Writing Resources

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in Busybird | 0 comments

Lots of writers don’t realise there’s a whole world of resources out there that can provide information, guidance, and opportunities.

For example, every state has a writer’s centre, and some might have writers centres in more remote regions.

Writers centres will usually send out a regular hardcopy magazine containing lots of invaluable information (such as articles from authors, publishers, agents, etc.), workshops, and submission opportunties. They’ll also have an e-newsletter that spruik their workshops and submissions opportunities. Membership is inexpensive,with discounts for seniors and students. Some – such as Writers Victoria and the Queensland Writers Centre – don’t require membership to sign up for their e-newsletter.

Australian Writers Centre NSW https://www.writerscentre.com.au
New South Wales Writers’ Centre NSW http://www.nswwc.org.au
Writers Victoria VIC https://writersvictoria.org.au
Writing WA WA https://www.writingwa.org
Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre WA http://www.kspwriterscentre.com
The Literature Centre WA http://www.thelitcentre.org.au
Peter Cowan Writers Centre WA http://pcwc.org.au
Rockingham Writers Centre (Component of FoRAC) WA https://rockinghamwriterscentre.org.au/
Fellowship of Australian Writers Vic VIC http://www.fawvic.com.au
Queensland Writers Centre QLD https://qldwriters.org.au
Writers SA SA https://writerssa.org.au
The Tasmanian Writers Centre TAS https://www.taswriters.org
Northern Territory Writers’ Centre NT https://www.ntwriters.com.au
ACT Writers Centre ACT https://www.actwriters.org.au
Booranga Writers Centre Wagga Wagga https://arts-ed.csu.edu.au/booranga
Hunter Writers Centre NSW https://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/

Writers centres are fantastic regardless of where you are in your writing life – just starting out, or experienced with books published. It’s worth subscribing to those free e-newsletters to remain aware of submission opportunities. They inform you of what’s out there, and also give you deadlines to aim for.

For the more experienced authors, there’s …

ASA (Australian Society of Authors) NSW https://www.asauthors.org

Again, there’s a hardcopy magazine and e-newsletters that are sent out. They have brilliant (downloadable pdf) articles available to members relating to writing and publishing. They also have a contract evaluation service that’s open to everybody for a fee, but discounted for members.

If screenwriting is your thing, then look no further than …

AWG (Australian Writers’ Guild) https://awg.com.au/

There’s two different membership rates – for screenwriters who are just starting out (associates) or screenwriters working in the industry. They offer the same sort of services as the ASA, and you can consult both on legal issues.

Then there’s …

Australian Publishers Association NSW https://www.publishers.asn.au
SPN (Small Press Network) http://smallpressnetwork.com.au

… which should be self-explanatory, with the Small Press Network covering smaller publishers.

And, finally …

Australian Copyright Council https://www.copyright.org.au/

… if you have any questions relating to copyright, then drop the ACC a line.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but should give you an idea of the landscape.

There are worlds out there dedicated to writing. Make sure you touch base with them.

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