"But when the pen is in their hand they have to write by itch and twitch..."
- John Ciardi, 1916 - 1986


TWITCH IS BACK! And short of buying a soothing cream for it, keep your eyes and ears open for news on what's twitching in your area.

Twitch brings young Tasmanian writers together. Fortnightly meetings, some visiting authors et cetera, other excellent things as we see fit & can organise our writerly selves into doing. And we want you along for the journey.

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Submitted By: contentadmin, 17 July 2020

Thanks to our resident work experience lovelies, Julia and Michael, for listing this stuff for young writers:

Australian Fabian's Young Writers Competitions

there's a Young Writer's Contest, it's already been for this year but it might be interesting to see if there is another one for next year.

Submitted By: Hannah Warwarek, 21 June 2020


It is nearly my time.

I know my people can be frustrated by me, especially those peasants. There are so many. Everyone always welcomes Spring, they are the favourite. Summer too, though Summer often goes overboard, and then the people cannot work because she has drained the life out of them. You would not think she could thrive so well so close to the Arctic, but our existence is a strange one sometimes.

People can not do as many fun things when they are on my...

Submitted By: Robbie Arnott, 01 June 2020

For those not in the know, National Young Writers' Month starts today.  For the whole month of June there will be opportunities arising, competitons opening, a nationwide collaborative story, events taking place and heaps more, all directed by and for young Australian writers.

We strongly suggest that you check out the website at: and sign up in order to tap into this great initiative.  For any more info in NYWM feel free to drop us an email at admin@...

Submitted By: Megan Hancock, 25 May 2020

Either I’ve been completely ignorant of such things, or Tasmania has only recently embraced the notion of a community of writers, all fulfilling their internal desires to accomplish what appears to be the ultimate Herculean task: to write. Everywhere you go, it seems that another organisation or community has been created to force people into writing; to remove the excuses that we create for ourselves. I don’t have any time, states the internal monologue - yet there...

Submitted By: James Klousia, 25 May 2020


Most writers feel that their art is a solitary journey. I won’t disagree that the creative process is isolating, but experience has made me a strong advocate of having a writing buddy.

A writing buddy is a likeminded support person. They aren’t there to do the writing for you. They’re your own personal cheering section, your shoulder to cry on, your sounding board and your junior editor. They notice the little problems with your story that you can...