It is important to establish and maintain a network of contacts if you want to be kept informed and work successfully. Listed below are a number of valuable Australian contacts. I have included the name of the organisations, which have been linked to their website, and a brief description of what they do as other information can frequently change.
Australian Copyright Council: The council conducts information sessions and gives legal advice on copyright and contracts.
Australian National Playwrights’ Centre: The centre provides support and advocacy for playwrights, as well as conducts seminars and workshops. It also has a script assessment service.
Australian Publishers Association:The association promotes the interests of publishers in Australia. It organises the annual Sydney Book Fair.
Australian Society of Authors: The society aims to protect and advance conditions of authors. It also provides legal advice for negotiating contracts.
Australian Writers’ Guild: The guild is the professional organisation for stage, TV, video, screen and radio writers.
Children’s Book Council of Australia: The council promotes quality in children’s literature and support Australian writers and illustrators of children’s books.
Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL): The agency protect and reimburse authors and publishers for the copying of their work.
Express Media: The organisation run workshops for young people aged 14 – 24 and publishes a quarterly magazine ‘Voiceworks’, written entirely by people within this age group.
Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW Inc: The fellowships has branches in all states and territories. They provide support, information and legal advocacy for its members.
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance: The alliance is the Trade Union for people who work in the writing, performance and media industries.
Institute of Professional Editors: The organisaion supports and promotes editors and their work. There are societies in most states.
Society of Women Writers Victoria Inc: The society supports women writers.
The centres support and promote all writers in their state whether experienced or beginning writers. They provide advice, information, competitions and seminars.
Each year Writers’ Festivals are held in most state capitals and regional centres. They attract international, national and local authors and are excellent occasions for meeting other authors.