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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Assistant Professor of Writing

A teaching and research position exists in one of Australia’s long established writing programs.

An opportunity to teach into an established Bachelor of Writing degree and postgraduate coursework offerings in writing and editing, with strong creative writing and literary studies streams. Closing Date: 7 May 2014.

Anthology of Loss - call for contributions

The territory of loss is vast: loss of people we love; loss of country, culture and identity; loss of love, of innocence, of a way of life; loss of ecosystems and species; loss of bodily capacity or integrity; loss brought about by migration and other transitions; losing one’s head, one’s job, one’s beliefs … the possibilities are multiple. Dr Gina Mercer and Dr Terry Whitebeach invite original submissions on this topic.

‘Creative Manoeuvres’ papers now available

The Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being papers – the refereed proceedings of the 18th Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2013 – are now available under the publications tab.

For the first time, in addition to the academic stream, creative papers have been included in the proceedings. These represent 'a surprising and diverse body of works that shows dexterity in relation to what creative writing is, and can be,' according to Shane Strange and Kay Rozynski in their editorial introduction. However, all delegates address 'the multiform ways that writing and writers make and understand through creative and academic practice'.

New issue of Meniscus

The new issue of the AAWP's online, free access literary journal, Meniscus, is now available. It features new writing from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK under the guest editorship of Sandra Arnold and Thom Conroy. Find it at http://www.meniscus.org.au

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