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Introducing the 2021
Emerging Writers Program with FAWWA

The Fellowship of Australian Writers, FAWWA is delighted to announce that it will again offer an Emerging Writers’ Program (EWP) with funding from the Department of Local Government, Sporting and Cultural Industries. The program will be run with assistance from Fremantle Press and in partnership with three other WA writing centres: Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre (KSP), The Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre (PCWC) and West Australian Poets Inc (WAPI).


The EWP at FAWWA provides five mentored places and five unmentored places for a period of two years, July 2021 to July 2023. If you have a manuscript in the works, this is the opportunity you have been waiting for to develop it to a publishable standard while simultaneously developing your writing career.


If you would like to apply for a place on the program you need to be a member of the centre to which you are applying.  Applications are welcome from adult writers of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs.

Terms and Conditions

Applications to the EWP at FAWWA will initially be assessed blind by a five-person panel comprised of both prose and poetry writers as well as experienced critical readers.


The first FAWWA workshop will be held on Sunday 12 September from 11am to 1pm in the CBD. Please diarise that date now as we strongly encourage participants to attend all of the eight workshops provided annually.


Applications for the EWP at FAWWA open on Monday August 6 at 9am and close midnight Sunday August 15. Late applications will not be accepted.


Participant Eligibility


Applications will be accepted in the following forms:

  • Poetry

  • Short story

  • Adult fiction

  • Young adult fiction

  • Children’s fiction

  • Life story/ memoir.


Applicants must be over the age of eighteen, not have published a full-length work* and be current members of FAWWA.


Participant Selection Criteria


  • Technical proficiency (spelling, sentence construction, grammar and syntax)

  • Creativity and imagination (original treatment of the subject matter, genre, or theme)

  • Viability for publication

  • Work is sufficiently developed to be taken to a submittable standard in the two year timeframe

  • Potential for career impact (assessed on the basis of the writer’s statement)

Submission Requirements

Participants are required to include:

  • For poetry: 50 lines of the proposed poetic work

  • For prose: 5,000 words or one chapter and a synopsis of the proposed prose work

  • For YA and children’s fiction please pitch your work and provide a writing sample

  • All writers: Please provide a writer’s statement (500 words) describing how you will use the opportunity to further your career and a 200-word writer’s biography.


Please submit your work anonymised, in font Times New Roman, 12pt, 1.5 spaced


Your name should ONLY appear on your writer’s statement and bio.


All enquiries should be directed to fellowshipaustralianwriterswa@gmail.com.


Applications should be sent to competitions.fawwa@iinet.net.au


* For the purposes of the EWP at FAWWA a full-length work shall be defined as a digital or hard copy, sole author publication of 25,000 words (prose) or a poetic work of 60 pages plus. Writers with individual short works published in journals, anthologies and online, even if in excess of 25,000 words in total, are eligible to apply.

FAWWA acknowledges the Whadjuk Noongar people as the Traditional Custodians and first storytellers of the land on which FAWWA stands and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Take a look at the emerging writers who completed the program with FAWWA in 2020.  We congratulate these authors and wish them the very best with their writing futures, and are  honoured to have been able to support them on their writing journeys.

Jacquie Garton-Smith

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     Jacquie Garton-Smith is a writer and doctor. With 28 years of medical experience and specialised as a General Practitioner, she strongly believes in the power of sharing stories, and in creativity and the arts for health benefits, on which she has blogged.

     Born in Kalgoorlie, Perth-raised and a UWA graduate, she feels a deep connection with WA.

    The Taste of Red Dust is historical fiction set in Perth, the Central Wheatbelt and the South West. It was longlisted for the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Authors.

Jacquie continued working on her manuscript in 2019, applying insights gained at the Emerging Writers Workshops.  In  March Jacquie won a 2020 ASA and Copyright Agency Award Mentorship for The Taste of Red Dust.  We wish Jacquie all the best in her new mentorship.

