Playwriting Resources

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.

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.

This biennial forum defines a new way to talk about theatre in Australia. It is a conversation with all corners of the sector – writers, makers, designers and elders – to ensure that Australian theatre acknowledges our past in looking to the future. Through a broad range of keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and activities, be prepared to share some radical ideas about how theatre can make a difference.

The Australian Writers’ Guild is the professional association representing writers for stage, screen, radio and online and has protected and promoted their creative and professional interests for more than 50 years. The Guild’s vision is to see performance writing and performance writers thrive as a dynamic and integral part of Australian storytelling, shaping, reflecting and enhancing the Australian cultural voice in all its diversity.

The Australian Writers' Guild (AWG) is the professional association for all performance writers, writers for television, screen, theatre, radio and multimedia. The AWG gives access to legal and contractual advice, provides a script development registration service and a script assessment service. The AWG offers professional courses and publications.

The Australian Writers' Guild (AWG) is the professional association for all performance writers, writers for television, screen, theatre, radio and multimedia. The AWG gives access to legal and contractual advice, provides a script development registration service and a script assessment service. The AWG offers professional courses and publications.

The AWG is the peak professional body representing performance writers in Australia. The AWG works to improve professional standards, working conditions and remuneration, protect and advance writer’s creative rights and promote the Australian cultural voice.

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.


Set up and managed by the Australian Script Centre, in collaboration with PlayWriting Australia, Currency Press and Playlab, Australianplays.com have designed this site to make it easy for you to browse our comprehensive catalogue and find the ideal Australian play for your next production.

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.

Digital/E-Publishing, General Fiction, Short Stories

Box Hill Institute is a leading Victorian vocational and higher education provider known for collaborative and creative approach to education in Australia and overseas.

General Fiction, Romance, Short Stories

A group of 40-50 keen members dedicated to all aspects of creative writing, including plays and poetry. Welcomes isolated writers from all states of Australia as members. Members invited to submit work for feedback sessions and brainstorming. There is also a monthly email newsletter.

Digital/E-Publishing, Auto/Biography, Crime, General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Romance, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction, History

Catalyst is the Australian Government's new funding program for the arts. It will invest $12 million each year in innovative projects and initiatives from arts and cultural organisations. Catalyst will assist organisations to forge new creative and financial partnerships and stimulate innovative ways to build participation by Australians in our cultural life. Projects by, or that involve, small to medium organisations will be given priority.

Varuna, the National Writers House invites writers living in New South Wales and the greater Sydney area to apply for a two-week residency at this historic home in the Blue Mountains. Residency dates for 2017 are 11-24 September. For full details of the program and to apply, see the website.

Auto/Biography, Children/Young Adult, Crime, General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction, History, Indigenous, Travel
Drama Victoria

Australia-wide membership organisation for drama teachers of primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. Offers courses, workshops, access to support systems, resources and information about performances. It is the oldest drama association for teachers in Australia.

General Fiction

The focus is on teaching and research, inspired by engagement and partnerships, and taking every opportunity to link with those in the many communities they were established to serve. Research priorities focus on working towards solving real problems across the social, economical, physical and environmental spectrums.

Digital/E-Publishing, General Fiction, Short Stories
Fresh Ink

Fresh Ink is ATYP’s development program for emerging playwrights. Across the year, through a range of masterclasses, workshops, one-to-one mentoring opportunites and our annual National Studio, we work with young writers to develop their work and appreciation of the craft of writing for the stage.

Digital/E-Publishing, General Fiction, Short Stories

Holmesglen is one of the largest providers of vocational and higher education in Victoria. Holmesglen invests to ensure that students have access to the best possible education and training facilities available.

General Fiction, Short Stories
Part Time, Full Time, Online/Correspondence, Short Course
James Cook University

Established in 1970, James Cook University is a multi-campus institution with the largest campuses in Townsville and Cairns, smaller study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island, and Mackay, and campuses in Singapore and Brisbane. Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses span the Arts, Business, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science, Information Technology and Social Sciences.

General Fiction
Part Time, Full Time, Short Course

Writers in all genres meet fortnightly in a supportive environment to workshop and promote the craft of writing. Since the group formed in 1995 they have published eight anthologies, the last being 'Off The Rails'. The group hosts regular public 'Readings by the Bay' on the last Sunday of each month from February to November.

Crime, General Fiction, Poetry, Romance, Short Stories, History

Nambucca Valley Writers Group is a sub-committee of the Bowraville Arts Council. Meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at 1:30pm at Illawong Village. Membership numbers are limited. If interested, please send an email.

Auto/Biography, General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories, History

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.

Digital/E-Publishing, Crime, General Fiction, Romance, Short Stories

A professional non-profit association for writers in the fields of film, television, radio, theatre, video and multi-media. Its main activities include skills development and advising Guild members and other industry creatives on rates, contracts, and employment. It also offers credit arbitration, a registration service, and industry know-how.

General Fiction, International
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.

NSW Writers’ Centre

The NSW Writers’ Centre offers the state's largest and most diverse professional development program for writers. Courses cover all genres of writing: fiction, memoir, travel, fantasy, crime, erotica, short stories, poetry, screenwriting, non-fiction, blogging and more. The comprehensive program also covers the business of being a writer, digital & self-publishing, marketing & social media, and earning a living as a freelancer.

Digital/E-Publishing, Auto/Biography, Children/Young Adult, Crime, General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Romance, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction, History, Travel
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