black&write!

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black&write! is a national project and the first of its kind in Australia. The project is designed to recruit, train, and mentor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander editors to develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-authored manuscripts. black&write! is a State Library of Queensland project.

Why?

While Australia is active in supporting its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander athletes, artists and dancers, there is a recognised lack of long-term strategies to encourage and develop its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing talent.  This imbalance is recognised in many recent writing and publishing surveys and government-funded research studies. black&write! was developed to foster a significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing community.

About

black&write! is made up of the black&write! Writing Fellowships and the black&write! Editing Internships.

Through our Editing Internships Program, we employ and train Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander editors, providing support, mentorship and practical development with Australian publishers. During the internship, editors have the opportunity to participate in real industry processes and see a manuscript through to the stage of being ready for publication.

Our Writing Fellowships Program offers a $10,000 cash prize to two Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers for their unpublished manuscripts. Recipients of the black&write! Fellowships work with the black&write! editors to develop their manuscripts towards publication. At the end of each Fellowship, the edited manuscripts have the opportunity to be published by black&write! publishing partner Hachette Australia.

In 2012 and 2013, black&write! also offered training in onscreen editing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees through the Indigenous Onscreen Editor Traineeship program.

black&write! aims to:

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

black&write! has been generously supported by:

black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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