I'm Alan Vaarwerk.

I'm editor at Kill Your Darlings, and also sometimes a writer and critic.

I was formerly editorial assistant for Readings Monthly and have provided editorial services to other companies including Ultimo Press, Text Publishing and Griffith Review.

I've delivered talks and workshops at festivals and universities, and have appeared on panels at festivals and conferences in Australia and internationally.

I grew up in northern NSW, grew up some more in Brisbane, and now live in Melbourne.


Essays and interviews
Kill Your Darlings / Wheeler Centre

Fiction and memoir
Stilts / Griffith Review

Books + Publishing / Readings Monthly


Panels and Conversations
Melbourne Writers Festival / Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Conference / SPN Independent Publishing Conference / Emerging Writers Festival / Digital Writers Festival / Brisbane Writers Festival / National Young Writers Festival

Workshops and Talks
Emerging Writers Festival / Terror Australis Readers & Writers Festival / Noted Festival


  • 2014: Grad. Dip. Editing & Publishing, RMIT

  • 2010: B. Arts (Creative Writing, Hons 1), Griffith University

  • 2009: B. Communications (Literary Studies & Creative Writing), Griffith University


alan (dot) vaarwerk (at) gmail (dot) com