My second novel, Small Blessings, is due for release on February the 4th. I’ll be counting down the final twenty days with wee quotes from the book like the one below. Keep an eye on my Instagram account at emilybrewinauthor for some tiny tasty tidbits.
Ever wondered what the secret is to getting your work published? Author and freelance writer, Emily Brewin, will provide a practical guide to navigating the process. From workshopping to pitching your fiction and non-fiction ideas, this session will provide useful information and industry insights as well as writing exercises to help you hone your skills. Drawing on her experience as a novelist and journalist, Emily will show you how to find a home for your next piece, and will provide a ‘toolkit’ of resources to keep you pitching long after the workshop is done.
*You may bring a piece of your own writing to the session, although this is not essential.
Life modelling has a rich history, informing some of the world’s great works of art. But in a world of hyper-sexualisation and ‘perfect’ bodies, where does life modelling fit – and can the profession stay true to its artistic roots?
Read more about this in my article, The Art of Nakedness, published by the wonderful folk at Kill Your Darlings.
I am well and truly in the midst of my Moreland Writers Residency (see below!), and am finding the studio at Siteworks invaluable. Having a space designated to writing means there are none of the usual distractions I encounter at home or at cafes, where I tend to work. There is also a fully-equipped coffee machine in the kitchen to fuel progress on my latest manuscript, The Piano. Ah, bliss!
Hard at work - photo fromInside Moreland (Spring 2018 - page 6)
After many discussions around major themes, characters and catchy phrases, my new novel has been named! SMALL BLESSINGS (Allen & Unwin) will hit bookstores in February 2019. Stay tuned for updates and events.
The 2018 Heroines anthology is all about reclaiming women's stories - past and present - through short fiction and poetry.
Just released by niche micro-publisher, The Neo Perennial Press, the anthology compliments the Heroines festival, which runs from the 5th-8th of September 2018 in Wollongong. The festival and the anthology unite women writers from across Australia around the theme, finding our past and imagining our future.
I am thrilled to be a small part of this celebration - my short story, Fairy Tale Endings, features in this year's anthology.
For tickets or for more information on the Heroines festival, go to: https://www.theneoperennialpress.com/festival-tickets/
To order your very own copy of the 2018 Heroines anthology, go to: https://www.theneoperennialpress.com/the-heroines-anthology/
Join Kate Mildenhall, Ruth Clare and me for a chat about the personal stories behind our novels as well as our paths to publication.
Where: Northcote Library
When: Tuesday the 18th of September from 7-8pm.
Book online at darebinlibraries.vic.gov.au or call 1300 655 355
If you're a young writer interested in learning more about your craft, come and be part of Northcote High School's inaugural Young Writers' Summit and book a spot in my workshop.
Join me to learn the essential ingredients of micro, flash and short fiction on Friday September the 7th from 1.30-3.30pm at NHS.
Contact Rebekah Keenan-Mount on: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Bookings essential!
I am currently working on the copyedit for my second novel, A NEW DAY, which is due out with Allen and Unwin in February 2019.
It's an odd experience getting back into the guts of a novel I haven't worked on for a while - terrifying and exhilarating in equal measures. Underlying this, is the knowledge that it will be real book soon and out in the world for all to see.
For now, I focus on the small things, the words and sentences, that will lead me there...
I was reminded on a recent retreat just how important it is to create space and time around my writing.
Like many other authors, I work in short bursts between caring for my children, doing my day job, maintaining relationships and tending to life in general. Although this process works well, generally it doesn’t allow time to reflect or to truly inhabit my work.
There are advantages that come from simply being able to contemplate. Often, it’s more words on the page but also new ideas and rich thoughts.
On returning from retreat, I vowed to give my writing brain more time to breathe. To be mindful of creating space in my process for creative thought and, importantly, for imagination.
I recently received the exciting news that my short story, Fairy Tale Endings, will be published in the upcoming Heroines Anthology. The anthology will be officially launched on September 5th at the Heroines: Women writing women festival.
See link below for information about the anthology, and to purchase festival tickets:
A little thing I wrote about the empowerment that can come from separation and divorce. Thanks to the good folk at Feminartsy for putting it out there... See the link below:
If you have a burning desire to write a book, this could well be the workshop for you!
Join me at Northcote Library on July 21st from 1-4pm to learn some useful techniques. I'll guide you through writing exercises and will provide you with tips on how to keep going once you're sitting alone at your desk. Lets get inspired together...
For more details or to book your spot, please contact Northcote Library on: 1300 655 355
I look forward to seeing you there!
I had the great pleasure of being interviewed recently for a brand new podcast. The First Time features Australian writers and industry insiders speaking about the first time they published a book.
The brains behind this baby are Melbourne authors, Kate Mildenhall and Katherine Collette. Each episode of the podcast is jam-packed with interesting insights and personal stories. But you'll have to hold onto your hat for the first one. It's due for release in August this year. For more information see: https://thefirsttimepodcast.com
Recently, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Melbourne copywriter, blogger, mama and all-round wonder woman, Emma McMillan, about my writing process. Check out the interview below, and if you are ever in need of words that work for you, I recommend contacting Emma via her website.
I feel incredibly lucky to be one of this year's Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence recipients. I have heard wonderful author accounts of time spent at this very special place. I am sure that the creative energy of all those past and present will infuse my work so that I am ultra-productive during my time there in October. I can't wait!
I am thrilled that my short story, Road Trips and Fairy Tales, was short listed and published in this year's Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology.
A HUGE thank you to all those wonderful people involved in its publication. It looks fantastic and is a great collection of short stories from around the globe.
For more information or for a copy, please contact Tangent Books.
I am honored and excited to be one of this year's Bristol Short Story Prize shortlisted authors.
The winners will be announced this Saturday October the 14th. The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 10 can be ordered from Tangent Books
To see all shortlisted authors, please see: https://www.bristolprize.co.uk/news/introducing-our-2017-shortlisted-writers/
I know reviews aren't the be all and end all. That you should ignore the bad ones and try to keep the good ones in perspective. But it's hard to beat the wonderful buzz of validation you feel as an author when a reviewer really likes your book, and tells the world so. When a reviewer or reader sees clearly the messages you set out to convey, the years of hard work and sleepless nights that went into creating them, fade away.
Amanda Barrett of Mrs B's Book Reviews wrote one such review of my novel Hello, Goodbye recently (see link below). I read it while I was supposed to be working on my third novel. It put a spring in my step and gave me the boost I needed to get back to writing. So, thanks Amanda - you made my day!