And the winner of the 2018 Martha Richardson prize is…

Ballarat Writers are proud to announce that the winner of our biennial Martha Richardson prize for 2018 is Janine McGinness-Whyte with her poem “Transplanted”.

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Weathering the Future: December Launch

Ballarat Writers is pleased to announce that a number of its members have their work included in the ekphrastic art exhibition Weathering the Future.
The exhibition is to run at Backspace Gallery, 15 Camp St, Ballarat, from 6 December to 23 December.
Twenty-two Central Highlands writers have written responses to art work provided by 19 members of Soldiers Hill Artist Collective on the theme of ‘weathering the future’. The text pieces have in turn inspired graphic posters designed by 14 third-year students of Federation University’s Arts Academy. Musician Reuben Morgan is composing a soundtrack to accompany the exhibition, bringing an aural element to this collision of visual art and text.

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‘Meet the Booksellers’ at our October Members’ Night

An opportunity for prospective self-publishing authors to ask questions

Dianne Woodhouse from Ballarat Books

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Tracey Willersdorf from Collins Booksellers on Lydiard

The Ballarat booksellers will be interviewed by Heather Roche, self-published author and BWI member, followed by a Q&A session for members.

Dianne and Tracey will talk about what sells, presentation, book covers and what they (the booksellers) look for and expect, when a self-published author approaches them.

This is an excellent opportunity for BWI members, writers and friends to seek information regarding getting self-published books into bookstores.

 

November Words Out Loud

Words Out Loud is going out with a slow apocalypse as the year’s program draws to a close in November. The theme for the night is ‘eroding confidence’ — make of that what you will, or ignore it altogether.

As a special treat, the night will feature advance readings of work from the Weathering the Future art exhibition, taking place at Backspace Gallery from December 6 to 23. The official launch is on December 8 — all welcome. Click here for details.

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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/

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.

Minerva Speaks

Minvera will be broadcast stories by local Ballarat writers on the 10th, 17th and 24th of March from 8–9pm at the Titanic bandstand and along the 200 block of Sturt St, Ballarat.

Support your fellow Ballarat writers and bear witness as the Goddess speaks.

Welcome the new Ballarat Writers committee

The new committee for Ballarat Writers has been elected unopposed. They are:

Chair: Irene Warfe
Treasurer/membership: Danielle O’Donnell
Secretary: Joy Merritt
Competitions: Rebekah Spark
Publicity and media: Rebecca Fletcher.

Also at the AGM held on 15 February 2017, the Ballarat writers festival subcommittee reported that talks on venues were proceeding well and grant applications were being prepared. Volunteers will be needed to help with the running of the festival on October 20-22, so save the dates — all assistance gratefully received!

DATES:
Tomorrow (16 Feb): Words Out Loud
Sunday (19 Feb): Write Club / Flash fiction entries close
Monday (20 Feb): flash fiction voting opens at the website
Wednesday (22 Feb): Members night

AGM nomination and proxy forms

In preparation for the Annual General Meeting of Ballarat Writers on Wednesday 15 February, forms for nominations for committee are now available for download at the website. They will also be available at our January members night on Thursday the 25th.

Five committee positions need to be filled:

  • chairperson
  • secretary/public officer
  • treasurer and membership coordinator
  • competitions coordinator
  • publicity and media coordinator

Click here to download a nomination form.

Nominations must be emailed or delivered to outgoing chairperson Jess McCulloch (see form for details) by Wednesday 8 February. Voting will take place at the AGM, at Bunch of Grapes Hotel, 401 Pleasant St South, Ballarat, at 7pm. The outgoing committee will be at the room early to gather feedback and ideas, and to answer questions from those who might be interested in taking Ballarat Writers forward.

Also available on the website is a proxy voting form for those unable to attend the AGM. This should be carried by the proxy on the night. Proxy forms will also be available at the members night on 25 January.

Click here to download a proxy voting form.

2017 is an exciting year for Ballarat Writers at its writing festival takes shape under its organising subcommittee. Current committee members will be available to advise the new committee on operating procedures, and handover documents will be available to further aid the transition.

Sofie Laguna Ballarat workshop on writing for children

Sofie Laguna

Writing For Children with Sofie Laguna

Sofie Laguna, author of more than 20 books for children, will run this workshop in Ballarat. Focus on technical aspects of writing, including voice, character, plot, structure and content, as well as the publishing side of the business. Learn how to discover and use an authentic child’s voice in various forms of children’s writing: picture books, junior novels and novels. Find out how knowing your characters well will solve problems related to plot, rhythm and structure.

Presented in association with Writers Victoria. Supported by the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.
More information: Writers Victoria

When: 27 August, 10am–4pm
Venue: To be advised
Cost: Member of Writers Victoria or Ballarat Writers: $80; Concession Member of Writers Victoria or Ballarat Writers: $70; Non-Member: $120.
Bookings: Writers Victoria