Welcome to the Australasian Association of Writing Programs. This website introduces visitors to the Association, and provides information on writing courses, competitions, conferences and other relevant material.

The Association exists to provide a forum for discussion on all aspects of teaching creative and professional writing as well as current theories on creativity and writing, and to improve the quality of programs across the country. To download a brochure, click here.

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Seriously funny: humour in journalism

Humour has been a vital ingredient of the print media since it emerged in the 17th century, yet it has hardly featured in academic studies of media history. Contributions are called for a new text that is aiming to fill that gap with a collection of papers by international scholars. It will draw from a range of disciplines such as media history, international literary journalism, English/American studies, humour studies, media content analysis, cultural studies.

Abstracts of 200 words are invited by 2 September 2014. Please send to the editors, Richard Lance Keeble rkeeble@lincoln.ac.uk and David Swick david.swick@ukings.ca Final chapters of up to 7,000 words will be due by 2 January 2015. The publishers, Routledge, of Abingdon, Oxon, UK, are being approached, with publication planned for late 2015. To download the CFP, click here.

CPF: The Life of Things

The investigation of things has comprised an important subject across many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences over the last thirty years. It is the subject of the 18th Annual WIP (Work-In-Progress) Conference 
in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland 
from 29-30 September 2014.

The organising committee invites proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of this theme. Please email abstracts (of 250 words) accompanied by a short biographical note (50 words) to:UQWiP2014@gmail.com by 31 JULY 2014.

visible ink submissions

visible ink anthology 2014 is accepting submissions of short stories, non-fiction, poetry and visual art for its 26th annual anthology. This year's theme is ‘Encounters’.

Original writing of up to 2000 words, photography, illustrations and graphic design from emerging Australian writers and artists will be accepted until 6 July. Entry is $6 and all published work receives payment. Submissions and enquiries to submissions@visibleinkanthology.com

'Minding the gap': abstracts now due August 1

The deadline for abstracts for the 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs has been extended. Abstracts for papers on the theme of Minding the gap: Writing across thresholds and fault lines will now be accepted until August 1.

Papers and presentations can reflect on creating, editing, teaching, and researching writing in any genre, including poetry, script, prose, fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction and journalism. For more info, go to the 'Annual Conference' tab above, or download the call for papers here. The Conference will be held at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, from 30 November to 2 December, 2014.

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