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Literature Arts Social Clubs & Classes in Western Australia

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Clubs Associations in Western Australia


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Centre for Stories

We collect, share and preserve stories online and through live events aimed at expanding dialogue about diversity and identity.

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  • Arts:Literature

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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.

Creative Corner

Creative Corner Inc is the peak body for the creative sector in the South West region of WA connecting people, businesses, services and events with each other and with opportunities in the region.

  • Other:Arts
  • Type:Volunteer,Charity

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  • Arts:Aboriginal,Writers Centre,Comedy,Dance,Film,History,Industry,Jazz,Literature,Music,Performing Arts,Visual Arts,Youth

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<p> Incorporated as a not-for-profit since 2012 the Creative Corner works to support and grow the local creative sector and position the South West as internationally recognised region of excellence in creativity and innovation attracting and retaining people in a sustainable local economy. Creative Corner initiatives and activities include:</p> <p> Emergence Creative Festival<br /> Film South West website<br /> HQ Co-Working Space at the Margaret River Education Campus<br /> Outaspace Pass linking Creative Corner members with other co-working spaces<br /> Free Generator Mentor Program<br /> South West Music Strategy<br /> Regular workshops and networking events<br /> Cabin Fever Festival<br /> Country Arts WA Regional Arts Hub Project for the South West</p>

Ellenbrook Arts

Ellenbrook Arts aim is to assist with the development of an arts based culture within the Swan Valley Region.

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  • Arts:Performing Arts,Visual Arts,Literature,Music

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Ellenbrook Arts deliver an annual program of professional and community based arts activities, exhibitions and events. Our programs include a diverse suite of exhibitions at The Gallery - 34 Main Street, the annual Short and Sweet showcase , Ellenbrook Festival, and community workshops including - writing, theatre, music and performance.

Fellowship of Australian Writers WA

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.

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  • Arts:Literature

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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:

* Prose
* Poetry
* Scriptwriting
* Memoir
* 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. 

KSP Writers' Centre

The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre is the oldest writers' centre of its kind in Australia.

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  • Arts:Literature,Writers Centre

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The Centre is located in Greenmount, in the former home of Katharine Susannah Prichard, author of Coonardoo, Working Bullocks and The Goldfields Trilogy.

The Centre encourages and facilitates writers' readings, workshops, writers in residence and other services, all designed to help and encourage writers at all levels of the craft.  A unique feature is its location in the nationally heritage listed home of Katharine Susannah Prichard, one of Australia's most gifted writers, and of Hugo Throssell a VC from the Australian Light Horse at Gallipoli.

At KSP, we offer an exciting Young Writers' program, Skills Workshops, Literary Dinners and Author Talks for the public, Open Days, book sales at Shire festivals and Historical tours.  KSP has a sound recording program and runs the national Write-a-Book-in-a-Day for teams writing books and raising money for children's hospitals.  Everyone is welcome to join our activities.

The ambience of the Centre is excellent for creativity and inspiration.  20-60,000 words are frequently achieved by our Writers in Residence in a four week stay, in between enjoying the interaction with local writers.

Kulin Arts Council

The Arts in Kulin are well and truly alive!

  • Other:Arts
  • Type:Local Focus

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  • Arts:Literature,Performing Arts,Visual Arts

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The Kulin Arts Council is a comprehensive organisation that all arts based groups or individuals in Kulin can join. The committee intend to act as support to existing art groups and individual artists within the Kulin community and promote new artistic projects.

The coucil offer assistance with grant applications, organise workshops and provide access to an extensive knowledge base in a wide variety of Arts areas.

Membership fee is $5 annually. 

Magabala Books

Magabala Books is a recognised producer of quality Indigenous Australian literature with many titles receiving accolades in prestigious national awards. Magabala Books is funded as a key organisation by the Department of Culture and the Arts (Government of Western Australia) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council.

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  • Arts:Literature

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Magabala Books became an independent Aboriginal Corporation in March 1990, with the objective of restoring, preserving and maintaining Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander cultures by:

Recording, promoting and publishing a body of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander cultures.
Assisting and encouraging people to pass on their history.
Making the wider community aware of the wealth of their tradition and culture.
Protection and education in matters of copyright.
Promoting acknowledgment of and respect for Indigenous culture through the use of published works and through electronic media.
Providing employment and training for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander people.
The Future

The Board recognises that it is crucial to grow the business of Magabala Books to increase commercial viability so that we can support the social and cultural objectives of the organisation. We have identified the tourism market as an area that has an unmet need for quality Indigenous product that can be supplied by Magabala Books using existing artistic collateral. This may include merchandising or product diversification using the books that Magabala produces as the basis for product development.

Developing partnerships and linkages with other Indigenous businesses and organisations, Magabala Books aims to establish a commercially viable venture designed to create economic and employment opportunities for Indigenous people, both in the Kimberley region and across Australia.

The objectives of the project are to:

Develop the business of Magabala Books Aboriginal Corporation to ensure commercial viability.
Increase sales of Indigenous products to the tourism market.
Develop new Indigenous products using existing and new artistic collateral.
Increase economic benefits for Indigenous people.
Increase markets for all Magabala products.
Skills development for Indigenous people.
Increased sustainability to support the social and cultural objectives of preservation, promotion and transmission of Indigenous culture.
Magabala's Indigenous Publishing Policy

Magabala Books publishes works which have major Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander involvement. This requires an Indigenous author, editor or illustrator. From our home in Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, we provide publishing services and advice for Indigenous people throughout Australia. Magabala Books has a policy of using illustrations by Indigenous artists for its publications.

Magabala ... spreading the seeds of our culture

Magabala is the Nyul Nyul, Nyangumarta, Karrajari and Yawuru traditional language word for the bush banana found on the west Kimberley coast. When young it is green, moist and sweet, up to 8cm in length and best collected during or just after the wet season (January – March). Every part can be eaten — the skin, green seeds and pulp. Later the fruit hardens and dries, in preparation for the dispersal of its many seeds with their spectacular parasol-shaped aerofoils.

Like the bush banana, our organisation spreads the seeds of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander cultures, publishing and promoting Indigenous literature in Australia and throughout the world. 

Pemberton Arts Group Inc

The Pemberton Arts Group is committed to promoting excellence and cultural opportunities through the Arts.

  • Type:Local Focus
  • Other:Arts

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  • Arts:Literature,Music,Visual Arts

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Pemberton Arts Group aim to encourage emerging artists, support our members and create an Arts culture within the local community. They also encourage other artistic disciplines such as music and creative writing.

The Literature Centre

The Literature Centre is a place to nurture young people’s interest in reading and writing.

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  • Arts:Literature

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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

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.

  • Other:Arts

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  • Arts:Literature

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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 

Westerly Magazine

Since 1956, Westerly has been publishing lively fiction and poetry as well as intelligent articles.

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  • Arts:Literature

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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.

WritingWA

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.

  • Other:Arts

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  • Arts:Literature

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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. 

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