Bringing Writers to the Region

The finest writers in the country will now have the opportunity to be a part of the University of Wollongong after it’s writing school was awarded a residency grant.

The Cultural Fund of the Copyright Agency Limited awarded the Faculty of Creative Arts a $60,000 grant, to enable writers from across Australia to stay and work at the University.

Professor of Creative writing and Deputy Dean Catherine Cole said the grant would enhance the knowledge base for students and staff in the faculty.

“Students will have access to Australia’s leading writers who will provide a range of opportunities including mentoring, workshops, feedback on their work and discussions about heir own practices and books.”

The Creative writing program already attracts major writers including journalist and crime writer Shane Maloney who recently joined the university to complete his PhD.

Professor Cole hopes that the grant will continue this trend.

“We’d like writers from all forms and genres. Younger generation writers as well as more established ones. We also want to engage the new media writers and those working in non-traditional forms,” she said. “The more diverse the better.”

The faculty will also be holding a number of seminars and events through out the year to create a creative dialogue between the university and writers in the Illawarra.


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