The South Coast Writers Centre is excited to announce its 2022-2023 Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers Mentoring Program.
In 2022 and 2023, SCWC is offering up to sixteen twenty-week mentorships to early stage or emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers living on the South Coast of NSW.
Writers will have the opportunity to be mentored to increase their technical and creative skills over twenty weeks as they work on the development of a literary work. That work will be promoted at the following South Coast Writers Festival and offered a space for publishing (or extracted) in the SCWC Anthology.
Each writer will have five one-hour consultations (via Zoom or as arranged) with their mentor, who will read and provide feedback on up to 5,000 words of work submitted prior to each of four of the consultations. The writers will also receive personalised support and tailored access to relevant SCWC workshops and/or events.
This program runs in association with the Ngana Barangarai (Black Wallaby) Indigenous Literary Program of the South Coast Writers Centre, with advice on cultural matters from Wadi Wadi elder Aunty Barbara Nicholson.
The program is supported by Merrigong Theatre and by funding from the Australia Council for the Arts RISE fund.
Please note that these mentorships are only available to:
early stage or emerging writers
who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and,
who live in the following LGAs: Wollongong, Kiama, Shellharbour, Eurobodalla, Shoalhaven, Bega Valley and Wingecarribee.
All applicants should be financial members of SCWC. If you do not have the financial means to pay for membership, SCWC’s Hardship Policy can assist you. Please contact us for more details.
To apply for a mentorship, complete the application form below. Applications can be made at any time until mid 2023 and start dates will be negotiated between mentee and mentor.
Mentoring incurs a fee, which will contribute to SCWC’s ability to offer the mentorship program on an ongoing basis. Fees can be paid upfront or in instalments. The scale of fees is:
Waged: $ 400, Concession/Unwaged/Students: $200, Hardship:$0
For more information visit https://southcoastwriters.org/aboriginalmentoringprogram