May Meeting

Friday 26th May – Library at the Dock
12pm–4pm (committee meeting 3pm–4pm)
Lunch gathering at 12pm. Presentation skills with Stephen Costan from 12.30–2.00, followed by meeting at 2.15pm.

Stephen CostanSTEPHEN COSTAN is a Voice Production Specialist and Drama Coach with over 50 years’ experience.
Stephen was Head of Voice at Victorian College of the Arts from 1996-2002 and his other placements in Actor Training Establishments include University of Western Sydney, Woolongong and Ballarat.
He has been responsible for training and developing a huge number of Australia’s distinguished actors including Joel Edgerton,  Patrick Brammell,  Sybilla Budd,  Alison Bell,  Leon Ford,  Simon Stone and so the list goes on.
He is currently teaching at the Melbourne Branch of the Howard Fine Acting Studio which is based in Los Angeles
The Master Class will consist of a series of strategies for the writers to present their works and improve their presentation skills to their colleagues and in the public arena.
PARTICIPANTS should prepare  a 2-minute extract from their writing, which we will work on in the Master Class.


March Meeting

The March meeting will be the first at our new every-other-month venue, the Library at the Dock.

Friday 31 March – 12pm – 4pm (committee meeting 3pm–4pm)
Workshop on micro fiction to be facilitated by Blaise van Hecke.

Library at the Dock

Library at the Dock

Library at the Dock
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade
Docklands VIC 3008
Website here

Tram numbers 11 or 48 along Collins Street (get off at the terminus)

For members unsure of directions, meet at Ross House reception at 11am for an escorted excursion to Docklands.


Annual Postal Workshop Picnic for 2017



It was great to gather together again, but the bright sunshine was a stark contrast to the dark events of the previous day in the CBD. It added a sombre tone to a day known more for its laughter.

A private function meant the public could not access the facilities inside the Pavilion Cafe, but staff served patrons and passersby, including two policewomen on their well-trained horses, with lunch and/or coffees in the outdoor seating area.

With ten SWWV members present I wasn’t a participant in all conversations, but I heard several, ‘I’m going to write more’ this year, ‘be more organised with my writing’, ‘submit more regularly to my Postal Workshop’ or ‘send my work out into the world’. Other members shared advice on editing and publishing, particularly digital publishing some wish to explore. A highlight for me, as Co-ordinator of the Postal Workshops, was to hear a member say they wouldn’t be writing what they did, if it wasn’t for the advice and support they receive from their Postal Workshop. Others agreed.

While the Picnic is a social gathering, I urge each of you to remind yourselves, throughout the year, of these intentions. When we gather again on 20th January 2018, rather than talking of what we intend to do, I hope we are all excited about the fulfilment of our 2017 intentions.

Judith Green
Postal Workshop Coordinator

The photo below shows Postal Workshop members on the day enjoying the company of like-minded women.  From left to right: Mary Jones, Beth Wunderlich, Betty Chan, Shirley Whiteway, Blaise van Hecke, Judith Green,  Nenia Tavrou and Del Nightingale.  Missing is Meryl Tobin who was behind the camera.