Women in Literary Arts Australia is an initiative borne from an industry round table held at the Emerging Writers’ Festival in 2014. At the round table, women from all aspects of writing, publishing and literature met to discuss the state of the industry and the barriers women face. The participants produced this manifesto, which was presented at the closing night of the festival.
One of the key things that emerged from the meeting was a lack of centralised information and formal networks for women writers. Lots of exciting initiatives and organisations existed, but there was no one-stop-shop to find out about them or any one individual hub looking at the intersecting ways women writers need support.
WILAA is an attempt to remedy this. From networking opportunities, mentorships, events, workshops and marketing campaigns, we will endeavour to find practical ways to support women to excel.
We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.
On this website you will find links to organisations, initiatives, competitions and resources for women writers. If you know of other relevant resources please drop us a line and we’ll keep updating it.