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July 2016 Writing Calendar

I decided to put this calendar for the month of June together on a whim. And then people loved it. So this is the monster list of everything even remotely writerly and literary that is going on in Perth and WA in the month of July 2016 from today onwards.

So a few quick answers to questions:

Will this list always be on this site?

MEAA WA is keen to cross-post/host/something along those lines. This will also be cross-posted at Emily Paull‘s site. And possibly on DWOA once we tweak a few things.

Can you compile a list for Victoria and Melbourne?

Not at this point – no time to spare. Please take it on as a project and let us know so we can pass/share/link to it. If you find this useful & are immensely grateful and want to compensate me for my time spent on this, go check out my Patreon

Why collaborate with MEAA? Or with DWOA? Or anyone else?

I am more concerned about the end result: getting info to people who need it. Because I get it – writing centres and other organisations are often run with the help of volunteers or with limited resources. Either you can’t do everything you want to or you lack the technical knowhow. Hence why I would rather collaborate with organisations than be all “My precious!” about it and why I am happy for people to pass the list around or add stuff from it to their own lists.

To me, it just made sense to have a one stop shop for as much of it as possible.


Is this list duplicating other lists? 

In parts yes, but as a whole, no. Events have come from ASA, AWM, APWN, AWG, IPEd, Society of Editors WA, FAWWA, PCWC, KSP, Writing WA, a few libraries and all the WA universities and bookshops and groups to compile the list. Think of this one as an almost exhaustive list collating almost everything in one place.

Can we send you information?

Yes. Please tweet your info at me at @mwikramanayake. Please send me signings/talks/lectures/comps/courses. If sending writing group details, check the end of the list first. Authors/organisations/libraries/bookstores/universities/bookclubs can all send info in.

What are these odd events you have added in? 

Very likely things I think journalists would be interested in or things writers specialising in certain forms/genres/subjects would be keen on.

I don’t like scrolling…

Here is a calendar view w/ categories. Please stay tuned for possible GCal/iCal functionality.


[aesop_content color=”#ffffff” background=”#333333″ width=”content” columns=”1″ position=”none” imgrepeat=”no-repeat” floaterposition=”left” floaterdirection=”up”]Please also remember to go to SubMishMash to see an ongoing updated list of literary journals, zines and other platforms that use the Submittable platform for submissions. Australians will be eligible for some of them but they change faster than I can keep up (there be robots involved) and you will have to go through them yourself. Make sure to also follow @submittable who regularly tweet out whose writing competition is closing when.




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CLASS: Shane McCauley will run a poetry class at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

DEADLINE: John Marden & Hachette Prize for Young Australian Writers

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WORKSHOP: Bindi Bindi Dreaming at Osborne Library. FREE

WORKSHOP: Editing & polishing short fiction at KSP with Angela Slatter.

WRITING GROUP: Writer’s Bloc – Write Here Monthly group at Centre For Stories.

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GALA DINNER: KSP’s July Literary Dinner with Angela Slatter.

TALK (Kid 4+): Wendy Binks at Riverton Library.

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BOOKCLUB: Short Story Book Club at Centre for Stories.


WORKSHOP: Shorelines Workshop 1 for Primary School students. FREE. 

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CLASS: Helen Hagemann will run a prose class at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

COURSE: Creative writing and inspiration day course (School holiday program) at FAWWA.

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WORKSHOP: Memoir writing at KSP with Goldie Alexander.

COURSE: Improve your photography with Shoot Workshop. $$$ + of interest to journalists + runs over two days; 9 and 10 July.


FESTIVAL: Telling Tales in Balingup 2016 will run over two days from 9 – 10 July with workshops, talks and literary events.

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DEADLINE: Scribe Non fiction prize for Young Writers (under 30). Prize: $3000

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LECTURE: Armadale Public Lecture Series: Dr Tony Buti MLA on WA wrongful conviction cases. FREE. *of interest to journalists.

WORKSHOP: Landscape Poetry with Liana Joy Christensen at Peter Cowan Writers Centre

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CLASS (Kids 8 – 12): Children’s author Cristy Burne challenges you to the Creativity Olympics at Riverton Library. FREE

COURSE: Website Basics and SEO by Tiny Assembly

Q & A: Emily Paull interviews Liz Bryski at the Grove Library. FREE. 

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WORKSHOP: Shorelines workshop for secondary students. FREE. 

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DEADLINE:The Nib’ Waverly Award closes. Prize: $20,000 AUD.

FELLOWSHIP: Peter Blazey Fellowship closes. Benefit: $15,000

DEADLINE: Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize. Prize: $1000

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CLASS: Helen Hagemann will run a prose class at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

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LAUNCH: Julie Kinney introduces her book The Garden Wanderer at the Fremantle Library. FREE. 

DEADLINE: HG Wells Short Story Competition. Prize: £1000

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VIDEO/BROADCAST: Natasha Lester on Cover to Cover.

PANEL: Shared Narratives with Rosemary Sayer, Liz Bryski and Melinda Tognini at Centre for Stories.

PANEL: Story behind the MEAA WA Award winning stories – panel of journalists discussing how they put together their stories including Victoria Laurie, Nick Evans, Neale Prior and Paige Taylor.

DEADLINE: Write Around The Murray Open Short Fiction entries due.


WORKSHOP: Shorelines workshop open to all ages. FREE.

