JOIN HANNAH JOHNSON’S WORKOUT SESSIONS

Did you enjoy Hannah Johnson’s workout sessions shown first thing every morning during the For The Love Of Writing Festival?

Hannah has put together low impact workout sessions that can be viewed using Zoom.

If you like the idea of doing workouts from home that don’t take forever, please join Hannah for her 25 minute morning exercise sessions.

Monday and Wednesday – 07:00 AM

Tuesday and Thursday  – 10:30 AM 

Cost: $5 per class or $10 per week for all class sessions

Interested to see if this is for you? Then Hannah is inviting you try 4 sessions at no cost.

These exercise sessions incorporate a variety of low impact aerobics, workout tracks from the program #DANCE, light strength and conditioning exercises, dynamic and static stretching and most importantly a focus on having fun and feeling good.

Needed for these sessions is access to Zoom, recommended is a minimum of 1m x 1m of floor space (moves can be modified), a water bottle and a sweat towel.

Hannah’s goal is to provide a fun session that will get your body moving and reduce stress.

If you are interested please contact Hannah on: i.choose.my.path@gmail.com and Hannah will provide you with information about how to get started.

Hannah is a qualified fitness instructor with a passion for group fitness and has taught at various gyms around Melbourne since 2018. She became an instructor to show others that there are fun ways to exercise and you don’t have to train like an athlete to feel good. 


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Book Chat Every Second 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.”

The next Book Chat will be on Wednesday 17 March 2021. Members will be sent the Zoom link prior to all Book Chat meetings. Please note that sessions are at 11 AM.

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Readings Children’s Book Prize 2021

Kirli Saunders has been shortlisted in this years Readings Children’s Book prize for her book Bindi, illustrated by Dub Leffler, published by Magabala Books.

Kirli, award winning Gunai writer and artist, was a presenter during the For the Love of Writing Festival when she reflected on her own creative process and read from her own poetry and verse novel collections.

Although Bindi is aimed at readers from 5 to 12 several members of the Society have recently read Bindi and, unashamedly, said they enjoyed it immensely.

This year’s six shortlisted titles, for readers aged 5 to 12, are: • The Power of Positive Pranking (Nat Amoore, Puffin) • The Year the Maps Changed (Danielle Binks, Lothian) • Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse (Maxine Beneba Clarke, illus by Nicki Greenberg, Puffin) • The Grandest Bookshop in the World (Amelia Mellor, Affirm) • Bindi (Kirli Saunders, illus by Dub Leffler, Magabala Books) • As Fast as I Can (Penny Tangey, UQP).


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THE PERFECT LUNCH with TONIA TODMAN

Did you enjoy Tonia’s cooking segment during the For The Love Of Writing festival but weren’t able to write down the recipes? Here they are.

Menu for Tonia’s light lunch was Beer Damper, Pumpkin Galette accompanied with Slumped Capsicums, followed by Melons with Rose Water Yoghurt.

Click HERE for Beer Damper recipe

Click HERE for Pumpkin Galette recipe

Click HERE for Slumped Capsicums recipe

Click HERE for Melons and Rose Water yoghurt recipe

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Join the Society of Women Writers Victoria for an online International Women’s Day celebration with a showcase of Australian writers.

When: Monday 8 March 2021 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm via Zoom.

Tickets available through Eventbrite. Click HERE to be transferred to the Eventbrite website.

The event will begin with a presentation by Di Websdale-Morrissey (On a Wing and a Prayer: The Race that Stopped the World) on notable Australians including Elizabeth McArthur and Miles Franklin, and a panel discussion (Bridgette Burton, Tiffany Davis, Del Nightingale, Veronica Schwarz and Caroline Webber).

The second part of the event will be a series of bite-sized presentations by members of the Society of Women Writers Victoria about women writers who have influenced them. (Martha Ackroyd-Curtis, Emma Adair, Judith A Green, Mary Jones, Valerie Pybus, Razmi Wahab, Megan Wallens, Paula Wilson and more).

The full program can be viewed HERE as a Word document.


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MIRIAM MARGOLYES OBE

Did you enjoy the For the Love of Writing segment on Thursday, 18 February 2021 with Miriam and Lucinda Hawksley discussing Dickens’s Women?

