2017 ACT Literary Bloggers of the Future Program

The ACT Writers Centre and the National Library of Australia are excited to announce the ACT Literary Bloggers of the Future Program. This program, presented for the first time in 2017, provides an opportunity for two emerging ACT-region writers to attend events at the National Library of Australia and document the experience for the ACT Writers Centre’s Capital Letters blog. The program, which will run from May to December, includes a mentorship with Sue Terry from Whispering Gums.

The program is aimed at emerging ACT-region writers who are interested in writing about the literary arts for the online environment. ‘Emerging’ means those with less than 5 years experience as a blogger but with a strong commitment to the form.

What you will get out of the program:

  • access to a wide variety of events at the National Library of Australia (NLA)
  • mentorship with experienced blogger Sue Terry, which will include face-to-face discussions about key issues facing bloggers and feedback on your work
  • an opportunity to build a portfolio of published work—please note that while in general your blog-post output will be up to you, there is an expectation that before the end of the year you will attend at least six NLA events and write six blog posts
  • an opportunity to share your blogging journey with another emerging blogger
  • networking opportunities through the ACT Writers Centre and NLA

How to apply:

  • submit a biographical statement that outlines your writing and/or blogging experience (one paragraph);
  • describe what you would like to get out of the program (one paragraph);
  • attach a 2-page sample of your writing (providing a link to work also acceptable); and
  • the bloggers will be chosen by the ACT Writers Centre in collaboration with the National Library of Australia and Sue Terry

Applications for this program have now closed.

For more information email admin@actwriters.org.au or phone (02) 6262 9191.

About Sue Terry

Sue Terry has been writing the Whispering Gums litblog since 2009. While her prime focus is Australian literature, she also blogs about books from elsewhere and, somewhat serendipitously, on an eclectic mix of cultural events including literary (of course), music, dance, film and gallery/museum exhibitions. Now retired, she was in her professional life a librarian-archivist at the National Library of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive. Visit Sue at Whispering Gums