Funded by Spinifex Foundation and launching in 2023, First Nations Writers WA is a program offering writing career support and publishing opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers living in Western Australia.
Based in Boorloo/Perth on Whadjuk Noongar boodjar, the program aims to create more accessible and enjoyable opportunities for First Nations mob in WA to share their stories, how they want to, with sustainable career development outcomes.
Facilitated by Noongar authors Casey Mulder and Luisa Mitchell, First Nations Writers WA provides participants with:
- Free monthly Write Night events at Centre for Stories;
- One-off writing workshops with published guest authors throughout the year in different styles and forms;
- Individual editing feedback;
- Networking opportunities with publishers, editors and fellow writers;
- Publishing opportunities online and in print in upcoming anthologies;
- Website and social media profiling;
- Opportunities to speak at festivals and events;
- And access to Centre for Stories events, networks, peer support and staff support.
Since launching in early 2023, our program has grown to 20 members. We have successfully run one writing workshop with guest author Mabel Gibson, assisted 8 emerging writers to publishing their work in Portside Review, and held one networking event featuring authors such as Kim Scott and Cindy Solonec.
To participate in the program, participants must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be based in WA. There is no formal application process but if you are interested in learning more, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or register to one of our regular Write Nights events to meet the crew.
Made possible with generous funding from the Spinifex Foundation.
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Stories from our mob
Hear Our Voice
When Cindy’s Aunty Edie became dangerously ill, she quickly realised the health system was not going to address her aunty’s cultural and spiritual needs.
Casey Mulder“When the fellowship opportunity came up, I thought if I’m going to bring this content anywhere it will be safe, and I will be safe, at the Centre.”Read More
Daniel Hansen“When I first started writing it was because I heard some hip hop I fell in love with as a kid and it quickly became a fun and cool thing to do for me. I later figured out that writing actually helps me to be able to process and express any emotions I may be struggling with and it can help in a big way when it comes to mental health.”Read More