A little bit about us...

12 things you may not know about Writing WA


1.We’re unique

Writing WA is the only state-based writing organisation in Australia with a prevailing responsibility to support the state’s overall writing and publishing sector. Our state-wide membership base of  organisations – publishers, festivals, bookshops, writers centres, and so on – underpins our efforts to grow WA’s literary culture and economy.

2. We belong to a national network

The National Writers Centre Network unites 8 state-based writers organisations to share information and collaborate in ways that strengthen our national agenda.

3. The Literary Lions are the pride of our organisation

In 2019 we celebrate 10 years of philanthropic support from the Literary Lions, our private donors. More info on the Literary Lions is here.

4. We have strong relationships in south-east Asia. 

Since 2010 we’ve enabled 54 individual Western Australian writers and illustrators to participate in major international festivals in Singapore and Bali. We’ve also enabled the publication of two anthologies of short fiction; Near & Dear, Stories for Children from Singapore and Australia (published 2014) and a soon-to-be-published anthology of short fiction by Singaporean and Western Australian writers, due for release in October 2019.

5. As managers of the T.A.G. Hungerford Award

from 2004-2014 we were proud to significantly grow the Award’s prize money and profile, and pleased to have played a major role in establishing the Award as a mechanism for launching new WA talent.

6. We’re a small team.

Small in number, but big in passion.

7. We’re partnering with Writing NSW to create Quantum Words Perth,

Western Australia’s first writers festival dedicated to science writing. If you’d like to know more about this Festival as it develops, subscribe to our mailing list for updates.

8. We co-founded the Disrupted Festival of Ideas

in partnership with the State Library of WA and created the template for this annual festival when we programmed and produced the inaugural event in 2015.

9. We are passionate about connecting readers to WA writers and books.

If you enjoy reading; if you belong to a book club; if you love going to writers festivals then subscribe to our free mailing lists.

10. We work to create opportunities for sustainable practice. 

Literati is an online marketplace. If you have an event or a publication that requires the skills of professional writers, illustrators, editors, workshop instructors, and/or book designers, discover who you’re looking for on our Literati database.

11. We make connections.

The Literati database is just one way to build connections. If you’re an emerging writer we can help you find your people via the resources that we’ve built in the the For Writers pages of this site.

12. We are constantly looking forward

– which means this page will change.  Stay in touch.


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