GENERAL MEETING FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2021

Guest presenter will be Anna Ciddor who will speak about the planning and structuring of a novel, details below. This meeting will again be online via Zoom. Joining instructions will be emailed to members next week.

Non-members are also welcome to attend for a small fee. Do you know anyone who has a novel in them? Why not ‘bring a friend’ and invite them to join the meeting? They can book a place using the link below:

https://www.trybooking.com/BUFCR

Anna Ciddor is the author and illustrator of almost 60 books covering topics as diverse as history, travel, fantasy, biography, family history and time-slip. Her newest novel, The Boy Who Stepped Through Time, was published by Allen and Unwin in June 2021. It immediately hit the best-seller lists and has received wide critical acclaim.

Anna’s meticulous work was recognised by a grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council in 2005, and three of her novels have been selected as Notable Books by the CBCA as well as being shortlisted for numerous other awards. They have been made into audio books and translated and published around the world.

Anna Ciddor is also an inspiring presenter and loves sharing her knowledge of research, planning, drafts and editing. You can find out more, and read a few chapters of her books at www.annaciddor.com.

How to begin: planning and structuring a novel

Anna has gone through the process of getting started on over 60 writing projects and her biggest piece of advice is, ‘Don’t start writing till you’ve done your planning.’ In this session she will share, step by step, how she gets started with her own planning, how this helps her get the plot structure and characters clear in her head, and how this leads to a satisfying story for her readers. Anna is just going through the process now of planning a new novel – a sequel to The Boy Who Stepped Through Time.

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WHAT’S ON IN SEPTEMBER 2021

7th September                   Book Chat

Book Chat is the first Tuesday of the month at 10.30 am. Join members online for a fun and friendly discussion about books they have – or have not enjoyed!

The Zoom link will be emailed to members the Sunday prior.  For further information contact Caroline Webber, President: caroline.webber@greenolivepress.com

8th September                   The Work in Progress Group (full) 

This group meets online and is for members embarking on a novel-writing adventure. Group numbers are limited. 

For further information contact Vanessa Potts, group facilitator: vjpotts@yahoo.co.uk or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

10th September                    Deadline for submissions to the September newsletter

For further information contact Paula Wilson, Editor Write Awaypaulawilson1@optusnet.com.au

11th September                New to writing or looking for that extra motivation to write?

The Society of Women Writers Victoria in conjunction with the Library at the Dock is giving a series of online Get Writing! workshops on various topics for those who aren’t members of the Society. This will enable you to see if the Society and writing is for you.

Whether you’re starting out, shaking off the writer’s block or polishing off that manuscript, all are welcome at the workshops.

Sessions are held online the second Saturday of the month between 11 am and noon. An experienced writer from the Society of Women Writers Victoria will host each session.

Bookings are essential so to reserve your place please click HERE to be taken to the Library at the Dock website.

15th – 23rd September        Spring Writing Group (full) call out for submissions

For further information contact Lindsay Bamfield, Writing Groups Coordinator: lindsaybamfield@gmail.com or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

20th September                    Perennial Poets submissions for the month close

For further information contact Nenia Tavrou, Perennial Poets Facilitator: Nenia1@bigpond.com or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

24th September                  General Meeting

Again held via Zoom. An invitation with joining instructions will be emailed to all members. Guest speaker to be advised.

27th September                   Let’s Write! Online Writing Group (full)

This group is for new members to the Society.  From this group they can go on to join one of the other groups, numbers allowing.

For further information contact Paula Wilson, Let’s Write Facilitator: paulawilson1@optusnet.com.au or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

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Book Chat

Join us for a fun and friendly, informal chat about the books we like…
and those we don’t!

Book Chat has moved to the first Tuesday of each month at 10.30 am. This will allow more time to read and ensure lively discussion.

The Zoom link will be emailed to members on the Sunday prior.

The next Book Chat will be on Tuesday, 05 October 2021 at 10.30 am.

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MEMBERS’ NEWS

Joan Webster’s poem ‘Imperfect Pitch’, has been short-listed for the 2021 ACU Poetry Prize.

Mary Jones’s crime novel, Troubled Waters has been shortlisted for the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award.

Paula Wilson’s article ‘Chasing Parkruns’ has been published online in the Lalor Running Club news.

