Opinion and feature writing

Opinion writing has been a mainstay of our news and media landscape since the 1970s. I so enjoy writing opinion pieces! Drafting helps me sort out my views on important topics and I love how published pieces contribute to conversations around current events.

Opinion pieces can:

A selection of my stories:

Sydney Morning Herald / The Age / Good Weekend / Good Food
The Splendour of gumboots in a world gone to mud
Harsh realities of border disorder demand new approaches

Byron Bay’s affordable housing crisis hits the hospitality industry

ABC online
After floods and storms, is it safe to swim in beaches, lakes and rivers?Coronavirus isolation means now is the time to fight nits and lice before school goes back

The Guardian
Anne with an E: Scope for the imagination
The four-day working week is back on the agenda

The problem with art prize communication

What happens to Byron Bay locals who can’t afford soaring property prices?
When house hunting feels like dating: House types reimagined as life partners
For a full list of my Domain stories, click here.

School fundraising stories arising from Walkley Grant for Freelance Journalists (2019-2020)
School fundraising: fact, fiction, fantasy and a possible future, Walkley Foundation via Medium
Volunteer fundraising helps prop up public schools, but should it?, ABC News online
As volunteers become harder to attract, school fundraising fatigue is biting hard, ABC News online
The reality of Australia’s free public education, The Saturday Paper
Walking our Walkley Path, Walkley Foundation via Medium
Big money: the science of a successful school fete, Essential Kids

The Saturday Paper
Big little black belt: Evie Cassel, 11, Taekwondo black belt
Skipping a beat: Luke Boon, 27, Rope Skipper
That daring young man: Matthew Wareing, 17, flying trapeze

Ten years since Australia got its first female prime minister
I am living with a century of wisdom: the Homeshare initiative
Why don’t fictional characters ever have their period?

MiNDFOOD magazine
Embracing Failure (June 2020 print issue)
Relaxing the senses (September 2019 print issue)

Atlas Obscura
The charmed second life of Australia’s cursed ‘Disco Dong
The Australian town that turns trash into Christmas trees

Your Teen Mag
Quarantine Video Games: How my family bonded over Mario Kart

5 Indigenous travel experiences in Byron Bay
Top 10 places to eat in Byron Bay if you only have a weekend
Only in Byron would there be a cafe with no espresso machine

Daily Life
Gender quotas for the Australia Day Honours are a must
The Australia Day honours list still has a gender problem. But you can help.

Six cleaning items that (sob!) also need cleaning
The hottest lighting ideas for 2018
Five ways to create an epic centrepiece

These AFL-inspired baby names will help predict footy stars of the future
When the Tooth Fairy ****s Up

5 days that nobody told me about before I became a parent

My Career / Money
Creative entrepreneurs need more than passion to make it on business stage
Finding free fun can be child’s play
Walking the talk about death

On the Road magazine
Splash into history
Layer upon Layer
Retro Van: Welcome to a 40s Wonderland

Child Magazines
Our Girl Summer
A Break In Routine
The Awe of Four

In addition to this list, I have been published in Great Walks, Families Magazine, Lift Magazine and Byron Shire News.

For a fuller list of publications, click here. If you are interested in my content writing for business and organisation, head over here.

“In her time writing for Domain, Vivienne has proven herself to be engaging and resourceful writer who files on time and to a high standard. She knows what resonates with our audience and has written some of our most popular stories.”

– January Jones, Lifestyle Editor, Domain

“Vivienne interviewed me for an article. She knew all the right questions to ask and her gentle nature made it feel like we were having a conversation over coffee. I was very impressed when I read the article once it was published, it was perfect.”
– Kathleen O’Brien, Floral Designer at Flower Dayz

Photo credit: Andrew Neel on Unsplash