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Episode 10

Welcome to TasWriters

Encouraging, supporting and promoting Tasmanian writers and stories.

Welcome to TasWriters, where writers connect for the latest information on Tasmania’s literary scene, get updates on events and find support. We are here to help, whatever your query.


  • Supports, develops and promotes Tasmanian writers at all stages of their careers;

  • Offers a hub for the dissemination of advice, information and resources, supporting a network of flourishing writers’ groups across the State;

  • Develops and strengthens links within and beyond the sector using cooperative programs with other organisations;

  • Maintains a database of writers willing to present workshops, courses and talks in schools, TAFE, UTAS, libraries and migrant services.

Episode 14


How did the challenge start?

You can read all about it here.

What is gender bias?

Gender bias refers to ‘the socially constructed preference for one sex/gender over the other.’  It can be either a conscious or unconscious act.  An example of gender bias is a teacher in a classroom calling on boys to answer questions rather than girls because he/she believes that boys have more to contribute.  Even the English language shows gender bias, in that the pronoun he is used generically to represent both men and women.  (Dugan, Rhonda E. “Gender Bias.” Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Ed. Vincent N. Parrillo.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2008. SAGE knowledge. Web. 1st August 2013.)

In terms of book reviewing, this means that people read and review fewer books written by women, compared to books written by men.  There are a number of reasons for this bias, which you can read about here.

Where do I find reviews people have written as part of the Australian Women Writers Challenge?

You can find the reviews people have submitted to us here. We also highlight several reviews in different genres each month as part of our round-up posts on the homepage.

How can I get more involved in the AWW project?

You can join in the discussion on our Goodreads and Facebook pages, our Twitter hashtag #AWW2016 (or whatever is the current year e.g. #aww2017). You can follow us on twitter – @AusWomenWriters, and join our group at the Reading Room.

Episode 18

Writers Victoria (formerly the Victorian Writers’ Centre) was created in 1989 by a group of writers who saw the need for a professional organisation to support the Victorian writing community.

Writers Victoria has had many homes among Melbourne’s literary community. VWC’s first offices were in Tasma Terrace, the National Trust (Victoria) building in Parliament Place, Melbourne. In the early 1990s, VWC relocated to the Broom Factory in George Street, Fitzroy, and remained there until the end of 2001 when we found temporary accommodation at the Meat Market Arts Centre in North Melbourne before moving to the heart of Melbourne at the Nicholas Building in Swanston Street in 2003.

In August 2008, Melbourne was named the second UNESCO City of Literature. Now one of twenty-eight Cities of Literature in the world, Melbourne is the only city in Australia and the first in the Southern Hemisphere to receive this recognition.

In 2009, VWC became an integral part of The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas, which houses a group of Victorian literary organisatons in a wing of the State Library of Victoria. The organisation was renamed Writers Victoria in 2011.

Episode 23

Dr Annika Herb is a sessional academic at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her areas of research include Young Adult and Children’s Literature, creative writing, and popular culture.

Episode 27

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is the professional organisation, community and voice of Australia’s writers and illustrators. 

Established in 1963 as the peak national association for Australian authors, our purpose is to support writers and illustrators to pursue sustainable creative careers through advocacy, support and advice.


  • We campaign at industry and government levels for author and illustrator rights including, but not limited to, fair pay, fair contracts and robust copyright protections

  • We set minimum recommended rates of pay for authors and illustrators

  • We also represent our members' interests to relevant policy-making bodies, including representation on the boards of copyright collecting societies, lending rights agencies and other book industry bodies



  • We provide individual advice for members across a wide range of book industry and publishing matters via our FREE Advice service

  • We offer a Contract Assessment Service in partnership with Banki Haddock Fiora, providing members with a full commercial and legal assessment of their publishing contract, or other industry agreements

  • We publish standard contract templates for writers and illustrators, FAQs and detailed resources for authors and illustrators on professional matters including publishing, copyright, First Nations intellectual and cultural property, marketing and more

Our members

The ASA exists thanks to the support of our members, over 3000 professional and aspiring authors and illustrators. We represent everyone who writes or illustrates for publication and our members include novelists, biographers, illustrators, academics, cartoonists, scientists, food and wine writers, historians, graphic novelists, children’s writers, ghostwriters, travel writers, romance writers, crime writers, science fiction writers, editors, bloggers, journalists, poets and more.

Episode 30

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Episode 31

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Episode 33

The Queensland Writers Centre is a community that champions writers across Queensland. We help writers at all stages of their writing journey develop skills to improve their craft, engage their readers and build a sustainable career.

At Queensland Writers Centre, we love stories. We love the writers who tell the stories and the readers who give them life. We love the way they help us to understand and connect with those around us and gain a greater understanding of ourselves.

QWC is a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports, celebrates and showcases Queensland writers and writing in all its forms. We work with our members and partners to promote a vibrant and diverse writing community across Queensland. We are the leading support and resource centre for writers and writing in Queensland, offering a comprehensive online and in-person range of services. We provide information and advice for anyone interested in writing, whatever your level of experience or ambition.

Queensland Writers Centre is a part of the National Writers’ Centre Network – Australia’s largest network of writers. The network supports and connects writers in all the states and territories of Australia. 

Together we represent more than 10,000 members, and a far broader constituency of early career, emerging and established authors – across all genres, all styles and all parts of Australia. Our members are published authors, emerging writers, children’s authors and illustrators, screenwriters, journalists, editors, agents, publishers, poets, 

storytellers, playwrights, cultural producers, freelance writers, teachers, academics and critics. We strive to support every member and provide them with the opportunities to write, publish and create.

Episode 37

Writers SA is the peak organisation for writing and literature in South Australia. We are a not-for-profit membership-based organisation that aims to foster, develop and promote writers and a national culture of writing.

Established in 1985, Writers SA was the first writers’ centre in Australia, and continues to act as a resource for writers of all ages and experiences, assisting both new and established writers on every aspect of writing craft and publishing. While we are a state-based organisation, we collaborate with interstate and international partners, and we are committed to advocating on behalf of all writers in Australia.

Writers SA is located on Kaurna land. We acknowledge Kaurna people as the original storytellers of this place, who have led a culture of storytelling for many thousands of years. We pay our respects to Kaurna elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on whose lands we live, work and create. This always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

Episode 39

Christmas Australis is a little Aussie dream made possible by V. E. Patton (Author), Darren Kasenkow (Author), Emily Wrayburn (Author), Lyn Webster (Author), Andrew Roff (Author), Natasha O'Connor (Author), Madeleine D'Este (Author), Belinda Grant (Author), Cassi Strachan (Illustrator), and Peter Dunn (Editor).

Together they bring a guarantee that your festive season reading will be like no other!

Episode 41

Pop the champagne, look to the future and celebrate a super exciting New Year's Eve with the Australian Book Lovers podcast! Join hosts Veronica, Darren, and a rat pack of some truly special Australian authors as they look back on a year that will echo throughout history. Listen as Kevin Klehr, Sandy Barker, Laurie Bell, Hayley Walsh and Maria P. Frino share their highlights and lessons from 2021 — and their hopes for 2022. Most importantly of all, there's a whole heap of literary love and laughter!!! So please, pour a drink, kick back, and be a part of our first ever end of year edition....

Happy New Year to all of our wonderful book lovers, authors, and everyone who has supported our podcast and website in our first fabulous year.  :)

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