I'm Alan Vaarwerk.

I'm an editor, writer and critic. I provide proofreading and editorial services to publishing companies including Ultimo Press, Affirm Press and Text Publishing; I am also a news producer for Guardian Australia and live TV captioner at Red Bee Media.

From 2017–2023 I was editor at Kill Your Darlings magazine and was previously editorial assistant for Readings Monthly

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.


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