Creative Writing students to shine with USC book deal

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Creative Writing students to shine with USC book deal

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USC Creative Writing students are taking their first steps towards the bestseller list, thanks to a new collaboration between USC and Harbour Publishing House.

In an effort to help uncover and support new literary talent, the New South Wales-based publishing house seeks to one Creative Writing student a book deal each year.

Each year, USC will shortlist six student-written books, manuscripts or proposals for consideration by Harbour Publishing House. Guided by the editorial expertise in USC’s School of Communication and Creative Industries, the successful submissions will need to have broad commercial appeal and a fresh voice.

“We are all about unearthing the new voices of tomorrow and USC is a hotbed for a great and diverse range of writing,” said publishing house owner Garry Evans.

“Students don’t need to spend 20 years cutting their teeth to be published. You could have been writing for 20 years or you could be six months into studying and be published.

“What we are looking for is the spark that’s in the creator. I want to see a truth in these writers.”

Harbour Publishing House publishes a mix of children’s illustrated books and novels, young adult, teen and adult fiction, and non-fiction. USC’s Professor Gary Crew has published several books through Harbour, and Dr Paul Williams is under contract to publish with them soon.

Head of USC’s School of Communication and Creative Industries Professor Phil Graham said the benefits for students getting involved with a “new wave” publisher of this calibre were enormous.

“Our creative writing students now have access to the forefront of their industry, which is the most important thing for all creative practitioners," he said.

“Today’s creatives need to be entrepreneurs as well as artists, so getting their work in front of industry is exactly the kind of start they need to their careers."

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