Women Writers of Colour recipients announced

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Writers Victoria

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Thanks to a recent donation, Writers Victoria is running a series of professional development opportunities for women writers of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The initiative includes bursaries to attend workshops, paid commissions in The Victorian Writer and a free training session in 2018. The first round of bursaries and commissions have been awarded to six applicants.


Bursaries to attend Writers Victoria workshops have been awarded to four writers.

Maxime Banks will use the bursary to attend The Body, Writing with Dr Quinn Eades in October, to further her interdisciplinary writing practice. She says that 'the workshop will be helpful in my examination and response to the racial violence targeted upon the Black body'. Dawn Nguyen will use the bursary to attend a workshop with The Lifted Brow's Sam Cooney on Getting Published in Literary Journals. Amani Gunawardana, who shares her love of writing in the classroom as a writer and teacher, will use the bursary to attend Writing for the Education Market with George Ivanoff, while writer, translator and reviewer Christine Sun will attend The Art of Criticism - Giving and Receiving Feedback with Shivaun Plozza.


Paid commissions have been offered to two writers, for pieces to be published in upcoming issues of The Victorian Writer.

  • CB Mako
  • Devana Shivani Senanayake

Writers Victoria would like to thank all writers who submitted applications in this round. The next round of bursaries and commissions will be announced in late 2017.