ACT Writing and Publishing Awards 2015

    Applications for HARDCOPY 2016: Fiction Edition are currently open.

    HARDCOPY is a professional development program that builds the capacities, resources and aptitudes committed emerging Australian writers need to reach their potential.

    Applications will close on March 11. For more information about the program, and details on how to apply, click here.



Events & Workshops

Focus on the Short Story with Theresa Layton

7:30pm-9:30pm every second Wednesday from 30 March—20 July

This course is for writers who share a commitment to making their short story the best it can be—to making it competition and/or publication ready. Over a series of fortnightly workshops we will embark on a study of the short story form.  We will unpick and deeply understand the strategies relied upon by masterful writers, and apply what we have learned to create great works of fiction.

Theresa Layton is an award winning author whose short story, The Cartography of Foxes, appeared in The Best Australian Stories 2013.  Her work has appeared in a range of journals and publications including Overland, and both the 2010 and 2011 editions of Award Winning Australian Writing.

Intensive Manuscript Clinic with Valerie Parv and her agent Linda Tate

10am-4pm Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 April (TBC)

Submit your 2-page synopsis and first two manuscript pages to Valerie for appraisal ahead of the workshop. Then, across the two days in April, Valerie and Linda will help you work on your writing strengths and teach to how to pitch your work to an agent.

Valerie Parv OAM is an Australian Society of Authors Medal recipient, Valerie has had more than 29 million copies of her books sold

Through her agency, The Tate Gallery Pty Ltd, Linda Tate negotiates book deals, speaking engagements and media appearances for her clients, maintains their professional diaries and offers practical advice and moral support..

24 Hour Story Challenge with Ian McHugh

Saturday 9 April (10am–1pm) and Sunday 10 April (1pm–4pm)

This short story masterclass is about developing participants’ skills in turning ideas into stories and turning out stories quickly, as well as expanding their storytelling repertoire.

Ian McHugh’s debut short story collection, Angel Dust, was a finalist for the 2014 Aurealis Awards and is available from Ticonderoga Publications. His stories have won grand prize in the international Writers of the Future contest and been shortlisted five times at the Aurealis Awards, winning in 2010.

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