Laurie Smith

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     Laurie Smith is a retired zoologist and Honorary Associate of the Western Australian Museum. His work there spanned more than forty years and included the development and management of the Museum’s collections through field work. His scientific work includes publications on the ecology and systematics of terrestrial vertebrates in Western Australia and Indonesia. Another of his interests is the history of Western Australia, especially the impact of the maritime expeditions of the nineteenth century.  His poetry and essays have been published in various Australian journals, including Westerly, Tamba and Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language.

Janelle Lawer

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     Like any respectable geologist, Janelle’s pockets are often filled with rocks. Passionate about exploration, she’s spent a disproportionate amount of time alone in the bush; for research, for fun, and now to fuel her love of creating wilderness-based fiction. She’s chased mountain ranges from Nepal to Bolivia, and settled for a time beside the Canadian Rockies. After meeting a bear (the hard way), Janelle realised her allegiance was with Australian-style critters. She finds creative inspiration in the memories of ancient landscapes, exploring hidden forests, and drawing the line between art and science. 

     Janelle lives with her family in Perth, Western Australia. 

Tim Scanlon

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    Tyson Adams, the pen name of Tim Scanlon, started writing after an unfortunate accident with an imagination and a pencil. He has published short stories in Pulse Pounding Tales and Kills, Thrills and Chaos, satirical articles in The Sauce and The Skeptic Magazine, and was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Ghost Story competition. Tyson was also a 2018 KSP Fellowship recipient.

     As a scientist, Tyson has been involved in science communication and contributed articles to The Conversation and ABC’s The Drum. He doesn’t like to brag, especially in the third person, but has a couple of science degrees, is married with a son and a daughter, and is a vocal proponent of renewable energies and quality whiskey.

Bruce Willett

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     I am an emerging writer in the genre of young adult fiction. My first manuscript is titled 1414C, a dystopian journey in the year 2150. I am also a clinical psychologist and perfectionist. I currently co-facilitate the Book Length Project Group at FAWWA, which includes a vibrant collection of writers in different genres. I’m also co-writing a non-fiction psychology self-help guide which addresses universal human vulnerabilities. Our knowledge is drawn from 30 years’ shared experience and 10 000 people.  And if you are curious about the title of my fiction manuscript, 1414C is the melting temperature of silicon!

Hessom Razavi


     Hessom Razavi is a doctor and writer, born in Iran in 1976. He was raised in Tehran and Karachi, speaking Farsi and Urdu.  His family moved to the UK in 1983, and later migrated to Western Australia.

     Hessom wrote his first poem in 2006, after a night of hospital shift work.  His poetry has since garnered prizes in Australia and overseas. Themes include his lived experiences: in-groups and out-groups, the migrant’s quest, death and its aftermath, the wonders of eyesight, the joy of Iranian dinner parties.

     Hessom is husband to the vivacious Megan.  They like the idea of having children.

We are pleased to announce that at the end of 2019, Hessom won the Behrouz Boochani Fellowship.  We wish Hessom all the best all the best with his future writing, and the Behrouz Boochani Fellowship.

Nicky Buller


     Nicky Buller is a scientist who works with bacteria that cause disease in terrestrial and aquatic animals, and is the author of a UK published reference book for identifying bacteria found in aquatic animals. Some of her short stories and poems have been published or listed in prizes. She is currently working on a contemporary novel involving intrigue in scientific research.

In 2020 we have been able to offer Nicky a mentorship for her manuscript The Chemistry of Conspiracy.  We look forward to Nicky's continued participation in the Emerging Writers program.

Julie Woodland

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Julie Woodland is West Australian, and deeply interested in our local and regional landscape and how it shapes a sense of place and self across generations. She loves the Kimberley region, has operated adventure tours between Perth and Darwin, and flies in and out of a remote town to work as a nurse.

Her short stories have won (2015-2016) and been shortlisted (2017-2018) in the Mallacoota Arts Council E.J. Brady Short Story competition, and been placed second in the FAWWA Stuart Hadow Short Story Prize (2017).

