Writers SA Helping writers realise their creative and professional dreams 2018-02-21T03:54:30Z https://writerssa.org.au/feed/atom/ WordPress Aimee Knight <![CDATA[By George! Dispatches from a literary exchange]]> https://writerssa.org.au/?p=32101 2018-02-21T03:54:30Z 2018-02-21T03:54:30Z This week we welcome Bernice Chauly to Adelaide as part of our partnership with George Town Literary Festival, Penang – our Malaysian sister city. Bernice is a writer, filmmaker, actor and festival director. She will be in residence until mid-March and will appear at Adelaide Writers’ Week. Before she jets […]

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Writer, filmmaker and festival director, Bernice Chauly.

Writer, filmmaker and festival director, Bernice Chauly.

This week we welcome Bernice Chauly to Adelaide as part of our partnership with George Town Literary Festival, Penang – our Malaysian sister city.

Bernice is a writer, filmmaker, actor and festival director. She will be in residence until mid-March and will appear at Adelaide Writers’ Week. Before she jets home, she’ll host a session with us about her writing, our partnership, and the wonderful George Town Literary Festival, where we send an SA-based writer each year.

You may remember that, last year, we sent poet and author Jelena Dinic to the festival. She’s returned with stories galore, and the pictures to prove it. Here’s more from Jelena on The Festival of Monsters & (Im)Mortals:

The invitation to the George Town Literary Festival arrived on a winter afternoon. I was at my computer trying to justify writing to my family as a sensible escape from the cold snap that had descended on the Adelaide Hills.

The email flashed with an invitation to the George Town Literary Festival in Penang. I reread it in disbelief! The Festival of Monsters & (Im)Mortals in a world ruled by demagogues. I learned it is the only state-funded festival in South-East Asia. The invitation also included a two-week residency at Rimbun Dahan. An opportunity to write in peace! I just had to announce the news to my family.

More emails followed. The topics of discussions were ‘addressing the challenging and confronting issues’ of society, as the festival’s Artistic Director Bernice Chauly noted in her welcome message. Bernice is a Malay writer who is recognized as one of the most significant voices of her generation. Bernice began the festival seven years ago with just a few guests attending a café and reading their work. Today the festival is a three-day literary event with over 5000 visitors. It features an array of award-winning writers, poets and journalists.

Jelena Dinic on exchange at George Town Literary Festival

Jelena at George Town Literary Festival

Many of us were staying at the Royale Chulan Penang Hotel. We met at breakfast, comparing our discussion topics over a cup of coffee. The question ‘where are you based?’ rather than ‘where are you from?’ lessened my anxiety of belonging, but heightened my responsibility of being a citizen of the world. My topics for conversations were:

1. Is the poem still sublime?: Have the violence and tragedy of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries affirmed Adorno’s claim that to ‘write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric?’
2. How to become a dictator: The need for blood and why do we still hate?

‘How to become a dictator’ occupied my mind. Perhaps Writers SA corresponded with my husband before deciding that I am a suitable person for this topic. I come from a war-torn country. The idea that I might have anything to do with monsters or dictators did not alarm him. I told my friends about it. ‘You certainly match the theme,’ they remarked, looking down at my ballet flats.
I looked at my ballet flats too. Every six months I buy a new pair. Their flat souls under my feet peel into layers. My toes push hard forward. My ankles can rip a strap in a twist. ‘But you look so gentle’ the shop assistant says.

‘I walk fast,’ I grin.

But who knows where I go?

Eight easy steps is all it takes to become a dictator if you Google the question. I use my iPhone as a research tool. While I clean the house, I stream YouTube. The voices of great historians are lost in the background sounds of a washing machine churning, and a dryer tumbling.

At work, I am seen with the mobile phone under my arm and I am called to the manager’s office to touch base on my deadlines.

According to the various Wikipedia entries, the person most dangerous for humankind can be the one who follows orders. The architect of Holocaust, Eichmann, a civil servant, never asked questions. How does anyone write any poetry after this? ‘By finding the words to describe the truth,’ wrote poet Charles Reznikoff.

At the opening ceremony the keynote speaker, writer and literary professor Muhammad Haji Salleh was addressing the audience with a similar wonder. He explained that upon receiving the festival invitation he looked into the mirror, into his eyes and into his open mouth to see if there were any monsters residing, but all he found was a kindly grandfather. However, he reminds us ‘that among the citizens, sometimes monsters may appear to trample their gardens and rights. We ask them and ourselves: are they our making?’

