Category: Opportunities

Sharing your opinion with Van Badham

By Stephanie Eslake   Have you ever felt moved by an issue and wanted to share your opinion with hundreds, even thousands of readers? Van Badham has. The columnist shares her views on social, political, and environmental issues through Guardian Australia and is heading to Tasmania this month to show us how it’s done in […]

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The complexities of character with Lauren Daniels

By Stephanie Eslake   According to published writer and editor Lauren Daniels, a powerful character can reflect “the deepest themes of humanity”. Whether you’re writing creative non-fiction or mapping out a novel, it’s important to consider the psychology behind your leading star. Lauren will visit Hobart to show us how for her June 18 workshop […]

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Crowdfunding: the hows and whys

By Stephanie Eslake, image by Leigh Rigozzi   You have the greatest idea for your writing project. You’re keen to launch an e-book, invest time in research and development, or collaborate with others to host your literary event. But how will you source the funds to make it happen? Crowdfunding is an effective way to help […]

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Jon Doust’s ‘peak tweaks’ and other truths

By Leigh Rigozzi and Stephanie Eslake   Ever wanted to write about your life, but worry what your friends or family will think when they appear in your revealing tales? Jon Doust is no stranger to the feeling. It didn’t stop the writer-comedian from producing two novels inspired by personal stories, and he has two […]

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Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize 2016

The Wildcare Nature Writing Prize 2016 is now open for entries from writers anywhere in the world. The competition is open to both fiction and non-fiction. Entries must be between 2,000, and 4,000 words and will be accepted until Sunday 29 May. The winning entrant will receive $5,000, their story will be published in Island […]

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Mark Dapin

Mark Dapin doesn’t waste a second. One page into his debut novel King of the Cross and I’m thrown into an uncomfortable interview with a multi-million dollar gangster. His writing packs a potent punch. Abrupt and energetic, Dapin crafts scenes that bounce out from the pages. It is clear that Dapin writes for the reader; […]

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New writing competition launched in honour of Tasmanian short story pioneer

A new short story competition has been launched in honour of eminent and accomplished Tasmanian short story writer Geoff Dean. The Geoff Dean Short Story Competition will run biennially and is open to all Australian writers for outstanding short fiction between 3000-10,000 words. Geoff Dean, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 83, […]

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Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize is Open for Entries

Now in its 19th year, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize remembers Tasmania’s most acclaimed poet. Proudly sponsored by The Hobart Bookshop and Island. First Prize: $2000 + publication in Island + annual subscriptions to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly and The Lifted Brow* Second Prize: Publication in Island + annual […]

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