What is ‘Skywriters’?

Filed : Big Skies Collaboration (including Skywriters), Projects, Regional Arts Fund .

Writers and aspiring writers across inland NSW are joining the Skywriters project to author stories, in any genre, about their own or other people’s (or other beings’?) relationships with celestial phenomena in our southern sky.

Are you a creative writer, or dream of becoming one?
Have you gazed at the night sky with wonder, curiosity and awe?
Yes? Then you are ready to become a Skywriter!

Launched across inland NSW in March and April, Skywriters brings together writers and aspiring writers to author stories, in any genre, about their own or other people’s (or other beings’?) relationships with celestial phenomena in our southern sky.

12 Skywriters hubs have been launched with 106 registered Skywriters (so far). It’s not too late to join.

“We have all gazed at the night sky in awe and wonder at some time in our lives, or enjoyed spectacular sun rises and sun sets, or remember the first sputnik, or that first Moon Walk, for example. So everyone has a great sky story to tell”, project coordinator Dr Merrill Findlay said.

Throughout 2017 these Skywriters hubs will meet for face-to-face sessions and have support to complete their own literary works to publishable quality. Online support will also be provided.

Participating Skywriters will be invited to create sky stories of up to 3,000 words about their own or other people’s (or other beings?) relationships with celestial phenomena. Finished works – fiction, nonfiction, prose or poetry – will be published on the Big Skies Collaboration website, and may also be included in a Skywriters’ anthology to be published in 2019, the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on Earth’s moon.

Participation in the Skywriters project is FREE. Sign up at your participating library or at bigskiescollaboration.wordpress.com/projects/skywriters/

Supported by regional arts development organisation Arts OutWest, Skywriters is part of a larger initiative, the Big Skies Collaboration, a creative coming together of arts practitioners, astronomers and local communities to celebrate millennia of astronomies on the inland plains and share their stories about their own or other people’s relationships with the cosmos in rural, inland Australia.

The project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund (RAF), which supports sustainable cultural development in regional, rural and remote Australia to give artists and communities better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts.

Those who have signed up will be kept in the loop via regular emails and newsletter and through a closed Facebook group.