‘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 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.
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 Guardian, Overland, Kill 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.