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Sarah Vincent reflects on her experience of the HARDCOPY program run by the ACT Writers Centre.

Every year at this time I bang on about a manuscript development program called HARDCOPY run by the ACT Writers centre. I was lucky enough to be accepted into the program in 2015 and it led directly to my memoir being picked up by an agent and published by Penguin Random House in 2017.

Applications for HARDCOPY 2018 are now open and close on March 16. Pass me my drum – it’s banging time.

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.

On January 26, the offices of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Express Media, Melbourne Writers Festival and Writers Victoria will be open. 

Individual staff members at these organisations have chosen to work on January 26, and as a result the organisations will remain open. The organisations support their employees’ decisions to express solidarity with First Nations peoples in this way.

Hazel Rowley

Eight Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2018 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship worth $15,000. 

“It’s exciting to see such a wide range of writing proposals coming to us from around Australia, said Della Rowley, sister of biographer Hazel Rowley. “This year we reached a record number of applications and the quality and calibre of proposals has been outstanding”.

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 paid commissions in 'The Victorian Writer' and bursaries to attend select workshops in 2018. The second round of commissions and bursaries has been awarded to four applicants.

Commissions

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

A photo of a trophy

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.

Opportunity for a woman writer facing barriers to participation in the literary industry

Writers Victoria is delighted to announce a new opportunity for an emerging or established Victorian woman writer to join us as a Digital Writer in Residence in 2018.

The residency will provide paid writing and subsidised professional development opportunities including, but not limited to:

The 2017 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing has been awarded to Rafeif Ismail, a 23-year old Perth woman from a Sudanese background.

We are making some improvements to the way we communicate with you. In 2018, we will be dedicating more time to strategic planning to ensure our communications are as effective and engaging as they can be.

As part of this change, from January, the WV e-news will be sent fortnightly. Don’t worry, we will still be bringing you all of the stuff you love, writing advice, Q&As, comps and opps, and more! There’ll still be heaps of great content on website and our social channels too.

Today is a muggy Melbourne day that threatens with sunshine and rain, yet inside St Kilda café Galleon, fans sweep cold air and Ella Fitzgerald croons smooth and slow from the radio. Today, I’m meeting writer Bram Presser, who arrives on the dot of 3.30, folds a bookmark into ‘The Standing Chandelier’ by Lionel Shriver, orders a green juice and sits down to talk.