New Fellowship for Women Writers Open for Applications

Wednesday 10 February 2016

For immediate release

BrisbaneQueensland Writers Centre (QWC) welcomes applications from women writers across the state to the inaugural round of the Maher Fellowship for Women Writers.

In 2016, the Fellowships will award three recipients $500.00 each to support cost of course fees, travel, accommodation and other expenses that may otherwise prevent them from participating in QWC’s high-quality creative and professional development opportunities.

The Fellowship was established by the Vann family in memory of Margaret Maher and Betty Vann née Maher to acknowledge their love and support of writing.

‘My grandmother Margaret Maher was Queensland’s first woman publisher and my mother Betty Vann aspired to be a creative writer but never had the chance,’ Meg Vann said, speaking on behalf of the Vann family.

‘The humble work of my mother and grandmother will live on in the lives and stories of every woman to benefit.’

Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) is proud to administer this opportunity with the philanthropic support of the Vann family.

‘QWC is delighted to offer the inaugural Maher Fellowship for Women Writers in 2016. As part of our commitment to supporting diverse Queensland voices, these opportunities acknowledge the breadth of talented women writers around the state who have important stories to tell,’ QWC CEO Katie Woods said.

‘Through the Maher Fellowship we aim to remove the financial or geographic barriers that may prevent talented women writers from accessing professional development opportunities that will further their careers.’

QWC boasts a twenty-five year track record of supporting writers through a program of workshops and seminars with award-winning industry professionals.

Applications from Indigenous women or regionally based women are strongly encouraged. Applications to the Fellowship close on 7March 2016. More information, including guidelines and application forms, are available on the QWC website.


Additional information


Katie Woods is available for interview on request. Other talent may be available on request. Please contact the Media contact (details below) to arrange an interview.

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