Writing On Our Calendar / December 2021

Fill your December with these wonderful writing events. There’s a range of online and in person events – including a film festival held in Western Sydney, online conversations about all things writing, plays and a poetry workshop by the ocean!

1 December: New Narratives, New Structures: Children’s and YA
As part of The Stories We Tell Ourselves project, hear from Elle McNicol, author of A Kind of Spark; Cath Moore, author of Metal Fish, Falling Snow; Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold and Denise Chapman, researchers from the UK and Australia respectively; Aimée Felone, Managing Director of Knights Of; and Marisa Pintado, Publishing Director at Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing. Book here.

Elle McNicol, Cath Moore, Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold and Denise Chapman, Aimée Felone and Marisa Pintado

2 December: SRB End of 2021 Gathering
Sydney Review of Books is hosting an event to mark the end of a long, eventful year. To mark the occasion, they invite us to gather on Zoom one last time for readings, fulsome thanks, wildly digressive sidebar chats and a preview of what’s in store for 2022. Register here.

2 December: All The Best Masterclass 1 – Audio Fiction with Erin Kyan
National storytelling radio program & podcast ‘All The Best’ are hosting an online Masterclass Series over the month of December. All Masterclass events are free to attend and open to the general public. The first Masterclass is with guest Erin Kyan and is a must for anyone keen to explore the exciting world of audio fiction. Read more here

Masterclass 1 – Audio Fiction with Erin Kyan

4 & 10 December: Made in the West Film Festival
Made in the West Film Festival celebrates Western Sydney filmmakers and their spectacular film work on the big screen at Event Cinemas Liverpool, right in the heart of Western Sydney. Book here

5 & 12 December: Deep Encounters
Writing for insight and transformation with writer and artist, Jessica Raschke. Register here

5 December: How to write a TikTok skit with Jaemie Dela Peña
Discover your comedy niche in this special workshop with TikTok star, musician and influencer Jaemie Dela Peña. Participants will explore the rules of TikTok comedy, the basics of writing a skit, and expert tips on bringing your ideas to life. Register here.

2-5 December: 2021 Crime Writers Festival
Held at the State Library of New South Wales from 2-5 December BAD Sydney’s festival returns face to face with a blend of crime fiction, true crime and social justice panels and interviews. View the program here.

7 December: Pie in the Sky Poets
Poetry Sydney and SILY present a modern-day program of poetry located between three historical storehouses. Experience poets living in Sydney orate their thoughts through poetry in all its forms. Book here.

1-11 December: Griffin Theatre Company – Wherever She Wanders
At one of Australia’s oldest residential colleges, scandal is rare. Or, scandal that reaches the outside world anyway. Behind closed mahogany doors, there’s always quiet money to mop up the mess. Like a 21st century reworking of The First Stone, this new work plunges into generational feminism’s ever-growing divide with Feaver’s signature ferocious wit. Purchase your tickets here

19 December: Ways to Water Poetry Workshop 
Join South Coast Writers Centre’s 2021 Poetry Award winner Peter Ramm by the ocean in Coledale to generate new poems or polish existing ones to submit for this year’s poetry prize. This workshop will run for two hours and will include contemplative writing time together by the sea. Buy tickets here.

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