Eight lucky Australian writers have recently been awarded overseas residencies by the Australia Council. But are writing residencies all they’re cracked up to be? According to industry magazine Books+Publishing, Lisa Gorton, Robert Lukins, Fiona McGregor and Sandra Thibodeaux will each undertake a three-month residency at the BR Whiting Studio in Rome. Each writer also receives a $10,000 grant. Yassmin Abdel-Magied was awarded a six-month residency at the Keesing Studio in Paris, along with a $20,000 grant (which predictably caused the Murdoch media to have an attack of the vapours). Eloise [...]
In my earlier post about the HARDCOPY writing program I had a little rant about the lack of feedback provided by competitive arts programs. Something along the lines of feedback being a vital professional development mechanism. In its application forms HARDCOPY promised feedback to the successful applicants only. But I found out today (while receiving feedback about my application*) that, no thanks to me, the HARDCOPY program is providing feedback to all applicants, successful as well as unsuccessful. Well done HARDCOPY! *Very positive, thanks for asking.
So excited! I have just been accepted into the 2015 HARDCOPY program. 30 writers from around Australia have been selected for Round 1, which consists of two long weekends (one in May, one in September) of writing and industry workshops. Then 10 of those writers are selected for Round 2, which consists of one-on-one consultations between writers and publishers and a publishers panel Q&A. The program is subsidised by the Australia Council for the Arts, although the selected writers all need to stump up at least $550 plus travel and [...]