Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT) formerly Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership' | APWT builds, promotes and helps sustain the careers of authors and literary translators in the Asia Pacific region.

About Us

Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Inc. (APWT) is a not for profit association for established and emerging writers, literary translators, scholars, publishers, writers festival organisers and others interested in promoting creative writing from the dynamic and culturally diverse Asia Pacific region*.

We exist support the careers of writers, assist with skills development and the promotion of our members' creative work internationally. 

APWT is governed by a Management Committee and advised by an Advisory Board, elected by members at the annual general meeting held in conjunction with our annual conference. See who's on the Management Committee and Advisory Board.

"APWT is the longest-running, largest, non partisan, literary network in the Asian region." Jose Dalisay, APWT Advisory Board member.

APWT's annual conference—called by some a 'ConFest' for its diversity—is a multifaceted gathering that promotes discussion, showcases creative work (readings and screenings), promotes the release of new work, provides master classes (writing, editing, translation) and social functions. We hold the conference in a different city in the Asia Pacific each year (see below).

APWT also publishes an online journal (LEAP+), which carries articles and creative work by members and invited contributors.


APWT is sustained only in part by membership registrations. We rely on building a consortium of Core Partners who together enable the association to pay a General Manager.

Our inaugural Core Partners are the Australian National University, Griffith University, RMIT, and the University of New South Wales. We welcome other institutions and organisations who wish to help sustain and grow this international network. (For more information about this, contact the Secretary,


We welcome both individual and institutional members. Institutional/Corporate membership enables six members of an organisation to join for a reduced membership fee. 

We also welcome donations!

*We use UNESCO’s definition ‘Asia Pacific’.

 Conferences (See Early Days for details)

2008 - New Delhi, ‘Asia-Pacific Writing the Future’, hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology + Creative Writing and Literary Translation in Shimla and Delhi.

2009 – (Global Financial Crisis)

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Click the image to go to this special issue of the Australiasian Association of Writing Program's magazine, TEXT.

2010 – Hong Kong, Writing Across Cultures’, hosted by City University of Hong Kong + workshops in Guangzhou. Produced a special issue of TEXT on Teaching Creative Writing In Asia.

2011 – Perth, hosted by the University of Western Australia in conjunction with the 14th Biennial Symposium on Literatures and Cultures of the Asia Pacific Region.

2012 – Bangkok, ‘Reaching the World’, hosted by the Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University in conjunction with the South East Asian Writers Awards (SEA Write).

2013 – Bangkok, ‘Reaching the World 11’, co-hosted by Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University and the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, hosted by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in conjunction with UNESCO’s 2013 ‘Bangkok World Book Capital’.

2014 – Singapore, ‘Bridging Cultures: Creative Writing and Literary Translation in Asia Today,’ co-hosted with the National Book Development Council and The Arts House.

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Filipino Issue of LEAP+

2015 – Manila, Philippines, 'Against the Grain', co-hosted with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the University of the Philippines. LEAP+ produced a special issue of Filipino literature.

2016 – Guangzhou, China, 'Ideas and Realities: Creative Writing in Asia Today', hosted by Sun Yat-sen University's School of Creative Writing in English (24-27 November). 

2017 – Bali, Indonesia, in conjunction with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (October).

2018  - Brisbane, Australia.

APWT Inc's Address

C/- Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research, Room 7.05d, Webb Centre, 226 Grey Street, South Bank, QLD 4101, Australia.
(Australian Business Number 82610038652)