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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | September 18, 2019

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Writers on Rafts

Alinta Koh

Started in response to the 2011 Queensland floods, the Queensland Writers Centre’s ‘Writers on Rafts’ appeal has been re-launched in the wake of the drenching the state had in January.

The Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) has been an invaluable resource for Queensland writers for over 20 years, providing development and support for those of all experience levels, genres and fields. Though based in the State Library of Queensland building in South Bank, QWC is heavily invested in providing support and services to rural and regional communities.  Partnerships with local councils, universities and community groups have allowed QWC to offer programs to writers throughout Queensland, from Blackall to Warwick.

Some of these communities, in areas such as Bundaberg, Wide Bay and the Lockyer Valley, were ravaged by the elements in January, first by Tropical Cyclone Oswald, and then the flooding that followed. QWC wants to help these vibrant writing communities rebuild and recover after the devastation by raising funds for the Queensland Flood Appeal 2013.

Last year they raised over $31 000 through their campaign for disaster relief, after garnering support from their members and the public.

There are amazing prizes on offer, including courses, mentoring, year-long reserved seating in QWC IQ seminars, an Australian Writers Marketplace subscription, and book packs by author or genre. All donations over $5 go in the running to win one of these thank you prizes, and you can enter as many times as you like. If you don’t happen to score a prize, you can be rewarded with the knowledge that you are helping to keep Queensland writers afloat.

To get on board, visit:  http://writersonrafts.org/about-qwc/