The Australian Association of Writing Programs was established in 1996 with its first conference held at the University of Technology, Sydney. The annual national AAWP Conference, attended by teachers and students, has now become the most important forum in Australia for the discussion of teaching creative and professional writing and for debating current theories of creativity and the writing/research nexus.
Its international online refereed journal, TEXT , publishes a wide range of research, reviews and debates on creative and professional writing and teaching ( http://www.gu.edu.au/school/art/text ). Another AAWP initiative is the Australian Creative Writing Research Board that publishes online substantial dissertations/exegeses for scholarship reference. The Archive is to become a central reference point for advanced writing studies in Australia and internationally. In addition, the AAWP maintains The Guide: Writing Programs in Australia, a comprehensive database of creative and professional writing courses offered at tertiary institutions here and, more recently, in New Zealand institutions. TEXT is edited by Associate Professor Nigel Krauth (Griffith University) and Dr Tess Brady.