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July Words Out Loud

Words Out Loud takes ‘a shot in the dark’ as its theme for July.

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply ignore it altogether.

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 — poetry, prose or storytelling; read or recited; your own work or someone else’s. Performances are limited to 5 minutes each. Sign up on the night.

Date: Thursday July 11

Time: doors open about 6.30pm, words from 7pm

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Southern Cross Short Story Competition 2019

The Southern Cross Short Story Competition runs every second year, alternating with the Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize. The 2019 Southern Cross Short Story Competition is now open!

You can find the details at this link.

Lee Kofman: Writing Compelling Characters and Dialogue

Ballarat Writers Inc is proud to announce that this year we have secured Lee Kofman as judge for the Southern Cross Short Story Competition. Lee will also be presenting a 4-hour workshop on “Writing Compelling Characters and Dialogue”.

This workshop will be held from 1pm – 5pm on Sunday 7th July 2019 in The Printers Room in the basement of Sebastiaans 58–60 Lydiard St N, on the corner of Mair Street, with entry from Mair Street.

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Website and Email Maintenance

Just a quick note to let you all know that we’re in the process of moving our emails and hosting, and there have been a few bumps. If you run in to issues, please feel free to contact us on Facebook. Everything should be fixed within the next few days, so thank you for your patience!

Revision and Regret

Robert A. Heinlein was so famous and well-respected in science fiction circles that he became like Albert Einstein or Noam Chomsky and was asked for his opinion on everything. Some of those opinions were about writing, which is why I’ve brought the subject up here. He said, ‘Never revise, except to editorial demand’. Jack Kerouac was also famous for saying, ‘First thought, best thought’, but while he might have famously written everything out on one spool of paper without interruptions, he was a planning maniac. His notebooks are crammed with very detailed information about what he was going to write once he sat down in front of the typewriter and paper roll and began to pound on the keys.

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June Words Out Loud

Words Out Loud embraces the onset of winter with the theme of “cold comfort” but be assured of a warm reception at our June edition.

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply ignore it altogether.

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Make time, not excuses

I first sat down to write this month’s blog post at 1:16pm on the 28th of April. I don’t know when you’re reading it, but if you look at the top of this webpage, you can see the date that it was posted.

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May Words Out Loud

Words Out Loud is “ticking the boxes” for our May edition.

Wordsmiths are invited to warm up for the federal election, go left field or simply ignore the theme altogether.

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 — poetry, prose or storytelling; read or recited; your own work or someone else’s. Performances are limited to 5 minutes each. Sign up on the night.

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April Words Out Loud

Words Out Loud is “hopping to it” for our Easter Thursday edition.

Wordsmiths are invited to respond to the theme — or ignore it altogether.

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 — poetry, prose or storytelling; read or recited; your own work or someone else’s. Performances are limited to 5 minutes each. Sign up on the night.

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That competitive spirit

In 2015 I joined Ballarat Writers, convinced I was on the path to writing success. I was in the first year of my degree and I felt like I was finally following my heart. That year I entered two competitions, the Southern Cross Short Story Competition (BWI’s very own competition) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Hope Prize. I paid my money and I took my chances.

Needless to say, I didn’t win.

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