Blogging for beginners: a short course at the NSW Writers’ Centre

Are you keen to give blogging a go but don't know where to start? I'm teaching a short course at the NSW Writers' Centre in March. The full description is here. I must stress that this is definitely a beginner's course and if you're already blogging you might get a bit bored in the first … Continue reading Blogging for beginners: a short course at the NSW Writers’ Centre

Some notes on the 'new world' of publishing

On the weekend I was a guest of the Write Around the Murray Festival in Albury. Besides giving a blogging/social media workshop, I was on a panel called The New World of Publishing alongside author Cate Kennedy, zinester Anna Poletti, self-published memoirist Melinda Marengo, and Barry Dorr and Jo Costello from JoJo Publishing. I thought I'd … Continue reading Some notes on the 'new world' of publishing

Last weekend’s literary connectivity, and what I’ve been reading lately

On the weekend I was up in sunny Brisbane for the Australian Booksellers Association 2010 conference. It’s a conference for members and friends of the ABA – so, booksellers, publishers, and some librarians and media. I was officially there as a ‘blogger’ – on a panel called ‘Customers, Connections and Communities’, with Andrew McDonald from … Continue reading Last weekend’s literary connectivity, and what I’ve been reading lately

On writing, blogging and social media: an interview from Victorian Writer

After reading A.S. Patric's thoughts on blogging, in an interview he did for Nigel Featherstone at the Canberra Times, I thought I'd reprint a recent interview I did for Victorian Writer, the Victorian Writers' Centre magazine, to add to the conversation. Enjoy! And please share your thoughts in the comments, or via the Facebook fan page, Twitter, your own blogs, … Continue reading On writing, blogging and social media: an interview from Victorian Writer

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part four: finding meaning in the media

...in which the audience gasps audibly at the mention of Twitter! Official festival blogger Estelle and I are aptly blogging this morning's session laptop by laptop, sandwich by sandwich, in a cafe overlooking one of the festival venues. Jeff Sparrow spoke to Margaret Simons about Finding Meaning in the Media. Simons is a fellow Crikey blogger, and … Continue reading Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part four: finding meaning in the media

Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog?

The following article is a slightly amended version of the speech I gave during the Emerging Writers' Festival panel The Revolution Will Be Downloaded, May 2009. In my reading of cultural blogs (particularly literary blogs), and through a growing audience for LiteraryMinded, I have found that some recurring elements exist in blogs which could be deemed successful. My measure of … Continue reading Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog?