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Grant and Application Writing

Grants, scholarships and fellowships are available to writers and authors of all mediums and career points, aspiring, emerging, established, metro and regional. Join local author and grant assessor Karen Wyld for a practical workshop on writing strong applications and finding the opportunities open to you.

As a freelance writer, author and consultant, Karen understands how important it is to submit an application that stands out from the crowd. In this workshop, we'll will cover some of the opportunities available for writers, explain grant terminology and criteria, outline the main steps to writing an application, and discuss what panels might look for when assessing applications. We'll also look at the fundamentals for applying for scholarships and fellowships.


Participants will learn:

  • Of programs that support writers while they develop new work or build skills
  • How to better understand grant criteria and terminology
  • The basics of applying for scholarships and fellowships
  • What panels are looking for when accessing your application
  • How to cope with rejection, and trying again.


About Karen Wyld

Karen Wyld is a freelance writer and author. Her second novel Where the Fruit Falls was awarded the Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished novel. She has been shortlisted for and/or awarded literary scholarships and fellowships. Her latest release is Heroes, Rebels and Innovators: Inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from History.  

With experience working in the not-for-profit sector, government and self-employed consultancy, she’s written numerous successful grant and tender applications. Karen has participated on grant panels for Australia Council for the Arts, Carclew Arts, and Onkaparinga Council..



This event has a strict cap on numbers due to Covid-19 venue regulations. You must purchase an individual ticket for every person intending to come to the workshop. Unfortunately no exceptions can be made. If you cannot make the event after registering, please contact [email protected] to give away your place.

*Writers SA will continue to adhere to all government advice related to the pandemic. This means our physical workshop locations could change or move online, if necessary. If health advice changes and alters the delivery of this session, ticket holders will be notified immediately.

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

—Registrations will close 4pm on the Friday prior to a weekend event and 5pm the day of for an evening event to ensure all participants have the relevant links and information during Writers SA business hours.

—Members of other writing centres in the National Writers Centre Network can access our member discount. Contact [email protected] with your membership number to make your booking.


Price: Writers SA Members attend FREE / Non-member $20

UniSA students can attend for free with a code from your Creative Writing Pathways professors or by emailing [email protected]


Venue: Prydham Hall, UniSA City West Campus, Hindley Street, Adelaide

(there is a parking facility right next to the venue for $8 a day on weekends)


  • Starts: November 20th, 2021 1:00 PM
  • Finishes: November 20th, 2021 4:00 PM

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