Regional writers: chance to meet a publisher!
As part of Write Off! the Katherine Writers’ Festival being run by the Katherine Region of Writers, in partnership with Katherine Regional Arts and with sponsorship from the NTWC, ten writers from Katherine Region and other regional areas will be invited to send 15 pages of their manuscript to be assessed by Publisher Sophie Hamley from Hachette Australia. The selected writers will get a one-on-one 15-minute interview with Sophie Hamley at the Festival in Katherine on 1-2 June 2019.
This is not open to writers from urban Darwin or Alice Springs in the first instance, however if the full 10 places are not filled, KROW is kindly opening these places to urban-dwelling NTWC members – but the selected writers will need to be in Katherine for their consultation.
To be considered, you need to fill in a form with the following information:
- Your name and address/email and phone contact
- Book Title
- A paragraph about yourself and the stage of writing you are at/your experience and if you have published before – including local anthologies etc.
- A short synopsis of your story and the genre – ie memoir/fantasy/crime etc
- A sentence of where your manuscript is up to and the word count. You must have a minimum of 10,000 words and proof by way of a simple plot plan that shows you have a plan to finish the novel.
- You will be required to send 15 pages from your manuscript – does not have to be the beginning – send your best writing.
Please submit your entry in WORD doc, 12point Times New Roman with your name / book title and page numbers in the bottom footer.
Deadline for submissions Friday 29 March 2019 – No late entries will be accepted.
Second Announcement | 2019 NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs
Transformative agriculture, the aftermath of fire, and truth-telling and memorialising Australia’s past are conversations these writers will be bringing to the 2019 NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs.
Announcing our second line-up of Festival guests. (From left to right)
Larrimah Retreat Blog
Darwin writer and poet Kaye Aldenhoven went to Larrimah – a tiny settlement on the Stuart Highway, about 400 kilometres south of Darwin – for the third annual Andrew McMillan Memorial Retreat. Andrew left a bequest to the NT Writers’ Centre to enable this retreat, and it’s currently held at Larrimah, where Andrew is buried. (more…)
First Writers Announced | 2019 NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs
Announcing the first line-up of writers joining us for the 2019 NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs. (more…)
Imprint | December 2018
The December 2018 issue of imprint, the Northern Territory Writers’ Centre Journal is headed to members’ mailboxes.
Writing, interviews and poetry by Kelly-lee Hickey | Melanie Mununggurr-Williams | Varunika Ruwanpura + more. Hear from Children’s Laureate and 2019 NT Writers’ Festival guest speaker Morris Gleitzman. Local book reviews by Penny Drysdale + more.
Short script intensive with Sandra Thibodeaux
In October 2018 eight central Australian playwrights attended a ten-day intensive with Darwin-playwright, Sandra Thibodeaux as part of the Totem Theatre Short Play Program. (more…)
Marvel-ous Graphic Novel Workshop
This month, Centralian Middle School students, Lauren Boyle, Seraphina Newberry and Alyssa Mason joined Declan Miller at Centralian Senior College to write and illustrate their own graphic novel under the creative mentorship of Yawuru graphic novelist Brenton E. McKenna and editor, Wolfgang Bylsma, Geshalt Publishing, Perth. Students were so enthused with the creative process that they turned up for an extra Saturday workshop.
NT Winner for the Australian Poetry Slam
Huge congratulations to Melanie Mununggurr-Williams from Darwin for becoming the first Indigenous Australian Poetry Slam National Champion!
After winning the Darwin heats earlier this month, Melanie went on to take out the finals in Sydney over the weekend.
Winners of the NT poetry heats
Congratulations to the winners of the NT heats of the Australian Poetry Slam. Melanie Mununggurr-Williams from Darwin (depicted) and Mallory Potash from Alice Springs will be heading to Sydney to perform in the National championships.
Larrimah Retreat 2018
A panel of four judges met and discussed the applications, and the successful author heading to Larrimah for the 2018 Andrew McMillan Memorial Retreat is Palmerston writer Kaye Aldenhoven.
Kaye is a poet and writer, who is working on a memoir of her life in the NT.
Thanks to all the people who were brave enough to apply.
Expressions of Interest | 2019 Workshop Program
The NT Writers’ Centre invites proposals from authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters and writers of fiction and nonfiction, to take part in our 2019 program of events. We also welcome proposals from editors and publishing industry professionals. (more…)
NT chair for FNAWN!
Preceding the FNAWN National Workshop Canberra 23-26 August, Central Australian poet, academic and stand-up comedienne Yvette Holt was appointed Chairperson of the First Nations Australia Writers Network. Yvette brings with her to the position of Chair more than 15 years of literary experience across fields of research Auslit: The Resource for Australian Literature (UQ 2006-2009), Lecturer of Diploma of Creative Indigenous Writing (CDU, Batchelor Institute 2012-2015), Fred Hollows See My World Indigenous youth and literacy, and Director of the National Indigenous Writers & Education Conference (University Wollongong, CDU 2010-2011). Having facilitated, promoted, edited and mentored for more than a decade in the Northern Territory with NTWC, IAD Press and Barkly Arts, Brisbane-born multi-national award winning poet Yvette, continues to live, write and work in Alice Springs.
Yvette Says: “The Northern Territory is home to some of Australia’s most unique and acclaimed writers, storytellers and poets, as a self-proclaimed Territorian, I am keen to work with and cultivate all writers to publish their very best armour of literature. Emphatically, I would encourage all First Nations Territorians to write, write, write. These are the most exciting and enriching times for our writers and poets to continue anchoring their history and creative writing into the landscape of Australian literature. I would encourage all Aboriginal writers of the NT to take membership with FNAWN. Check out our homepage for more information and updates on FNAWN.” FNAWN website link
Eight scripts selected
Congratulations to the eight central Australian playwrights whose ten-minute scripts have been selected to be developed in a ten-day intensive as part of the Totem Theatre Short Play Program.
The intensive will take place in late October with playwright Sandra Thibodeaux.
The plays developed as part of this process will be produced and staged in 2019.
The selection panel was thrilled by the quality and number of submissions received and about the diversity of the selected plays. Thanks to everyone who submitted and we look forward to workshopping and presenting the following new works:
A Family Portrait–Jo Dutton
Lady Haha goes to Rehab–Bianca Gonos
No Spanish Mackerel!–Biddy O’Loughlin
The Mission–Kristy Schubert
Alcoota Passion–Michael Watts
This initiative is proudly supported by the NT Writers’ Centre.
2018 Andrew McMillan Emerging Writer’s Residency
NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs | Save the Date
We’re thrilled to announce that NT Writers’ Festival–Alice Springs will take place 16-19 May 2019.
Keep an eye on our website for announcements and details.
We can’t wait to see you there again!
Book of the month
Living in HopeBuy Now