The Tasmanian Writers Centre Story
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 17-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 library space, which members of the Tasmanian literary community can hire to host their events.
Tasmania’s unique landscape quickly lent itself to the island becoming famous for its Island of Residencies Program. Since its inception in 2000, more than 60 writers have come to Tasmania to give workshops, discussions and readings and in return have stayed in the unique Kelly Street Writers’ Cottage where there is time and space to devote to their own work.
Situated behind the centre, the cottage has been home to international, interstate and Tasmanian writers who have all enjoyed staying in the historic ambience.
The Centre has a strong presence in the national context, with our Director, Chris Gallagher, in contact with Directors from other state Writers’ Centres, and a joint touring program, assisting us to bring Tasmanian writers before audiences in other states, as well as bring interstate writers here to present workshops and masterclasses.
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.