ACT Writing and Publishing Awards close this week!

    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

Mark Tredinnick

The Rules for Paradise: a Masterclass on Grammar with Mark Tredinnick

10am–4pm Sunday 21 September

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you put the commas and why? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it then? How can you be sure your sentence is as sound and sassy as you’d like it to be?

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.

Jack Heath

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 TredinnickThe 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.


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