Writing Programs

Writing Change, Writing Inclusion

Our signature writing program that offers support for early, emerging and established writers from CaLD and/or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

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.

Building off the success of the Centre for Stories’ previous programs Inclusion Matters and Indian Ocean Mentoring, the Writing Change, Writing Inclusion program includes:


Hot Desk Fellowship

Successful applicants received a dedicated desk at the Centre for Stories for a total of 10 days spread out over 8 to 12 consecutive weeks. Applicants are profiled on Centre for Stories’ website and social media, and have the opportunity to attend Centre for Stories events and workshops, attend networking events, interact with other writers, and seek support from staff. Successful applicants are also provided a stipend.

Applications currently closed

Mentoring Program

Mentees have been paired with an established author or script writer for a period of 6-9 months to produce a body of work in poetry, prose, stage/script writing, or non-fiction. During this period, mentors and mentees will have 20 hours of face-to-face contact time. Mentees and mentors will be profiled on the Centre for Stories’ website and social media, and will have the opportunity to attend Centre for Stories events and workshops, and network with other writers.

Applications currently closed

Heartlines – Interviews with our Writing Change, Writing Inclusion alumni

  • Heartlines

    Franchesca Walker

    “When I think of the Centre for Stories, two Māori concepts come to mind: manaakitanga and whanaungatanga. Manaakitanga is the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others while whanaungatanga is a relationship that’s developed through shared experiences and ultimately results in a shared sense of belonging.”
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  • Heartlines

    Zahina Shah

    “I use writing to express my thoughts about the world and raise awareness on human rights through creative writing. It overwhelms at times to hear things and as a Muslim I’d like to raise more awareness about the discrimination we face and bring a new, positive perspective on my faith.”
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  • Heartlines

    Melanie Hobbs

    “I just realised, wow, I can do this. I can keep on writing stories. In the past I’d finish a story and wonder if I would ever complete a story again…was it just a stroke of luck that I came up with an ending? But I’ve realised it isn’t luck, it’s time and it’s hard work.”
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What our alumni say about Writing Change, Writing Inclusion

  • Centre for Stories allowed me to meet fellow writers and creatives – some of which I now consider friends -to share my experiences with. I learnt that I am not alone on this writing journey and that my stories are valid and people do indeed care. – J Eh Kaw Thaw Saw
  • Centre for Stories have been very encouraging throughout the whole program. They’ve created a welcoming space where I was able to meet other writers and share ideas. The Centre has also supported my writing by offering lots of opportunities to learn about the different facets of writing, and opportunities to meet others in the industry, such as through various workshops, get-togethers, and general advice and encouragement. – Anonymous
  • The mentoring program changed my life as an immigrant and a writer. I was encouraged from the start and I’ve been shown that my experiences and my differences were big assets in the writing world. I was pushed my mentor, who was always honest about my writing. The feedback I received was so useful that I was able to win two competitions and get published for the first time in Australia. – Anonymous
  • I felt incredibly supported by Centre for Stories. I was able to borrow books, attend poetry workshops, and in general, have access to materials that were and are essential to my poetic process… This meant that as I developed a piece of poetry, I could then sharpen and strengthen its expression and make sufficient and satisfying progress with the outcome I was trying to achieve. – Anonymous