Centre for Stories
Throughout the year various writing programs are open.
Signature Writing Program
Writing Change, Writing Inclusion
Funded by The Ian Potter Foundation, Australia Council and Centre for Stories Founders Circle, Writing Change, Writing Inclusion is a writing program offering support for early, emerging and established writers from CaLD and/or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. This program offers hot desk writing space, mentoring, access to writing courses, and more.
2023 Writing Change, Writing Inclusion Trainee Program
OPEN TO ENTRIES
Our mentor trainee program is designed for people who are early in their writing career and are ready to take the next steps to becoming mentors themselves. We will pair you with a published author who will help you ‘level up’ your writing enterprise. You will also be paired with your first mentee: an emerging writer taking their first steps in the literature sector.
We have several writing fellowships throughout the year
Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship for Writers
CLOSED TO ENTRIES — Open to mid-career writers, the fellowship is awarded to someone in recognition of their literary achievements and commitment to humanity demonstrated through their active participation and engagement in social justice issues. Applicants must be under the age of 40 and identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQIA+, living with a disability, or culturally and linguistically diverse.
Patricia Kailis International Writing Fellowship
CLOSED TO ENTRIES — The Patricia Kailis International Writing Fellowship is valued at $30,000 and is open to writers living outside Australia. It is a residency based at the Centre for Stories in Perth, Western Australia.
A Digital Publication
Portside Review is a journal produced by Centre for Stories with a focus on stories from the Indian Ocean. It’s is a digital space for essays, interviews, reviews, poems, and so much more.
An annual fee of AUD $70 gives you full access to all past issues (that’s over 250+ stories) as well as four new issues over the year.
A SERIES OF PRINT PUBLICATIONS
An international publication project by Centre for Stories in partnership with Red River Press based in Delhi. The project supports eight poets to publish a full manuscript of poetry and offers two editorial fellowships to emerging editors, all from CALD backgrounds.
OUR LATEST ANTHOLOGY
Under the Paving Stones, the Beach
Under the Paving Stones, the Beach is a collection of stories from emerging writers living in Boorloo/Perth and regional Western Australia. Curated and edited by Cher Tan, this collection explores the here and now with clarity, insight and humour.
The writers in this collection participated in a program called Writing Change, Writing Inclusion.
Know their stories
Emerging writers from all over Western Australia and beyond share the written works they produced while undertaking our Writing Change, Writing Inclusion program. Whether it was participating in a hot desk program, being mentored by an established author, or working towards publishing their own piece of poetry or fiction, these are their stories.
This month’s featured collection
Past Writing Programs
- Ways of Being Here (2017)
- Indian Ocean Mentoring Project (2018-2019)
- Bright Lights, No City (2019)
- Inclusion Matters (2019-2020)
- Inner City Residency (2020)
- Bayswater Café Residency (2021): Franchesca & Zarah
- To Hold the Clouds (a result of Inclusion Matters, sold out)
- Wave after Wave (a result of Indian Ocean Mentoring, currently for sale online)
- Journal (2020)
Support our writers
You can buy our publications, Under the Paving Stones, The Beach, Wave After Wave, and more, to support the work of future emerging writers. All funds go towards our operations, so that we can continue to offer excellent writing programs for the continued practice of diverse and underrepresented authors.
Under The Paving Stones, The Beach is a direct result of our Writing Change, Writing Inclusion program. It features the poetry, prose and non-fiction writing from emerging writers in Western Australia.
Centre for Stories
Did you know we have a library with over 3000 volumes and more than 2000 diverse writers and voices, and that you can borrow any of our books for free? With a wide range of topics and interests, and highlighting the voices of culturally and linguistically diverse authors in particular, we have something here for everyone.
Explore our collection online and then come into Centre for Stories in-person to borrow the books you want.
Thank you to John McCann who has been caring for our library and thank you to everyone who generously donated books to our growing library. If you would like to donate a book, please email us to inquire.
Want to work with us?
If you’re interested in supporting your own writing program, fellowship, residency, mentorship or more, we’d love to hear from you. Or, if you’re just interested in knowing more about our Writing Program, we’d be happy to share more with you. Reach out today and let’s collaborate!
A program supported by our donors
Meet our senior-in-residence – Cindy Solonec
We launched an elder or senior-in-residence program at Centre for Stories, with your support. The program provides a space for a writer over the age of 60 to write and share their stories and experiences with our community of emerging creatives – forging connections across generations. Thank you to our donors for making this possible. – Caroline Wood, CEO