My first festival attendance was in 2016 at the Adelaide Writers’ Week. The award-winning author Peter Goldsworthy curated a series of SA poets for the Australian Book Review and I was fortunate enough to be selected as an emerging poet.

I was born in a country that no longer exists. I grew up reading poetry in quiet corners. There was a swing under a tree. My mother worried from her window ‘Hold on, hold on!’

Sarajevo’s winter, Mostar’s bridge, Dubrovnik’s border. Memories I have been busy forgetting. If I forget, who do I expect to remember the collapse of Yugoslavia twenty years later? The bombing of Serbia: the fifteen tonnes of depleted uranium bombs dropped twice a day for seventy-eight days on a country the size of Tasmania.

I watched my hometown on TV. My friends described the bombing to their toddlers as fireworks, before hiding in basements. I still struggle to put this in poetic form. And still wonder if the bombing needed to be the only trick the world had up its sleeve for my country. But I often think of Anna Akhmatova being recognized, standing in a queue on a cold winter day before a stone prison where her son was taken. The woman behind whispered to her, ‘Can you describe this?’

‘I can,’ replied Anna.

The stage at the George Town Literary Festival

The stage at the George Town Literary Festival

I walk towards the stage for the session on dictators in the company of David van Reybrouck, Laksmi Pamutjak, Manug Day and moderator Kam Raslan. I worry that what I might say on stage was not written in the tabloid titles of leading newspapers, but there is so much to talk about. Afterwards, a human rights lawyer based in London approaches me and apologises in the name of the world for not seeing the horror in Serbia sooner. I am thankful for the opportunity.

Rimbun Dahan

The property of Rimbun Dahan is a forty-five minute drive from bustling Kuala Lumpur. The series of homes and residences are beautifully designed by owner and architect Hijjas Kasturi and his wife Angela. The artists’ houses are surrounded by luscious trees and vegetation and I find myself immediately engaged in the natural vibrancy of the surroundings.

I take a barefoot walk. The lush green jungle looks inviting, but I doubt its hospitality. The mosquitoes are, as ever, bloodthirsty. On the wall in my room, opposite my bed, hangs a portrait of eyes staring at me. I can’t make out if these eyes belong to dogs, wolves, people or owls. I don’t remember falling asleep. In the morning, I imagine making fans from mosquito wings.

The pond at artists' residency Rimbun Dahan

Rimbun Dahan is a writer’s paradise

The jade colour of a nearby pond reflects in the windows of the main house. The air breezes gently through spaces, flicking the curtains in a hypnotic rhythm. Near my room resides Carlos Carvalho, an artist from Brazil. He makes casts of his own body and applies animal print on them with fabrics applied with a hot glue gun.

Many artists have been fortunate enough to stay here. Our own poet, writer and ABC radio producer Mike Ladd and artist Cathy Brooks spent three months in Rimbun Dahan. Mike and Cathy’s collective work Invisible Mending is partly a reflection of their experiences at the residency, and I hold it as a source of inspiration. It has been a guide to a better understanding of Rimbun Dahan.

Influenced by Invisible Mending, I spend my days writing and reading. The internet connection is poor, which gives me freedom to marvel and wonder. Then I write more. There are no interruptions, except the ever-presence of the natural environment I am in.

I manage to write a poem a day. I bring them home like souvenirs and the next morning, I salvage a few. Here they are:

Rimbun Dahan
1.
I have not met the architect and his wife
but I am staying at their guest house.
It opens with glass iron and steel
to nature that is accepting.
A relationship based on truth.
The outside pool is the colour of jade.
Wrought flowers are rising above the surface
mirroring a Malay tribal belief:
Lord of Iron will eat the Earth to the end.
I find that loneliness grows in most suitable places.
A spare bed in my room is meddling with my mind.
A painting of hypnotic eyes hangs on the wall.
Tiny eye shapes of owls, or dogs. Or people.
It is 4am. Prayers from a nearby mosque
are rippling across the jade water.
I watch the ceiling fan turning its rusty petals.
The horror of letting go.

2.
I don’t know the name of today.
It will be seen hanging somewhere
like a red tassel tied to a tree.
I wait for the monkeys to swing,
but the trees are still. Instead,

a bird flies into the roof
and screeches for freedom.
It is a sign, from an ancient story.
The guest house opens like a lidded jar
but the bird doesn’t see it yet.
It takes time to find a way out.

