The National Writers’ Conference is the place for emerging writers to develop their skills, hear from leaders in the field, and forge connections within the industry.
What happens when you are only just beginning to dip your toes into the wild waters of the literary world, only to find you’ve already aged-out of opportunities or are located far away from where the action seems to be?
In her keynote address, celebrated Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic Jeanine Leane will consider the role First Nations poetry plays in engaging with the politics of resistance, and how our poetry can convey and communicate First Nations histories, experiences, and aspirations in a way that national history cannot.
Find out from some of the best in the business how interviews can help inform a wider piece of work, how to listen and ask the right questions, and how to craft a thoughtful, engaging profile or portrait of a person.
Jennifer Down explores the tension between labor and life, the inherent weirdness of sharing your work, and what it means to keep putting one foot in front of the other as a working writer.
Explore how to find a good story for audio, as well as the specifics of writing audio stories, getting the most out of your interviews and what to do with a pile of tape.
Join Storming the City participants from 2021 for a discussion on building a community of disabled, emerging writers during the pandemic, and how it has impacted their lives and writing.
Join Stella-prize shortlisted poet and educator Eunice Andrada, as she leads you through an intimate workshop on how to translate the visceral experience of living into words.
In this panel discussion, Next Chapter recipients past and present, share their experiences of the scheme and discuss the many ways emerging writers are making the most of opportunities to break through barriers and challenge the assumptions of Australian publishing.
The literary industry can feel inaccessible and unapproachable to many. Three artists provide information and practical tips on how to access the literary industry, particularly for writers of working class and low-income backgrounds.
Whether you’re assembling an essay collection or writing pieces for individual publication, learn how to plan, craft, and publish the pieces closest to you.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster, and award-winning social advocate.
Renay Barker-Mulholland is an artist, writer, and creator. Renay is a proud disabled, Biripi / Dungutti woman, and a staunch feminist who is dedicated to fighting for disability justice.
Sermsah Bin Saad’s name in the Indigenous community is synonymous with theatre, television, ﬁlm, festival circuits, opera, dance and choreography.
Katerina Gibson’s short stories have appeared in Granta, Overland, Meanjin, and the Kill Your Darlings 2020 New Australian Fiction anthology, among other places.
Kathleen Gonzalez is a Melbourne-based Colombian contemporary artist, cultural art producer, ethno dance writer, artistic director and founder of Tunjos y Cantaros Ethnologic Dance Company & Ethnodanceology.
Hasib Hourani is a Lebanese-Palestinian writer, editor, and arts worker living on unceded Wurundjeri Country.
Sabina Knox is a Queer Disabled maker of all things, sometimes finishing them and sometimes they will live on the shelf of good ideas never to see the light of day.
Jes Layton is a writer, content creator, freelancer and artist, who has appeared in a number of writers festivals including National Young Writers’ Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival among others.
Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales.
Monique Nair is Naarm based writer and editor of Indian-Italian-Polish heritage exploring diaspora experiences, language, coming of age narratives and questions of identity and meaning.
Adalya Nash Hussein is a writer and editor.
Genevieve Novak is a writer from Melbourne. She writes romantic comedies, content, and really long text messages.
Luke Patterson is a Gamilaroi poet, folklorist and musician living on Gadigal lands.
Bella Waru (Ngati Tukorehe // Te Ati Awa) is a movement and sound artist, cultural producer, performer, weaver, community arts facilitator and body worker living, listening and responding across sacred, unceded Indigenous lands, currently those of the Kulin Nation in so-called-australia.
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