Borderlands – call for submissions
Are you a storyteller living in the Northern Territory? Or a storyteller with a legacy connection to the Territory?
Borderlands is open for submissions for its first online edition and, in partnership with Westerly, a special Northern Territory feature of six pieces to be published in Westerly’s November 2019 print edition. All submissions to Borderlands that meet Westerly’s submission guidelines will be considered for both the Borderlands online edition, to be published in September 2019, and the Westerly feature. (more…)
Arrernte Women’s Poetry
Across February and March, the Akeyulerre Healing Centre and NT Writers’ Centre paired up with poet Penny Drysdale to work with a group of Arrernte women who are writing poetry. (more…)
Into the compactor: A workshop with playwright Alana Valentine
How does a writer crush a huge amount of information and emotion and humour and surprise into a compact two-hour nugget of entertainment? How do they choose what to put in and what to leave out? Drawing on the process of creating many of her produced works for the stage, including Letters to Lindy, which is based on the 20,000 letters sent to Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and held in the National Library of Australia, Alana Valentine will lead a workshop in the discipline and logic of storytelling. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by choice and confused by a surfeit of material this workshop will explain ways of regaining clarity.
Alana Valentine has been a regular visitor to the Northern Territory since 2006 when she was invited as part of a Longlines Fellowship to visit Katherine Region of Writers group. She conducted workshops in radio writing for the KROW collective, returned in 2007 to record a radio feature Katherine Characters featuring short stories by Katherine writers, broadcast on ABC Radio National. Assisted by Toni Tapp Coutts research and support, she returned again to work with the community on the script of Watermark, a work commemorating the 1998 flood. In 2018 her play Letters to Lindy, based on letters sent by the public to Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton also toured to 21 venues Australia wide, most memorably to Darwin where it sold out two incredible nights at the Darwin Entertainment Centre, then went on to play in Katherine, Tennant Creek, Gove and Alice Springs.
Date: Monday, 3 June 2019
Venue: The Timor Room, Harbour View Plaza, 8 McMinn Street, Darwin
Price: $80/ $50 NTWC members
AGM, 23 April 2019
This is notice that the Annual General Meeting of the NT Writers’ Centre will be held on Tuesdsay, 23 April at 5.30pm. (more…)
February Graphic Novel Club
NT Writers’ Centre has been working with a group of exceptional young, Alice Springs-based graphic novelists.
Lauren Boyle, Declan Miller, Alyssa Mason and Seraphina Newberry are working to complete manuscripts to be published by Gestalt Publishing and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF).
They are so thrilled about this opportunity and so are we!
Katherine Writers’ and Readers’ Festival
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, is fast approaching!
In support of the festival, the NTWC will hold two workshops in Katherine over the weekend of June 1-2. One on writing for comedy with Amy Hetherington, and one with playwright Alana Valentine so keep an eye on our website for more news!
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.