For the April meeting, we are thrilled to welcome Karen Turner as our guest presenter. She will be talking about the role of research in historical fiction as well as general writing tips, and will be available to answer questions.
Karen, born in Australia to an English mother and Italian father, discovered a passion for historical fiction after twenty years in the financial services industry.
As an escape from corporate writing, Karen began writing short stories and, in 2009, published her first collection All That and Everything. Many of the short stories won awards, including the Society of Women Writers Victoria, Biennial Literary Award and the Free XpresSion Literary Award.
Her first novel, Torn, was followed by its sequel, Inviolate.
Karen’s latest, Stormbird, was written as the final instalment in the Torn series, but can also be read independently. Shortlisted for a national award, Stormbird was published by FisherKing Publishing, UK.
Karen is currently working on her next book, Fever, set in the Victorian goldfields.
Additionally, Karen writes for several financial magazines, speaks at public events and facilitates writing workshops.
She lives in Victoria’s Riverina region with husband Stuart and rescue cats Katie and Panda.
In her spare time, Karen volunteers at an animal shelter, enjoys running and drinks too much coffee.
Where: Bunch of Grapes, 401 Pleasant St South, Ballarat
When: 7pm, 28 April, 2021
Please feel free to arrive from 6.30pm for a meal and general socialising before the meeting.
Our monthly in-person Members’ Nights are back! We are meeting at our old stomping ground, the Bunch of Grapes hotel, on the last Wednesday of each month. Details for January are:
Where: Bunch of Grapes, 401 Pleasant St South, Ballarat When: 7pm, 27 January 2021 Cost: FREE but booking is appreciated Please see your newsletter for the booking link, or contact us.
It would help us if you were able to please book a ticket using the link above, but it is not essential. Normal contact-tracing rules will apply once you arrive at the Bunch of Grapes.
To welcome you all back, Ballarat Writers will be shouting attending members a drink (house wine, beer on tap, soft drinks or tea/coffee). It’s parma night on Wednesdays so if you would like to grab a hearty meal beforehand, the room is available for dining from 6.30pm. (Full menu also available.)
Also, we will have a book giveaway, courtesy of Nicole Kelly, held over from the end-of-year picnic!
The committee has been working hard during our year of isolation and we look forward to bringing you more in-person events in 2021. With the AGM happening on 10 February, now would be a good time to chat with us if you are interested in helping out or even joining the committee this year.
Most of all, we are so excited to see some familiar faces again after so long!
It’s an action-packed week as we bid farewell to 2020, with prize announcements on Wednesday and a picnic on Sunday!
Our last monthly members’ meeting for the year is on Wednesday November 25, at which the winners of the Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize (judged by Terry Jaensch) and the Pamela Miller Prize will be announced, as well as affording members a chance to catch up. The meeting will be held online using Zoom. It will start slightly later than usual, at 7.30pm. We look forward to returning to in-person meetings in the new year!
Details for joining the meeting have been sent in the members’ newsletter. Please get in touch if you’ve missed it or need help accessing Zoom.
Then, on Sunday, the easing of COVID restrictions means we can go ahead with our end-of-year picnic! Please join us at South Gardens, Ballarat Botanic Gardens, on Wendouree Parade, from 2pm on Sunday 29 November. BYO snacks, chairs and rugs as we exercise COVID-safe distancing to finally catch up in the flesh, reflect on 2020 and look forward to a more social and active 2021.
Bonus: We will have a signed copy of Lament, by Beaufort’s Nicole Kelly, to give away to one lucky picnicker!
It’s that time of year again! Our AGM will be held on Wednesday February 12 at the Bunch of Grapes hotel from 7pm. The outgoing committee will be there early to gather feedback and ideas, and to answer questions from those who might be interested in building Ballarat Writers into something bigger and better.
It’s that time of year again! Our AGM will be held on Wednesday February 13 at the Bunch of Grapes hotel from 7pm. The outgoing committee will be there early to gather feedback and ideas, and to answer questions from those who might be interested in building Ballarat Writers into something bigger and better.
To speed up the proceedings, we are making our position reports available prior to the meeting. This will save us the need to have our usual read through on the night.
Words Out Loud is getting some spring wind beneath its wings (not hard to do in Ballarat!) and ‘taking flight’ in September.
The September 20 event will be held at the Printers Room, in the basement of Sebastiaans at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets. The full menu will be available, as well as a $20 two-course meal deal (there might, or might not, be golden syrup dumplings for dessert). Doors open about 6pm if you’d like to dine early.
Words Out Loud Ballarat looks to the winter solstice for inspiration. As the longest night falls, poets, writers and storytellers gather to celebrate poetry, prose and good yarns in the warm and welcoming surrounds of The Printers Room.
The new committee for Ballarat Writers has been elected unopposed. They are:
Chair: Irene Warfe Treasurer/membership: Phil Green Secretary/public officer: Laura Wilson Publicity and media: Rebecca Fletcher
A huge thank you to Danielle , Joy and Rebekah for their help last year, and welcome to Laura, who is a brand new committee member!
Our competitions chair is currently vacant, so if you’re looking to get involved with the committee but missed out on nominations, please get in touch with us and let us know! The competitions position is possibly the least task-intensive of the roles, so if you’re looking to dip your toes further into BWI or committees in general, it’s a great opportunity.
We’re excited by our plans for 2018, so stay tuned to see what we have waiting in the wings!