Working with First Nations Writing


This month’s meeting features Dr Craig McCormack AOM, who will will address us on the topic of working with First Nations Writing.

Working on books – both fiction and non-fiction – requires appropriate, sensitive and respectful handling of any First Nations content. In an evolving landscape, this remains a challenge for writers and editors. We are fortunate to have resident in Canberra Dr Craig Cormick, a renowned local author who has significant experience in this field and a wealth of formal and practical knowledge to share.

You can attend either in person or via a Zoom webinar. To register to attend in person visit the Trybooking page by 3 pm on 27 March. Registering helps us with catering, but isn’t essential.

Date: Wednesday 27 March 2024
Time: 5:45 pm (on site), 6:30 pm (webinar)
If you’e interested in coming to dinner after the talk, see the details below.

About the presentation

In this presentation, Craig will address the complexities of working with First Nations Creators, or working on First Nations themes in your own work. Craig will include cases studies on the changing norms for working with First Nations writing over time, and will look at some of the best guidelines that currently exist.

His talk will also address the fundamentals, including when to use terms such as Aboriginal, Indigenous or First Nations, to the tricky balance of empowering a First Nations presence without cultural appropriation.

About Craig

Dr Craig Cormick AOM is an award-winning author and science communicator, with over 30 works of fiction and non-fiction, for children and adults. He has been Chair of the ACT Writers Centre and has been a Writer in Residence in Malaysia and Antarctica. He has a strong interest in history and the rewriting of history, and several of his books have involved working with Indigenous Australians.

Craig will bring some of his books to the presentation and make these available for purchase.

  • Unwritten Histories, by Craig Cormick, Aboriginal Studies Press (Winner of the ACT Book of the Year) $10
  • On A Barbarous Coast, by Craig Cormick and Harold Ludwick, Allen and Unwin (Winner of the ACT Notable Book Award) $20

To attend in person

Please register on the Trybooking page by 3 pm on 28 February if you wish to attend in person.


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 7.30pm at Bambusa Asian Cuisine in Manuka 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.

Bambusa Asian cuisine
36 Franklin 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.