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November 2021

Yarn Bombers EOI are now open!

Have something you want to write?

Or have you been working on something but not sure what’s next?

It could be prose or poetry or spoken word, fiction or non-fiction.

We are seeking a group of new Victorian based writers who will be invited to attend a free masterclass in short fiction with an award winning facilitator. The workshop will take place in early February, 2022. After developing a 3 minute piece of writing, you will read it at the Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival over the weekend of 19 – 20 March, 2022, for which you will be paid $100.

To apply, send 200 words of your writing to monique@blakandbright.com.au by EOD 20 December. We will let you know by the end of December if you have been selected.

Workshop Artist: Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales. Her first volume of poetry, Dark Secrets After Dreaming: A.D. 1887-1961 (2010, Presspress) won the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry, 2010 and her first novel, Purple Threads (UQP), won the David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous writer in 2010. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s LiberationThe Journal for the Association European Studies of AustraliaJournal for the Association of Australian Literary Studies, Australian Poetry JournalAntipodesOverlandBest Australian PoemsLifted BrowSoutherly and Australian Book Review.

Thank you!!! We are so grateful for the Victorian’s Women’s Trust: Chris Friday and Kathleen Pooley Sub-Fund for giving us the opportunity to expand on our Yarn Bombers program with the workshops, and also a video.