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Writing Dialogue Like a Playwright

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.

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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.

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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Local event with Maryrose Cuskelly, and a giveaway!

We thought you all might like to know about a local event that features one of our local writers.

On Thursday March 14, 2019, Maryrose Cuskelly and Maryanne Ross will be at the Bridge Mall Collins bookstore in Ballarat. Starting at 6:30pm, the two crime writers will be in conversation about Maryrose’s true crime book, Wedderburn.

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March Words Out Loud

Words Out Loud is looking for balance at its March edition, drawing on the grand confluence of the equinox, Harmony Day and World Poetry Day!

Wordsmiths are invited to respond to the theme of “all things in balance” — 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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