Ask About… Navigating Freelance Life | Writers Victoria

Yes it’s another panel! This time with Anna Spargo-Ryan and Marisa Wikramanayake on freelancing fulltime.

Lunchtime Literature: Accessing the Industry
Friday 24 June 2022
12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Online via YouTube
Free | No booking required, join here

Usually, being a fulltime writer isn’t just about writing. It’s also about pitching, managing your time, developing relationships and chasing up invoices. Freelance life is often simultaneously stressful and liberating. Whether you’re considering freelance life, taking on a little freelance work alongside a full- or part-time job or looking for tips to improve your current practices, three experienced freelance writers are here to answer your questions.

Poster with photos of Anna, Jinghua and Marisa above text for the vent on a spotty background.

Accessing the Industry | Emerging Writers Festival 2022

Another event I’m part of at EWF this year is a lunchtime panel demystifying the writing and publishing industry, particularly for writers from working-class and low-income backgrounds. It’s with Julia Rose Bąk and Dan Hogan, and it’s online via YouTube so you can join from anywhere.

Lunchtime Literature: Accessing the Industry
Friday 24 June 2022
12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Online via YouTube
Free | No booking required, join here

Check out the rest of the program here, there’s a lot on and most of it’s free!

Feast of Resistance | Seventh Gallery

I have a little piece titled ‘In praise of laziness (portrait of my grandma in the frozen section)’ in a new limited edition publication called Feast of Resistance. Curated by Priya Pavri, with contributions from artists Moorina Bonini, Aida Azin, Lara Chamas, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Shamen Suku and Nikki Lam, it’s launching this Saturday at Seventh Gallery.

Line drawing of people around a table, cooking and eating. The food is in colour.

Lunchtime Literature: Accessing the Industry
Friday 24 June 2022
12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Online via YouTube
Free | No booking required, join here

Workshop: We’re just getting started | NEWS Conference

Emerging writers, Maddee and I are doing a session at the 2022 National Editors and Writers Conference (NEWS Conference) later this month. There’s also a keynote from writer and editor Adalya Nash Hussein, and workshops on interviewing skills, podcasting, criticism, and much more.

And if you’re trans/nonbinary/gender-diverse, you can also catch me and Maddee dishing our career advice in The Drop-In this month.

  • NEWS Conference poster
  • Tiled gallery of presenters

We’re just getting started
Thursday 19 May 2022
6:40 pm to 7:40 pm AEST
Streaming online via YouTube and Express Media
Tickets $25 (3-day conference + Express Media membership) | Register here
See the full program

Are you just starting out in writing and editing? We’ve all been there! Join Jinghua Qian and Maddee Clark as they discuss their experiences of starting out in the industry and give tips on things they wish they’d known.

Workshop series: The Drop-In

Solicited advice for trans & gender diverse folks starting out in the creative industries.

Illustration of a cluttered bedroom with text (as below) on an easel.
Poster art: Dawn Iris Dangkomen.

All through May 2022, I’m running five online workshops for trans/nonbinary/gender diverse folks on starting out in the creative industries, featuring an all-star line up:

  • Sun 8 May – dance – Raina Peterson (they/them) – book
  • Tue 10 May – writing/editing – Maddee Clark (he/him) – book
  • Tue 17 May – media – Jinghua Qian (ey/em) – book
  • Tue 24 May – music – June Jones (she/her) – book
  • Tue 31 May – comedy – Cassie Workman (she/her) – book

They’re all free, you can join from anywhere in the world, and you can come to as few or as many as you like. More info at the booking links above. Can’t wait!

Beyond the Binary + Creation | Sydney Opera House

Following the grand tradition of me forgetting to mention events until they’re sold out, I’m on a panel this weekend with Sandy O’Sullivan, Amao Leota Lu and Yves Rees. You can’t come! Sorry!

Lunchtime Literature: Accessing the Industry
Friday 24 June 2022
12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Online via YouTube
Free | No booking required, join here

Promo graphic that says All About Women - Beyond the BInary with various gender symbols on a yellow blobby background.

There are still tickets left for many of the other All About Women* festival events though – I’ll be going to the panel First Nations Women Look to the Future ft Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Chelsea Watego, Alison Whittaker, Amy McQuire and host Larissa Behrendt.

Also check out Deborah Kelly’s project Creation – you can go to a choral workshop where you’ll learn to sing SJ Norman’s incredible liturgy, attend a procession, or witness the world premiere of the musical works based on poems by Ellen van Neerven, Evelyn Araluen, Heather Grace Jones and me! Pretty excited for that.

* Not only about women.

Sincerely Yours closing event | West Space x Arts Project Australia

Join Arts Project Australia and West Space to celebrate the closing of the joint fandom-focused exhibition Sincerely Yours next weekend.

There’ll be an artist talk with curator Sophia Cai and artists Danny Lyons and Dylan Goh, followed by me, Natasha Hertanto and Diego Ramirez reading our commissioned fanfic. Then K-pop dance group AO crew will bust some moves and the bar will be open.

Saturday 5 March 2022
2 pm to 4 pm (exhibition open 12 pm to 4 pm)
Collingwood Yards
35 Johnston Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
free – no bookings required – Auslan interpreted

The exhibition will be open until Sunday 6 March. You can also read all the Sincerely Yours fanfic, including mine, here at West Space Offsite.

Sincerely Yours exhibition, curated by Sophia Cai. 22 January to 6 March 2022 at Arts Project Australia and West Space, Collingwood Yards.


One night snatch | Sincerely Yours at West Space

A couple of months ago, curator Sophia Cai asked me to pen some fanfiction for Sincerely Yours, an exhibition in collaboration with West Space x Arts Project Australia that explores fannish love and devotion.

So of course, : ‘One night snatch, or Brother Wang’s guide to eating out in Tashkent’. I think it’s one of the best and certainly the most embarrassing thing I wrote in the last six months.

If you’re in Melbourne, the exhibition is on until 6 March 2022 and you can also explore the other online pieces on West Space Offsite.

Dates with plates. Photo: Karolina Kołodziejczak on Unsplash


URST = unresolved sexual tension
RPF = real person fic
AU = alt universe