Margaret Pearce’s latest collection of poems, Not Mentioning Any Names, has been published by Ginninderra Press.

Paulette Dube latest collection of poetry, the deepest part of the river won’t freeze was launched on Zoom.

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SWWVic Annual General Meeting 27 August 2021

The Society of Women Writers Victoria will be holding their Annual General meeting on line again this year. However, if the last AGM was anything to go by, this meeting will be a full and fun packed event with the Wheel of Fortune making another appearance.

The agenda and joining instructions to the Zoom meeting will be emailed soon to all members.

There are various positions available as Committee members so if you are interested in being involved on the Committee or would like to nominate someone to serve on the Committee, please let Caroline know. Her email address is: caroline.webber@greenolivepress.com

Voting rights are given to current members of the Society, so if you have not yet renewed your membership and would like to vote or stand for a position, please make sure you renew your membership before the meeting. Thank you to all those who have already renewed and to new members who have recently joined.

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WHAT’S ON FOR AUGUST 2021

3rd August                    Book Chat

Book Chat is the first Tuesday of the month at 10.30 am. Join members online for a fun and friendly discussion about books they have – or have not enjoyed!

The Zoom link will be emailed to members the Sunday prior.  For futher information contact Caroline Webber, President: caroline.webber@greenolivepress.com

10th August                    Deadline for submissions to the August newsletter

For further information contact Paula Wilson, Editor Write Awaypaulawilson1@optusnet.com.au

11th August                    The Work in Progress Group (full)  

This group meets online and is for members embarking on a novel-writing adventure. Group numbers are limited. 

For further information contact Vanessa Potts, group facilitator: vjpotts@yahoo.co.uk or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

14th August                 New to writing or looking for that extra motivation to write?

The Society of Women Writers Victoria in conjunction with the Library at the Dock is giving a series of online Get Writing! workshops on various topics for those who aren’t members of the Society. This will enable you to see if the Society and writing is for you.

Whether you’re starting out, shaking off the writer’s block or polishing off that manuscript, all are welcome at the workshops.

Sessions are held online the second Saturday of the month between 11 am and noon. An experienced writer from the Society of Women Writers Victoria will host each session.

Bookings are essential so to reserve your place please click HERE to be taken to the Library at the Dock website.

15th – 23rd August         Spring Writing Group (full) call out for submissions

For further information contact Lindsay Bamfield, Writing Groups Coordinator: lindsaybamfield@gmail.com or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

20th August                    Perennial Poets submissions for the month close

For further information contact Nenia Tavrou, Perennial Poets Facilitator: Nenia1@bigpond.com or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

27th August                   Annual General Meeting

The venue for this meeting will be given soon. Should COVID restrictions mean that the AGM will be held online via Zoom the agenda with joining instructions will be emailed to all members.

If you are interested in being involved on the Committee or would like to nominate someone to serve on the Committee, please let Caroline know. Her email address is: caroline.webber@greenolivepress.com

Voting rights are given to current members of the Society, so if you have not yet renewed your membership and would like to vote or stand for a position, please make sure you renew your membership before the meeting. Thank you to all those who have already renewed and to new members who have recently joined.

30th August                    Let’s Write! Online Writing Group (full)

This group is for new members to the Society.  From this group they can go on to join one of the other groups, numbers allowing.

For further information contact Paula Wilson, Let’s Write Facilitator: paulawilson1@optusnet.com.au  or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

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The winners of the Kathryn Purnell Poetry prize

The winners of the Kathryn Purnell Poetry prize were announced during the monthly meeting held 30 July 2021. This year, there were almost fifty submissions to the prize and the calibre of the entrants was high. Congratulations to the following members:

1st place – ‘Solace’ by Beverley Lello
2nd place – ‘Cliff Paths’ by Mary Jones
3rd place – ‘Wild Swimming’ by Vanessa Potts
Highly Commended – ‘Hindsight’ by Judith Green
Highly Commended – ‘Understanding’ by Vanessa Hewson

Thank you to Tegan Schetrumpf who judged this year’s competition. Tegan’s report will be included in the August newsletter and the winning poems will be included in Sparx due for release October 2021.

