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HELPING WRITERS REALISE THEIR
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL DREAMS

FAQ

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 Tuesday to Thursdays.  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. New members are entitled to one free consultation. Other members receive discounted professional consultations. You can request a short free telephone or email consult if it is a small matter. Please be aware that with so many members, these services fill very quickly so there may well be a waiting period.


 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 generally 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.


 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.


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 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 our extremely popular creative writing boot camps each school holiday and After School Teen Writers Club.


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.