Anna Krien - journalist and freelance writer
Journalism is great because it takes me to some pretty odd places…’
Waiting to hear from publishers is not an uncommon experience for a writer of fiction, but Anna isn't exactly staring at the phone. She is busy making a go of working freelance for publications such as The Monthly, The Big Issue, The Age, Yen, Dazed & Confused, and The Griffith Review. She also has pieces in Best Australian Essays 2005 and 2006.
After finishing her undergrad at Deakin, Anna did a cadetship at The Age. ‘
I learnt a lot.’
…but probably the most important lesson, was that there is a vast difference between
reporting and journalism.’
Anna is perhaps first and foremost a writer. ‘
I don't follow that rule of pitching first, then writing
the story’, she says. ‘
If something catches my eye, then I write it. For me it's not really about money
or getting the green light from an editor, it's just how I understand the world.’
Anna says that her experience at Deakin affected her deeply. ‘
I have not since been in an institutional
environment that is so open to new ideas and creativity,’ she says. Anna appears to have made the most of
what a creative environment can offer.