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National Young Writers Month is about to hit the Gong

For Chloe Higgins, pulling together National Young Writers Month (NYWM) in Wollongong is both a challenge and an inevitable next step. The month-long program of music, panels, poetry slams and round table discussions is part of a national (and growing) effort to be “Here for young writers”.

Ms. Higgins is a proud ‘Tert’ alumni, and was instrumental in setting the groundwork for the website you’re browsing right now. Since then, she has gone on to create Wollongong Writer’s Festival and work at the South Coast Writers Centre. This year, she has been tasked to create a series of events in Wollongong that will bring burgeoning creative writers to the fore.

National Young Writer’s Month is run by Melbourne based enterprise Express Media, which has affiliations with influential literary journal VoiceWorks and is funded by esteemed Australian author John Marsden. This year will be the third annual Writer’s Month, and Wollongong will be the first non-capital city to get involved, joining Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, and Hobart.

NYWM 2015 will involve the national launch of VoiceWorks’ 100th issue, as well as providing tips and programs for young writers. Ms. Higgins believes the month will breathe new life into Wollongong’s creative scene.

“I think there’s a lot of fragmentation within the creative community of Wollongong. Lots of people are doing amazing things, but they seem to be doing them in isolation from other projects and groups.”

“NYWM is special because not only does it mean the writing community in Wollongong is collaborating with the writing community in Melbourne, but because various groups that normally operate independently in Wollongong – Enough Said Poetry Slam, Tertangala magazine, UOW Literary Society, Wollongong Writers Festival, Spineless Wonders and Linebreak Collective – are all coming together to kick off the Express Media NYWM program at the June 4 launch.”

The launch party will be held at Three Chimneys, a local mecca for the artistic scene, despite their financial risk-taking. From 7pm, writers and readers alike will gather to enjoy Chimneys unique ambiance, delicious beer, and the musical stylings of local acts like Jess Allen, Ali Morgan, and Master blaster. UOW Lit Soc, Enough Said Poetry Slam and the Tertangala will all be sharing content on the night.

Later in June, Unibar, Jane’s Bar, and Anchors Aweigh will be hosting just a few of the events for NYWM. Drop in to uni bar on the 5th after that last assignment to hang with LitSoc, or get to Jane’s on the 10th for Spineless Wonders who are publishing digital collections from emerging writers. Anchors Aweigh is hosting Enough Said’s poetry slam on the 25th, and Linebreak are doing digital workshops on the 24th and 18th.

To browse the full program, click here, and if you aren’t entirely convinced, at least click attending to the Facebook event for the June 4 Launch!

It’ll be the classiest way to start off Retro night in week 13.