Postal Workshops

SWWVic postal workshops provide a valuable opportunity for members to share and critique their work. They are particularly appreciated by members who live far enough from the city to find it difficult to attend the regular monthly meetings. The once yearly get-togethers give us all a chance to put faces to names for the first time, or catch up with old friends in person. This year’s event was held on Saturday January 19th, at Time Out in Fed Square. We shared good food, good company, interesting conversations and lots of laughter. Thanks to Meryl for the photographs.

Our workshop co-ordinator, Patricia Arts, writes:


Thirteen members from Carpe Diem, eSpring and Perennial Poets Postal Workshops attended our gathering at Time Out restaurant in Federation Square on Saturday, 19 January 2019.

The milder, bright and breezy summer day brought crowds of tennis fans out for the Australian Open meaning that Federation Square and its restaurants and cafes were very busy, but our corner of Time Out was relatively quiet allowing conversation to be shared.

Our annual gathering is a social time and with thirteen people present there were always several conversations going on at once. The chatter and laughter may not always focus on writing, and when it does is rarely in-depth, but the friendships and the face-to-face interaction create a basis of caring and understanding.

Postal Workshops were formed to allow those limited by distance, mobility, sickness, work or other commitments to share their writing and to enjoy the benefits of belonging to the Society and for some members this January gathering is their only chance to meet with fellow members of the Society.

The yearly catch-up is a mix of social interaction and ‘writers’ talk and is a chance to share the frustrations and joys of a writing life.  For those who cannot attend SWWV meetings, the Postal Workshops create a sense of belonging.

Patricia Arts
Postal Workshops Coordinator



All three presently have a few vacancies.  The Postal Workshops of CARPE DIEM and eSPRING accept both prose and poetry while PERENNIAL POETS accepts poetry only.

If you are interested, please visit the postal workshop page here and send a message to Patricia.


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