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This is just a sample of some of the programs and services that have been delivered to writers, publishers, other sector practitioners and the community over the past five years.

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writers attended a half-day seminar on Writers and the Law on 15 December at Murdoch University. The event was co-presented by writingWA and Murdoch University School of Law and sponsored by Williams + Hughes.  
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more than $120,000 raised in private donations through our Literary Lions philanthropy program has been invested in a range of development programs to grow WA’s literary sector.

 
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regional readers can discover new books by Western Australian writers in our Ripe Reads column, published monthly in the State’s leading regional newspaper, Farm Weekly (circulation 15,000).
 
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anyone in the WA writing sector can share their news about events, opportunities, courses, and competitions through our online Noticeboard.
 
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our partnership with the National Book Development Council of Singapore has enabled 26 of our State’s children’s writers and illustrators to participate in the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (2012-2016), the most important event of its kind in the Asian region. Outcomes for these creators have included book sales, further invitations from international festivals, creative networking and professional development.

 
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the T.A.G. Hungerford Award has evolved into the State's most prestigious literary prize for an unpublished author. writingWA managed and promoted the Award from 2006 to 2015, succeeding in more than doubling the value of the cash prize to $12,000. writingWA sponsored the Hungerford Award for 10 years, managing the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 Awards, investing in the cash prize and securing new sponsorship of the cash prize in 2011 to ensure the Award was able to continue. During the period of writingWA's sponsorship, 275 manuscripts by aspiring WA writers were submitted to the Award. In 2016 management of the Award was handed back to founding sponsor Fremantle Press.

 
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Western Australian writers and books are showcased in Cover to Cover, a monthly television program that we produce in partnership with Westlink TV. Each episode is broadcast on satellite TV to over 200,000 sites and is then available to view on YouTube.

 
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the inaugural Disrupted Festival of Ideas was launched in 2014 in partnership with the State Library of WA. Curated and produced by writingWA, the success of the inaugural event - featuring 38 artists, writers and thought-leaders in 23 separate events - has positioned Disrupted to continue as an annual event in Perth’s cultural calendar.

 
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seven of our member organisations have received targeted professional development support throughout the past year, participating in mentoring and training in event management with leading consultant SWEvents.

 
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363 reviews of books by WA writers were published in The West Australian between 2010-2015 under the “writingWA Recommends…” banner.

We continue to review new titles each month, publishing them in our own Love to Read Local E-news and in the For Readers section of this website.
 
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9 Singaporean and Western Australian writers participated in schools residency programs during the course of a cultural exchange program between WA and Singapore during 2014-2016.

 
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our partnership with the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, established in 2011, has enabled 19 Western Australian writers to participate in this prestigious international festival.

 
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we created a series of workshops between 2009-2011 to provide Western Australian writers and illustrators with instruction in how to use imovie software to create promotional book trailers. Trailers produced by the participants have since been published online via YouTube and various publishers’ websites, and are also useful resources for writers presenting live events.

 
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we launched ‘Project 360’ to demonstrate the potential of a ‘360 degree’ approach to content development and created two apps from books previously only published in print form; Caterpillar and Butterfly (Ambelin Kwaymullina, Fremantle Press) and Mamang (Kim Scott, Iris Woods and the Wirlomin Group, UWA Publishing). Both apps are available to purchase on itunes and Google Play.

 
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we have invested in growing audiences and public awareness for regional writers festivals by engaging media consultants to promote the Margaret River (2015), Kimberley (2015 & 16), Big Sky (Geraldton, 2016) and Avon Valley (2016) Readers and Writers Festivals.
This investment has resulted in more than 120 individual media items with a combined reach of approximately 8 million people.
 
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we created an opportunity this year for emerging arts manager Katie McAllister to undertake an internship with the Kimberley Writers Festival. Katie received invaluable experience in planning and delivering a regional writers festival whilst also making an invaluable contribution to the realisation of KWF 2016. 
 
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the work of 20 Western Australian poets is featured in “22”, a compilation audio CD and book published by writingWA. 500 copies of “22”, with accompanying lesson plans, were distributed free of charge to secondary schools throughout WA to encourage greater engagement with contemporary poetry.
 
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great Western Australian books and premium WA wines are promoted in the A Glass of Wine and a Good Book™ campaign, with metro and regional events presented in partnership with leading wine producers at cellar doors, bookshops and writers festivals.
 
   
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you can easily keep up to date with all the latest books by WA writers and publishers by subscribing to our Love to Read Local e-newsletter. Nearly 3000 people currently receive this free, monthly bulletin with reviews and listings of new titles. No matter what your reading interests are – literary fiction or genre fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s lit or young adult fiction – there will be something for you in Love to Read Local.

 
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our cultural relationship with Singapore was strengthened with the publication of Near & Dear, Stories for Children from Australia and Singapore. This anthology, published by writingWA in 2014, brings together 7 stories by Singaporean writers with 7 stories by WA writers, and illustrations from both WA and Singaporean illustrators. 3000 copies of the book have been distributed free of charge to primary schools in both countries.