When I expressed an interest in writing a blog post for Ballarat Writers, I was asked if I would consider writing about tertiary education for writers, and whether it was worth it. As a current student, I focused on my present situation in my initial drafts: the thought of structured study triggers nausea. Continue reading
Ways of Thinking about the Line in Free Verse Poetry
Nathan Curnow, an acclaimed Victorian poet, is conducting this workshop to help with the Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize competition 2018, and to help poets generally. It will encompass “Ways of Thinking about the Line in Free Verse Poetry”. Continue reading
Words Out Loud looks up for inspiration in May, whether to the heavens or simply the fairy light-festooned ceiling of the Printers Room. It might be that the dinner special of hearty stews and damper, and perhaps a few other bush treats, had an influence too, in setting the theme to “under the Milky Way”.
No need to pitch a tent or stoke the camp fire, though: pitch a piece of prose, poetry or yarn of up to five minutes, and stoke the creative juices instead! Theme’s not your thing? No worries — it isn’t compulsory. And non-performers are very welcome to join us to simply enjoy the night’s offering of spoken word.
The May edition runs 7-9pm on Thursday May 17 at the Printers Room, in the basement of Sebaastians at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets. The dinner special is $20, and the full menu is also available, along with a well-stocked bar.
The spoken word event encourages poets, writers and raconteurs to share their work, or favourite pieces by others, for five-minute open mic sessions on the third Thursday of each month (unless otherwise advertised).
Enter via Mair St. Drink and food available before and during. Take in the air in the beer garden. Enjoy the show from couches, the tables or a seat by the bar. Gold coin donation appreciated.
This is a great opportunity to road test new material, celebrate a success or share some inspiration, or simply enjoy a diverse range of spoken word.
Ballarat Writers Inc. History
When members move on and committee members change roles, we sometimes lose valuable information about our organisation’s history. So, to keep the story of Ballarat Writers Inc. alive and relevant, we are currently collecting material with the aim to compile a small document about the history of Ballarat Writers Inc.
If anyone has any documents sitting around in shelves or garages we would love to hear from you. Photos, flyers or leaflets from past events would be very welcome. Oral history is also sought.
At this stage we are in the data collection phase. The project will most likely stretch over 2018 and 2019.
Any queries or information, please contact us via the web form.
Last Monday I sat at my computer, fingers poised over the keyboard, ready to take notes on the Writer’s Victoria webinar ‘How to write about your work’ hosted by Claire Capel-Stanley. Normally, this is the sort of course I would shy away from, telling myself that its only for well-established, published writers. Why would I need to write about my own work? Surely my small list of accomplishments will look insignificant and not worth sharing? Continue reading
With the year sliding into the colder, darker months, the Printers Room is joining the party with food specials: all-you-can-eat soups and hot pot, with a pavlova dessert, for a mere $20! Slurp tasty tucker as well as delicious words!
All Professional Writing and Editing students (past and present) and the wider writing community are invited to submit a story/poem to Anthology 2018.
Ballarat Writers have a close relationship to the PWE program at Federation University and actively encourage everyone to submit to this project.
Like a true writer, I had a deadline looming and nothing down on the page yet. I knew I wanted this blog to be about writing and things that are relevant to writers, regardless of why that might be.
I was sat at the members’ meeting earlier this week, listening to everyone talk about their projects and how they felt about them. This is actually unusual as we don’t really normally talk about writing at all. And when we all started talking, patterns began to emerge: patterns of confidence and patterns of misjudging one’s ability or capacity to complete a project, never mind completing it to satisfaction.
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!