New time, new space
Cash Prizes – $50, $100
We are thrilled to present our monthly live readings from July to November
at Newcastle Art Gallery
Join us July 2nd from 3pm
share your stories, poems, songs, scripts in response to James Drinkwater’s exhibition
HWC Member News
HWC Member – Gail Hennessy
Gail’s book ‘The M Word’ is published by Girls on Key Press. It is available from the Poetry Portal Bookshop ‘
The M Word’ is a book of poetry that recalls my experience of postnatal psychosis and recovery. It was written to help break down the stigma associated with mental illness and provide hope for recovery. It is available through the Poetry Portal of Girls on Key along with ‘Written on Water’.- Hennessy
HWC Member and Board Chair – Adrienne Lindsay
Adrienne Lindsay is the chair of Hunter Writers Centre. She has recently launched her business Cloudberry Writing
She provides fundraising advice, editing services and professional writing services.
HWC & Board Member, Wendy Haynes
Wendy was a founding member of Port Writers Inc. as both Treasurer and President. She is a copywriter and her website outlines the various services and advice she offers
Writing Opportunities and Events
Odyssey House Victoria Annual Short Story Competition
1st prize $1000.
Closes Friday November 1st
Max 1,500 words and follow the theme ‘Family’ and make reference to alcohol and other drugs
The money raised from this competition will go towards the work of Odyssey House, Victoria, offering a supportive drug-free environment for people and their families affected by problems associated with drugs, including alcohol.
HWC Facebook Groups
Exclusive facebook writing groups:
The Story Hunters – our Spec Fic writers keeping in touch between meet ups
HWC Poets – where our poetry groups gather online
HWC Writing Groups
Attendance is free as part of your HWC Membership
Newcastle, Belmont, Teralba and more…
See the whole list in the Members Area
Applications Open for KSP’s 2020 Residency Program
The KSP Writers’ Centre in the beautiful Perth Hills region of Western Australia is calling for Australian and international writers to apply to its 2020 residency program. The program offers paid annual positions to Established, Emerging and Next Gen (under 25 years) writers. The residencies include a two-week block to develop a manuscript at the inspiring KSP property, which is the former home of notable Australian author, Katharine Susannah Prichard.
In addition to the salary and space to write, writers receive a welcome platter to share with co-resident writers, transport assistance, breakfast supplies, networking opportunities, promotion, CV credit, complimentary writing group sessions and access to a thriving literary community, library services, mentoring, social events, and heritage walking trails. As part of the residency, writers are asked to present a workshop on a topic of their specialty and perform readings at a literary dinner hosted in their honour. Deadlines are 30 June, 28 July, 25 August for the various categories. Visit the KSP website for eligibility, selection criteria and more details about the program: https://www.kspwriterscentre.com/residency-program
CBCA NSW Branch is pleased to announce that entries are open for the 2019 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program (AWMP), sponsored by Scholastic Australia. The aim of this national award is to foster the talent of an unpublished author of children’s literature. In 2019 the AWMP is open to picture book and junior fiction manuscripts. The Winner of the AWMP will receive the Charlotte Waring Barton Award and a mentorship with Scholastic Australia, to include two three-hour mentoring sessions with an author selected by Scholastic Australia, and a one-hour mentoring session with each of the following Scholastic Australia employees: an editor, a marketing communications manager and a publisher.
Entries close on Wednesday 31 July 2019.
Authors whose careers have been launched by this award include the best-selling/award winning Michelle Cooper, Kirsty Eager, Jacqueline Harvey and Oliver Phommavanh