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TALK + SIGNING: Jacqueline Dinan will speak on her book Between the Dances: World War II women tell their story at the Belmont Museum. FREE.

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Busselton & Dunsborough: 

FESTIVAL: Books By The Bay with Amanda Curtin, Joan London and more. Festival runs from 22 – 24 July.


LAUNCH: The Trees and I by Gudrum Samh will be launched at Golden Mile Art Exhibition Group Art House. FREE.

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WORKSHOP: Research for writing with Maureen Helen at Peter Cowan Writers Centre

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CLASS: Shane McCauley will run a poetry class at the Fremantle Arts Centre.


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BOOKCLUB: POD Book Chat on The Third Space by Dr Adam Fraser at The George. FREE. 

LAUNCH: UWA Publishing hosts the Perth Launch of Burnt Umber by Paul Hetherington. FREE. 

DEADLINE: Write Around The Murray Nano Fic (50 words) prize due.

DEADLINE: Elyne Mitchell Award. Prize: $1000.

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DEADLINE: Ipswich Poetry Feast International Poetry Competition.

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FESTIVAL: The Disrupted Festival starts today!

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Q & A: Disrupted: In Conversation with June Oscar & Victoria Laurie. FREE

WORKSHOP: The Human Library.

WORKSHOP: Photo composition for beginners at the City of Armadale Library. FREE. 

DEADLINE: Poetica Christi Press Poetry competition.

FELLOWSHIPS/RESIDENCIES: Applications for Varuna’s 2017 residency program close today.

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PANEL: Disrupted: Dismantling Gender Politics FREE

DEADLINE: AE William Western Australian History Prize. Prize: $1000

DEADLINE: Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize. Prize: $2000.

DEADLINE: Scarlet Stiletto Awards (crime fiction). Several prizes. Total: $10,000

DEADLINE: MINDFOOD short story competition. $1000

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The Rockingham Writers Centre runs the Advanced Writers Group sessions on the 1st Monday of each month.

Sessions of the Writing for Children group run by the Rockingham Writers Centre are held every 3rd Monday of each month.

Mardi May runs the Poets @ KSP group every 2nd and 4th Monday. More information here.


The SouthWest Scribblers meet on every 3rd Monday of each month.



The Writers’ Circle meets every Tuesday at the KSP Centre from 10 am to noon.

Every 2nd Tuesday of each month, the Rockingham Writers Centre runs a Beginner Writers Group.

The Society of Editors (WA) hosts a networking meeting for anyone in the publishing field to attend on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.


The Tuesday Writers can be contacted here. They meet every Tuesday morning.



The WriteFree Women’s Group meets every Wednesday at KSP Writers Centre and work on short stories and poetry and produce an anthology each year.

The Eat, Love, Pray… Write group meets at the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts every Wednesday.


Avon Valley Afternoon Writers facilitated by Nicole Taylor meets at the Northam Library, 298 Fitzgerald Street, Northam every Wednesday from 10 am to noon during term time.


The Armadale Writers Group meets weekly in the Armadale Library Meeting Room.



The Thursday Night Group meets weekly for feedback and critique. There are guidelines and FAQs so please read those before joining the group at KSP Writers Centre.

Perth Writers Forum hold a weekly meetup every Thursday night from 6:30 pm at the Oxford Hotel.

The Monthly Writers Group meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at the Peter Cowan Centre.

RADIO READINGS: Every Thursday, Peter Cowan Writers Centre members are invited to read their work between 12:30 pm and 1 pm on Twin Cities 89.7 FM.

The Poetry Group meets every 3rd Thursday of each month at the Rockingham Writers Centre.

Every last Thursday of the month, the MEAA WA Freelancer members meet up at a rotating venue. Non MEAA members are welcome to join the event by registering their interest. The event is open to writers, journalists, photographers, editors, publishers and graphic designers.

The Avon Valley Morning Writers meet at The Duke’s Inn, 197 Duke Street, Northam weekly on Thursdays from 7 am to 9 am.


The Out Of The Asylum writing group meet every Friday at noon at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

The Women’s Fiction Writers group meets from 9:30 am to 11:30 am every Friday at the KSP Writers Centre.

The Marathon Writers meet every Friday to write from noon till 4 pm at the KSP Writers Centre (so a bit like my #thesisfriday set up).


The Center For Stories runs Write Here – a writing group that meets every 1st Saturday of the month. Open to all in a safe space for four hours of writing and sharing.

KSP Writers Centre runs a group for non fiction writers on the 1st Saturday of each month.

OPEN MIC: Perth Poetry Club runs open mic sessions every Saturday from 2 to 4 pm at The Moon in Northbridge.

The Creative Writing for Pleasure group meets at the Peter Cowan Centre every Saturday.

The Past Tense (Social History) group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the KSP Writers Centre comprising of writers writing memoir, historical and biographical work.


The Pemberton Writing Group meet every 2nd Saturday of the month at the Pemberton Millhouse Cafe.


The Speculative Fiction group meets every 1st Sunday of the month at the KSP Writers Centre.

The First Draft Writers Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at the Peter Cowan Writers Centre.



KSP Writers Centre has launched an online crit club forum for members only to find critique partners for their writing. More info here.

[aesop_content color=”#ffffff” background=”#333333″ width=”content” columns=”1″ position=”none” imgrepeat=”no-repeat” floaterposition=”left” floaterdirection=”up”]Any other events that should be added? Please leave a comment and let me know.



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