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.

EVENTS

The Guardian has a rolling list of streaming events in the arts and literature and welcomes additions.

The Stella Prize will be announced online at  thestellaprize.com.au from 8pm (AEST) on Tuesday 14 April 2020

The Everywhere Book Fest, an international online book festival targeted at kidlit, is happening on May 1-2.

The Yarra Valley Writers Festival, originally scheduled for May 8-10, has been reinvented as an online festival on May 9.

The AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY AWARDS (ABIA) will be livestreamed at 4pm on May 13.

The Wheeler Centre has cancelled all its events until May 7 but is powering along online, with new and archived livestreams available at its website.

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.

WORDS

Melbourne Spoken Word has an audio journal, Audacious, of spoken word and poetry from various gigs. The latest issue includes a Ballarat connection in Steve Smart alongside 13 other sensational acts! A steal at $5. MSW is also running a channel on Twitch for live poetry readings.

Hundreds of free audio books on Audible

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!