History

Available for Download: TWC Annual Report 2012

The Tasmanian Writers' Centre was incorporated in 1998 and grew out of an already strong literary community who realised the benefits a professional organisation could offer writers and readers in the state.

For its fourteen-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. The Hobart Bookshop, a Tasmanian independent bookshop which is central to the literary community, also provides annual funding to the Centre as a corporate sponsor. A range of other funders and partners provide crucial support to our work.  Many are listed on our Links page.  

Workshops and seminars, writing resources and library, employment opportunities, manuscript assessment services, readings and events have enabled the centre to attract a membership of 480 statewide.

Tasmania's unique landscape quickly lent itself to the island becoming famous for its Island of Residencies Program. Since its inception in 2000, over 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 now has a strong presence in the national context, with our Director, Chris Gallagher, chairing the development of a new national body to support writers, Writing Australia.  A key aspect of Writing Australia's program will be a touring circuit, assisting us to bring Tasmanian writers before audiences in other states.