Young Writers in the City


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2015 saw the launch of the Tasmanian Writers Centre’s inaugural Young Writers in the City program, in which seven young writers used the nooks and crannies of their city to spark inspiration for some fabulous literary accomplishments. All aged under 30, the participants explored a range of spaces around Hobart, setting up their chairs, laptops and notepads in the midst of shoppers and surrounds to compose essays between 1500 and 5000 words.

Since then, the Young Writers in the City projects have extended to other areas of the state. To date, the projects have also taken place in Launceston, Devonport and Glenorchy. See below for links to further details of those programs, and to read the resulting work from the talented young writers.


The essays from Hobart’s writers can be read in the links below. Quotes from their work were displayed across ‘Soapbox’ billboards in Mathers Place when our Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival took place in September 2015.



Read an overview of the Launceston writers and venues here: Young Writers in the City 2016. The venues included Cataract Gorge, QVMAG, Launceston Aquatic Centre and City Park.

Read the resulting pieces from the writers below.



Read an overview of the Devonport writers and venues here. Venues included the Sea FM studios, the Spirit of Tasmania and the Bass Strait Maritime Museum.

You can also check out a post about the young writers reading their posts at the Tidal Festival here, and see photoblogs from resident Kyle Perry and Jane Beeke here.

Read the resulting pieces from the writers below:



Read an overview of the Glenorchy Young Writers in the City project here and meet the successful applicants here.

After the residencies are completed, we will post the resulting work on the TWC Blog, and include links to them on this page.