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THE WRITING ZONE is an extraordinary opportunity for twelve Western Sydney writers aged 18-30. It's a chance to join a community of the most exciting young writers in the West, and to work together to develop your writing. Your work will be published in two print anthologies and you'll take part in readings and performances. You'll get to know other writers and you'll be mentored by some of the best writers in the country.

Applications close on 11 July 2022.

Who is THE WRITING ZONE for?

THE WRITING ZONE is a program for the diverse communities of Western Sydney. It's designed to help young writers from the West tell their stories, polish their craft and build a creative community together.

You don't have to have had loads of work published to apply. You don't have to have won a writing competition to apply. We're looking for enthusiastic writers at every stage of their writing careers who want to develop their practice alongside other young writers, teachers and mentors.

What's involved?

THE WRITING ZONE is a year-long program of mentorship, writing, editing, performance and publication. Twelve Western Sydney writers will work with mentors and each other to develop new work for publication and performance.

We'll hold a series of regular writing workshops for participants. These will be a chance for writers to work together, with mentors, and with the Writing Zone team to develop new writing and professional skills. We will conduct these workshops both in-person and online.

At the heart of the program is a two-day Writing Circle, currently scheduled for 28-29 October 2022 at the Parramatta South campus of Western Sydney University. This will involve sessions with mentors, a series of writing workshops, group seminars and public performances. It's a chance for writers to share work developed and undertaken across the program and to work closely with their peers. We'll notify participants during September as to the final arrangements for this event. At the Writing Circle, we'll publish and launch a chapbook of short pieces by all program participants. This publication will be drawn from your application materials, or early drafts developed under the program. The Writing Zone team will work with you to develop these early materials into a form ready to be published.

The culmination of the program will be the publication of an anthology of new writing by participants in mid-2023. This will be a chance to share the wonderful writing developed through the program with our communities. During the program, you will also be mentored to apply for additional writing opportunities perfect for emerging writers in our region, such as writing for SBS Voices.

How do I apply?

You'll need to create a Submittable account to apply. If you're not already a Submittable user, you'll find the link at the bottom of this page.

Write a cover letter telling us about what kind of writer you are and why you want to be involved. And send us a sample of your best work. It doesn't matter if it hasn't been published. Poets should send 4-6 poems, and prose writers should send two writing samples no longer than 800w each.

Who can apply?

This program is open to all writers aged 18-30 from Western Sydney. It's open to writers who are school students, writers who are uni students, writers who aren't students at all. It's open to writers who've had work published and writers who haven't sent their work out into the world. We're looking to provide a new generation of Western Sydney writers with the support they need to develop. At least two positions on the Writing Zone will be prioritised for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

But I don't write fiction...

Applicants are invited in the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, scriptwriting and writing for performance. If you've got questions about whether your work fits into the program, send us an email.

Important dates

Applications are due on 11 July 2022. We'll let you know the outcome by 27 July 2022.

Our online welcome workshop for participating writers will be held on 10 August 2022.

The Writing Circle intensive will take place on 28-29 October 2022 at the Parramatta City Campus of Western Sydney University.

Questions?

If you've got any questions, please email our Program Officer, Ellen O’Brien: e.o'brien2@westernsydney.edu.au

And remember, you'll need to create a Submittable account to apply. If you're not already a Submittable user, you'll find the link at the bottom of this page.

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This program is being run by the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University with generous support from the Crown Packer Foundation.
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This program is being run by the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University with generous support from the Crown Packer Foundation.

 


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