News for the writer from Busybird Publishing


Want a great night out?  Then join the fun at the Open Mic Night on Wednesday, September 21st.

Designed for the emerging writer to develop their craft the 2017 Busybird Creative Fellowship is open from October 1st to October 31st.

Places are filling fast for the Karma Writing Retreat  to be held from October 21st to 23rd. This intensive writing retreat is always popular.   It’s not too late to book but be quick or you will miss out.


Give Us the Tools by Dulcie M Stone


giveusthetoolsDulcie Stone, SWWV member and respected author, will have a new book available before Christmas.

Give Us the Tools is a mystery novel based on actual events. Set during the Second World War it is filled with espionage, intrigue and sabotage.

Dulcie has many credits to her name both in fiction and non fiction.

As a writer and a teacher she has helped to change the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  Her book Changing Lives Changing Times is now available as an ebook.  It has been generating a lot of interest and Pen International (Melbourne Branch) recently published an article based on its message.



Lynn Smailes: My Life As a Ghost or an Apparition


Lynn Smailes with SWWV President Blaise van Hecke Photo (and flowers) by Meryl Tobin

Lynn Smailes with SWWV President
Blaise van Hecke
Photo (and flowers) by Meryl Tobin

SWWV member Lynn Smailes collaborated with Tony Atkinson on his autobiography A Prescribed Life: Royalty, romance and medicine.

Lynn is well known to members as a former website administrator and layout person for our newsletter.

At our August meeting she gave a talk on ‘My Life as a Ghost or an Apparition’, a behind-the-scenes look at how she and Tony worked together.

Though ghost writers don’t usually get their name on the cover, Lynn said she did because of the way she and Tony worked. She thought she’d have to charge him an exorbitant amount, so she suggested that they share the copyright and royalties instead, and split all costs equally if they were unable to attract a publisher and decided to self-publish.

The above is an extract from an article by SWWV member Meryl Tobin.  The complete article will appear in an upcoming WriteAway.


Ever wonder if your research is correct?

After spending many hours researching do you then agonise over the accuracy?

If the answer is YES this Fact or Fiction –  Writers Workshop in Clunes on Saturday 19 November 2016 might be the answer.

With Andrew Masterson, journalist and author, you will learn:

  • How to find reliable research for your writing.
  • How to tell good research from bad.
  • How to avoid logic traps such as confirmation bias and anchored recall.
  • How to distill research into writer-friendly form.
  • How to incorporate results into your work in ways that acknowledge the source without weighing down, or slowing down, your text.

Stay the weekend and browse the bookshops on the Sunday!

For full details can be found on the Clunes Booktown website.


August Reminders from BusyBird

Workshops and events for the remainder of August 2016 – check out the newsletter for full details.

INTRODUCTION TO FICTION – Monday, August 15th from 7.00pm to 10.00pm

OPEN MIC NIGHT – Wednesday, August 17th from 7.00pm

PUBLISH FOR PROFIT – Monday, August 22nd from 7.00pm to 8.30pm

ISSUE SEVEN LAUNCH – Saturday, August 27th from 3.00pm to 5.00pm

LIFE WRITING – Wednesday August 31st from 7.00pm to 10.00pm

KARMIC WRITING RETREAT – Friday October 21st to Sunday October 23rd.


Dr Clare Wright wins 2016 Alice Literary Award

Congratulations to Dr Clare Wright, winner of the 2016 prestigious Alice Literary Award.

The Society of Women Writers biennial literary award is given in recognition of a distinguished and long-term contribution to literature by an Australian woman and this year has been awarded to historian and author Dr Clare Wright. Clare, whose books include The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka and Beyond the Ladies Lounge, was presented with the award at a dinner in Launceston on 6 August hosted by Society of Women Writers Tasmania, Inc.

The Alice Literary Award winner is selected from a shortlist of finalists drawn from each state, each of whom are selected for their contribution and inspiration to other women writers.

The Society of Women Writers Victoria Inc will have the pleasure of hosting the 2018 Alice Literary Award.

The previous winner of the award was Libby Hathorn in 2014.


Cher Chidzey’s new book

Cher Chidzey. Photo: Meryl Tobin

Cher Chidzey. Photo: Meryl Tobin

The ‘West Writers Forum’ held an event on Saturday 30th July 2016 at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, entitled ‘Our Stories’. Cher Chidzey, a long-time member of SWWV, and her publisher Annie Hall from ThreeKookaburras Publishing, conducted a conversational session about the genesis and development of Cher’s latest book, ‘Ken’s Quest’.
This story, with its drama, disaster, hope and despair, will provide hours of discussion for people interested and concerned about the issues that face new-comers to this country. It is due for publication before the end of this year.


Under the River-Red by Margaret White

On Sunday 31st July 2016 at the St Silas’ Church Albert Park the all-ages story ‘Under the River-Redwritten by Margaret White was launched with speeches, an auction and a fabulous afternoon tea.

Margaret first told this story in response to questions raised by her grandchildren. With concern for the accuracy of detail it has become an informative and beautifully presented story. Illustrations are all watercolours; the artist, Ray McInnes, has captured the beauty of the bush and its creatures.

All proceeds from this book and its artwork will be donated to Anglicare Victoria for the care of children in need.