ACT Writing and Publishing Awards 2015

    We would like to invite you to attend our annual Christmas Party where the winners of the 2015 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards will be announced.

    This year, we are also pleased to welcome the Minister for the Arts, Joy Burch, who will be announcing the winners of the 2015 ACT Book of the Year Award and People’s Choice. Doors will open at 5:30pm and the awards announcements will begin at 6pm.  

    This event will run from 5:30pm on Thursday 17 December. To RSVP, email by December 9.

    For more information, click here

Events & Workshops

The Art of Fiction: 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know

3pm-5pm Saturday 14 November

Join us for a conversation with award-winning writer Sulari Gentill as she shares the 10 things every writer needs to know about the art of fiction and being published. Facilitated by the highly regarded Kaaron Warren, this will be a wide-ranging and entertaining event. Network drinks will follow. RSVP to

Sulari was the 2015 Eminent Writer-in-Residence. This program was developed by the ACT Writers Centre in collaboration with the Museum of Australian Democracy and supported by the ACT Government through artsACT.

Crime Fiction Masterclass with Sulari Gentill

10am-2pm Saturday 5 November

This workshop will introduce the underlying structure of the traditional crime novel and consider the ways that established tropes and reader expectations may be tested and twisted through the use of character and plot.

Sulari Gentill is the award-winning author of the ‘Rowland Sinclair Mysteries’, a series of historical crime novels set in the 1930s about Rowland Sinclair, the gentleman artist-cum-amateur-detective. The most recent instalment in the Rowland Sinclair series, Give the Devil his Due, reached bookshelves on 1 November 2015. 

Write Your Book on a Weekend with Jan Cornall

10am–4pm Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 December

In one weekend learn everything you need to know about how to write your novel, memoir or nonfiction book, and how to wrestle the overwhelmingly big idea into small do-able chunks.

Writer/performer Jan Cornall has written fifteen produced plays and musicals, a feature film, novel, and a collection of poems and stories. For more than a decade Jan has taught writing at writer's centres and universities (UWS, UTS). Jan also mentors writers and leads international writing workshops and retreats in Bali, Fiji, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Vietnam and Morocco.

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