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day 2What kind of writer are you?

Before each of you embarks on an exciting adventure to achieve your writing goals, this is an essential question that you first need to ask yourself. By establishing what kind of writer you want to become, you pinpoint and specify your writing goals, making your goals and ambitions that much more within reach.

The answers to the universal question above are endless. A journalist. An author. A biographer. A poet. A song writer. Take your pick – the world is your oyster!

In order to find out what kind of writer you want to become, you must first find out what interests you. Is there a particular publication or website you like reading? Why? What is about that their writing that interests you so much? Answering these questions will give you a good indication of what does and does not interest you.

Another way is by simply picking up your favourite author and analysing his prose. Mimicking their style is a good start, and it also provides you with a basis into what kind of skills you need in order to perfect that style of writing. For example, if you want to be a journalist, you need to focus on accuracy, clarity and brevity. Fiction writers should look into developing skills like descriptions, imagery and character developments.

If you’re still unsure, resort to your best friend Google. There are plenty of resources out there – we even found this fun online writers quiz by Oxford Dictionaries.

Opportunities and events

The Australia Times, an independant online publication that is a blend of citizen and professional journalism, are currently seeking freelance fiction writers to join their expanding team. Anyone from any state can apply. If you’ve also got a knack for editing, they are also seeking sub editors. To read more about the role, click here.

Acclaimed Australian author, John Marsden, will be making an appearance at the Wheeler Centre on June 27. Author of the series Tomorrow, When the War Began, the rare opportunity will be the perfect time to network and gain inspiration, as he will be discussing his latest endeavours and the importance of supporting young writers. It’s also a free event – so it’s an opportunity not to miss! Buy tickets here.

The Society of Women Writers Tasmania have opened applications for the much coveted Tasmania Literary Award. Open to both men and women worldwide, the first prize is $2500, the second prize is $750 while the third prize is $500. ‘Highly Commended’ and ‘Commended’ certificates will also be awarded. But be quick, applications close on the June 13! To learn more about the application, read more here.

“Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.”

– Ray Bradbury


Three positions are available for the week of Sun 18 Nov – Tue 27 Nov 2012.

Three Young Writers, up to the age of twenty-five years, will be selected for a 10-day residency at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, Greenmount. The residents will receive a salary of $650 and be given writing space and time to concentrate on, develop or complete a work in progress. The writer will also be invited to participate in Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers’ Centre activities.

The Selection Committee will be looking for a talented young writers able to show application to the craft of writing. It is expected that the writers will have some published material in the print, visual or broadcast media. Ideally, applicants should be working towards achieving their first major full-length publication. Applicants may conduct a workshop at the Centre during their residency. If the applicant wishes to do so full support will be given to that endeavour by the Centre. However, applicants who do not want to present a workshop will NOT be penalised.

Please find the application form and more information on

Minaxi May, ‘Macaron Gaultier’

“Zakka” is a Japanese word meaning ‘many things.’ It is also an eastern phenomenon; a trend centered on contemporary handicrafts, objects that will improve your life. In retro Japanese and Scandinavian styles, zakka is everything cute and kitsch. In this typically playful exhibition, Minaxi May explores the tenuous states of art, design and function through a series of small-scale sculptural works, with a colour palette inspired by 100’s & 1000’s candy. Zakka ♥ is a celebration of everyday materials, colour and a pop-readymade aesthetic.

Opening: Wednesday 27 June, 6-8pm
Exhibition: Monday 25 June – Saturday 7 July
Opening Times: 11am – 6pm daily
Paper Mountain: Upstairs, 267 William St, Northbridge WA

The first 100 words of the story are by Sarah Dunstan. Writers from Western Australia enter their additions in the comments section below. 500 words or less is preferable and selected entries will appear in the body of the post. Watch the story grow over the next month!

The moon’s radiant jaundice seeps into the air like a ball of pus. A single wasting eyeball sinking deeper into the ashen face of night. The stars shrivel up, poisoned by nothing but her gaze. She is a deadly woman. As I look into the clearing through the hunched tombs, a feral one skims across the ground, a lump of bristles and hiss. The horror. “It must be this one,” I reassure myself. The forgotten child’s chair sits inside the mausoleum unevenly, expectantly. Sanguine, moth devoured. I trace my claws over the waterlogged earth, suffocated in the vaults of thought.


Speculative Fiction Award closes this Friday!
Friday 25 May, 5.00pm

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction competition has run since 1998, with many winners going on to successful careers as science fiction and fantasy authors.

The competition is open to all Australian residents.

A fee of $7.00 per story applies for all Open Category entries. However young writers under 20 are encouraged to enter and may submit their work for free. Stories must be between 1500 and 3500 words and all forms of speculative fiction are welcome.

Winners will be announced on Sunday 19 August 2012.

Please find the entry form and more information on

Before National Young Writers’ Month even manages to kick off there is one fantastic opportunity heading your way if you reside in Western Australia.

The Tim Winton Award for Young Writers is open to students aged 5-18 who reside in WA. Check out the website for more details.

Entries close on May 27, so get moving.




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