Graduate Story: Katherine Howell
Crime fiction writer
Bachelor of Arts; Writing major
Crime fiction writer Katherine Howell is the only author to have won two Davitt awards for best crime novel by an Australian woman. She was also shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards 2013, one of Australia's most prestigious crime writing literary awards.
"I always wanted to be writer, even as a kid, but I wasn't sure about how I was going to get there. Studying writing was the starting point. Before that I was floundering around on my own," Katherine said.
Being around other writers and being taught by writers gave Katherine the confidence she needed to persist and get published.
"The lecturers were all published, so they were just inspiring to be around. I found a creative home and started to believe it could be possible."
"Having deadlines that actually made me write something and finish it and get feedback was so valuable. Feedback helps you see the flaws, and helps you improve. When I write a novel I get a 10-page report about all the things that don't work. Studying writing helped me learn to separate myself from my work and make the work better."