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 […]


Posted on October 4, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

Confronting Power and Abuse in the Arts: ‘I wasn’t paid a cent / that’s what made it art’

By Amy Walters. This article was inspired by and is a response to an event at Canberra Writers Festival, featuring Rozanna Lilley in conversation with Karen Middleton, on Rozanna’s new book ‘Do Oysters Get Bored? A Curious Life’. In the #metoo era, revelations of sexual misconduct by artists are swiftly followed by public debate about whether […]


Posted on September 19, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

Bittereinder: Liam Pieper and Historical Fiction

By Amy Walters. The National Library of Australia awarded their 2018 Creative Arts Fellowship for Creative Writing to Liam Pieper,supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust. They also hosted a special event in which Pieper reflected on researching and writing revisionist fiction. In an interview for The Guardian on the release of his first […]


Posted on May 18, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

From Story to Stage: Diary of a Madman

In anticipation of the upcoming production of Diary of a Madman at The Street Theatre, we were lucky enough to catch up with the writer, David Holman. Playwright of over 70 productions, David’s most recent project has been to adapt Nikolai Gogol’s short story, Diary of a Madman, for the stage. Diary of a Madman is Nikolai Gogol’s […]


Posted on March 21, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

Celebrating Member Milestones

It’s time to once again celebrate the successes of our members! Congratulations to all from the team at the ACT Writers Centre. Alison Booth Alison’s new novel A Perfect Marriage was published by RedDoor and launched at the Essex Book Festival. Mark Butz Mark has had a local history book published with the Woodlands and Wetlands […]


Posted on March 8, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

21 More Reasons to Apply for HARDCOPY 2018: Alumni Edition

From new access opportunities to manuscript development to connecting with the publishing industry, there are plenty of reasons to apply for HARDCOPY 2018! But we thought we’d share a few more, this time via our past participants. This year, the program is more accessible than ever with a new First Nations Writers Scholarship, in partnership […]


Posted on March 4, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

10 Reasons You Should Apply for HARDCOPY 2018: Industry Edition

You’ve heard plenty of reasons from us to apply for HARDCOPY 2018—access opportunities, a digital stream, connections with the writing and publishing industry, chats with writers, and more. But just in case you’re not quite convinced, we thought we’d let some of our favourite industry movers and shakers share their experiences with the program. This […]


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