Writing Memoir with Goldie Alexander

    10am–4pm Saturday 13 September

    In this workshop, Goldie will guide participants through the process of writing a memoir. She will demonstrate and discuss writing techniques as they apply to memoirs, including research, characters, plotting, shaping your story, dialogue, endings, and editing. This workshop is ideal for the writer who has an idea for a memoir, has done a bit of research, but isn't sure how to get started.

    For full workshop details, visit our Upcoming Events page.

    ACT Writing and Publishing Awards now open!

    The closing date for the awards is 5pm Friday 19 September 2014. Winners will be announced at the 2014 ACT Writers Centre Annual Awards Night in December. 


    17th Annual Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award

    For an emerging ACT region writer (ie without a novel or a collection of short stories published or accepted for publication by a publisher with national distribution, at the closing date for submissions to the award. More Information: The Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award


    Michael Thwaites Poetry Award

    For an emerging ACT region poet (ie without a collection of poems published or accepted for publication by a publisher with national distribution, at the closing date for submissions to the award. More Information: The Michael Thwaites Poetry Award


    ACT Publishing Awards

    Recognising, rewarding and promoting writing by ACT region authors that has been published by small publishers or self-published. More Information: The ACT Publishing Awards 
    Sponsored by Paperchain Bookstore


    Information coming soon about the Z4 Review Writing Award and the Anne Edgeworth award.


Events & Workshops

Gillian Polack

Worldbuilding Workshop with Gillian Polack

10am–4pm Sunday 3 August

This course takes you through key issues that must be considered to build a fantasy or science fiction world. There will be discussions on the enormous differences between the world the reader sees and the one the writer knows and what sources you can use to access that past or to create a world.

Gillian Polack is an Australian writer and editor working mainly in the field of speculative fiction. She has published two novels, numerous short stories and nonfiction articles, and is the creator of
the New Ceres universe. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia. Her next novel Langue[dot]doc 1305 will be released later in 2014.

Lizz Murphy

Re/Word: A poetry workshop with Lizz Murphy

10am–4pm Saturday 16 August

A mentoring style workshop for poets, with Lizz Murphy, an award winning poet with many years workshopping and mentoring experience. Includes critical feedback, guidance and discussion of issues and challenges. For participants who book before 9 August, Lizz invites you to provide up to two poems (two pages maximum) in advance, for her feedback on the day.

Irish-Australian poet Lizz Murphy was Highly Commended in the Blake Poetry Prize and a finalist in the UK's Aesthetica Poetry Competition in 2013. Her awards include the 2011 Rosemary Dobson Poetry Prize (co-winner), a CAPO Singapore Airlines Travel Award and the 1998 Creative Arts Fellowship for Literature. She has published 12 books, including seven poetry titles.

Scott Baker

Seminar: Putting the Science in Science Fiction with Scott Baker

11am–1pm Saturday 23 August

Scott will look at the role of science in the works of science fiction. How accurate does it have to be? How much is too much? And what impact does sci-fi have on the development of real-world science? For anyone who has an interest in how the world works, this is a wonderful trip into the fantastic.

Scott Baker is a writer and film-maker who has recently returned from middle earth, working with Peter Jackson on his epic trilogy, ‘The Hobbit’. Scott grew up learning martial arts, reading fantasy novels and watching movies at every opportunity.  The Rule of Knowledge is Scott’s first novel. He is currently working on the development of two feature films and his second novel.

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