NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) Young Writers Studio

Discover and practice different ways of creating effective characters and original stories. Develop a short play or screenplay under the guidance of tutors and build confidence and skills. Each term concludes with readings of work by guest actors. Entry to this course is by interview. Interview date: Sunday 1 July Visit for full details

NYWM: Day Seven

Well here we are, one week in to National Young Writers’ Month. How is your goal shaping up? Have you been filled with early enthusiasm, or were you distracted by the general pace of life and have left that writing goal lingering on the shelf? Today we’re focusing on ways to keep up motivation after […]

NYWM: Travelling Story – Liam Campbell

Today’s contribution to the NYWM Travelling Story will be written by Liam Campbell. Liam Campbell (13, Cook ACT) is currently in Year 8 at Canberra High School.  He’s both an avid reader and writer, and he’s studying all aspects of creating theatre, including writing, directing and acting with Canberra Youth Theatre.  Liam enjoys books with […]

The Emerging Writer: An Insider’s Guide to Your Writing Journey

Check out (and purchase) the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s publication. It’s literally the most valuable commodity on the planet for a young writer. The Emerging Writer: An Insider’s Guide to Your Writing Journey Every writer has to find their own way to emerge – there is no set route, no absolute path and no road that […]

Massive Winter Book Sale

We just had to mention this one. Sleepers Publishing are having a Massive Winter Book Sale. This is your chance to pick up amazing Australian work including back copies of Sleepers Almanac (a must if you’re planning to submit to be published in the Almanac, especially as submissions are open now) and authors including Kalinda […]

NYWM: Day Six

Developing fully-rounded characters is vital to making your fiction believable and engaging. This post on The Editor’s Blog is a fantastic explanation of why characters need goals and how it will inform your fiction. You can also take a look at Lillie Ammann’s post on the topic (part of a comprehensive series of her posts […]

NYWM: Travelling Story – Annie Scott

Today’s contribution to the NYWM Travelling Story will be written by Annie Scott. Annie Scott (12, Narrabundah ACT) loves writing short stories and scripts for film and theatre. She especially enjoys composing music and making movies. Annie has also written several series of horror stories called Sponge Stories, which she emails to her friends each […]

Hilarie Lindsay Awards for Young Writers (Poetry)

Entries are sought from schoolchildren in the following categories. Section 1 Years 10, 11 & 12 max 60 lines Prize $200 Section 2 Years 7, 8 & 9 max 40 lines Prize $175 Section 3 Years 5 & 6 max 40 lines Prize $175 Section 4 Years 4 and under max 20 lines Prize $50 […]

Newcastle Poetry Prize 2012

The Newcastle Poetry Prize is now open for entries! Coordinated by the Hunter Writers’ Centre, it is one of Australia’s oldest and most important literary competitions and boasts a distinguished list of past winners and judges. Opening / closing dates Entries opened 9am EST, Monday 9th April, 2012 and will close 5pm EST, Friday June 8th, 2012. How […]

The Rad Library, Perth

The Rad Library, a mobile library of books, zines, DVDs, and games, defines a ‘rad’ resource on their website as something that is:  hard to find and/or expensive to obtain  present perspectives and voices that are often marginalised in our society  are donated by people who hate to see things collecting dust on shelves when […]