Perennial Poets and Spring Writers' Groups

These writers’ groups consists of approximately eight writers, including the facilitator or leader of the group, whose monthly submissions are combined into a journal, a word document, and circulated amongst members by email. Each member in turn receives the journal, reads the contributions, makes her comments and, within four days, emails the journal to the next person on the list. The journal finally comes back to the facilitator who returns the original contributions, together with comments.

Do I have to be an accomplished writer?

Definitely not, members of the groups are usually at different levels of accomplishment. Beginning writers benefit from the knowledge of those more experienced. The enthusiasm of the new writer encourages those who are inclined to procrastinate. At first, it may seem daunting to produce a short critique for each piece of writing within four days, but most members find it advantageous working to a deadline. Comments are helpful and encouraging.

What genres are included?

There are presently two active writers’ groups – Perennial Poets, a poetry only group and Spring to which submissions can be prose of any genre – fiction, nonfiction, memoir and articles. Prose to a maximum of 2000 words. Should you wish to submit writing that is longer than 2000 words please serialise over a few months. For poetry, two pages only: one poem per page or one two-page poem.

What format should I use?

All contributions should be submitted to that group’s facilitator as a Word document with wide margins. Always use one of the basic fonts such as Times New Roman 12 point. For prose: double or one and a half spacing to allow easy reading.

The group’s facilitator will advise the date your submission is due, usually the 20th of the month.

What does it cost?

There is no additional charge for members.

Members of Writers' Groups are invited to meet on the 3rd Saturday each January and June for lunch in Melbourne CBD at their own expense. Details will be advised a month prior to each date.

What do members say?

"I really enjoy our Wednesday writing group meetings as the regularity of them forces me to consistently engage with creative writing. The feedback from other members is invaluable as are the thoughtful writing prompts. It has given me a starting point from which to develop stories for competitions and for my own personal satisfaction."

Samantha S.

Wednesday Writers member
“The disbanding of DLS, Melbourne together with the long lockdown resulted in a period of severe writers’ block and inactivity. Let’s Write uses written prompts and photographs to stimulate ideas. After ten minutes writing we share an amazing range of feelings: sorrow, joy, fear, hope and lots of laughter and friendship.

After joining Let’s Write, I am finding inspiration to write again almost every day.”

Margaret McD.

Let's Write member
“I joined the Wednesday Writers recently and have zoomed in several times now. I was apprehensive at first because I don’t think I write that well when put on the spot and the Wednesday Writers is all about being put on the spot with prompts, photos and a ten-minute time limit. I have been surprised at what I’ve produced and find the comments from the other participants to be encouraging and thoughtful. I’ve expanded on some of the pieces afterwards, taking on board some of the comments. It’s also enjoyable.”

Beverley L.

Wednesday Writers member
“Paula asked us if we wanted to go to a fortnightly meeting schedule rather than our monthly get together. It was a unanimous ‘yes’. This Writing Group is doing me good, and I’m sure my writing will grow from the challenges of the prompts Paula selects for us.”

Jennifer M.

Let's Write member
“Let’s Write forces my mind to grab a thought I have never thought, to gather moments that have never been gathered and create a story that has never been created. Or has it, but was just buried beneath.”

Karen M.

Let's Write member
“I am a late-comer to writing. I joined the society after attending their 50 year celebration ‘For the Love of Writing’. What an inspirational eye opener to whet my appetite to finally attempt what I’d put on the back burner for 42 years. I joined the Society’s Spring writing group and Let’s Write because I was hungry to learn everything I could from others passionate about writing. The groups are full of encouragement with suggestions – both grammatically and flow of stories presented (it never sounds like criticism). I love how we are all different skill levels, some published, some like me – total beginner, yet united and encouraging in our pursuits to help each other accomplish. I’m extremely grateful to be part of such a wonderful inspiring group. I may be a total beginner but I’m never made to feel one.”

Barbara V.

Let's Write member
“It is both enjoyable and yet challenging at times to my grey matter in terms of my writing. I love this little push for it exercises the many dimensions that help one become more aware of not only as a writer but who we are too.
It is always interesting listening to other ladies writing too and offering a constructive critique as it is receiving it also. Wednesday evenings are a lot of fun so do join up and challenge yourself…it is certainly worth it.”

Michelle R.

Wednesday Writers member
“Prompt sessions weren’t high on my list, but how wrong I was. Since joining this group I am learning to generate ideas in a creative way which I could not have imagined. But that’s just part of what I have gained from this group. There are up to six people on some zoom sessions, so I’ve met other writers from the Society. And that’s not all, when we read our prompts to the group, (which is not compulsory), I get to hear their terrific stories and the feedback given by the group.

