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Prime Time 2016

When: August 30, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – October 3, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Prime Time is a new competition for writers who have an original script or idea for a commercially viable television series or miniseries suitable for prime time viewing. Entries now open! Prime Time offers a[…]


Agency head slams copyright changes as ideological and unsound

August 25, 2016

Copyright Agency chair Kim Williams has slammed recommendations to weaken Australian copyright protection as disrespectful, ideologically-motivated and not even good business sense. Speaking at the Melbourne Press Club, the former Foxtel and News Limited boss gave one of his strongest critiques to-date of the recommendations from the Productivity Commission which, if enacted by the Government, could […]


State of Play

When: September 14, 2016 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Where: The Imperial Hotel, 2-8 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

The stage is bare – except for a couple of barstools.  Two playwrights enter. Pause. Where are the opportunities for emerging playwrights? How can playwrights continue to write in the light of savage funding cuts[…]


Write Like A Man

When: September 20, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Write Like A Man  It’s September. It’s spring! It’s time for theatre companies to announce their 2017 seasons! But will the work of women playwrights feature prominently among their productions? A look at theatre history,[…]



When: August 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: RMIT, Building 56, level 6, room 82, 1-15 Queensberry St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

  You know your script or screenplay has value – so how do YOU get what it’s worth? Too many screenwriters go into contract negotiations without enough knowledge about the rights they have created.  As a result,[…]


Tim Pye & Mandy McCarthy not displaying creative differences #story #writers #scriptedink #party

"Scripted Ink. will help create stories that travel beyond our shores, that continue to define Australia here and to the world"

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'Australia has always made good stories...But what Shane is doing is making it possible for all of us to think bigger' - Graeme Mason.

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The @AWG_1 has just announced its Prime Time television screenwriting competition, which you can find out about on the AWG's website.

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"To be eligible for Scripted Ink. support, writers must come through the @AWG_1's Pathways Program" - Tim Pye on Scripted Ink.'s structure.

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"That's the way writers are wired. We're creatives. We're problem solvers. We're thinkers" - Shane Brennan.

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"Writers can rewrite scenes, cut down three pages to one. They can save your day and save your budget"

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"Blasphemy! Let a writer on set?" - Shane Brennan on the importance of having writers involved in all stages of production.

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"It's about putting writers in control of what they create" - Shane Brennan, founding board member of Scripted Ink.

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"That can only enrich our stories, our industry and, in turn, our country." - Max Walker.

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"This is why, for us writers and storytellers, Scripted Ink. is so important. It nurtures, reassures and emboldens our voices."

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"When writers lose their voice, a nation loses its stories." - Max Walker #screenwriting #writing

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Tonight we're also hearing from Max Walker, whose feature film The Peacemaker has been selected for development investment by Scripted Ink.

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And "Black Creek”, a 10 x 1 hour drama series created by Eloise Healey and Jessica Brookman.

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"CatGod”, a multiplatform comedy series created by Chris Phillips and Chris Burke. "The Peacemaker”, a feature film created by Max Walker.

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"Tonight, I’m delighted to announce the development investment by Scripted Ink in three projects from the @AWG_1 Pathways Program"

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"...through internships, mentorships, direct draft funding and by funding or co-funding writers' rooms."

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Make sure you're following Scripted Ink., our latest joint initiative with Shane Brennan, on Twitter and Instagram this evening for livetweets, photos and information from its Melbourne launch! You can also tune into ABC Radio PM this evening on your Local Radio or Radio National to hear Shane Brennan talk about Scripted Ink.

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Do you have an original script for a commercially viable television series/mini-series? Then say hello to 'Prime Time' - a brand new scriptwriting initiative from the Australian Writers' Guild! Winner gets: $10,000 cash donated by #ScriptedInk. Four hours with AWG’s Deal Runners – a service that provides members with individual contract negotiation A free Script Assessment by an #AWG expert assessor Entry into AWG’s Pathways Program – an initiative that provides networking opportunities for #writers and gives them the chance to showcase their ideas to industry professionals All writers in the #PathwaysProgram are eligible to have their work considered for development funding by Scripted Ink. #shanebrennan #NCIS #Scripted_Ink #screenwriting #competition

Primary5:29 - 30.8.2016

Think you have the next hit series for Prime Time TV? Prime Time is a new competition for writers who have an original idea for a television series or miniseries for prime time viewing. The competition offers a cash prize of $10,000, as well as the chance to be considered for AWG's acclaimed Pathways Program and be in the running to have the development of your work funded by Scripted Ink. Enter online!

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Great article by NSW Committee member Niki Aken on Screen Australia's milestone study of diversity.

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Hello there, is there anyone interested in a quiet place in the country to think and write?

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Great scott! This is your last chance to enter the 2016 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction! With a prize of $10,000 for the best produced script, and professional support and entry to the AWG's Pathways Program for the best unproduced script, the John Hinde Award is a must-enter for all science fiction screenwriters.

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DEADLINE REMINDER: Entries to the John Hinde Award for Science Fiction close 22 August 2016. The awards offer $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script. You can enter & pay online at the Australian Writers' Guild website:

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Only a few tickets left for tonight!

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Shane Brennan & Australian Writers' Guild launch SCRIPTED INC later this month!

Primary0:00 - 9.8.2016

Time is running out! Produced or unproduced, the Australian Writers' Guild is looking for exceptional Science Fiction writing for feature film, short film, television, radio and interactive media to enter the John Hinde Award. The awards offer $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script submitted each year. Enter online:

Primary23:00 - 8.8.2016

Entries for the Mona Brand Award for outstanding Women Stage and Screen Writers close this Friday August 12 at 5pm. With a major prize of $30,000 and an additional $10,000 prize for a writer in the early stages of her career, the Mona Brand Award will be presented by the State Library of NSW in honour of Mona Brand's rich legacy and the extraordinary work of Australia’s women writers today.

Primary6:30 - 8.8.2016

Australian playwrights will benefit from greater protection and increased minimum commissioning fees under a new theatre industry agreement finalised this week with the nation’s eight major theatre companies.

Primary3:40 - 8.8.2016

SHINE - written by AWG president Jan Sardi and one of the most celebrated and successful films in Australian cinema history - will have a special return cinema season to mark the 20th anniversary of its Australian release. The Sydney screening will take place this Wednesday August 10 at Palace Norton Street, at 6.45pm, with a Q&A featuring special guests David and Gillian Helfgott, and director Scott Hicks. The film will also screen at selected cinemas from August 17.

Primary0:35 - 4.8.2016

Reflecting an abundance of outstanding work currently being produced in Australia, the Australian Writers' Guild (AWG) have announced an exciting field of nominees for the 49th Annual AWGIE Awards.

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The Australian Writers’ Guild is thrilled to announce an exciting field of nominees for the 49th Annual AWGIE Awards! For more information and the full list of nominees see below.

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Primary23:00 - 21.7.2016

Time is running out! Only four weeks left to enter the John Hinde Award for Science Fiction. The awards offer $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script. You can enter & pay online.

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