Rebecca Lim: ‘Don’t be afraid to have your story out there'
2018 Next Chapter mentor Rebecca Lim encourages anyone interested to apply for the scheme.
Bri Lee: ‘I’m a sucker for a good plot'
Author Bri Lee discusses the power of good writing to create empathy.
Evelyn Araluen: ‘We’ve got a lot to resolve about our national identity'
2018 Next Chapter recipient Evelyn Araluen discusses the need for a wider diversity of voices in developing Australia's literary culture.
Nick Earls: ‘It’s also good when mentoring includes the business side'
Nick Earls discusses why he agreed to become a mentor as part of The Next Chapter writers' scheme.
Watch: An introduction to The Next Chapter, and a guide to applying
In this short video, Sophie Black and Jon Tjhia explain what The Next Chapter is, what it's for – and how to put together your application.
Announcing The Next Chapter mentors
The Wheeler Centre announces the ten mentors who will work with The Next Chapter's first cohort of writers over the next 12 months.
Shaun Tan: ‘Self-doubt, I think many creators would agree, is hard to overcome'
Artist, writer and filmmaker Shaun Tan shares a couple of thoughts on self-doubt, and its place in a writer's work.
Andrew McDonald: ‘Good writing is about a book that puts forward a kernel of truth'
Author Andrew McDonald on the importance of truth in writing.
Jess Walton: ‘Some people are writing in whatever gaps in their day or their week or their month that they can find'
Picture book author, teacher, parent, daughter of a trans parent, and proud queer disabled woman Jess Walton on the support new writers need in developing a major work.
Jamila Rizvi: ‘Finding the time and space to write is really, really difficult'
Author, presenter and political commentator Jamila Rizvi on the importance of finding the time to develop a larger piece of work.
Melanie Cheng: ‘Once writing had become part of my routine, I was hooked'
Writer and general practitioner Melanie Cheng reflects on her dual professional lives – and on finally giving herself permission to write.