Month: September 2016

Words Out Loud – October edition

words out loud ballaratWords Out Loud returns to Babushka lounge in Ballarat on Thursday, October 20, 7-9pm, for its next session of spoken word.

Writers, readers, poets — all word lovin’ folks with a hankering to share the love are invited along, with five-minute open mic spots on offer. Babushka has excellent sound and backing tracks can be accommodated. You won’t find a friendlier venue.

The event has a nominal theme of “winging it”, but as always, performers are encouraged to take the theme and run with it for their 5-minute slots — or ignore it altogether!

Entry is free, though a gold coin donation would be appreciated for this non-profit, community event.

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October Flash Fiction Comp


Congratulations go to Linda Young, September’s Flash Fiction winner, for her story, “The Gatherers”.

The October competition is now open.

Genre:    open

Word count:    45-50 words

Keyword:    monkeys

Entry Conditions:

You must be a Ballarat Writers member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the maximum word limit – even if by a word, and must comply with all the stated parameters.

All entries are to be submitted to by Friday, 21st October. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day on the website.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday, 26 October, 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel to hear the winner announced. (Results will also be posted on the flash fiction website the day after.)p

Minerva Speaks opportunity for writers

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Ballarat Writers is supporting Minerva Speaks, a project to put words into the mouth of the Minerva statue atop the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute.

Minerva’s announcements will be broadcast over Sturt Street weekly throughout March 2017 where the audience, in the Titanic Bandstand opposite the institute, can listen to her words of wisdom and learning. The words for her announcements will be drawn from the writers of Ballarat who will be inspired to craft her words through a workshop and writing phase.

The workshop is on Sunday  September 25, 2–4pm, in the Hooper Room, Ballaarat Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt St, Ballarat. Bring writing materials. RSVP by email to Lynden Nicholls  or phone 0431 349747 by September 23. Writers will be paid commensurate with the Australian Society of Authors rates.
More details: click here for a PDF.

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