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Catch up on the latest news from Writers Victoria and the literary sector

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Writers Victoria's annual program is developed in response to the needs of more than 3,200 members from across the state.

Want more romance in your (writing) life? Fancy trying your hand at writing a musical? Need advice on character development or getting started on your novel? All you need to do is let us know…

What do you want? What do you love? What do you think could be improved? This 15-minute survey is a great way to have your say.

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Late last month, the Australian Government’s Productivity Commission released its draft report on Intellectual Property Arrangements.

Two of the Commission's recommendations present some of the biggest challenges ever faced by Australia’s writers, readers and literary organisations:

  • That Australia should allow the parallel importation of books.
  • That Australia should adopt US-style ‘fair use’ copyright exceptions.
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Writers Vic members get a first look at our Season 2 program this week and an opportunity to win a $220 gift voucher from our friends at Embiggen Books.

“Now that our New Year Resolutions have had months to settle (or be cast aside), we’re all in need of a mid-year boost of motivation,” said Writers Victoria Director Kate Larsen. “So our Season 2 program has been designed to help you get writing and keep writing.”

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Australia’s arts sector is reeling from last week’s announcement that around 65 organisations have missed out on four-year funding from the Australia Council for the Arts.

The announcement is the first time that the impact of last year’s Federal Budget cuts has really begun to be felt, with the Australia Council forced to accommodate the dramatic cuts made by then Arts Minister George Brandis in the 2015 Budget.

Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.

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WV looks at what the recent State and Federal Budget announcements could mean for writers and literary organisations.

In good news, last month’s State Budget included $152 million in new funds to support Victoria's creative and cultural sectors.

This includes support to deliver the initiatives set out in Victoria’s first creative industries strategy, Creative State (also launched in April).

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WV's resident blogger and tutor Lee Kofman reflects on the way motherhood – and its many demands –  influences and, at times, enhances her creative practice.

Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.

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Many thanks to all the WV members who joined us for our 27th Annual General Meeting last week.

Regional writing groups and organisations in Victoria are able to apply for grants of $750 to subsidise literary activities in their area, thanks to the support of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

UPDATE: All grants have now been approved for 2016. Information on successful recipients will be announced soon.