THE WRITER'S ROOM
A must-read masterclass for students, writers and readers
Charlotte Wood's acclaimed interviews with a wide range of well-known writers in her online magazine The Writer's Room Interviews have become essential reading for writers at all stages of their careers, and also pure reading pleasure for all book-lovers.
The interviews range in topic from the subject matter of the writers' work to quite intricate—and intimate—revelations about the ways in which they approach their craft. Charlotte's subjects are generous, fascinating and frank about the failures and successes, and struggles and joys of the writing life.
Read Charlotte in The Guardian on the lessons she took from the interviews into writing The Natural Way of Things.
'...About as good as interviewing gets. The conversations laid down in The Writer’s Room are rich, detailed, honest, and relaxed ... the information provided is so rich, and there is so much honesty and intimacy here, that it feels almost wrong – like an unfair advantage – to read them. It’s as if you were overhearing a very intense and somewhat private conversation between the two cherished friends about the very heart of how and why they do their work ... The discussions explore all sorts of aspects of the writing process, including anxieties and aesthetic vision, as well as work methods, the building of worlds, structure, habits, characterisation, on writing darkness, on writing humour, on writers block, and almost everything else you can think of. The book is so full of insights that my copy is now full of dog-ears and post-it notes (sorry book purists) for points I want to return to or draw on.'
- Magdalena Ball, The Compulsive Reader
'Taken individually any one of these thoughtful conversations has the capacity to draw the reader into a zone of sympathy and appreciation, even if she has not read the published works of the interviewee. Collectively the conversations constitute a valuable resource for writers, teachers and general readers intrigued by the psychology and craft of making fiction.'
-Robyn Walton, The Australian - full review here
'For writers, an indispensable resource; for readers, a pure pleasure.”
- Geordie Williamson, critic & author, The Burning Library
'These interviews have consistently provided me with the the best descriptions of a writer’s craft I could hope to find. Invaluable.'
- Sophie Cunningham, author Warning: The story of Cyclone Tracy, Bird, Geography
'Interviews of grit and stamina - real talk between two adult writers about the hard yards of writing. There's never an issue that doesn't provide an insight worth bottling.'
— Ailsa Piper, author Sinning Across Spain
'Lets its readers eavesdrop on the best of conversations - erudite, interesting, always inspirational.'
— Ashley Hay, author The Railwayman's Wife