‘You get money and time to write. Proper money! You get mentoring for a year and all kinds of focused, wise support. No deadlines, no commercial pressures and no one uses that god-awful word “outcomes” … These things are as rare as hen’s teeth at the best of times, and at this moment of amplified precarity and uncertainty, they are unimprovable.’
– Maria Tumarkin, 2019 Next Chapter mentor
Every writer knows that having a story to tell is only the beginning; that original storytelling needs time, support and a space in which to thrive. 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 Monday 10 August 2020. Are you working on your application? Planning to nominate an emerging writer? Got any questions about the application process, the writing sample, or your eligibility?
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.
Take your story to The Next Chapter. Find out more here.
Sophie Black is head of publishing at the Wheeler Centre where she has worked on projects such as the national to writers scheme The Next Chapter, the multi-award-winning podcast, The Messenger, and the ABC RN program, Talkfest. Previously she was editor-in-chief at Private Media, where she headed up titles such as Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Daily Review and SmartCompany. In 2013, she delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director. She sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism and the human rights publication Right Now.
Veronica is the Wheeler Centre’s Programming Manager.
She is the chair of the Custodial Committee of the Kat Muscat Fellowship. Previously, Veronica was co-host of Sisteria, a podcast about women’s experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture. She has also been a board member and program manager of the Feminist Writers Festival, Prize Manager of the Stella Prize, and Online Editor of Kill Your Darlings.