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We practice ‘raw’ or spontaneous writing. We each select one word from a selection of words and then write in any genre for 25-30 minutes. We then read our work aloud with the aim of encouraging and enthusing the writer by making positive and constructive comments. Our aims are to practice our writing, develop our skills and confidence; to be encouraged by the constructive criticism of our peers; and to use the weekly experience as a brain sharpening exercise.
Women Writers Network
We are a combination of prose writers, poets, and playwrights. All at different levels of experience and expertise. All with the desire to become better at what we do. If you wish to read you’ll need to limit your prose to about 1000 words and have about 10 copies for us to edit as you read. Expect from eight to twelve women at any sitting and if all are reading it can be exhausting or impossible to achieve by 4pm. Unless there is great financial hardship, we all put in a gold coin each week. We welcome women writing in any genre at any stage, from just beginning to those who have been published and those struggling to be published. Many of us are a combination of both. The emphasis is on constructive feedback in a friendly, encouraging, but dedicated environment, fostering all stages of writing.
Seize the Day
A long-standing group formed in 2000, we are small in size, which allows for in-depth work on each member’s writing at each meeting. Members of this group write in different areas: historical fiction, detective fiction, short stories, poetry and memoir. We work hard to support each other as we try to bring long projects to fruition, and some of our members have achieved publishing success. Unfortunately we are currently not taking new members.
We’re poets and lovers of poetry who, since Bello Bards was founded by Marti Guy in March, 2007, have met in Bellingen on the last Friday of every month at 6:30pm, at varying venues. We are, perhaps it might be said, a ‘moveable feast’ as well as a travelling band of troubadours and their audience. We always dine together and anyone who wants to get up and have a go reading their own or someone else’s poetry, is as welcome as those who just like to listen.
Youngstreet Poets has been going continuously since October 1978. We are poetry specific and tend to focus on ‘page poems’ rather than performance poetry, hip-hop or bush ballads, however, a wide range of poetry is workshopped in a wide range of poetic voices. We aim to further the interest of poetry in Australia and to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for emerging poets, with the goal of publication. When a vacancy occurs, a new member may be invited. We also occasionally invite guests. Currently the group is full, but we are happy to take inquiries.
Wednesday Night Poets
The Wednesday Night Poets meet every Wednesday at 6:30pm. We operate collaboratively as a workshop, discussing each other’s poems to help develop our skills as poets and to encourage each other to submit work to journals and competitions. Most members have published at least one or two poems, but we welcome poets earlier in their careers if they wish to develop their skills. Our main requirements are that members are interested in poetry, excluding bush verse and performance poetry, and are keen to improve their work. Some members attend nearly every meeting, but others attend when they are able.
Round Table Poets
Round Table Poets are an association of professional poets who meet regularly to discuss their work. The group was originally founded in 1976 and has had many changes since then but are still as passionate as ever. The Round Table Poets meet to offer each other encouragement and give valued feedback and criticism in a professional and supportive environment, with the intent that they will find publication in either journals or as collected works.
Monday Night Children’s Writers
We are a dynamic and supportive group of published and aspiring writers of all genres in the kids’ lit spectrum. We provide a safe space for constructive critiquing, share tips and strategies, information and resources regarding writing and publishing. We celebrate group members’ successes and provide support against setbacks. Our group purpose is to provide a supportive, productive and constructive environment for writers to develop their work towards the goal of publication and to enhance and guide each others understanding and skills in the craft of writing.
NSW Children’s Writing Group
This group provides a forum for critiques, discussion and brainstorming of members’ work, providing a sounding board for ideas, with the aim of becoming published authors. We are a committed group covering a diverse range of children’s and YA fiction genres.