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It’s really hard to make it as a writer. Every writer knows that the story is only the beginning; that original storytelling needs time, support and a space in which to thrive.

Writers earn next to no money for their books. Even the most successful, most celebrated and acclaimed literary works in Australia can struggle to find an audience. Great books disappear without a trace every day.

When the markers of success and failure are that unforgiving, having the ability to take a chance on becoming a writer is a privileged position. And if it’s hard to succeed, it’s doubly hard to take risks with the craft of writing; to learn, to play, to develop and to explore. You might find your voice. But who’ll hear it?

The Next Chapter writers scheme is only made possible thanks to the generous support of the Aesop Foundation.



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