3.
I retrace my steps to the kitchen.
The scent of mint whirls above my tea cup.
A sip at the time and I learn that
what binds us to ruins are gentle things –
like tear drops on chipped porcelain.
The bottom of the cup is glazing like a
belly of the fish. Struck with a spoon
it echoes the lost bells.
A slip through the fingers and the cup
will ring to the last peace.

Jelena's workspace at Rimbun Dahan

Jelena’s workspace at Rimbun Dahan

4.
From the balcony of the guest house
the light swims across the jade water
and splashes the trees.
Monkeys didn’t come out to play.
But yesterday, they were swinging
like in the days of my mother’s fear
‘hold on, hold on!’

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Aimee Knight <![CDATA[Revealing our Adelaide Writers’ Week 2018 masterclasses]]> https://writerssa.org.au/?p=31843 2018-02-12T04:30:38Z 2018-02-12T04:30:38Z               Back by popular demand, our scintillating series of Adelaide Writers’ Week masterclasses returns in March. Hosted by revered international authors, this is your chance to learn from the world’s finest writers, right here in Adelaide. Join copyright renegade Cory Doctorow for a fiction masterclass on […]

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Adelaide Writers' Week 2018 masterclass hosts: Cory Doctorow, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Mandy Len Catron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back by popular demand, our scintillating series of Adelaide Writers’ Week masterclasses returns in March. Hosted by revered international authors, this is your chance to learn from the world’s finest writers, right here in Adelaide.

Join copyright renegade Cory Doctorow for a fiction masterclass on Sunday 4 March. Meet Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich when she dives deep into memoir on Tuesday 6 March. Catch Mandy Len Catron analysing the art of essay collections on Wednesday 7 March.

These workshops will sell out – soon. Book with haste.

Fiction Masterclass with Cory Doctorow
Sunday 4 March, 2–5pm

Join science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow for an exclusive workshop about characters, plots, the arts, the internet and why you should never, ever ask an established writer how to break into the field.

Memoir Masterclass with Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Monday 6 March, 6–9pm

With The Fact of a Body, lawyer turned writer Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich recounts her experience of a death row case, its retrial, and its intersections with her own childhood. Explore the boundaries and possibilities of memoir.

Essay Masterclass with Mandy Len Catron
Wednesday 7 March, 6–9pm

Traverse the world of the essay with Mandy Len Catron. From the personal to the ideological, she’ll consider the gritty details needed to turn discrete essays into a cohesive collection.

 

To ensure you get the best learning experience possible, class sizes are limited at these exclusive workshops. Tickets are $90 (Writers SA members) or $135 (non-members). Do you need to join up or renew your membership?

Guests appear courtesy of our friends at Adelaide Writers’ Week. Peruse their full 2018 program here.

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Aimee Knight <![CDATA[Plot twist: say ‘hey!’ to Writers SA]]> https://writerssa.org.au/?p=30297 2017-11-30T05:16:45Z 2017-11-30T08:30:49Z We’re delighted to finally reveal that SA Writers Centre is now Writers SA. To complement our new name – and our new home in the Institute Building – we have a new look, new partners and venues, and a refreshed purpose. So what better time to launch our Summer 2018 […]

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Writers SA Logo On iMac ScreenWe’re delighted to finally reveal that SA Writers Centre is now Writers SA.

To complement our new name – and our new home in the Institute Building – we have a new look, new partners and venues, and a refreshed purpose.

So what better time to launch our Summer 2018 program? It’s hot off the proverbial press, and packed with energising workshops on writing romance for publication, drawing inspiration from your own life, building your online profile, and more besides.

Start the new year as you mean to continue, with a robust, productive routine. Another round of Summer Inspirations writing prompts kicks off on Monday 1 January – perfect for squashing writer’s block and forming only helpful habits.

Should your writing get a bit flabby over the festive season, don’t fret! Get motivated again at our Summer School in mid-Jan. Max Anderson chats travel writing, Rebekah Clarkson teaches new year’s writing resolutions, and Kate Larsen talks digital poetry over one invigorating weekend.

Aaand, we’re stoked to announce that powerhouse C.S. Pacat will join us for two days in March to demystify the art of crafting fantasy. Holy moly!

