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Academic & Education Resources

ACT Writers Centre

The ACT Writers Centre promotes writing-based culture and supports the rights and interests of writers throughout the ACT and region. The Centre also acts as an information and liaison centre for writers, publishers, and educational institutions. Members have access to the resource library, meeting room, and office equipment. The Centre publishes a monthly magazine with regional and national information on literary events and opportunities.

Whether you are looking to up-skill to improve your career prospects or are looking for an exciting new career opportunity, you will find a course to meet your needs in the Australian College's extensive course catalogue. Once you enrol, you not only get the course material but you will also get trainer guidance to help you through the course and answer any questions that you have. With over 100 courses on offer, Australian College will help meet your educational and career needs.

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The Australian Copyright Council (ACC) is an independent non-profit organisation that provides information, advice and training about copyright in Australia. The ACC represent the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and Australia’s major copyright collecting societies. ACC also produces publications, does research, and makes submissions on copyright policy issues.

The ASA promotes and protects the professional interests of Australian literary creators, setting minimum recommended rates of pay for authors and illustrators, providing information about minimum recommended terms for contracts for writers and illustrators and campaigning for author and illustrator rights to government and industry. The ASA also provides a contract assessment service, individual advice for members, mentorships, professional development events and awards.

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Books+Publishing

The magazine of the book industry in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. The major source of information on new and forthcoming books, industry news, jobs, store openings and closures, personnel changes, book awards, media coverage of books and much, much more.

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Brisbane Writers Festival is a five-day feast of reading, writing, books and ideas, unfolding across Brisbane  every September. Celebrate words, learn something new and challenge your ideas with a range of writer talks and feature events guaranteed to stir your senses. Develop your ideas with celebrated authors in Author+ masterclasses, while the kids enjoy our Word Play program, especially designed for young storytellers.

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CYA Conference

This conference provides professional development for new and established writers and illustrators of Children’s and Young Adult literature. Masterclasses and workshops will be conducted by international and Australian authors and illustrators and industry professionals. Manuscript assessments/pitches will be held by Australian Editors and an agent will be onsite.

Children/Young Adult
Editors Queensland

Association of publishing professionals, including editors, designers, illustrators, typesetters, proofreaders, desktop publishers and publishing consultants dedicated to excellence in publishing in Queensland. It has around 270 members. All welcome to meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. Seminars and workshops are held regularly. A Directory of Editorial Services is available on the website.

A group offering support, encouragement and constructive criticism of writing. Writers of all genres, beginners and experienced, welcome. General (assignment) meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month. Beforehand, writers are given reference material on a writing subject and an assignment. Novel and Short Story Critiquing meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of each month.

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The Fellowship of Australian Writers has branches in every state. Membership is open to those interested in writing. Our aims are to: endorse the growth of Australian writing; promote excellence in writing; encourage those interested in writing to join the Fellowship and enjoy the support of members; assist writers unable to attend branch meetings; and take the Fellowship into the 21st century.

General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories

The Fellowship of Australian Writers has branches in every state. Membership is open to those interested in writing. The Tasmanian branch holds regular monthly meetings, conducts seminars and arranges lectures on various aspects of writing. Regular newsletters inform members of competitions and publishing opportunities. The Fellowship enables writers who often work in isolation to come together.

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The Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) is a subscription based, non-profit organisation for writers of all ages and levels of ability. Members receive 'The Australian Writers' magazine, writing advice and the opportunity to enter FAW's National Literary Awards, conducted each year. Members have access to readings and workshops where they can get feedback on their work through our network of regional branches.

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The Fellowship of Australian Writers has branches in every state. Membership is open to those interested in writing. Each month FAW WA host writing groups, book launches, author talks and poetry readings, as well as collaborations with our fellow Perth writers’ centres. FAW welcomes writers of all ages and genres to become part of our supportive community – aspiring, emerging and established writers all welcome.

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GippsTAFE

Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE is one of Victoria's largest regional TAFE Institutes. As a multi-disciplined educational provider, GippsTAFE provides more than 300 courses.

General Fiction, Short Stories

The Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers' Centre was established in 1985 to promote and nurture West Australian writing and writers, and continue the memory of Katharine Susannah Prichard. The Centre achieves this by presenting a rich literary program each year that includes Writers In Residence (including international), workshops, writing groups, guest speakers, competitions and self contained writers' retreat accommodation.

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Meets monthly, mostly at Belgrave Regional Library. Meetings focus on workshopping and celebrating members’ writing activities and achievements. Holds annual professional development workshops (open to invited participants) and writing retreats. Main aim is to support, motivate and celebrate each other's writing aspirations. Interested persons are welcome to contact the group.

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Melbourne Writers Festival is an internationally-acclaimed festival situated in the heart of Melbourne at Federation Square. Our packed program features over 300 writers from around the world taking part in interviews, literary banquets, debates, readings, performances and workshops. Also features a Schools' Program, workshop and masterclass program, a series of 10 high profile non-fiction lectures and a Keynote Address at the Melbourne Town Hall.

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PlayWriting Australia is the national peak body for playwriting with a mission to support the development and promotion of great new Australian writing for performance. We work to discover creative artists, improve and enhance playwrights' skills and boost national networks in order to see more Australian work on stage and in print.

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NSW Writers’ Centre

The NSW Writers' Centre is the state's premier organisation for writers. It is a not-for-profit organisation established to foster writing culture in NSW and support writers in all genres and at all stages of their careers. It offers a comprehensive program of professional development, festivals, events, competitions and provides independent information on writing and publishing.

Omega Writers

Omega Writers exists to educate, support and inspire Australasian Christian writers towards excellence, impacting society with grace and truth.

General Fiction

Dawn Richards self-published her first book, Selection Criteria Toolkit and promoted it very effectively on a shoe-string budget. The book was picked up by a national publisher and led to her second book: Get That Government Job. Dawn has developed a book and an online course: "Easy Peasy! Book Promotion for Indie Authors' that provides a blueprint for promoting your book.

Non-Fiction
Online/Correspondence, Short Course

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) consists of professional authors and illustrators interested in publishing in Australia and overseas. The SCBWI Australian email newsletter comes out quarterly and features the latest in market opportunities and industry advice. A wide range of publications available to members includes lists of book publishers, educational markets and agents. Seminars and regular networking events are held in most states, as well as large international conferences in Los Angeles, New York, Bologna and Sydney.

Children/Young Adult

The Canberra Society of Editors is the professional association for editors in Canberra. The society aims to promote contact between editors, encourage the exchange of ideas, maintain editorial standards, promote the use of editorial services, and cooperate with other societies of editors and related bodies. Members enjoy monthly meetings, entertaining and informative speakers, training workshops, a monthly newsletter, and a widely read directory of freelance editors in Canberra.

A professional organisation that promotes editorial services, maintains and develops standards of editorial skills, and promotes the exchange of information among editors. Membership is open to anyone working as an editor or to anyone who supports the society's aims. Meetings are held monthly and guest speakers come from all areas of publishing and beyond. A Directory of Editorial Services is available on the website.

The South Australian branch of the national association of professional editors supports local practising editors and promotes the highest standards of editing. The society provides regular opportunities for its members to meet one another, develop their editing (and related) skills and keep up to date with new technologies. The society meets six times and has three professional development workshops a year, and distributes e-newsletters to members. A Directory of Editorial Services is available on the website.

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