As we maintain our physical social distancing, here are some options for keeping a finger on the pulse of the writing community online.
Most writers centres are offering webinars on craft and industry topics in lieu of face-to-face workshops. Check out Writers Victoria’s offerings at the website.
Online critique or writing races: tap a friend or three and share some words for feedback, or set a date and time to “meet” online to knock out some wordage and share some messages of encouragement. Or pick a contest from our competitions page, get a posse together and brainstorm and workshop each other’s entries.
The Wheeler Centre runs a fortnightly offshoot of last year’s Broadside Festival, Broadly Speaking, on issues of feminism and gender.
Dymocks is running online author interviews in its Chapter One program.
Clunes Booktown is running Sunday author sessions online and has put together a bookclub hub.
The Guardian has a rolling list of streaming events in the arts and literature and welcomes additions.
The Wheeler Centre has new and archived livestreams available at its website.
The Garrett presents regular interviews with “writers on writing”.
The First Time Podcast talks to writers and industry insiders about first-time publications.
Bendigo Writers Festival is running a Backstory program of writer interviews.
Adelaide Writers Week has made many of its events from this year available online.
The Queenscliffe Literary Festival has had to cancel, but is running an online book club.
The Facebook group Writers Go Forth. Launch. Promote. Party. is promoting writers, especially those whose new books and launch events have been disrupted by COVID-19.
The Social Distancing Festival lists online activities by artists from around the world.
More festival news at this calendar
Writing prompts and other cool material with which to while away lockdown couresty of Suleika Jaouad
Melbourne Spoken Word is running a channel on Twitch for live poetry readings with plenty of open mic opportunities. It also has an audio journal, Audacious, of spoken word and poetry from various gigs.
Hundreds of free audio books on Audible
The State Library of Victoria has tooled up its online offerings.
The National Gallery of Victoria has a rolling banquet of art and music drawing on its collections and exhibitions.
The Victoria Together website has plenty going on, collecting online offerings from readings and stand-up comedy to movies and livestreamed animal action.
Favourite kids books read by famous actors at Storyline Online
Poetry readings at Poetry Unbound
Ballarat’s Megan J. Riedl is sharing daily ‘Pandemic Poetry’ on her Facebook page
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BONUS CRITTERS: At the risk of distracting from writing time, Melbourne Zoo is livestreaming footage from some of its animal enclosures – including penguins and OMG snow leopard kittens!