Resources for Indigenous Writers

2 November 2017

Support and resources

Writers Victoria offers ongoing support to Indigenous writers throughout the year, including events and workshops in regional and rural areas, collaboration with regional festivals and author talks to raise cultural awareness in the writing community.

First Nations Australia Writers’ Network 

FNAWN is the body network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers in Australia, supporting the ongoing development of Indigenous writing and storytelling. The network aims to offer advice for authors, poets, screenwriters and playwrights through author talks, festivals and workshops. Their website has also collated an honour roll of some of the first Indigenous pioneers of writing and storytelling, which is a great resource.

Black&write!

Black&write! is a national project developed to foster a significant Indigenous writing community. It aims to train and mentor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and editors and encourage Indigenous learning and literacy. Black&write! offers a range of fellowships and internships.

Events and Residencies

Writers Victoria

Writers Victoria holds a range of events, discussions and residencies for Indigenous Writers throughout the year. Check out our News for further details.

Melbourne Theatre Company 

Melbourne Theatre Company holds their Indigenous Scholarship Program annually. The program is based on demonstrating how a performing arts production is created. It includes writing, stagecraft and marketing.
For more information click here. 

Australian Film, Television and Radio School 

AFTRS offers a wide range of classes and short courses for Indigenous students. They are committed to fostering the professional and creative development of the next generation of Indigenous screen arts and broadcast practitioners. All short courses are fully subsidised. Many AFTRS Indigenous alumni have gone on to develop and create short and feature films, including Rachel Perkins for ‘Bran Nue Dae’ (2010), ’Mabo’ (2012) and ‘Redfern Now’ (2013), and Warwick Thornton for ‘Samson and Delilah’ (2009) and ‘The Darkside’ (2013).

Awards and Fellowships

Black&write!

Black&write! offers a range of fellowships and internships for Indigenous writer and editors.

Patrick White Indigenous Writers Award

The Awards have been designed to encourage Indigenous Australian students studying in NSW to use their reading, writing, and creative skills.

For more information click here.

Tracing your Australian Indigenous family history

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies (AIATSIS) has a family history unit specifically dedicated to tracing the family history of people with Indigenous heritage.

Further Resources 

Noongar Published Resources

Indigenous Literature