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The 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner

Congratulations to acclaimed Tasmanian author Amanda Lohrey who has won the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award for her elegiac novel The Labyrinth – a beautifully written meditation on sorrow, loneliness and art. 

The novel follows Erica Marsden, who retreats to a quiet hamlet near the prison where her son has been incarcerated for homicidal negligence. Living in a rundown shack, she obsesses over creating a labyrinth by the ocean. To build it, Erica will need the help of strangers.

Seven-time novelist Amanda Lohrey has appeared on the Miles Franklin longlist three times and on the shortlist twice, making this a well-deserved win.

She now joins a group of distinguished and revered alumni of Miles Franklin prize winners, including last year’s winner Tara June Winch (for The Yield), and fellow Tasmanian, the late Christopher Koch (for The Doubleman, in 1985 and Highways to a War, in 1996).

Read about 2021 RUNNERS UP

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WHAT’S ON FOR JULY 2021

6th July                      Book Chat

Book Chat is the first Tuesday of the month at 10.30 am. Join members online for a fun and friendly discussion about books they have – or have not enjoyed!

The Zoom link will be emailed to members the Sunday prior.  For futher information contact Caroline Webber, President: caroline.webber@greenolivepress.com

10th July                    New to writing or looking for that extra motivation to write?

The Society of Women Writers Victoria in conjunction with the Library at the Dock is giving a series of online Get Writing! workshops on various topics for those who aren’t members of the Society. This will enable you to see if the Society and writing is for you.

Whether you’re starting out, shaking off the writer’s block or polishing off that manuscript, all are welcome at the workshops.

Sessions are held online the second Saturday of the month between 11 am and noon. An experienced writer from the Society of Women Writers Victoria will host each session.

Bookings are essential so to reserve your place please click HERE to be taken to the Library at the Dock website.

10th July                    Deadline for submissions to the July newsletter

For further information contact Paula Wilson, Editor Write Awaypaulawilson1@optusnet.com.au

14th July                    The Work in Progress Group (full)  

This group meets online and is for members embarking on a novel-writing adventure. Group numbers are limited. 

For further information contact Vanessa Potts, group facilitator: vjpotts@yahoo.co.uk or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

15th – 23rd July         Spring Writing Group (full) call out for submissions

For further information contact Lindsay Bamfield, Writing Groups Coordinator: lindsaybamfield@gmail.com or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

20th July                    Perennial Poets submissions for the month close

For further information contact Nenia Tavrou, Perennial Poets Facilitator: Nenia1@bigpond.com or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

23rd July                    Committee Meeting Online via Zoom

The agenda with joining instructions will be emailed to all Committee members.

26th July                    Let’s Write! Online Writing Group (full)

This group is for new members to the Society.  From this group they can go on to join one of the other groups, numbers allowing.

For further information contact Paula Wilson, Let’s Write Facilitator: paulawilson1@optusnet.com.au  or click HERE to be taken to the Writers’ Group page of this website.

30th July                    General Meeting Online via Zoom

The agenda with joining instructions will be emailed to all members.

As Melbourne will be in the grips of winter it was decided to hold this meeting online via Zoom.     BYO Hot Chocolate.

However there will be, as usual, a full and interesting agenda.

There will be a Member Spotlight segment in which members can showcase their latest publicised works or achievements.  If you wish to participate in this segment please email Caroline: caroline.webber@greenolivepress.com

The winners of the Kathryn Purnell Poetry Prize will be announced and judge, Tegan Schetrumpf, will be reading her report.

Tegan 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’ form and narrative in millennial Australian poetry won the Dame Leonie Prize. She has been published in AntipodesAxonMeanjinSoutherly, and The Australian Poetry Journal. Tegan is the Creative Editor for Alterity Studies and World Literature.

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IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN …

Membership fees are now due for the year 01 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

Being a member of the Society has many benefits so to renew please click HERE for the membership form and action as indicated on that form.

Those joining for the first time please click HERE to be taken to the JOIN SWWV page of this website to learn more about the benefits of belonging to the Society. There is a membership form on that page, please action as indicated.

Membership fees are the Society’s main source of income each year and are used to hire meeting rooms, pay guest speakers and run events. None of these can happen without your continued support.

Thank you for helping the Society to thrive! Members are what make Societies and we are delighted to have such a vibrant community.


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