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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 […]


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 […]


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