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Creative Writing Fellowships for Regional NSW Writers


Varuna the National Writers House is now accepting applications for the 2015 LitLink Residential Fellowship.

A LitLink Residential Fellowship offers writers living in regional NSW and the greater Sydney area* a two-week residency at the idyllic Varuna in the Blue Mountains, NSW.

The fellowship includes full board and accommodation at Varuna including a prepared evening meal, uninterrupted time to write in your own private studio, the companionship of your fellow writers as well as the opportunity to receive feedback on your work from a Varuna Consultant.

Varuna will award five Litlink Fellowships in 2015 with the residency dates being Monday 17 August until Sunday, 30 August 2015.

Varuna invites writers working in all creative forms, including fiction, drama, poetry and narrative non-fiction to apply for this fellowship with applications closing 30 April 2015.

Varuna thanks Arts NSW for supporting this wonderful initiative.

For full details and to apply visit:

email: or phone: (02) 4782 5674
*To be eligible for a LitLink Residential Fellowship you will need to live in regional New South Wales or the greater Sydney area:

  • South (Kogarah, Hurstville, Canterbury, Rockdale, Sutherland)
  • North (Hornsby, Ku-ring-gai, Pittwater, Warringah)
  • West Central (Auburn, Blacktown, Hills Shire, Holroyd, Parramatta)
  • North West (Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Penrith)
  • South West (Bankstown, Fairfield, Wollondilly, Camden, Campbelltown, Liverpool)
  • Central Coast (Gosford and Wyong)



Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency

Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) will accept applications for the annual Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency in April 2015. The program is open to writers who have not yet had a full-length work published and have a limited publication history of short works. Judges will accept submissions across a range of genres, and will select the winner based on literary merit. The winner will be offered a week’s stay at Varuna, The Writers’ House [ <] in Katoomba NSW, to support the development of a work-in-progress.

This residency was established in 2011 by the Koppe family as a tribute to their mother, Ray Koppe. Ray, who for many years managed the business affairs of the ASA, was always passionately interested in and supportive of young writers. The inaugural winner of the program, Renae Haywood, had her first book published by Walker Books in September 2013. Other past winners include Dimitra Harvey (2012), Hannah Bent (2013) and Danielle Binks (2014).

Applicants must be Associate members of the ASA, working on a specific writing project and under the age of 30 on the closing date. They must also have no more than eight short pieces in total published in journals, collections and/or anthologies, including commissioned creative blog-posts and digital publications. Applicants do not need to have any pieces published to be eligible to apply.

Eligibility Criteria and Submission Guidelines are available at:< Applicants should read the Frequently Asked Questions before preparing their submission.

Applications open: 30 March 2015
Applications close: 4 may 2015

For more information contact Laurine Croasdale, Professional Development Officer at
the Australian Society of Authors on 02 9211 1004 or <

NSW Writers’ Centre courses

The NSW Writers’ Centre has just released a bumper program of courses for January to June 2015. Check it out…

‘Ask an ALAA Agent’ in The Victorian Writer magazine

We are now contributing useful ‘insider’ articles on publishing to The Victorian Writer magazine

Varuna Open House day – 13 September

The much-loved Blue Mountains (NSW) writers’ centre Varuna will have an Open House day on Saturday September 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors can take a tour of the house and garden, and enjoy live entertainment for kids and adults, readings and author talks, plus book, plant and cake stalls. It’s a rare opportunity to see the original home of authors Eleanor and Eric Dark, later gifted to the nation’s writers by the Dark family. Some of the featured Open House events this year include:

• a series of heritage kitchen conversations with Anne Elliott from Slow Food Blue Mountains, who will be cooking recipes from Eleanor Dark’s own cookbook!
• Eleanor Dark’s biographer Barbara Brooks, talking with local author Sylvia Martin in Eleanor’s own writing studio – answering questions about Eleanor’s life, and reading from her work and letters.
• wonderful Children’s writers to entertain younger visitors – stay tuned for news of the featured authors.
• Varuna Alumni author Jessie Cole talking about her acclaimed new novel Deeper Water – in conversation with Peter Bishop; and
• the opportunity to chat with local writers, Varuna Alumni, consultants and Board members about their work at Varuna, and the ongoing legacy of the Eleanor Dark Foundation.

For more information visit

New website listing Australian book releases each month

A new website has been launched listing the books released each month that are written by Australians. Australian Book Releases is ‘A listing of book releases – and nothing more’. The listings start in June 2014 and are organised under Fiction, Non-fiction and Children’s releases, with Poetry when appropriate. Authors – and other interested parties – are able to contact the website’s organisers if they feel their release has been missed.

SA Writers’ Centre to host romance writing festival

The South Australian Writers’ Centre and Romance Writers of Australia are joining forces to present Weekend Romance: A Fair to Remember on 14 and 15 June in Adelaide. It promises to be  ‘a weekend for writers and lovers of romantic fiction’ – two days of ‘whirling workshops, panel sessions, masterclasses, industry advice, meet the authors sessions, book signings’ and more. Guest authors include Fiona McIntosh, Helene Young, Keri Arthur and Victoria Purnam.

For the full program, visit and you can book here.

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