Rockingham Writing Expo

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10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Gary Holland Community Centre
19 Kent St, Rockingham, 6168

Rockingham Writing Expo at Gary Holland Community Centre

Join award-winning author Laurie Steed, as well as representatives from WritingWA, the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Rockingham Writers Centre as they present a range of workshops and panels to improve your craft and understanding of the writing industry.

10am–12pm: Laurie Steed – Writing Workshop: Mastering the Short Story
12–1pm: LUNCH
1–1.50pm: writingWA – Services for Writers
2–2.50pm: Department of Culture and the Arts – Grants and Services
3–3.50pm: Rockingham Writers Centre – Writing in Rockingham

Laurie Steed: Mastering the short story

The creation of memorable short fiction is never accidental – it is the result of thematic consistency, authenticity of voice and careful choices in story style, format and structure. In this workshop, award-winning author Laurie Steed explores advanced elements of the short story, such as interlinking narratives, subtext and alternative approaches to time within the narrative framework. These techniques are used often and well by the best short story writers. For any writer, they chart a way towards the creation of more compelling, dynamic, and ultimately, more publishable short fiction.

writingWA: Services for writers

As the peak body for writing and associated activities in WA, writingWA celebrates the achievements of our literary creators, provides a range of services to support emerging practitioners, and strives to bring Western Australian writing to new audiences. This session will provide an overview of writingWA’s resources and activities, with a focus on what we offer the sector and how creators and publishers can work with us in order to access these services.

Department of Culture and the Arts: Grants and services

DCA’s funding programs aim to foster creativity and engagement with the arts through support for projects and programs demonstrating imagination and innovation, those that contribute to the artistic development, debate and experience of the Western Australian community, and those that increase opportunities for Western Australians to participate, access and engage with unique arts and culture experiences. The Grants & Program Officer for Visual Arts, Craft & Writing will be attendance to present the DCA funding program and is available to discuss project ideas for funding applications.

Rockingham Writers Centre: Writing in Rockingham

Since its establishment in early 2015, the Rockingham Writers Centre has presented a variety of programs and services. Panellists will present on the Centre’s aims, objectives, upcoming programs, and lead a general discussion on professional development opportunities within the Rockingham region.

For full details, visit the City of Rockingham’s Writing page at

Registration is free, but places are limited. To register, contact the City of Rockingham on (08) 9528 0333 or

Presenter Biographies

Laurie-SteedLaurie Steed
Laurie Steed is an author, teacher, manuscript-assessor and Laurie-Steed-(3).jpgreviewer from Perth, Western Australia. His stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere. He won the Patricia Hackett Prize for Fiction in 2012, and is the recipient of fellowships from The University of Iowa, The Baltic Writing Residency, The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, Varuna – The Writers’ House, Writers Victoria, The Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre and The Fellowship of Writers (WA).

writingWA is the peak body for writing and associated activities in WA. As Digital Communications Officer, Meg McKinlay manages their website event listings and fortnightly e-news, fields enquiries, and generally tries to stay on top of all things writing and WA. When she isn’t pushing pixels around, Meg is a children’s writer and poet with numerous publications through Fremantle Press, Walker Books and others.

DCA-Black-ShortVersionThe Department of Culture and the Arts
The Department of Culture and the Arts supports the development and delivery of culture and the arts in Western Australia through the provision of funding to individual artists and organisations.

Mike-MurphyMike Murphy, Rockingham Writers Centre
Mike Murphy has written, edited and published newspapers and magazines and worked in radio and television. He has had short stories published in magazines, a children’s serial run in a newspaper, won short story competitions and is judge of a national seniors writing competition. Top of his bucket list is to have a novel traditionally published.

Registration is free, but places are limited. To register, contact the City of Rockingham on (08) 9528 0333 or

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2 thoughts on “Rockingham Writing Expo

    • ML Rebecca Laffar-Smith says:

      Hey Kate,

      It’s a public holiday today so they might not have someone manning the booking sheet. I’m sure they will definitely get back to you soon.


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