Look, we could go on (and on, and on) about the beloved authors dropping by Writers SA next year, but we’d be here ‘til Christmas! How about we let you peruse the program for yourselves?

Remember: no matter your age, background, location, culture, sexuality, ability or experience, we’re here to help you realise your creative dreams. We can’t wait to share our new chapter with you.

Happy writing, writers! See you in the new year.

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Aimee Knight <![CDATA[We’re coming to the Eyre Peninsula]]> https://writerssa.org.au/?p=29829 2017-11-29T04:09:32Z 2017-11-12T23:50:15Z We round out our regional program for 2017 with not one but two trips to the Eyre Peninsula in November and December. We’ll be inkin’ and thinkin’ in Port Lincoln, Streaky Bay and Ceduna with acclaimed short story writer Rebekah Clarkson. Best of all, these workshops are free for current Writers SA members. […]

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Rebekah Clarkson

We round out our regional program for 2017 with not one but two trips to the Eyre Peninsula in November and December.

We’ll be inkin’ and thinkin’ in Port Lincoln, Streaky Bay and Ceduna with acclaimed short story writer Rebekah Clarkson.

Best of all, these workshops are free for current Writers SA members. Do you need to join or renew?

 

Turning Life into Great Short Stories

Port Lincoln: Sun 19 Nov, 10am
Ceduna: Sun 3 Dec, 10am

Rebekah guides you through practical exercises to unearth the brilliant stories lurking in your own life.

Crafting Great Short Stories and Fiction

Streaky Bay: Sat 2 Dec, 12pm

Don’t the best ideas just seem to come from nowhere? Rebekah helps you harness your ability to create brilliant, surprising short fiction.

 

Each workshop is followed by a casual networking event, open to any and all writers in Port Lincoln, Streaky Bay and Ceduna. Enjoy light refreshments as Rebekah reveals her pathway to publication. Local writers are invited to share their work, too. We’d love to see you there!

Our regional touring program is presented by Regional Arts Australia and Country Arts SA.

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Aimee Knight <![CDATA[Varuna Fellowship for Emerging Writers]]> https://writerssa.org.au/?p=29408 2017-11-11T06:13:41Z 2017-11-01T03:38:33Z The SA Writers Centre is partnering with Varuna, the National Writers’ House to offer a new residency and development fellowship for a young South Australian writer. This opportunity is open to writers, poets and illustrators who are under 35, and are South Australian residents. The week-long residency will take place from Monday 23 […]

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Varuna, the National Writer's HouseThe SA Writers Centre is partnering with Varuna, the National Writers’ House to offer a new residency and development fellowship for a young South Australian writer.

This opportunity is open to writers, poets and illustrators who are under 35, and are South Australian residents.

The week-long residency will take place from Monday 23 – Monday 30 April 2018. That’s the week leading up to, and including, Varuna’s Sydney Writers Festival events.

The fellowship includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation, including a private space to further develop a work in progress,
  • all meals plus a $300 travel subsidy,
  • an hour-long consultation with one of Varuna’s external writing consultants, to be held during the residency (the consultant will read an extract of up to 10 pages in advance), and
  • free tickets to all events held over the Varuna festival weekend, including networking opportunities, and access to the festival green room.

Eligibility

The recipient must be:

  • under 35 on 1 December 2017,
  • an SA resident for at least the past 12 months,
  • able to take up the residency on the above dates, and
  • have a current work in progress.

Selection Criteria

The recipient will be selected by representatives of the SA Writers Centre staff, board and a South Australian Varuna alumnus. Selection will be based on:

  • The impact of the opportunity on the writer,
  • the ambition and potential of the project, and
  • the quality of the support material.

To apply

Please submit a single PDF document containing the following materials to admin@writerssa.org.au:

  • Your contact details,
  • a bio (max 150 words),
  • a statement addressing how the opportunity will benefit you (max. 250 words),
  • a synopsis of your project (max. 1 page), and
  • artistic support material (writing, illustrations, etc; max. 10 pages including links).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, and those from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, are encouraged to apply.

Applications close on Friday 1 December, 5pm.

The successful recipient will notified by Monday 18 December, 5pm.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in contact with us.

