Last Meeting for 2020

The Society’s final meeting for the year will be held online on Friday 27 November 2020, commencing at 11 o’clock. At the last meeting of the year, members are invited to read their own Christmas/ Holiday-themed writing – poetry, prose, memoir. The only criteria is that the contributor needs to read their piece in under 4 minutes.

Members are then asked to vote on their favourite piece and the winner is awarded a small prize. In the past, the Society has collated these stories and produced a ‘Holiday reading’ publication. This is was a lovely idea and we plan to do the same this year for those members who would like to be included.

The link was in the monthly newsletter emailed to members 17 November 2020. Should you wish to receive again or need help getting into the meeting please email Caroline Webber: caroline.webber@greenolivepress.com

Book Chat Every 2nd Wednesday

SWWV members are invited to join in for a fun and friendly discussion about books we have been reading. This is a great opportunity to test out your Zoom skills. BYO morning tea.

Valerie Pybus, a member of SWWNSW, who has been joining our Book Chats said:  “It certainly draws writers together and dispels the confines of isolation.”

Book Chat on Wednesday the 2nd of December 2020 has been cancelled. The next Book Chat will be advised soon.

October Meeting – Launch of Sparx, Margaret Hazzard Short Story Award winners and much more

The launch of the fifth issue of Sparx, the Society’s anthology of members’ writing, was different this year as it had to be conducted online. However thirty people joined in to the meeting that had a launch-like feel and included the announcement of this years Margaret Hazzard Short Story Award winners, a quick quiz, a poetry reading and… a Wheel of Fortune complete with prizes!

We were especially pleased to welcome to the meeting Josephine Rowe who judged the Margaret Hazzard Short Story Award this year. In her report on the entries Josephine stressed the importance of the strength of the voice and mentioned this as being crucial to the success of a short story. Here is an excerpt from her report:

“Perhaps the only element that’s indispensable is a distinct and compelling voice – whether that’s the character’s voice, or the author’s, or some mysterious hybrid of the two. It needn’t be a reliable, or even a likeable voice – I just want to be able to hear it clearly enough to stay with it, to follow it along its own desire lines and around blind corners, in and out of the woods.”

You can read all of Josephine’s report in this issue of Sparx and details of how to purchase copies have been included in the post below.

There were 5 winners in the Wheel segment. Each receiving their choice of – a set of Sparx, a book by member Maribel Steele, 2 journal and pen sets, a SWWV 50th anniversary mug. The Wheel proved to be a fun segment and will be used again in meetings.


Sparx Issue 5 Launched Friday 30 October 2020

Cover image by
Blaise van Hecke

This anthology of poetry and prose showcases work from the Society of Women Writers Victoria. The Society is a group of women who come together to nurture each other in the craft of writing.

Now in its 5th edition, this issue ofSparx contains twenty-nine contributions from some of these talented Victorian female writers. They present a range of experiences, ideas and emotions that will provide both food for thought and entertainment for the reader.

Issue 5 includes the three prize-winning stories from the 2020 Margaret Hazzard Short Story Award as judged by Josephine Rowe.

Copies of Sparx cost $10 each.
Postage for is $3.30 for one copy $5 for two copies. 
If you would like to order copies of Sparx, please email Paula Wilson:
paulawilson1@optusnet.com.au

Margaret Hazzard Short Story Award

Congratulations to the following members on being placed in the 2020 Margaret Hazzard Short Story Award.

First – Beverley Lello, Three Red Rosettes
Second – Kerrin O’Sullivan, Washing Shirts in Morocco
Third – Julie Bateman, Down the Rabbit Hole

The above stories have been included in Sparx Issue 5. Please see the post above for details of how to purchase copies.

SWWVic now has a YouTube Channel

A format that will in future be used for members to access meetings, presentations and podcasts is presently showing videos on how to use and get the best from Zoom.

Members have been given links to the Zoom videos via the Presidents newsletter. Members will be advised of future links as more material goes live.

Thanks to Caroline Webber and Lucy Downey for their expertise