2017 Girls Write Up – Canberra

GWU Canberra  2017: ‘The politics and performance of language’ 

How can we make language and art work to change the future?

6 May 2017 

Gorman Arts Centre

Presented in partnership with Noted Festival

Girls Write Up is for anyone who has felt limited by their gender and wants to understand how language can not only constrain but also be used to liberate and empower. It is an inclusive event open to all teens from 12–18.

Over  the day, authors,  journalists, activists, artists, poets and other creative thinkers will share the ways they have used their writing to define their identities and shape the world around them. The program of panels and practical workshops explores the relationship between language, gender and power, and the effects of unconscious bias on our sense of self. It unpacks the ways that the female voice has been devalued in literary and popular culture, and gives participants the opportunity to discover their own creative voice, equipping them with the skills and the confidence to use it.


This event will take place in various rooms through the Gorman Arts Centre. Participants should all arrive by 8.45am to attend the first session. Participants will be notified of workshop locations on the day and directed by Stella staff and volunteers.

Who can attend?

All young people aged 12–18. Girls Write Up is for everyone who is interested in learning more about the relationship between language, gender and power, and in developing their own creative voice.

Girls Write Up is feminist, intersectional and inclusive. We encourage young people of all genders, sexualities, and cultural and racial backgrounds to attend. We are committed to ensuring that the Girls Write Up events are accessible and we encourage people with disability to attend – see ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION below.

Whatever your previous level of writing experience and engagement, Girls Write Up is for you if you have ever felt limited by your gender and want to understand how language can not only constrain but also be used to liberate and empower.

Teachers and carers can also attend.

Subsidised places

Girls Write Up has limited subsidised places available for anyone who may be experiencing financial hardship. If your financial situation is preventing you from attending Girls Write Up, please contact us to request a subsidised place: schools@thestellaprize.com.au.

Accessibility information

The  Gorman Arts Centre is wheelchair accessible. Please advise us in advance if you require wheelchair access so that we can ensure appropriate setup of the rooms.

All keynotes, panels and workshops can be Auslan interpreted, as required. If you are an Auslan user, please inform us which sessions you will be attending so we can ensure an interpreter will be present.

Please contact Stella Schools Coordinator Bec Kavanagh at schools@thestellaprize.com.au to inform us of any other access needs. 

On the day

What do I need to bring with me?

Just yourself and your ideas! All attendees will be sent an info pack ahead of the event, with further information about what to expect.

Will lunch be provided?

Lunch will not be provided. Attendees can bring their own lunch, or there are plenty of food options nearby for students and teachers to purchase lunch in the break.