At the Annual General Meeting held online via Zoom on Friday 28th August 2020 Caroline Webber writer, editor, publisher and proprietor of Green Olive Press was elected as President of the Society of Women Writers Victoria.
In her acceptance speech Caroline said –
I am honoured to have been elected President of the Society. This year is a special year as the Society celebrates its 50thanniversary. What a remarkable achievement and members past and present can feel proud knowing they have helped achieve this golden anniversary milestone. Special thanks to Paula Wilson, the immediate past President, for doing such a great job leading the Society for the past two years. With the support of Hazel Edwards OAM, the Society’s Patron, the Committee and the broader membership, I hope that the activities, events and workshops we have planned we keep the Society on course for another fifty years.
Join academic and author, Tegan Schetrumpf, at our monthly meeting on Friday 25th September as she talks about the importance of understanding and mapping out the contemporary writing scene – and locating where you belong as a writer.
Opportunities to write, speak, and publish emerge from meeting hubs – from coffee shops to university campuses, open-mic nights to workshops. Each writing scene has its own clique and politics, and being able to recognise where your work will be most appreciated maximises your chances of successful engagement.
Tegan will describe the characteristics of the most active genres in contemporary Australian poetry, from the dominant tension between lyrical poetry and experimental poetry to the smaller scenes of traditional bush poetry, eco-poetry, slam and postcolonial poetry, each of which utilises very different standards of ‘good’ and ‘bad’. She will also consider the politics with which they view each other.
These tensions feed age-old questions about writing, such as the anxiety of influence, the mythic figure of the lone, ‘inspired’ genius writer, and how workshops effect the writing process. Tegan will also give practical advice about recognising the literary predispositions of certain journals or even the judges of prizes, which will help you figure out what to submit where.
Author Bio: A firm believer in interdisciplinary study, Tegan Jane Schetrumpf has a Bachelor of Medical Science and a Master of Letters in English from the University of Sydney. In 2015, her postgraduate research into ‘New Traditionalism’ in millennial Australian poetry won the Dame Leonie Prize. Her essays and poetry have been published in Antipodes, Axon, Meanjin, Southerly, and The Australian Poetry Journal. Tegan is currently the Creative Editor for Alterity Studies and World Literature.
The date of the September meeting has changed to the 25th of September, not the 18th of September as previously advised. As with all monthly meetings being held online using Zoom an invitation with joining instructions will be emailed to all members prior to this meeting.
The August newsletter is now available, here and on the newsletter page. It contains details of meetings, workshops and book discussions conducted online via Zoom, as the Society goes from strength to strength in spite of Covid 19 lockdowns.
The AGM will be on Friday 28th August at 11am, via Zoom. (Details in the newsletter.) The business meeting will be followed by a talk by our Patron Hazel Edwards about the state of the industry, and reminiscences and recollections of the Society by long-standing member Errol Broome to mark our anniversary.
We are celebrating 50 years of the Society this year, and as part of our celebrations we are working on updating and digitalising our archives