Posted on April 10, 2019 by ACT Writers Centre

Victoria Schwab comes to Canberra

The ACT Writers Centre and Dymocks Canberra were thrilled to host number-one New York Times bestselling author, VE Schwab, in Canberra at the Gorman Arts Centre on Monday 8 April.

Posted on March 11, 2019 by ACT Writers Centre

HARDCOPY Q&A with Karen Wyld: ‘writer’ is now my main occupation

Karen Wyld lives in SA but her grandmother’s country (Martu) is in the Pilbara (WA). She is a freelance writer, author and consultant. Her debut novel, When Rosa Came Home, was short-listed for the 2015 SA People’s Choice Award, and her draft manuscript, Where the Fruit Falls, was short-listed in the 2017 Richell Prize. Karen was the inaugural recipient of HARDCOPY’s First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Scholarship, in 2018. She reflects on her HARDCOPY experience, and how it helped her see she had ‘a story worth fighting for’.

Posted on March 7, 2019 by ACT Writers Centre

HARDCOPY Q&A with Shu-Ling Chua: ‘Most importantly, I grew in confidence’

Shu-Ling Chua is a Melbourne-based writer whose work focusses on culture, femininity and growing up. She was shortlisted in the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Award, highly commended in the 2017 Feminartsy Memoir Prize and selected for the 2015 HARDCOPY manuscript development program. As she finds success and acclaim with her essay collections, Shu-Ling reflects on the way her experience with HARDCOPY has shaped her path as a writer.

Posted on February 27, 2019 by ACT Writers Centre

HARDCOPY Q&A with Chloe Higgins: ‘it was so fruitful’

Chloe Higgins’ debut memoir, The Girls, explores grief, guilt, family dynamics, and socially-stigmatised sex. The Girls will be published by Picador in September 2019 and was recently named in the SMH Spectrum’s ‘What to read in 2019’ list. Here, Chloe examines the role the HARDCOPY nonfiction program played on her path to publication.

Posted on February 25, 2019 by ACT Writers Centre

HARDCOPY Q&A with James Halford: ‘every first book needs a lucky break’

James Halford is a Brisbane writer who has spent extended periods in Latin America and often writes about the region. His fiction, creative nonfiction and criticism have been published in Best Australian Stories, Meanjin and Sydney Review of Books. Here, he reflects on his experiences as a participant of the ACT Writers Centre HARDCOPY (nonfiction) program in 2017.

Posted on December 18, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

The art of friendship

By Amy Walters New Territory blogger, Amy, reflects on the impact of ‘Friends’ societies and organisations in supporting our arts institutions, and the significant role they have already played in shaping Canberra’s civic ‘artscape’. When I was leaving school and professed my intention to study a Bachelor of Arts, my teachers and some extended family […]

Posted on December 6, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

ACT Book of the Year announced as we celebrate our community

Canberra-based poet and Barkindji man, Paul Collis, has been awarded the ACT Book of the Year at our ACT Writers Centre Publishing and Awards Night for his work Dancing Home. The Centre’s awards evening and Christmas party, held on Thursday 6 December at the Ainslie Arts Centre, brought together over 100 members of the arts, […]

Posted on December 5, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

Distilling life into story

By Amy Walters In September Amy attended the 2018 Seymour Biography Lecture at the National Library. Richard Fidler, host of Conversations on ABC Radio, gave the lecture and focused on the challenge of distilling a life into a narrative arc. When I was ten, I started writing my autobiography. Soon afterwards, I gave up because […]

Posted on November 2, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

Venus in Fur: ‘Real’ Women and the Male Gaze

By Amy Walters Amy saw Venus In Fur at the Street Theatre in late August. The play was written by David Ives and was first performed in 2010. The Street’s production was directed by Caroline Stacey, and starred Joanna Richards and Craig Alexander. As Hannah Gadbsy pointed out in her ABC television series Nakedy Nudes, […]

Posted on November 1, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

A rounded writer: What it’s like to be forged in the fires of HARDCOPY

By Jen Seyderhelm. From feeling like the lurking impostor in the room, to proudly donning the title of ‘Writer’, 2017 Hardcopier and 2018 Hardcopy blogger, Jen Seyderhelm, shares what she gained from this rich writing and publishing development program. (Hint, if you look carefully at this piece, you’ll see Jen’s had a little fun spelling […]

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