GCCAR’s membership includes a substantial group of creative writers based on Griffith’s Gold Coast campus. Late in 2015, GCCAR held discussions with the Asia Pacific Writers & Translator’s (APWT) Executive Director Jane Camens and committed our support for the organisation which is now incorporated in Queensland. GCCAR creative writing Discipline Leader Sally Breen sits on its Board. This initiative aims to help Griffith build international collaborations and partnerships with writers in the Asia-Pacific region. The APWT has a membership of over 800 writers and translators including authors such as John Coetzee and Amitav Ghosh.
The APWT’s signature event in 2016 is its conference in China held on 25-27 November - Ideas and Realities: creative writing in Asia today. Sally and GCCAR Member Anthony Lawrence attended the conference which was hosted by Sun Yat-sen University Center for English-language Creative Writing, School of Foreign Languages, Guangzhou.