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The Next Chapter: 2021 Lunchtime Q&A

Creating new artistic work takes bravery, creativity, and talent; but it also takes time, space, and financial freedom. However diverse their circumstances, all emerging writers and artists share one common need: support. With that in mind, we created The Next Chapter – a unique scheme for writers, offering creative guidance and practical support in spades.

Entries for this year’s scheme are open until Friday 23 July 2021. Have you got burning questions about the application process, your eligibility, or the required writing sample? Or are you planning to nominate an emerging writer and wondering how to go about it?

In this live lunchtime Q&A, the Wheeler Centre’s Sophie Black and Veronica Sullivan will answer your questions and share advice for writers planning to submit to the scheme. Submit a question here in the lead-up, or via the live chat on YouTube during the event.

Take your story to The Next Chapter. Find out more here.


The Next Chapter: 2021 Lunchtime Q&A

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Portrait of Veronica Sullivan

Veronica Sullivan

Veronica is the Wheeler Centre’s Head of Programming.

She is the chair of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship. Previously, she was a board member and Program Manager of the Feminist Writers Festival, Prize Manager of the Stella Prize, and Online Editor of Kill Your Darlings. Veronica co-founded and co-hosted Sisteria, a podcast about women and non-binary creatives' experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture. 

Veronica was a regular columnist for Books+Publishing magazine in 2020, writing on the Australian publishing industry, and her literary criticism and other writing have been published by the GuardianOverlandKill Your Darlings, the Review of Australian Fiction and the Lifted Brow, among others. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from the University of Melbourne.

Portrait of Sophie Black

Sophie Black

Sophie Black is head of special projects at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the writers scheme The Next Chapter, the podcast mentoring scheme Signal Boost, the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, and the ABC RN program, Talkfest.

Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media and she is the former editor of Crikey. She has delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director, sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and is co-chair of the human rights publication Right Now.

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