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We collect, share and preserve stories online and through live events aimed at expanding dialogue about diversity and identity.
The Centre for Stories is a community and arts organisation based in Northbridge, Perth founded by John and Caroline Wood in 2015. We collect, share and preserve stories online and through live events aimed at expanding dialogue about diversity and identity.
Our team includes storytellers, writers, poets, sound and visual experts, book club leaders and administrators. Our aim is to tell good stories in the hope of strengthening connections between people and encouraging a more inclusive and informed community.
We work with a variety of organisations including the Perth International Arts Festival, the Western Australian Museum, and City of Perth, among many others, to create projects rich in storytelling.
A media group for young adults to gain experience needed for a career in arts and media.
The Colosoul Group Inc. begun in 2005 as a response to the growing need for hands on youth participation within the arts and media industry. With the difficulty of attaining the right skills due to the lack of mentorship available Colosoul opened its doors to youths from the ages of 13-25 years old. Colosoul over the years has helped hundreds of youths to find a pathway that best suits the individual giving them guidance, encouraging self confidence and empowering them.
For 18-25 year olds who are wanting to build up their portfolios and expand their skills development through hands-on practical experience and is especially designed for those 18-25 year olds who are looking at studies, currently studying, or who have graduated. It is a known fact that it can be almost impossible to get a job in the area that you have studied if you do not have the necessary experience required. As a young person tries to find a job in their chosen field of study realises that opportunities are extremely limited due to their extremely limited experience, they experience a lot of distress, low self-esteem and depression. The L.I.C.K. program is designed to give the mentee as much practical hands-on experience in their chosen field to greatly increase their skills, and therefore, their chances of future employment.
G.A.P - Got Absolute Potential
For 13-17 year olds who don’t cope within the normal education system and are needing one-on-one mentoring. This guidance and support is designed to help them decide what they might like to do and gives them the opportunity to explore their creativity in a positive environment. The GAP Program is a hands-on, intensive mentoring program targeted at youths between the ages of 13 and 18 who are struggling with the normal schooling system. This may be due to their learning style, i.e. being kinaesthetic-tactile learners (those who learn through activity), rather than auditory/visual learners, or disengagement from the community. GAP’s aim is to give these young people a positive, constructive and creative environment in which to find their passion and direction, re-engage with the community, and learn in a style/at a pace which they find easy to cope with. Participants in the GAP Program have the opportunity to receive mentoring in a wide range of creative industries, including fashion design, fashion, hair & make-up styling, graphic design, photography, creative writing, retail, reception/HR, art curating, music production, film production, events management, and small-business management. Each participant is assigned a mentor, a member of the Colosoul Group team who will guide and support them in achieving their goals, and discuss with them what they are interested in and feel comfortable with and set tasks/deadlines accordingly. Regular workshops are held, and there is also the opportunity to attain a nationally recognised diplomas through our educational provider ACAS, or a certificate of recognition. By participating in GAP, are able to build up their portfolio in creative industries which it may otherwise be difficult to gain professional experience in.
A sub program of G.A.P focused on empowerment of Indigenous Youth and reconciliation. The program is tailored for each individual and facilitated by the embracement of the Whadjuk Nyoongar culture and language. Colosoul has a strong focus on the empowerment of Indigenous young people and reconciliation within Colosoul’s GAP Mentorship Program. Services are provided on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual needs. Colosoul’s GAP Program is facilitated by the embracement of the Whadjuk Nyoongar culture and language. All participants are taught to speak Whadjuk Nyoongar, and cultural workshops will be held. This provides the cultural safety essential to the success of Indigenous participants, and also enlightens and broadens the horizons of the non-Indigenous participants.
The Fellowship of Australian Writers WA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing advocacy, training, support and friendship to Western Australia’s writing community.
The Fellowship of Australian Writers WA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing advocacy, training, support and friendship to Western Australia's writing community. We work with any genre and conduct workshops and masterclasses in:
* Food writing
* Music writing
We also house writers in residence, run writing retreats, hold weekly writing support groups and throw the occasional party or two!
FAWWA is headquartered at Tom Collins House located in the lovely heritage precinct in Swanbourne, Perth, minutes from Western Australia's crashing coastline. Our house is a great place to get inspired, so drop in and peruse our library, join a writing group or hire the space for your own group.
The Literature Centre is a place to nurture young people’s interest in reading and writing.
The Literature Centre (formerly Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre) is unique – a place to nurture young people’s interest in reading and writing, using innovative techniques to explore and interpret literature. Uniquely located within the walls of the Old Fremantle Prison, it is the only centre of its kind in Australia.
