With the support of SPP alumni, Scissors Paper Pen is pleased to announce a rolling scholarships program, designed to support young writers who would not otherwise have access to professional development and networking opportunities that require a fee. This scholarships program is supported by funds generously donated by Scissors Paper Pen alumni. Visit this page regularly to find out about new scholarship opportunities for writers in the ACT and regional surrounds.


Noted Festival & Scissors Paper Pen present: Tracks Scholarships for Writers Under 25

Are you under 25? Do you love to write? Have you wanted to find a way to join a community of young writers? Are you keen to learn skills in writing and performing your words, from professionals in the industry?

Scissors Paper Pen, in partnership with Noted Writers Festival, are offering eight sponsored places for writers to attend Canberra’s biggest literary event for young people: Tracks: Canberra.

Produced by Express Media, the national peak organisation for young writers, Tracks is an intensive one day program designed to facilitate, develop, inform and showcase young writers under 25 years of age in the Canberra region. It’s a great way to develop your skills in creative and nonfiction writing, getting published, poetry and performance as well as an opportunity to meet people from Australia’s vibrant and thriving literary community.

Over a jam-packed day of workshops on Saturday September 24, young writers will engage with and learn from the best in the business. You’ll experience a fiction masterclass with writer and researcher Rosanna Stevens, a nonfiction masterclass presented by writer and editor Jessica Friedmann, and presentations and panels with Zoya Patel, Irma Gold, Lucy Nelson, Ashley Thomson and Gabriela Falzon.

These scholarships have been developed specifically to support young people experiencing disadvantage. While we will consider all applications, places are reserved for applicants or nominees who identify as homeless or experiencing a challenging home life, long-term unemployed, First Nations, culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTIQA, and/or as a person with disability.

To express your interest in one of these fully-funded places, send an email titled ‘Tracks Scholarship’ to writetosccissorspaperpen@gmail.com with a short statement about yourself and why you’d like to take part in Tracks 2016. This is not about the quality of your writing. These scholarships support those who deserve to grow their skills through an opportunity that might not otherwise be accessible. We also strongly encourage schools, organisations and departments to nominate young writers who they feel would benefit from the opportunity, by following the same application process on behalf of an individual.

Applications close 5pm Monday 12th September. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email between Tuesday 13th September and Friday 16th September. Successful applicants will also receive a 12-month membership to Express Media, and an opportunity to sit down and get to know a few Noted and Scissors Paper Pen team members before the event.


Past scholarships:

Intro2Industry Conference Scholarship

Recipient: TBA

HARDCOPY is a national initiative of the ACT Writers Centre that selects 30 emerging writers from around Australia to the ACT for a series of master-classes, presentations and panels.


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