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Aimee Knight <![CDATA[The George Town Literary Exchange returns]]> https://writerssa.org.au/?p=29400 2017-11-01T04:41:20Z 2017-11-01T01:20:52Z We’re delighted to announce Jelena Dinic as this year’s recipient of the George Town Literary Exchange. Jelena will feature in the 2017 George Town Literary Festival program before spending time at Rimbun Dahan, a private arts residency space in Malaysia. Jelena migrated to Australia from Serbia in her teens and […]

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We’re delighted to announce Jelena Dinic as this year’s recipient of the George Town Literary Exchange.

Jelena Dinic headshot

Jelena will feature in the 2017 George Town Literary Festival program before spending time at Rimbun Dahan, a private arts residency space in Malaysia.

Jelena migrated to Australia from Serbia in her teens and writes in both Serbian and English. Her work has been published in leading Australian journals and anthologies. Her chapbook Buttons on My Dress (2015) is a reflection on her journey from Serbia to the Adelaide Hills, where she now lives with her family.

Her poem ‘The Silence of Siskins’ (2015) was selected and published in The Best Australian Poems 2016. She currently runs Friendly Street Poets Featured Poet Series and a poetry group at Thebarton Senior College where she works.

This annual exchange program is the result of a partnership between SA Writers Centre and the George Town Literary Festival. In 2018, we’ll welcome Bernice Chauly – author, poet and GTLF director – as our first international resident writer at SA Writers Centre. But more on that later…

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Sarah Tooth <![CDATA[New Career Support Programs for South Australian writers]]> https://writerssa.org.au/?p=29000 2017-10-23T00:43:36Z 2017-10-17T23:33:03Z First Draft, Manuscript Incubator, and Career Track When it comes to writers’ needs across their journey, one size definitely does not fit all. So we’re pleased to launch three new career support programs designed specifically for South Australian writers, tailored to our community’s diverse and evolving needs. In 2018, we’ll […]

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First Draft, Manuscript Incubator, and Career Track

Three New Career Support ProgramsWhen it comes to writers’ needs across their journey, one size definitely does not fit all. So we’re pleased to launch three new career support programs designed specifically for South Australian writers, tailored to our community’s diverse and evolving needs.

In 2018, we’ll offer two distinct strands of programming for unpublished authors, suitable for fiction and narrative nonfiction writers:

  • First Draft for writers working to complete their first manuscript, and
  • Manuscript Incubator for writers with a completed manuscript looking for publication.

We are also very excited to launch the first year-long support program for published writers in Australia: Career Track.

Career Track has been put together with advice and feedback from South Australian mid-career, ‘mid-list’ writers. It’s aimed at those facing the challenges of building and sustaining a career, navigating a rapidly changing industry, and struggling to find the means to commit fully to their writing projects. The program will provide information, advice and connections, along with peer and professional support. You’ll access seminars and presentations on the business of writing, plus monthly meetings to delve deep into issues and share the challenges and joys of a writing career. 

Open by application, Career Track is suitable for all published authors, including poets, and writers of fiction and narrative nonfiction.

Spaces in all three programs are limited.

As always, we’re committed to supporting writers from diverse backgrounds, regional areas and those with other access issues. Please contact us for details if this applies to you.

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Aimee Knight <![CDATA[We have a new home!]]> https://writerssa.org.au/?p=28730 2017-11-12T23:13:17Z 2017-10-06T00:32:51Z We’re thrilled to announce an exciting new chapter for SA Writers Centre. From November, we’ll have a home in – and partnership with – the State Library of South Australia. In the heart of Adelaide’s cultural strip, we’ll be based in the Institute Building on North Terrace. For more than thirty years, […]

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We’re thrilled to announce an exciting new chapter for SA Writers Centre. From November, we’ll have a home in – and partnership with – the State Library of South Australia. In the heart of Adelaide’s cultural strip, we’ll be based in the Institute Building on North Terrace.

For more than thirty years, we’ve been the place writers come to for learning, advice, support and connection. From our new offices in the State Library, we’ll take our program to the community across South Australia like never before.

New office spaces are just the beginning in a suite of announcements coming over the next few months. The board and staff have been working together this year to reshape our organisation, our priorities, and the ways in which we can support writers to realise their dreams in bold, new ways. These will include a range of programs, venues, partners and professional opportunities.

From today, you can interact with us in person in venues across South Australia, and online. You can:

  • make bookings and renew your membership via this website, email, or over the phone;
  • ask questions and make enquiries via email or phone;
  • make appointments to get advice and support from our staff;
  • meet fellow members and writers at free events and other networking opportunities, such as our monthly member meet ups and quarterly literary industry drinks;
  • and from 2018, you can join us at regular Open Sessions, where you can ask questions and meet the staff and board.

