Hello all! As Australian writers, we are often quite isolated, some of us in more than one way. We are not only isolated from other English-speaking countries, but many of us are also isolated from larger population centres. This means it’s often hard for us to connect on a deeper level with each other.
The purpose of this month’s (September, 2019) blog post is to provide a living list of useful, online Australian writing resources that give before asking (i.e. they don’t make you pay money before giving you anything). If you have anything you think should be added to this list, please do contact us at (publicity) (without the brackets) at this domain name, and we’ll be happy to consider your suggestion!
Words Out Loud opens its Snapshot Series on September 19 as part of the Ballarat Foto Biennale.
The Snapshot Series is a three-event series celebrating the power of photographs to trigger stories, whether real or fantastical.
The three events each target a theme, and are headlined by special guests with opportunities for writers, poets and storytellers to also be involved.
Kirstyn McDermott hosts Words Out Loud
at the Printers Room monthly, teaches at Federation University, has been
writing for upwards of 15 years and attends a Melbourne critique group meeting
once a month. She’s a regular presence at our members’ nights, and was kind
enough to share her experience and expertise this May.
She opened by saying that writers are not sole geniuses and they do not work alone. She shared a quote from Terry Tempest Williams — “I write in a solitude born out of community.”
I was humbled to be asked to make a presentation on writing dialogue for the Ballarat Writers Member’s Night this month. I hoped to give some advice on how a fiction or creative non-fiction writer might absorb some of those methods into their own to make their dialogue pop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.