     She is currently working on a Middle Grade children’s novel set in the South West.

     Julie has a degree in Literature and Writing from Curtin University and a plan to go feral and create stories set in the Western Australian wilderness.

Jennifer Mapleson

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     Jennifer Mapleson is a Western Australian historical fiction writer, working on her first novel, set in Perth in 1961. She works in education and previously as a professional historian and museum curator. Jennifer writes about the early 20th century concentrating on women’s voices, intangible histories and secrets buried in the past. She has been selected for programs and residencies with Margaret River Press, Varuna The Writers House (NSW), Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre and the Fellowship of Australian Writers, WA. She lives in the Perth Hills.

Jennifer made good progress on her manuscript The Oral Histories in 2019.  In early 2020, Jennifer submitted The Oral Histories for the Ted Hungerford Award with Fremantle Press.  We wish Jennifer all the best with her manuscript and the award.

Traudl Tan


     Born during WWII in Germany in 1943. In 1963 travelled overland to Australia. Married a Chinese Malaysian, had three children, majored in Asian Studies at Murdoch University and finished with a DipEd and MPhil. Worked as tutor, then taught at secondary level. At that stage became a widow and  single mother. Employed as EO at Pundulmurra College, Pilbara. There I met Ambrose Mungala Chalarimeri who asked me to help him produce his autobiography and we lived in Kalumburu for oral history recordings. His book The Man from the Sun-rise Side, nominated for two literary awards, was published in 2001. Later I taught at Wyndham DHS for eight years. I assist as volunteer with a UWA Archaeology team researching Aboriginal rock art. I paint and write poetry.

Ingrid Rickersey

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     Ingrid Rickersey is a freelance writer who, after a career as a registered nurse, completed her journalism degree in 2008. She has had articles and short stories published in newspapers and magazines and writes on a variety of topics, including travel and restaurant reviews. An eclectic reader and occasional blogger, Ingrid is currently working on her first novel. She is one of the founding members of the South Side Quills writers group in Bunbury, who together produced an anthology of stories titled The Runaway Quill: Tales from the South Side Quills, published in 2016.

Heather James

     I am perhaps the world’s slowest emerging author, but my love of stories, and the words that create them, have intrigued me since childhood. I have been writing ‘seriously’ for over ten years now and have completed one novel length manuscript, which was shortlisted in the Luke Bitmead 2016, unpublished manuscript award  (Legend Press, UK), in addition to a number of short stories.

I am currently working on a second manuscript - a psychological drama set in a remote region of Western Australia.

     My writing explores themes of human frailty and psychological disturbance. I am also deeply intrigued by the creative process itself and how it intersects with our own individual narratives.

     I have attended various writing retreats and workshops and am a member of ASA, FAW WA and Varuna Alumni.

Helen Doran-Wu

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We are pleased to welcome Helen Doran-Wu I was born in Liverpool to Irish and English parents. My husband is Burmese of Chinese descent. We have two adult daughters. I have worked in the Local Government and Not-for-Profit sectors for many years. As a result of my experience, migration and diversity are major themes in my work. I am currently studying part-time for an MA in Creative Writing at Curtin. I also facilitate the Words and Writers Group at KSP on a Tuesday morning.  

Lisa Collyer

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Lisa Collyer is a poet and storyteller. Her poetry is not nice - aiming to disorientate and challenge expectations of female experience and Australian identity.  

She writes from the fringe in language laden with baroque imagery that jars with snapshots of the mundane. Her work is imbued with the ‘body’ exploring how women’s sexual, reproductive and spatial realities shape a life.

Personal accounts tap into global themes, including asylum, assault, loss and lust. She has been a feature at Perth Poetry Club and a repeat feature as a guest storyteller at Barefaced Stories


The Four Centres Emerging Writers Program is sponsored by DLGSC.