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55 minutes | Dec 1, 2018
26: On characters: Sarah Dollard and Lili Wilkinson
We talk to two long time friends, Sarah Dollard and Lili Wilkinson, on how they approach writing character for the screen and on the page. We hear them discuss how they met, their approach to writing characters (even if they're not human), and what makes for a great hero or villian.
60 minutes | Sep 16, 2018
25: On sisters: Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell
We talk to two best-selling authors, Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell, both prolific writers of women's stories, who happen to be sisters. What's it like, growing up in a family of writers? Which literary or fictional sisters influenced them? What stories shaped them?
57 minutes | Jun 30, 2018
24: On world building: Amie Kaufman & C.S. Pacat
We talk to two writers who have made their mark with stories full of adventure, high stakes and nuanced word building: Amie Kaufman and C.S. Pacat. We asked them to dig into their inspiration, process, research, and how they surprise their readers. #writing #research #JKRowling #JRRTolkien #sensoryresearch #worldbuilding #process #AnneMcCaffrey #fantasy #scifi #speculativefiction
60 minutes | May 27, 2018
23: On collaboration: Ana Kokkinos & Mira Robertson
We talk to two women who make up a productive creative partnership: Mira Robertson, screenwriter, script editor, and now novelist; and Ana Kokkinos, film and television director and screenwriter. They have collaborated with each other, with other screenwriters, adapted novels and plays, and worked on their own projects. So we asked them about writing in collaboration, and in solitude.
60 minutes | Mar 30, 2018
22: On murder: Kerry Greenwood, Vikki Petraitis & Lindy Cameron
Three queens of crime fiction and fact tell us why crime writing is so popular, how they research and write fiction and true crime, and we get an insight into one of the genre's favourite characters: Miss Phryne Fisher. #podcast #true crime #crime #mystery #writing #reading
57 minutes | Feb 16, 2018
21: On academia: Roundtable discussion
What makes good academic writing? We talk to five women from different disciplines who all write and read academic articles, papers, books and essays – and teach students how to write for academia. With guests Wernmei Yong Ade (Singapore), Deirdre Byrne (South Africa), Serena Petrella (Canada), Chantelle Gray van Heerden (South Africa) and Marianne Schleicher (Denmark).
60 minutes | Dec 1, 2017
20: On kissing: Anna Campbell and Kylie Scott
What makes a great 'kissing book'? We talk to Anna Campbell and Kylie Scott about spirited heroines, suspense, banter, intellectual equality, drama, subtext, laughter, sexual tension, feminism, tropes, and happy endings. #podcast #writing #romance #reading
58 minutes | Nov 4, 2017
19: On illustration: Judy Horacek and Gabrielle Wang
We talk to Judy Horacek and Gabrielle Wang, two living legends, about writing and illustrating books - and their many other forms of creative work.
58 minutes | Oct 3, 2017
18: On voice: Eleanor Jackson and Lian Low
We talk to two spoken word performers, Lian Low and Eleanor Jackson, about writing for the page and for performance, and how they support other writers - especially through Asian-Australian arts and culture magazine, Peril. #writing #poetry
60 minutes | Jul 30, 2017
17: On form: Alison Croggon & Jane Harrison
Between them, Alison Croggon and Jane Harrison, have written award-winning opera, plays, poetry, young adult novels, essays, columns, and goodness knows how many grant applications and submissions to government. Unladylike talk to them about writing across so many forms and genres.
60 minutes | May 27, 2017
16: On teaching: Penni Russon, Alexis Drevikovsky & Alison Ravenscroft
We talk to three writers who also teach writing, and ask them about the ways we learn and teach writing - in community organisations, schools, colleges and universities - and the skills and knowledge writers need. #writing #teaching #learning
57 minutes | Mar 26, 2017
15: On knowledge: Robyn Annear and Lynne Kelly
In our first live recording, at the Castlemaine State Festival, we asked two authors of nonfiction how they research complex subjects, manage their materials, and create compelling stories. #writing #history #research
54 minutes | Feb 22, 2017
14: On Austen: Alison Goodman and Kylie Mirmohamadi
We speak to two writers on Jane Austen's impact on storytelling and on writers in the two hundred years since her death.
40 minutes | Jan 18, 2017
13: On sounds: Natalia Molebatsi and Phillippa Yaa de Villers
We talk to two powerful South African poets and performers who work across and beyond a range of narrative and performative forms and traditions. #podcast #poetry #spoken word #performance #writing
60 minutes | Nov 14, 2016
12: On labels: Anita Heiss and Jessica Walton
Labels? Why do we have them? We talk to two authors about the labels they choose for themselves, their characters and their place within the industry, as well as those that they reject. Join Anita Heiss and Jessica Walton as they discuss labels, identity and writing.
60 minutes | Oct 3, 2016
11: On research: Hannah Kent and Kate Mildenhall
What does it take to recreate past worlds? How does a writer uncover the reality she needs to blend with imagination? Where do research and writing intersect? We talk to two writers who've spent years researching and writing novels about the lives of real women from the past. #podcast #writing #history
52 minutes | Sep 17, 2016
10: On rebellion: Lee Kofman and Silvia Kwon
We talk to two writers of fiction and creative nonfiction about the role of rebellion in creativity, and the writers' life. #podcast #writing #memoir
39 minutes | Sep 3, 2016
9: On pictures: Raina Telgemeier and Bronwyn Bancroft
What do writers do? We talk to two award winning writers and illustrators, Raina Telgemeier and Bronwyn Bancroft, about the art of melding word and picture together to tell a story. #Fiction #Writing #Podcast
60 minutes | Aug 16, 2016
8: On festivals: Writers festival creators from NZ, US, and Australia
Who chooses the writers we see at writers festivals and how do they decide? Do they create their programs with gender and diversity in mind? We talk to the women behind the legendary Auckland and Melbourne Writers Festivals, the North Texas Teen Book Festival, and Australia's new Feminist Writers Festival. #podcast #writing #feminism #diversity
59 minutes | Jul 23, 2016
7: On process: Charlotte Wood and Paddy O'Reilly
What do writers do? We talk to two acclaimed writers, Charlotte Wood and Paddy O'Reilly, about their process: where do they start, what do they think about, how does it feel, what on earth do they do all day? #Fiction #Writing #Podcast
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