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Indigenous Writers Mentorship Program


The NSW Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce a new mentorship program for emerging Indigenous writers, with the support of Arts NSW.

It will pair five emerging Indigenous writers from New South Wales with a senior Indigenous writer in the same genre for a structured year-long mentorship.

The program is designed to support emerging writers in any genre who have had no more than one full-length work professionally published or performed, but who have made substantial progress on a writing project.

Cathy Craigie is one of the founders of the recently established First Nations Australian Writers Network  (FNAWN) and one of the mentors involved in the program.

‘There are very few Aboriginal stories in Australian literature,’ she says. ‘Mentoring projects like this support the nurturing and growth of our writers and literature. It gives those who want to write an opportunity to develop the skills to tell a good story.’ She went on to comment, ‘It is through stories that people get to understand and know about our cultures.’

NSW Writers’ Centre Executive Director Jane McCredie said she was thrilled that Arts NSW had decided to fund the program. ‘The Centre has a long-­standing commitment to supporting Indigenous writing and writers and they’ve been telling us for some time that this kind of mentorship is what emerging Indigenous writers need.’

The five writers and their mentors will be invited to an initial one-day meeting at the NSW Writers’ Centre on 30 November 2013. The mentorships are available to emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers who are resident in New South Wales.


Applications close 15 September 2013.

Application forms, details and more information regarding this program please visit The NSW Writers Centre Indigenous Writers Mentorship Program website.


Image: Cathy Craigie, Executive Director of the First Nations Australia Writers Network