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News & Events

The Writing Commons: CFP extended to Friday 23 January

The call for papers for 'The Writing Commons: Research and Pedagogy in Writing and Discourse', the Seventh Annual Conference of
the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW / ACR) has been extended to this Friday, 23 January. The Conference takes places at the University of Ottawa - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Saturday, May 30 to Monday, June 1, 2015.

Aotearoa Creative Writing Research Network

Aotearoa Creative Writing Research Network (ACWRN) is a national organisation for creative writers, creative writing teachers and students as well as those in industries related to creative writing. It is a way for anyone interested in creative writing to connect and communicate across New Zealand, Australia and beyond. Registration is free in 2015 - go to http://acwrn.ac.nz for more information and to create a profile.

Postgraduate prize winners for 2014

The AAWP is delighted to announce the winners of the Postgraduate Prize for the most outstanding paper presented at the 19th Annual Conference at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, in 2014.

The winner is Lisa Smithies (Melbourne University) for her paper 'Playing with Gaps: Cognitive Science and the Creative Writer'. Extract from judges' comments: a balanced, generous and memorable piece of writing.

Highly Commended is Shari Kocher (Melbourne University) for her paper 'Flying into the eye of the volcano: Dickinson’s volcano imagery in Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red'. Extract from judges' comments: This paper is extremely erudite. It weaves fine threads with a poised hand.

Prizes total $400, and the winner is offered the opportunity to co-edit the conference proceedings.

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

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