Tools to help develop your writing skills.
- Seeking submissions
- Mentoring Program
The SA Writers Centre is excited to announce the
Hachette Mentoring Program
Proudly presented by Hachette Australia in partnership with SAWC.The South Australian Hachette Mentoring Program [SAHMP] offers a professional mentorship opportunity for one South Australian writer a year to work with Sophie Hamley, Publisher with Hachette Australia and former President of the Australian Literary Agents’ Association.
Applications will open 9am Monday 20 April 2015 and close 5pm, Friday 22 May 2015 (South Australian time).This is a unique opportunity for you to work closely with a leading industry expert and major publishing house, who will provide professional feedback on your manuscript, and to work with you to bring it to publication standard. You’ll also have a chance to learn about the industry, and what’s needed to get published and build a writing career.Manuscripts must be complete and not a first draft. They can be fiction, non fiction or young adult fiction. This opportunity is for SA Writers Centre individual members only.You will need to submit:
- a letter containing a brief 250 word description of the work, any relevant writing history, and your reasons for wanting a mentor; and
- the first 3000 words of your manuscript.
Email your submission to [email protected]Terms and conditions:
- There is no fee for submission to the SAHMP.
- Entries not meeting submission requirements as above will not be eligible.
- Writers must be individual financial members of the SA Writers Centre.
- Manuscripts must be submitted during the four week period. No early or late entries will be accepted.
- You can only submit one manuscript (or version of) during the submission period.
- During the submission period no individual writers may contact the SA Writers Centre, the Publisher or Hachette Australia to seek information about the progress of their submission.
- Manuscripts submitted for consideration in the SAHMP must be:
- not a first draft (please edit thoroughly)
- fiction, non fiction or young adult fiction (sorry no poetry, children’s books or other are eligible).
- Selection of the manuscript will be at the discretion of the Publisher and no discussion shall be entered into by the unsuccessful applicants.
- Selection of a manuscript for the SAHMP is not a guarantee of publication.
- Hachette reserves the right to consider the selected manuscript for publication within twelve weeks of delivery of a new draft of the manuscript, but gives no guarantee of publication.
- The work must not be previously published in any format.
- The work must not be under consideration by another publisher.
- Writers who are not selected for a mentorship are eligible to resubmit the same work in following years.
- All submissions must be submitted electronically.
- The Publisher will work with the selected writer.
- The exact form of the mentorship will vary according to the needs of the writer and the manuscript, but will include structural notes provided by the Publisher and telephone or Skype calls as appropriate to a maximum of five phone calls, as well as correspondence by email.
- The mentorship will conclude either when the writer feels that they do not need further assistance or the Publisher feels that they are unable to be of further assistance, with either party to be advised in writing of the end of the mentorship.
- The Publisher will not be available to give advice to the selected writer after the conclusion of the mentorship, unless so agreed between the Publisher and the writer.
- The Publisher will not discuss the content of the mentorship with anyone other than the selected writer.
Workshops and events.
- Online Workshops
- Youth WorkshopsWorkshops and events for teenagers who love to write.[EVENT_ESPRESSO_CATEGORY event_category_id="youth-program-1465367927"]
- Events and Networking
- Education Workshops
Teachers and Educators Professional Development and Writing Programs.This year, SA Writers Centre has incorporated a much requested stream specifically for those working within the South Australian education sector, to help broaden and build your skills. These tailored workshop programs are especially relevant to those want to increase their professional development and give their students an optimal learning experience.We’ll be starting with three specific face to face and online workshops designed for teachers and other educators to help students reach their full potential and extend on your current knowledge and skills around narrative, creativity and storytelling.To be kept informed of our Education Sector Programs for teachers and educators and for special exclusive discounts, please sign up to our Teachers and Educators List. [EVENT_ESPRESSO_CATEGORY event_category_id="education-1466483503"]
- Pitch ConferenceAfter the success of last year’s Adelaide Pitch Conference – where out of the 43 attendees, 27 people were asked by major Australian publishers to submit their manuscript (most to more than one publisher) – we will be running it again towards the end of 2016.But don’t leave it until the last minute – begin your preparation now! Below you will find workshops that will help you perfect your manuscript so it can be at its best when the time comes.If you would like to be notified of details when released, please sign up here: Pitch Conference. [EVENT_ESPRESSO_CATEGORY event_category_id="pitch-conference-prep-1459914048"]
- Community Events
- Book Launches
Professional services for writers.
