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Posted on May 21, 2019 by ACT Writers Centre

Bodies of Men celebrated at packed launch

The Street Theatre bulged at the seams on Thursday 16 May, as author, HARDCOPY program coordinator and much-loved Canberra arts advocate, Nigel Featherstone, launched his brand new novel.


Posted on May 15, 2019 by ACT Writers Centre

Seeking Communications Manager for maternity leave contract

Are you passionate about literature and all things writing? Do you have experience in communications, marketing & design? The ACT Writers Centre is currently seeking a Communications and Marketing Manager to cover a period of maternity leave.


Posted on April 26, 2019 by ACT Writers Centre

Centre welcomes new board members

The ACT Writers Centre held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 18 April at the Gorman Arts Centre, and it was wonderful to have the presence of several Centre members on the evening.


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 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 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 […]


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