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HELPING WRITERS REALISE THEIR
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

FAQ

What is Writers SA’s Covid-19 vaccination policy?

While we clearly understand and respect that it is an individual’s choice as to whether or not they elect to undergo COVID-19 vaccinations, vaccination is the best way to protect oneself and the community from COVID-19; there is evidence that vaccinated people are less infectious and significantly less likely to become seriously ill. In light of the above, Writers SA strongly recommends that all Writers SA representatives and attendees are vaccinated and continue to wear masks.

In line with the growing number of events and activities taking place, Writers SA has taken the following position on behalf of the writing community:

1. Any attendee of a Writers SA event, program, meeting, information and networking session either held at Writers SA or at any external location is highly encouraged to where a mask to protect themselves and others against the spread of COVID-19.

2. The safety of our staff, workshop leaders and attendees is our priority. We ask that you comply with physical distancing.

3. Writers SA representatives are expected to wear masks where practicable to minimise the risk to health.

4. Any attendee experiencing cold and/or flu like symptoms is asked to contact Writers SA regarding a refund and encouraged to stay home.

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What are your opening hours?

Writers SA’s administrative base is in the State Library of SA. You can email us anytime with your questions, or call us between 10am – 4pm Mondays to Thursdays.  You can also leave us a voicemail message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.  To meet with staff in person, please call us to make an appointment.


How do I log in?

When booking into our workshops and events, remember to log in, via the Members Sign In tab (top right hand corner) to ensure you receive the member discount. Login with your email address and password. If you’ve forgotten your password click ‘Lost Your Password?’ to reset it. If your membership has been lapsed for more than twelve months, you will need to sign up as a new member here. If you are yet to sign up as a member, what are you waiting for?


Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes. We are a small, busy office and ask that members make appointments to see us rather than drop in. Members receive discounted professional consultations. Please be aware that with so many members, these services fill very quickly so there may well be a waiting period.


How do I know when my membership is going to expire?

You will receive a reminder email two weeks before you membership is due to expire, and an additional reminder after the expiration date with the link for you to renew.


 Can you help me find a publisher?

No. We do not refer writers to publishers as that is the work of literary agents. However, we can offer advice and support for people seeking publication through consultations, our regular free member events, and our workshop program.


 Will you read my work and give me feedback?

Writers SA staff do not read or give feedback on members’ work. However, we do offer First Feedback for up to 1500 words and a separate Manuscript Assessment service.


I would like a writing workshop at my school/community group/organisation/business. Can you help?

Yes we can. Please contact us with details and we will provide a tailored quote for this service.


I want to join a writing group. Can you help?

Yes. You can find a list of our current writing groups here. If you want to start your own writing group, contact us about running a classified ad in our enews.


 Can you help me edit/proofread my work?

No. Writers SA does not offer editing services or professional referrals. We suggest you contact the Society of Editors, SA.


 Will you help me launch my book?

No. We no longer have access to any book launch venue, but we can provide a list of locations that can you can approach for your launch.


Can you help me promote my book?

All published members are entitled to an author page, where you can list your bio, your books and contact details. You can also fill in our ‘member milestone‘ form and we can announce your book achievements in our enews.


 I’ve been offered a publishing contract. Can you give me advice on it?

We are not able to give any contractual or legal advice. There are many publishers offering contracts that do not meet the best practice standards as set by the Australian Society of Authors. As a general rule, if the contract requires you to pay money, you are paying a publishing service (or vanity publisher) someone to self-publish your book. You need to be sure you understand the implications of the contract. Australian Society of Authors run a contract advisory service, or you can contact Arts Law.


Can you help me find an agent?

You can find a list of Australian literary agents on the Literary Agents’ Association website or the Manuscript Wish List website.


Can you help me find a writer? 

We provide writing services in a range of contexts, including corporate writing, community writing projects, for schools etc. You can also look at our author page, which lists many South Australian writers.


Does South Australia have any writers festivals?

Writers SA partners with the City of Adelaide to host South Australia’s only festival for writers, Context Writers Festival. We also partner with many local and regional writers festivals including Adelaide Writers Week, Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival and the Eyre Writers Festival as part of Salt Festival in Pt Lincoln.


Do you offer writers residencies?

We offer a writer in residence program for members. Sign up to our enews to be kept informed of when applications are open.


Can I advertise in your enews?

Yes. Please contact us for advertising rates. Please note that Writers SA does not advertising commercial writing courses.


I have an idea for a workshop. Can I run it through Writers SA?

We curate our own program of workshops. We run regular call outs via our enews looking for workshop ideas and presenters. Please wait until a call out before submitting your idea.


I’m under 18, do you have any youth programs? 

Yes. We run a number of programs for young people, including Teen Writers Club and our extremely popular creative writing boot camps.


What grants are available for writers?

Arts SA, Carclew and Country Arts SA offer funding for individual writers. You should also contact your local council to see if they offer any arts funding. The Australia Council also funds writers.