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Writing Programs

Throughout the year various writing programs are open.

Signature Writing Program

Writing Change, Writing Inclusion

APPLICATIONS CLOSED. 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.

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2023 Writing Change, Writing Inclusion Hot Desk Fellowship


Our hot desk fellowship is open to CaLD and/or First Nations and/or writers with disability, successful applicants will receive a dedicated desk at the Centre for Stories for a total of 10 days spread out over 8 to 12 consecutive weeks.

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Writing Fellowships

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.

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  • 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.

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A Digital Publication

Portside Review

OPEN TO ENTRIES. 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.

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Green Leaves

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.

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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.

Under the Paving Stones, the Beach

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

Past Publications

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.

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
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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!

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