176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000
Fax: 03 9650 8010
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm
The Wheeler Centre, located down the side street of the State Library, is a part of the Melbourne’s criteria as a City of Literature. I guess the Melbourne city council are modelling off Edinburgh, which is cool. Both places are Cities of Literature, both cities have international comedy festivals, it shall only be a matter of time before Melbourne embraces Scottish culture completely and kilts become mandatory for all formal occasions.
Then through my TAFE course, the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, I had a guided tour of the Wheeler Centre and found out that while level 1 is host to author events, writing workshops and public speaking events, level 3 on the other hand is host to Writer’s Victoria.Writer’s Victoria is a not-for-profit, government-funded organisation with a focus on Writers living in Victoria. I have signed up with the organisation and it cost me $68 for a yearly individual membership, though there are lots of membership options and choices.
Writer’s Victoria Member benefits include:
• Access to Writers Victoria staff for information and advice
• The Victorian Writer magazine, published ten times per year, with articles by writers on their craft, and the best round-up of competitions and opportunities. Recent topics include writing for the web, maintaining motivation, mentoring, manuscript assessment, publicity and more
• The weekly enews with writing news, events and opportunities
• Access to the Writers Victoria library’s great collection of writing-related reference books, literary magazines, and trade weeklies
• Up to three free classifieds a year in The Victorian Writer or enews
• Competition entry forms available from Writers Victoria
• Discounts on Writers Victoria services including:
• All Writers Victoria workshops and events
• Writers Victoria’s professional manuscript assessment service
• Rental of a writers’ studio at Glenfern and The Old Melbourne Gaol
• An extensive range of books for sale through Writers Victoria, including the Australian Writer’s Marketplace, A Decent Proposal and Australian Book Contracts
But one of the best things about joining Writer’s Victoria is that you can just rock up to the joint, sit down in the library, browse through the heaps of writing books they have available there, or just start writing, or both. Alternatively, if you want to do your writing in a group (even on the weekend), you can just email Writer’s Victoria and they will set aside a room for group writing activities. I truly recommend any writer currently living in Victoria, beginner or professional, to join up and reap the communal benefits.
The Wheeler Centre is also host to the following organisations:
• Emerging Writers’ Festival
• Melbourne Writers Festival
• Express Media
• Australian Poetry
• The Small Press Network
• Melbourne PEN Centre
Oh I also wanted to mention the Digital Writer’s Festival that’s happening from 13th to the 24th of February, please check it out. My next post will be about the writing organisation Ballarat Writers Inc.. They have a big emphasis on writers living in the Western Regions of Victoria, but I think it’s worth looking into, especially Young Adult (YA) and children’s writers.