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 […]


Posted on February 16, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

Late Summer Reading: Fight or Flight by Izzy Gacusan

Izzy Gacusan’s short story ‘Fight or Flight’ was Highly Commended in the 2016 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award. Here it is for your late-summer reading pleasure. He’d been here before. He was familiar with the peculiarity of this place, but found no solace in this. He awoke just minutes ago, stiff bed sheets poking at […]


Posted on January 19, 2018 by ACT Writers Centre

HARDCOPY program receives Australia Council funding for 2018-2019

Some very exciting news to kick off the new year here at the ACT Writers Centre… The ACT Writers Centre has received two years of funding (2018-2019) for their year-long HARDCOPY program from The Australia Council for the Arts. The Australia Council for the Arts has funded the Centre’s highly regarded program since 2014, but […]


Posted on December 14, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Hope in Dark Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig

By Angharad Lodwick I arrived at the National Library of Australia for this event with a bit of time to spare, so I went to pick up a copy of cartoonist Michael Leunig’s new book “Hope in Dark Times” from the NLA bookstore. A veteran of these events, I figured if I picked up a […]


Posted on December 8, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards

Canberra’s writing community gathered last night for the most highly anticipated event of the literary calendar ─ the ACT Writers Centre’s Christmas party and awards night.  The event took place at Canberra Contemporary Art Space at Gorman Arts Centre. The large crowd enjoyed the exhibitions on show, along with live music by Will Campbell and a captivating […]


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