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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News & Events

'Minding the Gap: Writing across thresholds and fault lines' - CFP for the AAWP Conference

The 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs will be held at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, from 30 November to 2 December, 2014. Submissions of abstracts are now invited for papers on the theme of:

Minding the gap: Writing across thresholds and fault lines

Papers and presentations reflecting on creating, editing, teaching, and researching writing in any genre, including poetry, script, prose, fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction and journalism are invited. For more info, go to the 'Annual Conference' tab above, or download the call for papers here. Abstracts are due by 13 June, 2014.

Lectureship in Creative Writing – Uni of Melbourne

The Creative Writing Program in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne is currently seeking an experienced creative writing practitioner at the level of Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in the areas of writing for screen or digital media with a developing research profile in their field. Applications close on 24 April. For more information, go to


Writing in Practice: the UK Journal of Creative Writing in Academia

The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) in Britain is delighted to invite submissions for the first edition of a new UK journal: Writing in Practice: the UK Journal of Creative Writing in Academia.

This will be a peer-reviewed journal that aims to explore the nature of the art of writing, highlighting current academic thinking and practice, and reflecting on this with an international outlook. It also aims to encourage research in the field of Creative Writing, including practice-based and practice-led research. The first edition will be published in February, 2015, and the deadline for submissions is 10 July 2014.

The View from Above: Cosmopolitan Culture and its Critics

'The View from Above: Cosmopolitan Culture and its Critics', a two-day interdisciplinary conference for post-graduate students and early career researchers, will begin at the University of Melbourne on Monday 22 September 2014.

This conference invites participants to explore cosmopolitanism, both as a utopian project and as an object of critique.  While the focus of the conference is on literature and literary criticism, the organisers welcome papers addressing theatre, the visual arts, popular culture, translation and other forms of cultural expression in either contemporary or historical settings. They also strongly encourage contributions from creative writers. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to viewfromaboveconference@gmail.com by Monday, 19 May, 2014.

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