black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project

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black&write! is a national project and the first of its kind in Australia. It was developed to foster a significant Indigenous writing community.

Launched by author Boori Monty Pryor and actor Ernie Dingo at the 2010 Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, it is a bold, inspiring project designed to nurture talent, flex the creative imagination and change the landscape of Indigenous writing in Australia.


While Australia is active in supporting its Indigenous athletes, artists and dancers, there is a recognised lack of long-term strategies to encourage and develop its Indigenous writing talent.  This imbalance is recognised in many recent writing and publishing surveys and government-funded research studies.


black&write! is made up of the Indigenous Writing Fellowships and the Indigenous Editing Internships. The project is designed to recruit, train and mentor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander editors to develop Indigenous authored manuscripts.  In 2012 and 2013, black&write! also offered training in onscreen editing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the Indigenous Onscreen Editor Traineeship program. Thanks to Australia Council for the Arts, two Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander individuals will be given the opportunity to work as black&write! Editing Interns at SLQ from January 2015 to December 2016.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships: Clare Coleman (WA) and Dylan Coleman (SA).
View photos on SLQ Facebook.

black&write! aims to:

  • train, mentor and promote outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and editors,
  • encourage lifelong Indigenous learning and literacy and foster a love of reading, writing and ideas in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

black&write! is a State Library of Queensland project, and contributes to Queensland as A State of Writing.

Watch a video of the launch of the black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project at the 2010 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.
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black&write! has been generously supported by:

The black&write! Indigenous Onscreen Editor Traineeships (2012, 2013) and the Indigenous Editing Internships (2015-2016) are supported by the Literature Board for the Australia Council for the Arts.

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