The year gets away from us all – it’s already April!

It’s been a month now since we re-launched the website and introduced you to this beautiful beast. We’re chuffed to be meeting so many new people who are interested in what we do – we’re interested in your work, too, which makes the amount of sharing that’s happening through our new READ and WRITE functions really exciting.

We’re also thrilled tell you that we’ve expanded our team! We’re thrilled to welcome Emma Koehn on board as our Reviews Editor. Emma’s got a wealth of experience editing Melbourne Uni’s Farrago magazine in 2013, and writing and editing work for people like Lip and SYN radio. Her enthusiasm for discovering new publications and emerging writers is infectious, and we really look forward to what she brings to Writers Bloc. If you’ve got a publication that you’d like reviewed, or a pitch to review something yourself, you can get in touch with Emma at

We know that the act of writing can sometimes be overly earnest. Alone at your desk, wondering what it all means, trying too hard to pull at heartstrings or make your readers feel. In an attempt at something of an antidote to this, every Monday this month we’ll be hearing from funny writers. With comedy festivals happening right around Australia, we thought now might be a good time to ask funny people how they do it. While making people laugh might seem easy, after talking to these writers it actually seems like one of the hardest things anyone could do.

Speaking of festivals, so many are coming up! Last weekend the Sydney Writers’ Festival put out their 2014 program. At the end of this month the Emerging Writers’ Festival are launching their program. And while we’ve already got a sneak peek into NT’s Wordstorm festival, they are announcing their full program on Wednesday this week.

Congratulations also to Jessica Alice, Alexandra Neill and Lex Hirst in their new roles as the Directors of the National Young Writers’ Festival! The call-out for artists has gone out, and they’re keen to hear your ideas.

We hope you have a brilliant April, that the kids give you enough peace over the holidays to write a bit, and that you have a calm and joyful Easter if you celebrate. 

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Sam van Zweden was Writers Bloc’s Online Editor from 2013 - 2015. A Melbourne-based writer and blogger, her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Voiceworks, Tincture Journal, Page seventeen, and others. She’s passionate about creative nonfiction and cross stitch. She tweets @samvanzweden.