RMIT graduate, writer, editor and artist Holly Childs is publishing her first novella through Hologram Books this month.
Ms Childs, who completed her diploma in Professional Writing and Editing (PWE) in 2011 at RMIT, received funding to write No Limit, which explores themes in the digital age such as restlessness and searching for meaning.
"No Limit enfolds many of the themes and aesthetic concerns I initially explored while studying at RMIT," she said.
"I started writing it in 2012, after I had graduated from Professional Writing and Editing, and while I was receiving Australia Council ArtStart funding to develop my practice as a creative writer."
Ms Childs edits Melbourne magazine Crazy in Love and her writing has appeared in Going Down Swinging, Overland, Endless Lonely Planet, Polar and Magasine.
Penny Johnson, Coordinator of Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, congratulated Ms Childs on her debut novella, a concise writing form also known as a short novel or long short story.
"Through our writing workshop-style classes led by practitioners, the Professional Writing and Editing program nurtures students' creativity, while building technical skills and fostering industry acumen," Ms Johnson said.
"Holly Childs, in editing Crazy in Love magazine and in securing a substantial arts grant and a publisher for her novella No Limit, demonstrates the entrepreneurial spirit we encourage in our program.
"Without question Holly is a passionate and original new writing talent."
RMIT's original PWE program has evolved over time to keep up to date with changes in technology and teaching trends.
It is now an Associate Degree and has had many graduates achieve success in many forms of writing, from books, online, TV and film.
Graduates include novelists Toni Jordan (Addition) and Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project), young adult authors Carole Wilkinson (Dragonkeeper series) and Cath Crowley (Grafitti Moon), journalists Sian Prior and Michael Green, and performance writer Michele Lee, who won the 2013 AWGIE for the most outstanding original radio play.
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