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Lowther Hall Nora Collisson Centre (Library): All about Creative Writing
The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is an annual developmental award open exclusively to Australian secondary school students across the nation. The prize recognises excellence in three categories: fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry.
The prize winner in each category will receive a $500 prize, publication of their work on the Express Media website and their names & an acknowledgement printed in Voiceworks, Australia’s premier youth literary journal.
All fifteen shortlisted writers will be invited to participate in a writing masterclass, attend an exclusive Q&A with Will Kostakis, attend a special showcase event in October 2020 and receive a book pack of YA Titles courtesy of Hachette Australia. Entries for the 2020 competition opened on Monday 29 June and closed on Monday 17 August 2020.
The Deakin University Nonfiction Prize is a unique development award to foster talented writers aged 30 and under writing longform nonfiction. Entries between 5,000 and 10,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres, including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction. Shortlisted writers receive an invitation to an exclusive craft development masterclass with some of Australia’s best nonfiction writers, personalised feedback on their entry from the judges and a generous selection of new-release books from publishers including NewSouth Publishing, Black Inc and Scribe Publications. The winner receives a cash prize of $3,000 and an editorial mentorship to develop their work from Managing Editor at Black Inc and Express Media Board Member Julia Carlomagno
Since 1984, the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards – a national competition – has provided children from K-12 an opportunity to write their own poetic masterpieces. Poems must be no longer than 80 lines. There are a range of different award categories (including "Junior Secondary" for years 7-9 and "Senior Secondary" for years 10-12) and lots of prizes available - secondary school winners receive $500, a trophy and a prize pack! Entries for the 2020 competition opened on Sunday 1 March and closed on Tuesday 30 June. This year's optional theme was "We Used To Live There".
The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. Entrants are required to write a novella between 8,000 and 20,000 words. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth - and there are also some fantastic prizes on offer! Entries for the 2021 competition opened on Monday 27 July 2020 and close on Friday 4 December 2020.
This annual competition is open to all Australian students aged 9-13, and has two different categories:
- Children’s Picture Book category: A short, structured story to 250 words, fiction or non-fiction (no illustrations required)
- Children’s Short Story category: A work of short fiction between 850 and 1000 words
The winning stories will be professionally illustrated and published, and both shortlisted writers & winners receive prizes!
An independent magazine for young women that aims to provide intelligent, thoughtful content for their equally intelligent and thoughtful readers. Lip aims to provoke thought – thought about anything at all, be it fashion, feminism, films, food, the future or the present.
Voiceworks is a national literary journal that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians. It is a unique opportunity for people under twenty-five to publish their fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics. Each selected piece goes through a collaborative editing process, and individualised feedback is provided for all unsuccessful submissions.
This writing prompt aims to get you thinking outside the box. When you click the button, eight words are generated: a mixture of nouns, verbs and adjectives. Why not take the first word and use it in a sentence, then keep working the rest of the words into your story as it progresses? Or try to include as many words as possible in one sentence?
Video: How To Write Descriptively - Nalo Hopkinson
The point of fiction is to cast a spell, a momentary illusion that you are living in the world of the story. But as a writer, how do you suck your readers into your stories in this way? Nalo Hopkinson shares some tips for how to use language to make your fiction really come alive.
Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King's advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 - and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it - fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
Packed with tips, tricks, and writing exercises from an award-winning author of teen fiction, the guide encourages teen writers to write creatively and explore all the elements and responsibilities of fiction. With the book's goal of building competent, satisfied young authors, young people are emboldened to write the stories that are theirs alone to tell.
Anne Lamott recounts her personal experiences to reveal her writing techniques and how she overcomes obstacles that interfere with the writing flow. She offers concrete suggestions about character, plot, setting, and other topics of interest to writers. She also offers advice about how to navigate through the dark underbelly feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, and jealousy that are inevitable parts of any writer's experience.
Presents information on writing a narrative, covering how to gather narrative details, develop characters, handle dialogue, create the first draft, make a final revision, and share work with an audience.
Packed with tips from bestselling and prize-winning authors, Novel Writing: A Writers' and Artists' Companion will give you all the practical advice you need to write and publish your novel. Written by two multi-award winning authors, this is a comprehensive manual for established and aspiring novelists alike.
In this new edition, 54 chapters cover the central pillars of writing creatively: the theories behind the creativity, the techniques and writing as a commercial enterprise. With contributions from over 50 poets, novelists, dramatists, publishers, editors, tutors, critics and scholars, this is the essential guide to writing and getting published.
Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. Meet Cute is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of "how they first met" from some of today's most popular YA authors. This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.