Writer’s Fellowship to provide professional development

THE NSW Government's 2016 Writer's Fellowship is open for applications, with local early career writers encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship will provide $30,000 for a program of professional development in addition to the opportunity to attend a one-week at Varuna, the National Writers' House in the Blue Mountains.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Government was proud to support professional writers and help them reach wider audiences.

"NSW has a wealth of literary talent and I have no doubt this program will attract a high caliber of applicants who will use the funding to develop their skills and enhance their career," Mr Grant said.

"The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is prioritising increasing participation in the arts, as it promotes personal and collective wellbeing, as well as contributing strongly to an innovative and robust local economy."

Supporting artists across all art forms is a key part of the Government's Create in NSW 10-year policy framework that guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector.

The fellowship is open to professional writers of any age who are in the early stages of their careers and will enable the recipient to undertake activities including research, mentorships, internships, courses and creating new works.

Eligible writing forms are fiction, literary non-fiction, children's and young adult literature, poetry, writing for performance, graphic novels and literary digital and new media work.

Applications open today and close Monday, March 14, 2016.

For more information including details on how to apply, visit www.arts.nsw.gov.au.