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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