Tasmanian Writers' Centre wins grant

The Tasmanian Writers Centre is one of three community organisations who will share $250,000 of national grant funding to run events during Adult Learners’ Week 2012, tied to this year’s theme of Digital Literacy.

Labor Senator for Tasmania, Senator Carol Brown, today encouraged everyone to check out the Tasmanian Writers Centre’s short story writing competition as part of Adult Learners’ Week.

“This is a great short story writing competition for unpublished, new, emerging and established Australian writers,” Senator Carol Brown said,

“There are 14 competition prizes to be won worth between $1,000 and $3,000 each.

“Winners will be announced on 25 August to coincide with the major National Year of Reading event.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird, said Adult Learners’ Week activities also include an adult learning awareness campaign using social media, and a series of audio segments for national broadcasting.

“The Gillard Government is proud to support Adult Learners’ Week,” Ms Bird said.

“It’s a chance to focus on a wide range of opportunities available to adult learners, particularly digital literacy.

The short story writing competition and a national broadcasting campaign will complement a social media project to further engage people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Digital literacy and social media are effective tools to communicate important life messages and opportunities to hard-to-reach learners.

Adult Learners’ Week is on from 1 to 8 September. For further information on the many ALW events, visit adultlearnersweek.org