Claire Christian is a storyteller: a writer, theatre-maker and facilitator. She has had four plays published by Playlab, including Lysa and the Freeborn Dames, which debuted at La Boite in 2018. She also directed Michelle Law’s smash-hit comedy Single Asian Female. Claire co-hosts the podcast My Mate Reckons. Claire’s debut novel, Beautiful Mess, won the Text Prize in 2016. It’s … Continue reading Claire Christian on pleasure, rom coms and writing good sex
Image description: Two women on a Zoom call. Both are smiling and laughing. Kate and Katherine talk about failure, mudlarking and the real housewives. Also, some writing exercises for when you're feeling creatively challenged. https://audioboom.com/posts/7936088-kate-and-katherine-talk-again Things that get mentioned: YVWF I Didn’t Plan it That Way - Meg Mason, Rick Morton, Sally Hepworth, Jessie Tu, Michael … Continue reading Kate and Katherine talk (again)
Alice Pung is an award-winning writer based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as well as the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her first novel, Laurinda, won the Ethel Turner … Continue reading Alice Pung on class, voice and why she writes
This week we talk research. Katherine's entertaining the idea of setting her next book in the past and Kate is frothing with excitement at the thought. They talk about research styles, pitfalls, procrastination holes and why the process is different for each book. They mention: Toni Jordan's research process (we interviewed her way back in … Continue reading Research & Mirandi Riwoe on plotting, outrage and writing historical fiction
How to write, right now? Kate and Katherine take two different approaches at this moment, which may of course change! Katherine is taking solace from a delightful listener email and an anecdote about Eleanor Dark, who apparently didn't write for the entire duration of WWII. So give yourself permission NOT to write at this time. … Continue reading How to write, now & Alice Robinson on writing the anthropocene, motherhood & finding joy
How do you support your writing tribe? We chat about shout outs, buying books, ways to participate in the industry and Katherine's upcoming debate for Radio National at The State Library. We shout out to some of our fave local bookstores including Eltham Bookshop, Pickwick & Sprout in Hurstbridge and Readings, Carlton and we implore our … Continue reading Supporting other writers & Charlotte Wood on rejection, writing craft and bodies of work
We put on our most professional outfits to discuss professionalism. We discuss: email signatures the difference between gravity sewer and pressure sewer (you really do have to listen) websites (Kate's new website will be live soon, and if you like the look, she used Jin & Co) Nina Kenwood (who we interviewed recently) and her … Continue reading Professionalism & John Purcell on pseudonyms, writing sex & what sells books
Someone gave us a two star review. Katherine got a bit worried. We talk about the (mostly) fabulous feedback we get from our amazing listeners and we do a completely transparent request for your lovely reviews on iTunes, if you are so inclined. We also attempt to answer a question from one listener who wanted us … Continue reading Listener feedback & Jannali Jones on NanoWriMo, persistence & cultural identity
We are BACK from hiatus, and while we have to wait just a little longer to share some exciting news, we've got this brand-spanking-new episode where we talk about writers groups; being in them and how we found our own tribes. We also try to answer a listener question about when it might be time … Continue reading Writers Groups & Mark Smith on confidence, school visits & writing trilogies.
Kate and Katherine talk mentors. Kate sings the praises of informal mentors such as this week's guest, Kelly Gardiner, and also her formal mentorship with writer Charlotte Wood. Katherine laments a work mentorship gone wrong. What about mentoring others? And what's the difference between mentoring and being a member of a good writing community? Kate … Continue reading Mentors & Kelly Gardiner on pirates, Twitter & getting the writing done.