National Help for Writers
Does Australia need a national writers’ structure?
Australia has long-established state and territory writers’ centres. Now five of these centres are being brought together under a new national federated structure, called Writing Australia. This new entity will have a national director and will be funded by the Australia Council Literature Board.
The news release states why Writing Australia is needed. It will:
- work at the national level to provide activities for writers, such as residencies, overseas links, more promotional opportunities, and online workshops.
- enable new writing-based organisations to have a crack at government funding.
- undertake work now duplicated by the state and territory centres, such providing general writing advice and a nation-wide list of writing competitions.
It will be interesting to see if adding another level of management helps or hinders support for writers.
Corrections: A big thank you to the two readers who advised about some errors in my original post. I have deleted the inaccurate material and am posting the corrections.
- I located a blog called Writing Australia and assumed it was a product of the new government entity, Writing Australia. It is not.
- I misunderstood information, found on a website, about two writing centres. Neither the Queensland Writers’ Centre (QWC) nor the Northern Territory (NT) Writers’ Centre are changing their names. The QWC has established a project called The Institute for the Future of the Book (if:book), which functions somewhat like an e-book branch of the QWC. The NT Writers’ Centre also has a project, to become a centre of excellence in Indigenous writing.