Dear Members,

Yesterday morning I ran a ‘Get Writing!’ online workshop on behalf of Library at the Dock. Usually Paula Wilson, Vice President, runs these sessions but she was grappling with caravan, rain and internet issues in country NSW, and so asked for someone to cover.

The Society runs these workshops as part of its current relationship with Library at the Dock. I had not attended one of these sessions before but had heard a lot about them and attendees often give positive feedback.

The format of the workshop involved writing, inspired by a written prompt, for a period of time followed by the opportunity for participants to read and discuss what they had written. The process was then repeated using a pictorial prompt. Del Nightingale joined the session on behalf of the Society and there were a small group of women who had booked into the session via the Library, and we spent a thoroughly enjoyable hour and a half writing and discussing our work. It was great to see the participants feeling inspired and giving each other positive and constructive feedback.

Delving into the Society’s archive records, I have discovered that in years past when Rebecca Maxwell was President, and others, members had the opportunity to discuss and workshop their writing. Members used to meet before the start of the monthly meeting to discuss their work and ask for feedback from those present.

I thought I would take advantage of not meeting in person again this month and try something similar to what the Society has done in the past, and invite members to participate in a Zoom meeting to workshop some of their own writing at 9.30am on the 25th June 2021. Numbers for this group will be limited to 6 people to enable each person to receive feedback. If you are interested in taking part, please email and I will send further details.

In recent weeks a number of new members have joined the Society. A very warm welcome to Gay Collins, Clara Rizzi and Karen Meyer. 

Until next week, happy writing,


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