Established in 1993, the Centre offers a diverse range of student programmes in metropolitan, rural and regional areas of Western Australia. We work with approximately 30,000 students each year, either at the Centre or in schools. Experienced Education Officers, Authors and Illustrators conduct inspiring and interactive workshops, using a range of original manuscripts, preliminary drawings, and artwork.
- Picture Book Exhibitions
- Student Literature Workshops
- Authors/Illustrators In-Residence Programme
- Metropolitan and Rural Residence Programme
- 'Centre Classics' Workshops, Poetry and Writing Workshops
- Talented Young Writers' Programme (TYWP)
- The Sound of Picture Books Workshops
- Professional Development for Teachers
- Bookshop - Selling Books and Artwork
- Family Open Days
- Leslie Rees Fremantle Lecture, Book Launches and Author Talks
WA Poets Inc was set up in 2006 following the success of the inaugural 2005 WA Spring Poetry Festival. It was apparent that Western Australian poets wanted an organisation dedicated to providing resources and services to poets and poetry.
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WA POETS INC AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
§ Organise an annual local poetry festival that will promote local poets and improve their opportunities for professional development
§ Organise regular poetry events in association with other writing organisations to increase poets engagement with a broader public readership.
§ Develop online networks through a web-database of WA poets and WA Poets Inc members
§ Develop a resource base for Western Australian poets and poetry in the digital space which will include information on readings, competitions and opportunities.
§ Explore and promote publishing opportunities for WA poets and WA Poets Inc members
§ Raise awareness of WA poets and poetry locally, nationally and internationally
§ Provide opportunities to bring poets and the community together
§ Publish a quarterly online poetry and haiku journal that encourages and showcases developing, emerging and established poets’ work.
WA POETRY FESTIVAL AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
§ Introduce audiences to established and innovative artists of varying poetic traditions.
§ Develop a diverse, inclusive program that will provide opportunities for local poets to engage with and challenge their own craft.
§ Promote a poetry culture in WA that will promote local poets to improve their opportunities for professional development and their engagement with a broader public readership
Since 1956, Westerly has been publishing lively fiction and poetry as well as intelligent articles.
The magazine has always sought to provide a Western Australian-based voice, although its contributors and subject matter have never been geographically exclusive. It covers literature and culture throughout the world, but maintains a special emphasis on Australia, particularly Western Australia, and the Asian region.
Westerly has a strong international reputation, and is listed in some of the world’s major cultural indexes. It has been instrumental in the careers of many of the regions most prominent and internationally renowned writers. These include major Western Australian writers such as Randolph Stow, Dorothy Hewett, T.A.G. Hungerford and Elizabeth Jolley; highly-awarded contemporary writers, including Tim Winton, Kim Scott, and Sally Morgan; and important local poets like John Kinsella, Tracy Ryan, John Mateer, and Lucy Dougan.
It is published at the Westerly Centre (formerly the Centre for Studies in Australian Literature) at the University of Western Australia, with assistance from the Western Australian State Government by an investment in the project through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and the Australian Federal Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. Our Writers’ Development Program is supported by Copyright Agency Ltd.’s Cultural Fund.
The print magazine is published twice a year in July and November, while the website publishes content throughout the year, including two Online Special Issues available for free digital download.
As the peak body for writing and associated activities in WA, writingWA celebrates the achievements of our literary creators, provides a range of services to support emerging practitioners, and strives to bring West Australian writing to new audiences throughout this State and beyond.
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A diverse membership base representing the entire value chain from creation (writers’ centres and groups, professional associations such as the Society of Editors and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) to producers (publishers) and consumers (libraries, writers’ festivals, education providers, bookshops, etc) requires that writingWA understands and represents the needs of an extremely broad community.
The value chain also embraces emerging, established and elite writers – all of whom are of concern to writingWA.
Additionally, writingWA has an extremely large territorial responsibility, providing service delivery on a State-wide basis.
writingWA keeps our growing network of state-wide, interstate and international clients and colleagues informed of new West Australian publications and literary successes via a range of integrated digital communications products including writingWA's website and free fortnightly e-newsletter, writingWA's YouTube channel, and other networked social media.
writingWA receives principal funding from the Western Australian Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and from the Federal Government through the Australia Council, its art funding and advisory body.
Increasingly writingWA is reliant on the support of individuals within our community who share our passion and commitment to West Australian literature. Their donations enable writingWA to deliver programmes that would otherwise be beyond our reach. These individuals are our Literary Lions.