Non-fiction 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.

APWT Conference

APWT welcomes all established and emerging writers, poets, screenwriters, translators, as well as literary agents, publishers and teachers of creative writing. This conference seeks to stimulate discussion and showcase new work that engages our audience. This year the conference offers two streams: a non-academic stream for panel presentations; and a stream for refereed academic papers.


Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Inc. (APWT) is an incorporated not for profit association that promotes literature from the dynamic and culturally diverse Asia Pacific region. APWT exists to support the careers of writers from the region. Membership is open to established authors and emerging writers, literary translators, literary agents, publishers, teachers and students of creative writing, and screen writers.


Asialink is Australia's leading centre for the promotion of public understanding of the countries of Asia and of Australia's role in the region. We are a key provider of information, training and professional networks.

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Australia Council for the Arts is the Federal Government arts advisory and funding body. New Work, Publishing and Residencies and Fellowship categories offer grants to published Australian writers. Accepts projects in these genres: fiction (adult, young adult and children), literary non-fiction, poetry and writing for stage, radio and new media. Minimum publication and performance requirements apply. See the Australia Council Support for the Arts Handbook on website for more details.

Australia's premier literary magazine of review and comment. Publishes reviews, essays, commentary and new writing. Committed to highlighting the full range of critical and creative writing from around Australia.

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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 is an independent, non-profit organisation. Founded in 1968, we represent the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and Australia’s major copyright collecting societies. They are advocates for the contribution of creators to Australia’s culture and economy; the importance of copyright for the common good. The Australian Copyright Council work to promote understanding of copyright law and its application, lobby for appropriate law reform and foster collaboration between content creators and consumers.

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 ACWA is dedicated to promoting greater recognition for crime, thriller and mystery writing in Australia and to protect the general professional interests of all creators of crime and mystery works. The ACWA is not just for professionals, but aims to provide something for everyone who is devoted to the crime genre. The ACWA also organises the annual Ned Kelly Awards, and celebrates new and up-and-coming talent with the Best First Fiction award and excellence in true crime writing with the True Crime Ned Kelly award.


The Australian Historical Association is a national organisation of historians, academics, professionals and others, working in all fields of history. Its members number around 800, including universities, libraries and other affiliates.

Non-Fiction, History, Education/Reference

Formed to provide a public presence and point of contact for literary agents and their staff. Members of the association are required to adhere to the principles outlined in the code of practice.

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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The Australian Writers’ Centre opened in 2005 with just 2 courses. Today it boasts almost 30 courses that are available both face-to-face in Sydney or Melbourne, as well as online. Courses are presented by some of Australia’s most successful authors, journalists and business communication experts.

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The Writing and Society Research Centre's members include critics, theorists and philosophers, poets, novelists, experimental writers, translators, editors, performers and composers. The Centre's core interest is in literature as a form of knowledge, and as an agent for the examination of social and cultural values. We provide a rigorous and active context for our researchers, honours and higher degree candidates.

Directed to collectors of Australiana including fine and decorative arts. Most present new and original research on art, furniture, ceramics, silver, jewellery, books, architecture, fashion, photography, crafts and history.

Ballarat Regional FAW

The Ballarat Branch of the FAW meets most months (February-December) with four dinner meetings a year. A supportive group where writers meet to exchange and read work. Members write on a set topic each month (any form).

Ballarat Writers Inc

Ballarat Writers is a grass-roots organisation promoting local writing and writers in the Western Victorian region. They run members' nights, regular competitions and workshops.

Digital/E-Publishing, Auto/Biography, Children/Young Adult, Crime, General Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction
Barossa Writers

Barossa Writers is a dedicated group of writers who meet monthly to write and critique members' work. The group has published several anthologies and holds workshops with guest speakers. Members' interests include, but are not limited to, writing poetry, short stories, family history, fiction and children's stories.

Children/Young Adult, General Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories, History

The Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival is unique among Australian writers’ festivals in being situated in the magnificent natural environs of the Bellingen River and Dorrigo World Heritage rainforest. The program focuses exclusively on Australian writers to showcase the diversity of talent in this country.

Bendigo Regional FAW

The Bendigo Regional Branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers is a group of writers who provide a source of friendship and advice. Published and unpublished writers are among the members. The group offers a support system for suggestions and encouragement. A Christmas celebration luncheon is arranged for December. Notices are sent for meetings.

General Fiction

Bendigo TAFE delivers vocational training, education and assessment services to over 10,000 students every year. Students have a range of flexible study options available to them - full-time, part-time, off-campus, in your home or work place. Programs are available to suit senior secondary level, school leavers, mature age students, international students and people upgrading their skills as part of their employer’s own training program.

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Bendigo Writers Festival aims to provide a forum to meet and talk about books and writing, and, mostly, to enjoy the conviviality of a festival set in View Street, Bendigo.

The Bendigo Writers Council helps facilitate the literary talent that exists in central Victoria by bringing together writers, poets and performers to share their work. The Council holds workshops and poetry readings monthly at various venues around Bendigo. It publishes a monthly newsletter, 'Muse News', available for members, who also receive discounts to all workshops. New members welcome.

General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry

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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