- Manuscript assessment
- First FeedbackAre you just starting out as a writer and looking for some guidance? Our new online First Feedback service provides an opportunity for new writers to get a first reader for their work. Submit up to 1500 words of writing (poetry, fiction or non fiction) and receive in text comments and a page of basic feedback on your story and your writing, with some questions designed to develop and challenge your writing skills. You will receive your feedback within four weeks of submitting. This service is available for members only.[gravityform id="13" title="true" description="true"]
- Mentorship Program
SA Writers Centre Mentorship ProgramThe mentorship program is designed to connect our members with a suitable mentor, at any stage of their writing careers. From writing craft, editing, pre publication, to marketing and publicity mentorships – and encompassing a wide range of genres – SA Writers Centre will assist you to identify the most appropriate mentor for your needs.
Selection of MentorThere are a number of mentors listed on our website. Please familiarise yourself with them and prepare a shortlist of preferred mentors.Karen Wyld Ruth Starke Rebekah Clarkson Cassandra Dean Anne Bartlett Carla Caruso Bernard Whimpress Anna Solding Scott Zarcinas Ben Stubbs Cameron Raynes Lauren Foley Jane Turner Goldsmith Tony Shillitoe Ray Tyndale
Mentorship Application FormYou will also need to identify at least one (maximum of three) goals for your mentorship and agree to the full terms and conditions.
ProcessSA Writers Centre will connect you with a mentor with four weeks of application. Mentorship fees must be paid in advance in full to the Centre.
What to expectMentorship hours are billed for actual time spent, in 15 minute (minimum) increments. This includes all contact with the mentee including phone/Skype/IM conversations, emails, reading and feedback time and face to face meetings.Note this means that if you send four emails to your mentor, that will equate to one hour of mentorship time.The mentor and mentee will develop a shared timetable and plan, including identified goals, and will keep a weekly record that tracks progress towards goals and time spent by the mentor.Any questions or difficulties will be resolved by the SA Writers Centre.
RatesMentorships are offered in five hour blocks.5 hours $55010 hours $88020 hours $1650You can add additional blocks upon completion of initial blocks if you and your mentor agree that this would be beneficial for your work.[gravityform id="15" title="true" description="true"]
- Professional development
Information about our current projects.
Membership information and resources.
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Keep up to date with those around you.
- Useful links
- Southern Write (members)Southern Write is the SA Writers Centre newsletter/magazine. It was discontinued in 2014, but there is a wealth of information on writing craft in these pages.2014March editionJune edition 2013March editionJune editionSeptember editionDecember edition 2012February editionMarch editionJune editionSeptember editionDecember edition 2010February editionMarch editionApril editionMay editionJune editionJuly editionAugust editionSeptember editionOctober editionNovember editionDecember edition 2009February editionMarch editionApril editionMay editionJune editionJuly editionAugust editionSeptember editionOctober editionNovember editionDecember edition 2008February editionMarch editionApril editionMay editionJune editionJuly editionAugust editionSeptember editionOctober editionDecember edition 2007February editionMarch editionApril editionMay editionJune editionJuly editionAugust editionSeptember editionOctober editionNovember editionDecember edition 2006February editionMarch editionApril editionMay editionJune editionJuly editionAugust editionSeptember editionOctober editionNovember editionDecember edition 2005February editionMarch editionApril editionMay editionJune editionAugust editionSeptember editionOctober editionNovember editionDecember edition
About our organisation.
- VolunteeringVolunteering with the SA Writers Centre offers a chance for you to expand your skills, ready you for the workforce and provide you with an operational understanding of a professional arts organisation. Whilst we currently don’t have any vacancies for volunteers, we do encourage you to register your details with us here and we will notify you of any suitable opportunities.SA Writers Centre has a wide reaching professional development program that offers free and ticketed events for local writers – from our Quick and Dirty reading nights, Member Meetup events – through to ticketed events such as literary dinners, fundraising events and regular workshops. The majority of our volunteer opportunities require event preparation, venue set up and pack up, front of house and bar shifts for our regular onsite and offsite events and often reside out of normal office hours, such as evenings and weekends.We really value our volunteers and are committed to ensuring the experience is positive and useful and we strive to provide pathways for them. Many of our current staff began with us through our volunteer program. Occasionally, we also have volunteering vacancies in the areas of administration and workshop delivery. We’re looking for people who want to begin or boost their career in the arts, who want to support opportunities for local writers, or who just want to get involved and have some fun.If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please ensure you fill out this form and you will be contact should we require your assistance or further details.
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