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QUT and Bath Spa invest in The Writing Platform

Exciting news to kick off the year – we’re delighted to announce that Queensland University of Technology has invested in our sister project The Writing Platform, Bath Spa University renewingtheir partnership for 2014.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has invested in UK project The Writing Platform, becoming its official Australian partner. It joins Bath Spa University which has extended its partnership for 2014.

The Writing Platform, set up by The Literary Platform in 2012 with National Lottery funding and support from Arts Council England, includes a website, bursary scheme and live events programme dedicated to helping writers understand their creative and career options in the digital age.

The two university partnerships enable The Writing Platform to extend its international audience and expand the range of resources and events it offers writers.

Donna Hancox, Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing and Literary Studies at Queensland University of Technology, takes up the role of Australian Project Editor and will commission content from Australian writers and thought leaders in digital writing and publishing.

Bath Spa University has extended its support for 2014, with additional investment in editorial content and the bursary scheme. Kate Pullinger, Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media, who co-founded the project with The Literary Platform, continues in her role as Editorial Director. Bath Spa University and The Writing Platform will once again collaborate on the MIX: Text on Screens conference in 2014.

“QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty is excited to partner with the Writing Platform to explore digital futures for writers and equip them with the tools they may need for a diverse writing future.  We are looking forward to combining our research skills and creative networks with the expertise of The Writing Platform to deliver innovative content and spark discussion from the Asia Pacific region” said Professor Helen Klaebe, Assistant Dean, Research and Business Development, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.

“We are delighted to be renewing our partnership with The Writing Platform. Bath Spa University aims to develop and sustain a dynamic culture of digital practice and research in key areas such as creative writing. The Writing Platform enables us to share our resources and knowledge with an international network of emerging and established writers” said Bambo Soyinka, Head of Creative Writing and Publishing at Bath Spa University. is a resource for writers and poets­ – whether they are emerging or established, traditionally published, self-published ­or not yet published – and provides neutral and best practice information about writing in the digital age. Contributors include Margaret Atwood, Philip Hensher, Naomi Alderman and Porter Anderson. The Writing Platform also holds an annual fair and conference at Rich Mix, London, offering panel discussions, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities, which was last year sponsored by Kobo Writing Life.

In 2013 The Writing Platform ran its first Bursary Scheme, funded by NALD (National Association for Literature Development), which enabled two writers and two creative technologists to collaborate on a project of their choosing.

“We are delighted to be welcoming QUT on board as official partners to The Writing Platform and to be renewing our productive partnership with Bath Spa University, it’s a real vote of confidence in the work we are doing. These partnerships allow us to expand the resources we offer writers and develop our work in different territories, it’s an honour to be working with two such forward thinking institutions.” said Joanna Ellis, COO, The Literary Platform and co-founder, The Writing Platform.

This financial investment will help The Literary Platform extend the work it does globally through The Writing Platform project, and help us to develop new opportunities for writers to showcase their work.

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