Dear Members, subscribers, colleagues, friends
While we collectively navigate these unusual times, be reassured that Writing WA is committed to working to maintain our core services without interruption. Like many others, we have taken the responsible decision to work remotely from the Writing WA office but see absolutely no reason at this stage for this to result in any disruption to business as usual.
We will continue to monitor what is happening in our sector as it unfolds and share this information with you in the most timely way via our web Noticeboard and newsletters. We urge you to maximise your use of the Noticeboard as a hub for the most up to date sector information. Please also make sure you share your information with us so that we can broadcast it into the community. If you must cancel or postpone events, or take actions to replace live activities with other forms of activity, then please make sure to post and share this information on our site.
Meanwhile, Writing WA will be continuing to share reviews and listings of new books via our Love to Read Local newsletters and encourage you to take a look back and be inspired in your reading choices by some of the reviews and book club notes that we’ve featured in the past.
While sector events are being cancelled and our writers are taking the financial hit, we urge you more than ever to think local when you make your reading selections in the coming months. There are so many fantastic recent and new release titles available through our bookshops and libraries, that choosing will be the difficult bit. To make this even easier for you, we are excited to see that bookshops such as Paper Bird and Dymocks Busselton have introduced home delivery services. We will keep you updated as more of these types of services emerge.
We are also keenly aware that the economic impacts of current circumstances are already being felt across our sector, both by organisations and by individual practitioners. Writing WA is currently liaising with our colleagues in the National Writers Centre Network to develop a survey instrument that will help us gather data and monitor the impacts on individual practitioners and we hope to open that survey this afternoon (Wednesday 18 March). Further consultation and data gathering with sector organisations is currently being developed and we will provide updates on this in the coming days.
Finally, a reminder that if you wish to contact a member of the Writing WA team, please do so either by email or via the Contact form on our website. General inquiries should be directed to [email protected].