Firstdraft’s Writers Program fosters an expanded arts writing practice, positioning writers alongside artists as both makers and thinkers. It welcomes writers exploring the intersection of the critical and the creative; the text and its enunciation; and text as both idea and material.
Firstdraft supports two emerging writers annually, offering a fee of $1000 and a fully subsidised studio space for one month to develop an experimental text. These texts can take any number of forms – print, digital or performed; critical or otherwise; responsive to exhibitions or independent. The texts are launched at Firstdraft and published on our website. In 2019, Firstdraft has partnered with Runway Australian Experimental Art to offer participants an additional outcome on the Runway Conversations platform and mentorship support. Applications from writers of all disciplines, and artists interested in language and writing are encouraged
Emily Stewart, the internet blue (excerpt), 2017, supported by Firstdraft writers program
Sarinah Masukor, Flirt (video still), 2017, supported by Firstdraft writers program
Vincent Silk, Now More Than Ever (excerpt), 2018, supported by Firstdraft writers program