Roald Dahl was a young writer, he would sell his stories to the New Yorker and with his fee, purchase a picture. A lull between publications and the income his stories secured meant that he would soon need to re-sell his pictures (even Dahl had peaks … Read more »

Slam poetry in Oz

Australia is now well and truly into performance poetry: we have the National Poetry Slam drawing huge crowds every year, and smaller events popping up regularly in our capital cities. But what makes a writer become a performer, and how does performance change the written word? Sky … Read more »

Sleep study: The subjects

Rumour has it there’s a breed of humans who don’t need sleep. These high-achieving creative types stay up till dawn writing masterpieces while the rest of us are dozing. But is creative insomnia a myth? And can it be induced?

Follow the paper trail: Q&A with Sofija Stefanovic and Lorelei Vashti

Sofija Stefanovic and Lorelei Vashti are the brains behind Melbourne’s write-as-you-walk-workshop, Paper Trail Tours. Spanning some of the city’s most popular hangouts and lesser-known nooks, the foot tour focuses on unlocking participants’ creative potential, all while in a relaxed, friendly group atmosphere. They even provide notebooks, with the hope … Read more »

KYD No. 13 Teaser: “Keep Calm and Carry On”: An Unexpected Path to Publication

For the first KYD No. 13 teaser, our very own deputy editor Hannah Kent reflects on the process of writing her highly anticipated debut novel Burial Rites. To read the rest of Hannah’s frank and fascinating piece, grab a copy of Issue Thirteen, released 9th April. Just … Read more »

Worst. Review. Ever: On the pillorying of Jessica Andrews

  Every writer writes because they want their work to be read – and in the brave new world of digital publishing, this desire takes the specific form of wanting to ‘go viral’. Virality can seem so arbitrary, so why shouldn’t a young writer pin their hopes … Read more »