Andrea Rowe is no stranger to the Freelance Jungle. As a content writer, she’s generous with her input and a delight to have around.

She’s no slouch when it comes to creative writing in both producing it and advocating for it. A proactive problem-solver, when Andrea realised Mornington Peninsula could have done with some way for writers to get together, she started the Peninsula Writer’s Club. A keen writer, Andrea has just been named 2022 Children’s Book Council Of Australia Picture Book of the Year – Early Childhood for her wonderfully popular book, Jetty Jumping.

And she’s coming to the Freelance Jungle to talk about creating your very own writer’s life!

In this special Freelance Jungle session, Andrea will talk about both her writing and her writer’s group across:

  • Growing the vision – imagining where you want to be
  • Growing your writing community – setting up your writers group tips
  • Work / writing balance
  • Giving back while keeping boundaries – volunteering and creating are a powerful force
  • Prioritising feeding your creativity – podcasts, events, workshops, social media, off line time
  • Children’s book authoring – where to start / continue

Here are Andrea’s handouts from the session:

  1. Freelance Jungle interview process notes
  2. GOAL-SETTING-Template
  3. How to create a writing life with Andrea Rowe handout 

How to Create a Writing Life with Andrea Rowe

Tue, Nov 15, 2022 1:30 PM SYDNEY TIME 


Andrea Rowe is a children’s / YA author and short story / features writer. Her debut book Jetty Jumping (Hardie Grant) was shortlisted for Children’s Book Council of Australia Children’s Picture Book of the Year – early Childhood and was reprinted 10 times in 16 months. Her works appear in anthologies and magazines, and she is also a copywriter, editor and content strategist for Australian not-for-profit organisations. Based on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Andrea also founded her own regional writing nfpo association, The Peninsula Writers’ Club and partners with the Mornington Peninsula Shire to deliver the Mayor’s Short Story Writing Award. A passionate advocate for contemporary Australian literature, she also hosts author talks as the Words after Dark interview host with Antipodes Bookstore in Sorrento and writing workshops for community. Andrea’s mission is to celebrate the storytellers and connect communities through creativity.


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