Thank you for inviting me into the Wednesday Prompt Group and to the other members of this group who put their trust in each other with our writing."

Breda H.

Wednesday Writers member
“The Wednesday Writers writing prompts are a fabulous stimulus for creativity. I never know where a prompt will take me! I always enjoy hearing what group members have written, and value their encouraging and considered feedback on my work.”

Louise H.

Wednesday Writers member
"SWWV. I love it. I love the friendships I have made, the lessons I have learned and the contribution I have been able to make. I began writing alone, learnt alone, succeeded and failed alone. Now, as a SWWV member for more than thirty years, my writing life has been enriched and enlivened by a circle of sister writers and the programs and experience we offer each other as a united group. A lot of fun too. Did I mention that I love it?"

Veronica S.

Society of Women Writers Victoria member
"Writing has not always been easy and the support that comes from friends in the group is so positive, you don’t ever quite let go. Along with that is the development of the writer’s sense of the need for balanced criticism and the happy acceptance of that criticism. This alone, would be reason enough to join a group of writers, but in fact the fellowship experienced in the group is even more valuable. After time you realise you’ve developed your ‘voice’, gained in skill and expanded your literary interests. Such connections are hard to come by and quite special."

Del N.

Society of Women Writers Victoria member
“I have a 10,000 word story that I am sure has the ability to be a novel. Belonging to a group such as this will keep me on track and hold me accountable. Along the way I will learn from and be encouraged by experienced writers.”

Patricia A.

The WIP Group
“I am thoroughly looking forward to joining this group and helping others to advance their writing. Joining a writing group is an ideal way of being held accountable. It makes you sit down and write!”

Caroline W.

The WIP Group
“Paula, the group facilitator, is warm and friendly. These sessions are going to be a lot of fun!”

Caroline W.

Emerging Writers
“These groups had a significant impact on my writing, however it was always only for my own pleasure. I’ve not won any awards on this journey, but that’s not important to me. I like feed back, good or bad. That’s part of it all. I have enjoyed my years with Carpe Diem and now Perennial Poets. I enjoy what I do and have been grateful for all the encouragement at SWWV. I've learnt a lot about writing, me as a writer and other writers of all levels and of all genres.”

Sandra T.

Perennial Poets
“For me the importance of the group workshop program has been the continuity of the connection over more than 15 years. Writing has not always been easy and the support that comes from friends in the group is so positive, you don’t ever quite let go. Along with that is the development of the writer’s sense of the need for balanced criticism and the happy acceptance of that criticism. This alone, would be reason enough to join a group of writers, but in fact the fellowship experienced in the group is even more valuable. After time you realise you’ve developed your ‘voice’, gained in skill and expanded your literary interests. Such connections are hard to come by and quite special.”

Del N.

Spring
“I discovered the Society of Women Writers Victoria around 1995 and joined a Postal Workshop not long after becoming a member. I can’t consider not being part of a workshop, the input from fellow writers has been important in my growth as a writer. To me though one of the biggest joys is being allowed to ride along on different authors’ journey as they write and publish their books.”

Paula W.

Spring
“I am so happy to belong to SWWV. The genuine support that comes from a group where we all share a common passion is priceless. The members help you in ways that give you perspective on your craft and encourage you to develop and expand ideas. I enjoy sharing my writing and critiquing my peers writing. I feel as though in a sense I can follow them on their own personal journeys and also have a giggle or cry along the way. Thank you all the team, for the opportunity you have given me and the encouragement to express myself in this wonderful way.”

Mary L.

Perennial Poets
“Reading to critique the work of others has nurtured a greater awareness of the art of writing. Being critiqued on the other hand has nurtured an awareness not only of my own writing strengths but the possibilities of what and how I can improve the not-so-strong aspects of my work.”

Judith G.

Spring
“To send in a submission each month requires discipline, to heed the critiques given requires humility; to learn from them requires enlightenment, to grow as a writer requires perseverance. Surely there can be no greater influences than discipline, humility, enlightenment and perseverance.”

Patricia A.

Spring
“I love to write and I belong to two other local writing groups. The Carpe Diem workshop ladies didn’t know me and therefore were more impartial when providing feedback on my memoir. They had a wealth of experience in writing, grammar and punctuation and helped me to identify a number of (annoying) lapses in my writing I hadn’t previously noticed. As a result my writing became stronger and more succinct.”

Sue G.

Spring
“Having a number of people critique my writing, both offering encouragement and also constructive criticism allows for growth and development. Also, suggestions of various avenues that might be interested in my work (or even potential publication!) are also very inspirational to keep moving forward.”

Nenia T.

Perennial Poets & Spring
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