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.


Vale Dorothy Bransgrove


Photo taken 02 June 2016 at Benalla. Reprinted with family permission.

Photo taken 02 June 2016 at Benalla. Reprinted with family permission.

The Society was saddened to hear of the recent death of Dorothy Bransgrove.

Dorothy was a talented writer, a gentle and unassuming person with a dry sense of humour. She was a valued member of Brigid’s Well for 10 years and was still entering poems in competitions up until two years ago! Dorothy was approaching her 95th birthday.

Dorothy’s funeral service, held Monday August 1st, was a true celebration of her life. During the service three of Dorothy’s poems were read by her family. She was much loved by her children, grandchildren and  great-grandchildren and all those who knew her.

A long time member of SWWV, a friend to many and a trusted mentor, she will be sadly missed.


An epilogue, so fitting for a writer,  has been given by long time friend, Phyllis McLeod, and can be read here.

Dorothy Bransgrove Epilogue

Tributes from members have been collated by Meryl Tobin.

Vale Dorothy Bransgrove

A selection of Dorothy’s poetry, published in Poetry Monash and reprinted with the permission of Lorraine Mcguigan,  attached here for your enjoyment.

Poems of Dorothy Bransgrove




Krystle going over the finer points of Performance Poetry with SWWV member.

Krystle going over the finer points of Performance Poetry with SWWV member.

Dynamic poet and editor,  Krystle Herdy presented a Performance Poetry workshop at the July meeting,

She told members, ‘Throw out your preconceived ideas about poetry. Performance Poetry is about communication. You have to reach out and touch your audience. You are taking your audience on a journey.’

Those present sharing the journey with Krystle were very impressed with her power and passion as she ‘performed’ two of her original pieces.  A sign of the presenter’s ability to communicate came through her workshop when she helped turn our flash writing efforts into Performance Poetry.

Krystle’s tips were to use alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, repetition as a refrain and rhyme. ‘You also need to build a relationship with your audience,’ she said. ‘Touch all senses if you can.’


Lynn Smailes: A Prescribed Life

TonyLynn3SWWVic member, Lynn Smailes can now add to her list of accomplishments. Lynn collaborated with Tony Atkinson to write his autobiography, A Prescribed Life: Royalty, Romance and Medicine, published by Affirm Press in June 2016. Tony’s has been an interesting and amusing life: surviving a brutal British boarding school, dodging Hitler’s bombs in England during World War II, working as a footman for Queen Elizabeth during the Coronation era, and his misadventures as a medical student moonlighting as waiter for the Churchills at 10 Downing Street. The adventure continued when Tony and the love of his life came to 1960s Australia as ‘ten-pound Poms’. Tony eventually settled into a medical career as a specialist anaesthetist, where his ability to see the funny side of life continued to sustain him in times of great change in his life, wider society and medicine.

Lynn will be a guest speaker at the AGM on 26 August 2016.