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What was it like to be on the other side of the writing process and to edit the collection of short stories for the Margaret River Short Story Competition? I've done a bit of editing work before; I was one of the fiction editors for the Melbourne literary journal Etchings a few years ago. While…

Andrea Goldsmith It’s a great pleasure this evening to be launching Helen Gildfind’s first book, her wonderful collection of stories THE WORRY FRONT. I first met Helen back in March 2013. She was one of a select group of emerging writers to be awarded an ASA mentorship. I was her mentor. I accepted her on…
Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Graeme, and I’m doing an internship at Margaret River Press during the first half of 2018. I’m in the last semester (I hope) of a Master of Arts degree, majoring in creative writing. I started reading when I was about six years old (Roald Dahl’s The…
Nina, you eat too much. Every meal you tell yourself, You’ve got to stop eating like this. You never feel hungry. You never feel full. You’re always out of control. Now it’s 9pm. Again, you’ve sent yourself to bed to stop yourself eating. Again, you can’t sleep: all you can think about is food. Maybe…
Nina, you eat too much. Every meal you tell yourself, You’ve got to stop eating like this. You never feel hungry. You never feel full. You’re always out of control. Now it’s 9pm. Again, you’ve sent yourself to bed to stop yourself eating. Again, you can’t sleep: all you can think about is food. Maybe…
A short story can be likened to the high-achieving novel’s little sister—still finding her feet, still establishing her voice, still waiting to be noticed. Although there is no exact definition as to how long a short story should be, the general consensus is that a short story is meant to be read in one sitting…
Early last year I was thrilled to find out that Margaret River Press was going to publish my collection of short stories. I was excited—then scared! What if I stuffed everything up? Enter Josephine Taylor: cool, calm, collected—editor extraordinaire! After my email-introduction to Jo I, naturally, strutted around for a while feeling like a movie star.…
When crafting You Belong Here, did you always have such a fantastic soundtrack in mind? Where can we go to listen to your playlist? It's funny; my life has always had a fantastic soundtrack: alt-rock, grunge, brit-pop, and hip-hop all rose as I was growing up. When it came time to write a book, I wasn't distinctly…
Over the years, Moore’s writing has taught me how a story’s ‘plot’ can come from moments of intellectual or emotional insight: a character’s ‘epiphany’ can be just as ‘climactic’ as the moment they trip over a dead body! Moore illustrates how an authorial position of empathy (not sympathy) allows you to explore ‘heavy’ themes which—though they may weigh down your characters—must never weigh down your writing.
H.C. Gildfind shares the inspiration behind the cover of 'The Worry Front' due for release in April 2018.
Part Two:  Something, from nothing—freewriting in action In the first part of this series, I showed how ‘freewriting’ emerged from my adolescent journaling habit as the key means through which I find and build stories. The following shows how I used this method to write the short story, ‘Ferryman.’ Whilst visiting family in Scotland, I…

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