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

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.

'Chapter One' – a new pathway to publication

The AAWP is launching an exciting new publication pathway and prize for emerging writers: ‘Chapter One’. The winner of this manuscript competition will receive a written appraisal of his or her work from an established literary author and a letter of recommendation to University of Western Australia Press (UWAP) – a ‘tick of approval’ that will effectively place their manuscript on top of the submissions pile for priority assessment. The winner will also receive a $500 cash prize and fully subsidised conference fees for the annual conference of the AAWP in November, 2015, to read from their work. ‘Chapter One’ will open on 30 November 2014 and close on 30 June 2015.

Minding the Gap: online registration extended to 27 November

NZ_conf_logo_crop.jpegOnline registration has now been extended to 27 November. Additional registration is available at the Conference but click here to confirm your attendance now.

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