Calling all young writers!

    Are you an emerging writer under 35? Do you need up to $5,000 to develop your craft, skills and experience?


    Now in its second year, The ACT Writers Centre is calling for expressions of interest for the Anne Edgeworth Fellowship in memory of the late Canberra author and poet Anne Edgeworth (also known as Anne Godfrey Smith).


    Applications are invited from published and unpublished writers in the fields of poetry, fiction writing, screenwriting and playwriting. Possible award uses include tuition fees, travel, accommodation, printing and publishing, editing or attending a writers' retreat.


  • live in the ACT or one of the nearby NSW Local Government Areas (Young, Harden, Gundagai, Tumut, Boorowa, Yass Valley, Upper Lachlan, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Wingecarribee, Palerang, Greater Queanbeyan, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma Monaro, and Snowy River);
  • be under the age of 35 at 30 November 2014; and
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

    Expressions of Interests (EOI) are due by Friday 17 October.

    Please see the form here for further information.

Events & Workshops


Unlocking Short Stories with Susanne Gervay

10am–4pm Saturday 11 October

The short story is a unique form of writing that crosses all genres from children's to literary. For a short story to resonate, it needs to have a strong idea driving it, strong characters and be structurally and thematically sound. This workshop unravels the elements of good short story writing – the ethos, themes, sub themes characters, language, structure, plots, sub plots, tone, style.

Susanne Gervay is an award winning short story writer, young adult and children's author. She is widely published in literary journals and anthologies from children's to literary, including Quadrant, Southerly, Westerly, Mattoid.

Mark Tredinnick

The Little Red Writing Masterclass with Mark Tredinnick

10am–4pm Sunday 12 October

The Little Red Writing Workshop is a crash-course in style, craft and grace for everyone who writes and wants to write better. Drawing on Mark's inspiring writing guide The Little Red Writing Book, the course (like the book) focuses on sentence craft and technique, and it's aimed at both creative and functional writers.

Mark Tredinnick , acclaimed poet and author of The Little Red Writing Book, has been teaching grammar to writers for many years, drawing on what he learned as a book editor and writing teacher, and what he’s taught himself since as a writer.

Mark TredinnickBook Marketing and Self-Promotion with Tania McCartney

10am–4pm Saturday 18 October

Participants will learn about marketing both their work and themselves as an author or illustrator. They will learn how to compete in the market, how to make themselves and their work stand out in a saturated book world and how to do things with excellence and savvy.

Tania McCartney is an award-wining author of both children's and adult books. Tania's latest books include Tottie and Dot, An Aussie Year, and Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo: A journey around Canberra.

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