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

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Writers with disability in the Castlemaine region are welcome to join a free workshop with acclaimed writer and activist Arnold Zable later this month, as part of our Write-ability Goes Regional program.

In Get Writing, Arnold will help participants decide how to write their story and answer basic questions about writing, techniques and how to get going.

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We are the custodians of stories that are traditional cultural expressions of collective nations. Before the poisoned waterholes and dog tags these stories were told in our languages. But our English is still Blak. We appropriated your language when we were punished for speaking ours.

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"Who is this Jon Ra fella?"

Many conversations, panels and yarns at #BlakBright16 have returned to the same point: as writers we are continuing an oral tradition of handing down stories.

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In the lead-up to the 2016 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship announcement, inaugural fellow Mary Hoban reflects on the art of biography.

One of the most common questions asked of biographers is, “How did you find your subject?” For Australian biographer Hazel Rowley it was the way you hear particular words and how they might strike a chord in you.

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The 2016 Hardcopy national professional development program for Australian emerging writers has just opened for applications. I was one of the lucky 2015 participants. I gained so much from this program – advice, support, encouragement, information plus a great community of fellow writers. Hardcopy is an initiative of ACT Writers with funding from the Australia Council. It began in 2014 and alternates each year between fiction writers and non-fiction writers. The program selects 30 participants and this year the focus is fiction.

In accordance with the new Rules of Writers Victoria Incorporated, all positions on the Committee of Management will be declared vacant at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 22 March 2016.

Please note the following guidelines when nominating yourself for the Writers Victoria Committee of Management.

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The Writers Victoria Committee of Management and staff team met in January to start work on our next four-year Strategic Plan.

A number of key themes have begun to emerge as possible priority areas for Writers Victoria between 2017 and 2020. And we’d love to hear from our members about what you think we should focus on.

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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Nine Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2016 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship $10,000 award. 

In its fifth year, the Fellowship attracted an exceptionally strong field of high-quality proposals from writers and biographers across Australia.

Works about Australian writers, artists and visionaries feature in this year’s shortlist, which also includes European and American subjects.

The Australian Literary Agents’ Association (ALAA) represents more than one thousand established and emerging authors and illustrators across all sectors of the publishing industry.

Along with many others in the publishing community, our members were shocked to hear that the federal government is considering the repeal of existing parallel importation restrictions (PIRs) on books. These restrictions prohibit booksellers from importing books from overseas when a local edition is available.