We are very excited for the future, and can’t wait to share more announcements with you really soon. Keep an eye on our e-news and Facebook page to be the first in the know.

In the meantime, happy writing!

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Marketing Manager <![CDATA[Cultural Centre for the Dead – alive with opportunities for writers!]]> https://writerssa.org.au/?p=25439 2017-05-24T05:08:56Z 2017-05-10T02:55:06Z The SA Writers Centre, in partnership with the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, has announced an exciting new round of free workshops and events as part of the ongoing Cultural Centre for the Dead project. Run in the surrounds of Enfield Memorial Park, the Cultural Centre for the Dead is a community […]

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The SA Writers Centre, in partnership with the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, has announced an exciting new round of free workshops and events as part of the ongoing Cultural Centre for the Dead project.

Run in the surrounds of Enfield Memorial Park, the Cultural Centre for the Dead is a community based project which – through creative writing and performance – seeks to open a dialogue with writers from diverse cultural backgrounds on their experience of a universal yet shared topic: death. Specifically the project seeks to uncover the ways in which traditional death practices can impact and influence the way we live our lives.

The free Creative Writing Workshops are aimed at new and active writers from diverse cultural backgrounds and will be led by experienced writing teachers and artists, Manal Younus and Alexis West.

Using creative prompts, these workshops will explore themes of mortality, belief and the ceremonies and stories that we construct around death. And they aim to extend the discussion around the ways these stories can lead us to live more deeply.

Participants need not be experienced writers but they must be willing to explore and share their personal beliefs about mortality. Spaces are very limited though so register your interest early at www.writerssa.org.au.

Creative works developed as part of the workshop series will be performed at an evening event held at Enfield Memorial Park, 6pm Saturday 8 July. This free community function will include readings, performance, music and dance, plus food and refreshments, and will have an emphasis on the diversity of the local community.

The Cultural Centre of the Dead Anthology, including a selection of creative pieces developed during the ongoing project, will also be curated, compiled, and distributed by the Adelaide Cemetery Authority and SA Writers Centre.

Key dates:

Workshop 1: Thursday 25 May 10am – 1pm

Workshop 2: Sunday 4 June 10am – 1pm

Workshop 3: Saturday 17 June 10am – 1pm

Workshop 4: Thursday 22 June 6pm – 9pm

Reading Event: Saturday 8 July 6pm

Note: The workshops are identical, repeated events. Please register your interest for your preferred date. Bookings will be confirmed closer to the event.

Workshop and Event Bookings are essential. Register at www.writerssa.org.au or call SA Writers Centre on 08 8223 7662.

 

PRESENTERS
Manal Younus
is a storyteller and creative producer. As a Muslim with Eritrean origins living in Australia, the young writer and spoken word artist uses her poetry to both discover and strengthen her identity as well as to spark thought and discussions amongst those around her. In 2015, the two time National Poetry Slam finalist self published her first book of poetry titled ‘Reap’ and has since toured the within Australia and overseas performing her work and facilitating workshops to develop the work of new writers.

Alexis West has worked as a dancer, choreographer, performer, writer, poet, theatre-maker and filmmaker over the past 20 years. As a Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka and Kanak woman, Alexis is passionate about First Nation people’s voices, as well as the stories of people with disability and people from diverse backgrounds. She has worked as an artistic director, writer, and facilitator for organisations including the Karrikarrinya Theatre Collective, SA Writers Centre, Spirit Festival, Our Mob, Art Gallery SA, and Adelaide Fringe. Alexis has devised and directed new works for No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability since 2008, and worked as AD, co-writer and performer for State Theatre Company SA.

 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

 

          

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Marketing Manager <![CDATA[South Australian Hachette Mentorship Winners Announced]]> https://writerssa.org.au/?p=24887 2017-04-27T08:51:44Z 2017-04-27T08:42:30Z In conjunction with Hachette Australia, we are pleased to announce Jessie Byrne and Dee Ayer as joint winners of the second South Australian Hachette Mentoring Program. Byrne and Ayer will work with Sophie Hamley, Publisher at Hachette Australia and former literary agent, to develop their manuscripts to publication standard. Sarah Tooth, […]

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In conjunction with Hachette Australia, we are pleased to announce Jessie Byrne and Dee Ayer as joint winners of the second South Australian Hachette Mentoring Program.

