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BWI 2019 AGM information

It’s that time of year again! Our AGM will be held on Wednesday February 13 at the Bunch of Grapes hotel from 7pm. The outgoing committee will be there early to gather feedback and ideas, and to answer questions from those who might be interested in building Ballarat Writers into something bigger and better.

To speed up the proceedings, we are making our position reports available prior to the meeting. This will save us the need to have our usual read through on the night.

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February Words Out Loud

Words Out Loud is sharing its heart in February, no strings attached, with the non-compulsory theme of “heart strings”. Make of that theme what you will, 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. Continue reading

January Words Out Loud

Words Out Loud is making a hot start to 2019 at its January edition, with a non-compulsory theme of “summer sizzlers”. Make of that what you will, or ignore it altogether.

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January blog: Q&A on self-publishing

For the Ballarat Writers October members’ night on October 24, 2018, we were lucky enough to have local author (and BWI celebrity) Heather Roche (HR) interview local booksellers Dianne Woodhouse from Ballarat Books (DW), and Tracey Willersdorf from Collins Booksellers on Lydiard (TW).

The topic of the night was how to approach booksellers with your finished, self-published book, which means books all printed and ready to be sold.

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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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What happened when I opened up

In my last blog post, I wrote about the importance of community and sharing. This time I thought I’d discuss what happened when I opened up with my writing and started showing it to other people. Continue reading

‘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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October Words Out Loud

Words Out Loud is turning super sleuth in October and ‘following its nose’ to a great evening of spoken word.

The October 11 event (note: this is a week earlier than it normally would be) will be held at the Printers Room, in the basement of Sebastiaans at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets. Continue reading

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