MARION—serving writers in the ACT & Region


At our May general meeting Katy Mutton will be talking about MARION – formerly known as the ACT Writers Centre.

To register to attend in person visit the Trybooking page by 3 pm on 29 May. Registering helps us with catering, but isn’t essential.

Date: Wednesday 29 May 2024
Time: 5:45 pm (on site), 6:30 pm (webinar)
If you’d like to join others for dinner at La Capanna after the talk, see the details below.

MARION, formerly known as the ACT Writers Centre, has been serving and supporting writers in the region since 1995. Over this period, numerous writers have been helped on their writing and publishing career through the broad and varied range of services, professional programs and support offered by MARION. It is no easy challenge to successfully cater for writers at all stages of their career across the spectrum of writing genres. A number of the members are editors and manuscript reviewers as well as writers; the two skillsets complementing each other.

About the presentation

In this presentation, Katy will discuss the philosophy of MARION, the range of services and support offered to members, and the transition from the ACT Writers Centre to MARION in 2022 and what this means for the organisation’s place within the sector. She will discuss pending initiatives, such as a writer’s outreach program in Regional Victoria sending writers from our region to participate in a pilot program for 11- and 12-year-olds, which focuses on mental health and wellbeing through writing and storytelling.

Katy can provide a few examples of member writers and how they have been helped by the support they received. The relationship between writers and editors is a symbiotic one, and she will talk briefly about how member writers find and engage with editors, often going on to acquire editorial capability as well as writing capability.

About Katy

Katy Mutton is the CEO of MARION, a literary arts not-for-profit organisation based in the ACT. She is a fervent advocate for the arts, dedicated to empowering writers to build sustainable and fulfilling careers. She strongly believes in the transformative potential of mentorship and the value of cultivating strong networks to foster creativity. With a specialised focus on the arts, Katy has extensive expertise in program development and communication strategy honed through her tenure in the non-profit sector. Holding degrees in Architectural Design and the Visual Arts, she is also a highly accomplished interdisciplinary artist with a diverse exhibition portfolio.

Katy’s artistic contributions have earned her numerous accolades, including two Canberra Critics Circle awards (2017, 2014), the Michael Hobbs OAM People’s Choice Award (2020) for her interactive work “Panopticon” featured in the Contour556 Public Art Biennial, and the prestigious Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award (2018). Her works are housed in both public and private collections, including The Australian War Memorial, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Curtin University Collection WA, Gippsland Art Gallery and The State Library of Victoria.

To attend in person

Please register on the Trybooking page by 3 pm on 29 May if you wish to attend in person. Registering helps us with catering. You are always welcome to attend in person if you haven’t registered.


The Durie Room
St Mark’s National Theological Centre
15 Blackall St (not Blackall Place)
See MAP.


The room opens at 5:45 pm. The presentation begins at 6:30 pm.

Need to cancel?

Return your ticket directly into the TryBooking system to make it available for someone else.


We plan to dine from 8pm at La Capanna in Kingston after the presentation. Please join us to continue the conservation and get to know your fellow editors better. Booking is essential so we can confirm bookings with the restaurant.

La Capanna Italian Restaurant
32 Giles Street


To attend the webinar (via Zoom)

A link for the Zoom meeting will be supplied to all members by email. If you are not a member and wish to attend by Zoom, please send an email to the contact email address you will find on the About page and ask to be sent a link. Please do not pass on your link to other people.

The webinar audience can use Zoom’s Q&A functionality to ask questions or offer opinions. (You will not be able to see the presentation or participate in the Q&A if you attend by phone call.)

The webinar will not be recorded.