👋 I'm Alan.

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

I was formerly editorial assistant for Readings Monthly and have worked in editorial with Text Publishing, Inkerman & Blunt and Griffith Review.

I've read and performed my work at writers festivals throughout Australia, delivered talks and workshops at festivals and universities, and have appeared on panels at festivals and conferences in Australia and internationally.

I grew up on Bundjalung and Gumbayngirr country in northern NSW, grew up some more in Brisbane, and now live in Melbourne.

📝 Writing

🎟 Speaking

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

🎓 Education

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

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

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

📧 Contact

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

alan (at) killyourdarlings (dot) com (dot) au