The Tasmanian Writers Centre Story
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The Tasmanian Writers Centre was incorporated in 1997 and grew out of an already strong literary community which realised the benefits a professional organisation could offer writers and readers in the state.
For its 21-year history, the Centre has been housed in The Salamanca Arts Centre on Hobart’s waterfront.
Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council have provided core support to enable the Centre to secure its infrastructure and program. A range of other funders and partners provide crucial support to our work.
Workshops and seminars, employment opportunities, manuscript assessment services, readings and events have enabled the centre to attract a membership of about 420 statewide and list of about 2500 subscribers. We also offer writing resources in our members’ library.
Tasmania’s unique landscape is an enticing destination for writers from around the world, and the Centre has hosted a variety of residency programs, and has an ongoing exchange program with Prince Edward Island, Canada with visiting writers staying in the unique Kelly Street Writers’ Cottage where there is time and space to devote to their own work. Since the Writers Centre started, hundreds of writers have come to Tasmania to give workshops, discussions and readings, and to participate in our biennial Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festivals.
The Centre has a strong presence in the national context, with participation in the National Writers Centre Network. Across the country Centres share program resources, and assist us to bring Tasmanian writers before audiences in other states, as well as bring interstate writers here to present workshops and masterclasses. We also have strong partnerships with other writing organisations such as a joint youth membership with Express Media.
Joining the Tasmanian Writers Centre is an excellent first step for emerging writers and an essential support for established writers. We are not-for-profit and put all our funds into supporting literature. We offer programs for both established and emerging writers, who can access discounts, exclusive newsletters, library resources, and further support by becoming a member of the Centre. We invite you to join us today.