Would you like to see more of Miriam?

In this recent interview Miriam talks about Dickens, his women, her new book and life in general.

The interview is on YouTube and can be viewed HERE

The interviewer is Ben Ben Murphy.

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THAT’S A WRAP! FOR THE LOVE OF WRITING FESTIVAL 2021

A message from Caroline Webber, President of the Society for Women Writers Victoria

“WOW”. Thank you everyone who has been involved in the Festival, from our amazing guest speakers to those people who kept things moving ‘behind the scenes’.

I’d like to thank members of the Society of Women Writers Victoria who stepped up and rose to the challenge, and were often pushed out of their comfort zones and doing something new, by introducing and facilitating events. 

And of course, the Festival would not have been possible without the attendees – You! Thank you for taking part and helping to create a real Festival buzz. 

Throughout the week I received emails from Festival attendees saying how much they were enjoying the events, how inspiring the talks were, how generous the presenters were with sharing their insights and knowledge. One participant commented that she thought the presenters and published authors would come across as highbrow and stuffy, but actually were the complete opposite and she was amazed at how open they were. I think this comment captures the spirit of the Festival. 

Despite meeting online, there has been a great sense of community – the sense that women writers are supporting each other, encouraging each other, sharing their experiences, and helping other women writers grow. 

This is exactly what the Society of Women Writers Victoria hoped this Festival would achieve and I would like to like to thank everyone for taking part.

After such a great week there is always the danger of slipping into the doldrums but never fear, the Festival fun doesn’t stop here. If you have purchased a ticket you will receive a link in the next week or so to the recordings from the Festival to watch in your own time.

There are also a number of ways you can continue to participate and keep your momentum going.

Firstly, give yourself permission and time to write (as many of the presenters this week encouraged) and to send in reviews of your favourite sessions for inclusion in our Festival blog. These will be posted on the Society’s website in the coming weeks.

Secondly, the Society of Women Writers Victoria is hosting an event to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March. Further information will be available on the website soon. 

Thirdly, the Society is hosting a Literary Lunch in September with a limited number of tickets available for people to come along and listen to a well-known presenter speak while enjoying a delicious lunch (subject to COVID-restrictions at the time.) 

There will also be other events, such as the Society’s monthly meetings, throughout the year. The next meeting of the Society of Women Writers Victoria is on Friday 26th February. It is an online open mic style meeting and members have the opportunity to share their writing.

If you are not yet a member of the Society but this Festival has inspired you to join, please head to the JOIN page for more information.

And finally, if you have enjoyed the For the Love of Writing Festival, please spread the word among your networks and tweet, post and blog about it.

For a limited time tickets will continue to be sold via EVENTBRITE and people who purchase tickets will receive a link to the recordings of the sessions. If there was a talk or presentation you think someone you know will enjoy, please let them know.   

Once again, thank you for being part of the For the Love of Writing Festival; you have been an amazing audience. 

Very best wishes, Caroline Webber

President, Society of Women Writers Victoria 

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TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE LOVE OF WRITING FESTIVAL

FOR A LIMITED TIME AFTER THE FESTIVAL TICKETS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BY CLICKING HERE TO VISIT THE EVENTBRITE WEBSITE

*** PLEASE NOTE, ALL TICKETS PURCHASED AFTER THE 20th FEBRUARY ARE FOR RECORDINGS OF THE PRESENTATIONS, NOT LIVE EVENTS. ***

LINKS TO THE RECORDINGS WILL BE SENT TO ALL TICKET HOLDERS APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS AFTER THE FESTIVAL.

FOR FULL PROGRAM DETAILS PLEASE CLICK HERE

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LOVE LETTER Competition Winners

The winners of the Love Letter competition are –

1st Prize – Emma Adair – $120 restaurant voucher

2nd Prize – Barbara Verity – a pack of 5 literary talks by Susannah Fullerton

3rd Prize – Elizabeth McLennan – a $30 bookstore voucher

Congratulations Emma, Barbara and Elizabeth. You will be notified shortly on how to claim your prize.

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