Ballarat Writers Festival Feedback

As you all know (hopefully!), our festival is on the 21st and 22nd of October — if you’ve had a chance to come along, we’d love to hear what you thought of your time with us.

You can complete our festival survey at this link.

If you could fill out our survey, we promise we’ll use your feedback to make our festival even bigger and better for the future.

Thank you for coming, and thank you for helping us out.

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October Words Out Loud

Words Out Loud draws the curtain on its run at Ballarat’s wonderful Babushka bar in October, but we’re seeing the awesome venue out in style.

Special guests Steve Smart and Jessica Wilkinson will get the party started, and there will be five-minute slots available on the night for others to share poetry, prose and yarns.

With Babushka having been sold, this is likely the last chance to attend a Words Out Loud at the bar.

This free night of spoken word is on Thursday October 19, 7–9pm, and writers, readers, poets — all word lovin’ folks with a hankering to share the love are invited to join in the fun and farewell this special venue.

The theme for the night is “the last shout”, and, as always, performers are encouraged to take the theme and run with it — or ignore it altogether.

Find out more at the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/wordsoutloud/

September Words Out Loud

Words Out Loud gets its equinox on with a theme of ‘light and dark’ at Babushka lounge in Ballarat on Thursday, September 21, 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.

With Babushka having been sold, time is running out to enjoy this fabulous venue, so if you’ve been wondering what Words Out Loud is all about, now’s your time to do it! Air your writing, share someone else’s, just enjoy and encourage the work of your fellow scribes.

As always, performers are encouraged to take the theme and run with it for their five-minute slots — or ignore it altogether!

Entry is free, though a gold coin donation would be appreciated for this non-profit, community event.
Keep up to date at the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/wordsoutloud/

Words Out Loud August — In the Winter Dark

Words Out Loud strikes a light ‘in the winter dark’ at Babushka lounge in Ballarat on Thursday, August 17, 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. You won’t find a friendlier venue.

As always, performers are encouraged to take the theme and run with it for their five-minute slots — or ignore it altogether!

Entry is free, though a gold coin donation would be appreciated for this non-profit, community event.
Keep up to date at the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/wordsoutloud/

Southern Cross Short Story Competition 2017

It’s that time of year again!

Southern Cross Short Story Competition 2017

Ballarat Writers Inc invites writers to enter the 2017 Southern Cross Literary Competition.

The competition asks for short stories to 3000 words, with an open theme.

First prize is 1,000 AUD, second prize $400, third prize $100.

The judge in 2017 is Maurilia Meehan. Maurilia is an award-winning Australian author. Her novels include Madame Bovary’s Haberdashery, The Bad Seed, Adultery, The Sea People and Fury.

The winning stories will be announced and read at an award presentation in Ballarat in November 2017.

Entries are open now and close October 16, 2017 at 11:59pm.

 

For competition terms, entry forms and further information, please head to this link.

Maurilia Meehan Short Story Workshop

Are you prepared to begin a great story, or take your story to the next level?

Ballarat Writers, in conjunction with Writers Victoria and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust, are please to announce our short story workshop with award-winning story teller, Maurilia Meehan. The workshop will be held on Saturday July 8th from 1–4 pm at MADE (the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka) in Ballarat.

We’ve just noticed that the portal for the Maurilia Meehan Short Story Workshop doesn’t seem to be working, but there are still some spots available! If you want to attend, please contact Irene at chairperson@ballaratwriters.com or on 53320092 before 11.00am on Saturday. Don’t miss out!

 

 

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Words Out Loud — Storm the Barricades

rat reads18 july 2017Words Out Loud lights a revolutionary spark in the winter dark when it ‘storms the barricades’ at Babushka lounge in Ballarat on Thursday, July 20, 7–9pm, for its next session of spoken word — it’s not quite the Bastille, but we always have some ooh la la!

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 and graphics can be accommodated. You won’t find a friendlier venue.

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.
Keep up to date at the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/wordsoutloud/

Words Out Loud – We Are Not Amused

 

Words Out Loud takes liberties with history when it returns to Babushka lounge in Ballarat on Thursday, June 15, 7-9pm, for its next session of spoken word – with a right royal twist.

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 ‘we are not amused‘, 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.

Keep up to date at the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/wordsoutloud/.

2017 Ballarat Writers Trivia Night

Ballarat Writers Incorporated invites you to its second annual 50-50 Trivia Night. Last year was lots of fun, why not join in again?

Many generous sponsors have generously provided prizes for the night, including Mars Confectionery, Dan Murphy’s, Country Kids, Toyland and Toy World, to name a few.

What, Where and When?

A night of interesting literary and general knowledge brain teasers, games, a silent auction and a spinning wheel.

  • Saturday 17th June beginning at 7 pm
  • Ballarat East Bowling Club, Bradshaw Street, Golden Point

Tickets are $10 a head, with tables of 8-10 people. Come along and meet some new people, bring your own brains trust.
B Y O Supper. Drinks are available for purchase at bar prices.

Please send your booking numbers to admin@ballaratwriters.com by June 15th at 5 pm. $10 per head will be collected on the night. A bonus is being planned for those who pre-book and turn up on the night!

 

More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Words Out Loud – The Darling Buds

Words Out Loud returns to Babushka lounge in Ballarat on Thursday, May 18, 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 “the darling buds”, 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.

Keep up to date at the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/wordsoutloud/.