Hello, friends!

Welcome back to Courthouse Youth Arts’ blog. This time around, we’re taking a look at the best ways to get involved with all things writing in Geelong – so if you’re a wordsmith, editor or general logophile (that’s a lover of words, FYI) then this is the post for you.

If you’re a young writer in Geelong looking to get your name out there, you might find yourself at a bit of a loss. It’s a big world out there, and finding a way to get your foot in the door can be tough. Thankfully, we’re here to provide you with a couple of options to get you started!

If you’re a Geelong local, chances are you might’ve come across a copy of Switch Magazine at school, in cafes or your library. Switch is a youth magazine run by young people, for young people, and has a number of different opportunities available depending on what piques your interest. If you’re the writing sort, Switch runs writing workshops during the school holidays at libraries around the Geelong region (keep an eye on the Geelong Regional Libraries’ website for details), and regularly accepts submissions of any sort (i.e. reviews, pictures, stories etc.) for publication. If you’re more interested in the editing and organisational side of things, Switch also recruits young people for its Editorial Committee. The Committee is the core of the magazine; they decide the direction, content and layout of the mag, as well as contributing content for the mag themselves. If you’re keen, drop them a line on their Facebook page or email them at switchmagazine@hotmail.com.

Another great opportunity comes from the folks over at Forte. If you’ve been to a gig in the Geelong region at any stage, chances are Forte knew about it and wrote about it. The great thing about Forte is that unlike a lot of publications dealing with young people, there’s the opportunity for paid work later down the line! If your content is on point and up to standard, it’s probably worth hitting them up. Otherwise, they offer a pretty flexible internship program for university students – timeframes range from full time to part time, to occasional work, and you’ll be knee deep in a full-blown production cycle. It’s a great chance to get some hands-on experience, but bear in mind that you’ll be expected to have a high standard of writing to really succeed. If that sounds like your thing, contact Forte’s editor Amanda at amanda@fortemag.com.au.

Hopefully we’ve helped you out – thanks for reading, and make sure to check in again soon for more awesome content!

The CHYA team