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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.

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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.

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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.