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.
- Writers’ Week Workshops
- Corporate Workshops
Corporate and professional writing streamHigh quality communication skills are increasingly sought after in the professional world both for individuals and businesses, so the Centre has recently launched a suite of corporate professional workshops targeted at key development areas including Storytelling for Business, Business Writing for Online, Writing Your Business Book, Grammar Essentials and more! [EVENT_ESPRESSO_CATEGORY event_category_id="corporate-1471490774"]
- Members Meetup
- 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
- Youth ProgramWorkshops and events for teenagers who love to write. [EVENT_ESPRESSO_CATEGORY event_category_id="youth-program-1465367927"]
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"]
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 $550 10 hours $880 20 hours $1650 You 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
- Venue hire
- Open Brackets: Writers with Disability
- Manuscript assessment
Information about our current projects.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers project
- Dubnium Young Editors
- Digital Writer in Residence
- Exquisite IExquisite I is a collaborative project for culturally and linguistically diverse young people to engage with and reflect on how they construct their identity. The participants will illustrate and narrate their experiences through story and the written word, capturing a diverse range of languages and literacies. The participants will collaborate and embark on a creative journey that explores notions of identity and how young people from diverse backgrounds construct themselves within home, family, school, work and wider culture. The project will reflect the complexities of how young people’s identities are formed, and will create a snapshot of a diverse, contemporary South Australia. There will also be the production of both hard copy and digital learning resources: a professionally produced anthology (in hard copy and ebook), and a podcast, incorporating recordings of the stories. The anthology of their work will be released early 2016. Exquisite I is informed by the successful “Writing Places” project SA Writers Centre delivered with Adelaide High School in 2014, through which we produced the anthology #radelaide. SA Writers Centre has a strong record in supporting multicultural writers, currently running projects for young ATSI writers, young writers with disability and are supporting Tongues, a local literary journal for multilingual writing. The program began in September and the students have been introduced to a combination of prose, poetry and performance. Please contact us if you are a student and would like to attend.
This program is run with the support of Department of Education and Child Development.
- Desert Writers
- Artists in schools
- The Big Issue Project
- Writer in residence
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers project
Membership information and resources.
- Membership Benefits
- Join SA Writers Centre
- Corporate Membership$550 per annum
Become well resourced, upskill your staff and reward their valuable contribution.Corporate membership is ideal for corporate or government organisations/companies or businesses.
- discounted rates to attend SA Writers Centre workshops for five nominated members of your staff
- free Members Meetup events
- discounted advertising rates
- fortnightly enewsletter which features opportunities, competitions, events and program details
- invitations to our Annual General Meeting and the opportunity to get involved with the Centre’s Board
- access to our comprehensive library of South Australia fiction and non fiction.
Coming in 2017
- style guide for your organisation
- access to member only resources online
- access to our referral system for copywriters/professional writers.
*for five nominated members of your staff. Contact us if you would like extra to nominate additional staff members.
Why join?As well as unique networking and professional development opportunities, corporate membership provides ongoing benefits and advantages to your business and staff, plus it’s a significant way to demonstrate your commitment to the arts and a local not for profit organisation. Being the first of its kind in Australia, SA Writers Centre celebrated their thirtieth anniversary during 2015 and now has more than1200 members and a firmly established community of writers, publishers, agents, libraries, festival organisers, literary publications, booksellers, funding bodies and philanthropists. We’re one of the nation’s leading writing organisations that continues to raise the bar particularly when offering creative and professional development options to the corporate, education and community sectors. Joining SA Writers Centre as a member is key for the growth and development of your organisation. Download the Corporate Membership and Workshop guide. Book in here. To sign your organisation up for corporate membership please email [email protected]. We offer discounted Corporate Membership rates for Not For Profits, with additional benefits. Please contact us for details and pricing.
- Writing groups
- Our Authors
- Membership Benefits
- Interact & Community
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. 2014 March edition June edition 2013 March edition June edition September edition December edition 2012 February edition March edition June edition September edition December edition 2010 February edition March edition April edition May edition June edition July edition August edition September edition October edition November edition December edition 2009 February edition March edition April edition May edition June edition July edition August edition September edition October edition November edition December edition 2008 February edition March edition April edition May edition June edition July edition August edition September edition October edition December edition 2007 February edition March edition April edition May edition June edition July edition August edition September edition October edition November edition December edition 2006 February edition March edition April edition May edition June edition July edition August edition September edition October edition November edition December edition 2005 February edition March edition April edition May edition June edition August edition September edition October edition November edition December 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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