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

First Historical Novel Conference in March 2015

The Historical Society Australasia's inaugural conference will be held in Sydney, 20-22 March 2015. Great speakers, interesting sessions on craft, research, inspiration, etc. A fascinating weekend at reasonable cost. To find out more about the Conference visit

AAWP Postgraduate Prize: submissions close 15 December

To celebrate and reward postgraduate excellence in research, the AAWP is again awarding prizes for the best scholarly papers presented in the referreed stream by postgraduates at the Annual Conference. The winner receives a prize of $300 value and highly commended a prize of $100. The winner is also invited to co-edit the Conference Proceedings, a valuable career opportunity. The criteria used by the judges are: clarity of the research question; significance of the inquiry; originality in thought and approach; appropriateness of the writing style. Prizes at this level represent a significant addition to the CV of recipients, so all eligible postgraduates are encouraged to submit final versions of their papers to Dr Julia Prendergast (j.prendergast@deakin.edu.au) by 15 December 2014. Copies of the entry conditions can be downloaded here. The results of the prize will be announced in February 2015.

New Writing Viewpoints

To celebrate the forthcoming publication of Towards a Poetics of Creative Writing by Dominique Hecq, Multilingual Matters are offering all the books from their 'New Writing Viewpoint' series at 60% discount until this Sunday, November 30, 2014. Just use the code CREATIVE60 at the checkout when buying the books from their website (http://www.multilingual-matters.com/).

University writing programs deliver!

'University writing programs deliver': that's the message now taken up by 'The Conversation', the independent media site publishing commentary, research and analysis from Australian universities and the CSIRO. The lead article, entitled 'University writing programs deliver, so let’s turn the page' was authored by AAWP members Dallas Baker, Donna Lee Brien, Jen Webb and Lynda Hawryluk, and appeared on November 7th. It provides a fresh and reasoned view of the value of writing programs, supported by evidence, and puts to rest a number of myths and claims based on opinion. Visit http://theconversation.com/university-writing-programs-deliver-so-lets-turn-the-page-33721 to read the piece in full.

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