Regional Writers

Events

Each year, Writing NSW partners with regional writers’ festivals to present ‘Inside Publishing’, a panel discussion that explores the inner workings of the publishing world. This event provides networking opportunities and information about the industry to writers in regional NSW.

Since its establishment in 2016, the event has attracted large audiences at the Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival, the St Albans Writers’ Festival, and the Newcastle Writers’ Festival. In 2018, Writing NSW will present the panel at Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.

Speakers at past events have included Pantera Press publisher, Alison Green; Seizure cofounder, Alice Grundy; author and former UQP publisher, Craig Munro; literary agent and publicist, Benython Oldfield; publisher and literary critic, Geordie Williamson; Random House publisher, Meredith Curnow; and Giramondo poetry editor, Fiona Wright. The panels were chaired by Writing NSW’s CEO, Jane McCredie.

In 2017, Writing NSW also supported events at Mudgee Readers’ Festival and St Albans Writers’ Festival.

Grants for regional writers

Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers’ Grants were introduced in 2016 as a way to help writers in regional NSW access professional development. These $300 travel grants are awarded to ten writers each year and are made possible with devolved funding from Create NSW.

Past grant recipients include writers from areas such as Kyogle, Armidale, Lismore, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Dubbo. The travel grants have assisted writers in accessing professional development activities held at the Write Around the Murray Festival, Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival, New England Writers’ Centre and Hunter Writers’ Centre.

As part of the Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grant I attended the Pitch Perfect workshop in Armidale over two weekends … The chance to actually speak face to face to a publisher about my work has equipped me with skills I will continue to use throughout my career.
– Samantha Unwin, Tamworth

In addition to these travel grants, each year at least one Early Career Writer Grant is awarded a writer from regional NSW and one Emerging Writing Organisation Grant is awarded to an organisation in regional NSW or Western Sydney. Both grants are for $5000.

For more information and to apply, see Writing NSW Grants.

Professional development

Writing NSW is dedicated to assisting regional writers access professional development. We do this through providing manuscript assessments, mentorship opportunities, online courses, and discounts for regional members on all of our courses and festivals.

Regional writers can undertake Skype manuscript assessments with our talented assessors or, if internet connection is problematic, assessments can also be conducted over the phone.

For writers who have already completed a first draft of their manuscript, the mentorship program will place them in contact with a professional mentor with experience in their writing field. Mentorships are usually held in 15 or 20 hour increments and mentors are available via email, Skype and/or phone.

Writing NSW offers a limited number of online courses per year, with regional writers receiving access to early enrolment. Regional members also receive the concession member discount on all Writing NSW courses and festivals.

Further resources

If you’re a writer in regional NSW, you may wish to contact the following organisations for further support and local arts information:

Writers’ centres

Writing groups

Visit our writers’ group page to search for groups in your local area.

Arts organisations

Regional Arts Network – Visit the Regional Arts NSW website for information on your local regional art organisation.

Local libraries

Contact your local library for more information about literary groups near you.

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