Fellowship for Qld women writers

Three female writers in Queensland could get a boost to their careers from a new fellowship set up to award each of them $500 towards course fees, travel, accommodation and other expenses.

The Maher Fellowship for Women Writers was established by the Vann family in memory of Queensland’s first woman publisher 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,” said Meg Vann 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.”

The fellowships will be administered through the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC).

“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,” said QWC chief executive Katie Woods.

“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.”

Indigenous women or regionally-based women were strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications close on Monday, 7 March 2016.

More information, including guidelines and application forms, are available on the QWC website.

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