Shaun Tan: ‘Self-doubt, I think many creators would agree, is hard to overcome'
Artist, writer and filmmaker Shaun Tan shares a couple of thoughts on self-doubt, and its place in a writer's work.
Andrew McDonald: ‘Good writing is about a book that puts forward a kernel of truth'
Author Andrew McDonald on the importance of truth in writing.
Jess Walton: ‘Some people are writing in whatever gaps in their day or their week or their month that they can find'
Picture book author, teacher, parent, daughter of a trans parent, and proud queer disabled woman Jess Walton on the support new writers need in developing a major work.
Jamila Rizvi: ‘Finding the time and space to write is really, really difficult'
Author, presenter and political commentator Jamila Rizvi on the importance of finding the time to develop a larger piece of work.
Melanie Cheng: ‘Once writing had become part of my routine, I was hooked'
Writer and general practitioner Melanie Cheng reflects on her dual professional lives – and on finally giving herself permission to write.
Candy Bowers: ‘There are these little explosions that start happening'
Candy Bowers talks about the changing nature of representation in Australian literature.
Santilla Chingaipe: ‘The strongest work comes from development'
Santilla Chingaipe on the importance of time for development in producing a major work.
Sami Shah: ‘Everyone wants to know my story as a non-fiction piece'
Sami Shah discusses barriers to diversity when writing fiction in Australia.
Watch: An introduction to The Next Chapter, and a guide to applying
In this short 12-minute video, Sophie Black and Jon Tjhia explain what The Next Chapter is, what it's for – and how to put together your application.
Toni Jordan: ‘It’s an exercise in holding your nerve'
Toni Jordan discusses the value of mentorship – particularly in getting through publishing your first major work.
Quinn Eades: ‘Writers need to write'
Quinn Eades is a researcher, writer, and poet whose work is published nationally and internationally, and is the author of all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body, and Rallying. He shares some thoughts about what he's learned about writing, getting published and how Australian literary culture has…