Byrne and Ayer will work with Sophie Hamley, Publisher at Hachette Australia and former literary agent, to develop their manuscripts to publication standard. Sarah Tooth, Director of the SA Writers Centre called the award a unique mentoring opportunity for South Australian writers.

‘Submissions were sought from writers across the state late last year. The selection process was a difficult one due to the extremely high quality of entries, again underlining the deep pool of talent in South Australia,’ she said.

‘The Hachette Mentoring Program exists so that writers who aren’t in Sydney or Melbourne can have a channel into the Australian publishing industry, and also so that we are able to discover great new Australian writing, as has been the case two years in a row now with the entries from the SA Writers Centre,’ said Sophie Hamley from Hachette Australia.

The mentorship provides an opportunity for emerging writers to work closely with a leading industry expert and major publishing house. The winners will receive professional feedback on their manuscripts, and will have the chance to learn about the industry and getting published. The mentorship will continue until the writers feel that they do not need further assistance, or the Publisher feels that they are unable to be of further assistance to the writers.

For both writers, the South Australian Hachette Mentoring Program win has offered a unique opportunity. ‘The book is flawed and needs lots of work. To have the attention and guidance of a senior editor from a leading publisher is an enormous privilege. I intend to make the most of the opportunity,’ said Jessie Byrne.

‘I’ve been writing for decades and squeezing it in between jobs, earning a living and having five children. Last year for the first time I had the chance to write pretty much full time and finished the first draft of Angel Port. It was a long shot applying for the Hachette mentorship. When I heard I was a co-winner I was, frankly, overwhelmed,’ said Jessie Byrne.

‘I’ve been working on my manuscript for a while but was really stuck with getting it to that level where it was good enough to be sent to a publisher. I entered the Hachette mentorship because I really need feedback from an experienced eye to help me take my writing to that next level,’ said Dee Ayer.

The 2016 winners, Rose Hartly and Liana Skrzypczak both got a lot out of their mentorships with Hamley.

‘Sophie has been a wonderful mentor and the Hachette Mentoring Program an invaluable opportunity to have an expert set of eyes on my work. With Sophie’s advice on how to emphasise Declan’s hero’s journey, my novel, ‘Shadow Walkers’, now has more tension,  emotion, ‘light and shade’ than I was able to conceive on my own,’ said Liana. ‘As an ex-agent, Sophie is also a wealth of knowledge on the Australian and international book industry as a whole and has always been eager to answer any questions about the market along the way.’

‘The Hachette Mentoring Program has been a unique opportunity to work with an editor with years of experience, without the pressure of a deadline or publishing contract. Sophie gives me feedback on plot, structure and character, but more than that, she is an encouraging voice when I need one. To new and emerging writers in South Australia with an unpublished manuscript: if you want to take a leap forward in your craft, push yourself through the difficult task of rewriting and revising your work to a better standard and gain insight you can’t find elsewhere, apply to the SA Writers Centre Hachette Mentoring program,’ said Rose.

We at the Centre are excited to see what Dee and Jessie achieve with this amazing opportunity.

 

About the Winners:

Jessie Byrne

Jessie Byrne has spent her writing life mainly on government policy and planning documents. In 2012, freed of full time work, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide and is now working toward a PhD in that field. Jessie has worked in Canberra, Israel, Hobart and Adelaide. She is the mother of five, is married to Mike, and lives in the Adelaide beachside suburb of Port Noarlunga. Byrne’s manuscript, Angel Port, is a contemporary literary fiction/crime novel for adults. It tells the story of Nathan Newland, a Melbourne high-flyer who is forced to take a minor contract position in the Victorian coastal town of Angel Port. He is unprepared for the town’s secrets and he is presented with a choice between safety or tarnished, uncomfortable renewal.

Dee Ayer

Dee Ayers wrote essays and short articles before deciding to try her hand at fiction. After writing several short stories, and with some success in short story competitions, she decided to write a full-length novel. Ayer’s project, The Syndicate, is a commercial fiction novel about the beautiful, yet highly self-critical, Isabella Caruso and her work colleagues. When the office wins a lottery, they realise the only thing standing in the way of their dreams is each other. Greed and desperation lead them down the darkest of paths, rules are broken, friendships are shed, and morals discarded, as they seek to out manoeuvre each other to hold on to their share.

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