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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 […]


Posted on October 12, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Celebrating Member Milestones

Our spotlight on member successes and achievements. Hearty congratulations to all! Jo Forestier Jo had a poem ‘Believe in Me’ published in the Waco Wordfest 2017 anthology. Biff Ward Biff was a winner (from a circle of six winners)—of the Griffith Review Novella competition for 2017, that will be published later this month. Ron Schroer Ron was shortlisted […]


Posted on May 31, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Characters that Count with Cate Whittle

Creating believable characters from the ground up. Cate Whittle is a local author with a big imagination and an innate ability for crafting fantastic characters and amazing adventures. Cate will be tutoring Characters that Count at the ACT Writers Centre on Saturday June 10th. We asked Cate five questions about writing and characters in the […]


Posted on May 10, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Creating Picture Books with Aleesah Darlison

Do you dream of publishing a picture book? Need help perfecting your story for submission? Aleesah Darlison is an award-winning writer for picture books, chapter books, and novels for children. We asked Aleesah five questions in the lead up to her workshop, Creating Perfect Picture Books, at the ACT Writers Centre on Saturday May 27th. […]


Posted on March 24, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Book Publicity for Writers: Getting the Word Out

We took five with author L.J.M. Owen ahead of her publicity workshop for writers, a weekend intensive over 8-9 April. L.J. will help you create a personal publicity strategy to ensure your work finds its audience. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing background? It’s rather mixed. I began as a strictly academic […]


Posted on March 10, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Powerful Storytelling with Valerie Parv

Valerie will be running her Story Magic workshop on the 25th of March at the ACT Writers Centre.  Come along to learn 5 spellbinding techniques to engage readers until the very last page. While you’ve become an Australian hero on the romance scene, your most recent books have been a foray into science fiction. What enticed you to […]


Posted on February 22, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Open for Applications: 2017 HARDCOPY Development Program

Nigel Featherstone Are you an emerging Australian writer and have a non-fiction work in progress? Perhaps it is a biography of someone famous (or not so famous)? Or you have had an especially eventful life? Or there is a topic that you would love to explore for the benefit of others? How would you go […]


Posted on February 9, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

Celebrating Member Milestones

Our new space for a bi-monthly spotlight on member successes and achievements. Hearty congrats to all! Jo Forestier’s poem ‘Moon’ was published in the WordFest 2016 Anthology for WACO Cultural Art Fest. Curtin Turns 50—The Story of a Canberra Suburb 1964-2014 was launched on the 8th of December. It was edited by Margitta Acker, Carolyn Brodie, Peter Forster, […]


Posted on January 19, 2017 by ACT Writers Centre

2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Award Winners

Featured image: Tahi Atea Kentwell, photographed by Zhenshi van der Klooster The 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Award winners were announced at the end-of-year celebrations, held on 15 December in Canberra Contemporary Art Space at Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon. We were thrilled to have the ACT Minister for the Arts and Community Events, Gordon Ramsay, announce the winners of the […]


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