In 2017 meetings will be from 12pm to 3pm and will alternate between Hayden Raysmith Room, 4th Floor, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne and the Community Hub at the Dock, Docklands Library, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands 3008. Phone 03 9658 9161 or 03 9658 9998.  The Committee will meet from 3pm to 4pm.  See Meetings & Events page for details.

A Brief History of the Society of Women Writers Victoria (SWWV)

The Society of Women Writers was founded in Sydney as a State body in 1925 to welcome women delegates and wives of delegates to the Imperial Press Conference held in Sydney that year. The organisers included the writer, Mary Gilmore, and the journalist, Constance Robertson. In 1970 Margaret Hazzard and a group of women writers in Melbourne formed the Victorian Branch of the Society of Women Writers, which became an incorporated not-for-profit society in 2000. The SWWV Biennial Literary Award was inaugurated in 2001 to celebrate this event. We have sister societies of Women Writers in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia.



Literary Patron: Errol Broome (above)

Life Members: Dorothy Richards,Barbara Warren, Errol Broome, Judy Bartosy, Dorothea Lavery



Back L to R:  Mary Jones, Patricia Arts, Shirley Whiteaway, Blaise van Hecke, Lynn Murphy
    Front L to R: Jenny Hearn, Errol Broome (SWWVic patron) and Del Nightingale.
Photo: Meryl Brown Tobin
The Society of Women Writers VIC
Committee 2016–2017:
President: Blaise van Hecke
Vice-president: Del Nightingale
Treasurer: Del Nightingale
Assistant Treasurer: Patricia Arts
Membership Secretary: Shirley Whiteway
Newsletter editor: Blaise van Hecke (acting)
Website coordinators: Patricia Arts & Mary Jones
Minutes Secretary: Patricia Arts
Postal workshop coordinator: Judith Green
Outreach coordinators: Patricia Arts & Jenny Hearn

Postal Workshops Editors: Spring: Nenia Tavrou, Carpe Diem: Judith Green, Arianthe’s Thread: Patricia O’Keefe

Journal sub-committee: Paula Wilson, Errol Broome, Blaise van Hecke & Mary Jones

Archivist:                   Nina McPherson                                       Web Advisor:             Lynn Smailes