Our new professional development program, HARDCOPY is now open for applications.
HARDCOPY is aimed at emerging fiction writers who are serious about their practice and have a book-length manuscript in development.
The program will take place over the course of 6 months and involve masterclasses with editors, bestselling authors and high-profile industry professionals. The aim of the program is to help writers produce the best possible manuscript and to facilitate relationships between writers and literary professionals.
Applications to HARDCOPY are now open. Full details, including instructions on how to apply, can be found at www.actwriters.org.au/hardcopy/index.shtml
Applications close 4pm Friday 4 April 2014.
If you have any questions or need more information phone the ACT Writers Centre on 6262 9191 or email hardcopyPD@gmail.com
Events & Workshops
10am–4pm Saturday 12 April
Using examples and practical exercises, this workshop provides a set of tools writers can use to help them analyse, edit and polish their stories. The workshop also covers receiving and incorporating critique into the redrafting process and includes an exercise in analytically reading other stories.
Ian McHugh has sold stories to magazines, webzines and anthologies in Australia and internationally. His stories have won grand prize in the Writers of the Future contest and been shortlisted four times at Australia's Aurealis Awards (winning Best Fantasy Short Story in 2010).
10am–4pm Saturday 3 May
In this workshop, Jeff will share his experience as a professional writer and his insights into the craft of nonfiction writing. Topics covered range from how to select the right topic to research, to how to write and prepare manuscripts for publication. Writers of all levels are encouraged to attend and share their work-in-progress with the group for evaluation and comment by the facilitator. Participants will learn how to shape their idea into an article for magazine or newspaper publication or turn it into a longer form book.
Jeff Apter has written 16 commercially and critically well-received books, including, most recently, biographies of 'Shirley' Strachan from Skyhooks and Dragon's Marc Hunter. He also co-wrote the recent Kasey Chambers memoir, A Little Bird Told Me, and worked with Mark Evans of AC/DC on his bestseller, Dirty Deeds. His latest book, a biography of Johnny O'Keefe, is out through Hachette Australia.