Seminars and Workshops

writingWA works in partnership with member organisations and interstate colleagues to host seminars, conferences and workshops on various topics of relevance to the sector broadly. Past events have included the two-day inaugural Disrupted Festival of Ideas, in partnership with the State Library; the  Next Text seminar examining developments in digital publishing, in partnership with if:books Australia; and Apropos Poetry, a three day conference in partnership with the Perth Writers Festival.

Papers available to download from recent seminars and forums:

From the 2018 WA Writing and Publishing Sector Forum

Writing Sector Review Recommendations - Update from Colin Walker, Executive Director, Culture and the Arts, DLGSC.
Follow the Money - Federal and State Government arts and culture budgets unpacked by Henry Boston, Executive Director, Chamber of Arts and Culture.

Writers and the Law Seminar

In December 2017 writingWA and Murdoch University School of Law co-presented a seminar on Writers and the Law. The event was sponsored by Williams + Hughes and speakers included David Stewart and Madeleen Rousseau who have subsequently made their presentations available to download here.
Please be aware that the information contained in these documents does not constitute legal advice.

Overview of Copyright, Madeleen Rousseau, Special Counsel, Williams + Hughes
Writing and the Law,
Adjunct Professor, David Stewart, Principal, Williams + Hughes.

Are We There Yet? - Ken Spillman

In February 2016 writingWA hosted a two-day forum to consider current practice and opportunity within the writing and publishing sectors in WA.  In this context, WA author Ken Spillman presented a paper entitled "Are we there yet?".  This paper, which you can download and read HERE, offers a perspective on how our sector has evolved over the past twenty or so years, where we are now and where we might aim to be in the not so distant future.  

The Business of Writing - Juliet Rogers

In her July 2016 presentation, Australian Society of Authors CEO, Juliet Rogers provided an overview of the many challenges and opportunities that Australian writers must learn how to navigate as they pursue a writing career. Juliet unpacked several key issues including copyright, self-publishing, and writing in the digital age. Download her paper HERE.