Welcome to 2017 – New Year Heralds Change



As mentioned in a previous post there will be changes to the Mordialloc Writers’ Group this year.

Unfortunately, no one stepped forward to organise Readings by The Bay on a monthly basis so there have been no dates booked for 2017.

If the readings are revived, regular attendees will be the first to know.

Breda Hertaeg is coordinating the Tuesday night workshops and the following dates have been booked this year. All bookings are for ROOM 1, 7:30 – 10:00 pm.


MARCH 7, 21

APRIL 11, 25 (ANZAC day)

MAY 9, 23

JUNE 6, 20

JULY 4, 18

AUGUST 1, 15,  29


OCTOBER 10, 24

NOVEMBER 7, (Melb Cup) & 21


 I guess the changes can be described as ‘an end of an era’ – I founded the group with Noelle Franklyn. I’m the only one remaining who has seen every writer come through the group (over 200 local and not so local writers) – some achieving publishing success with novels and poetry collections. Many published in our nine anthologies, the last one for our 20th Anniversary.

I’m thrilled Breda is running Tuesday nights and although it is sad Readings By The Bay will no longer be a regular fixture there are many other venues for writers to read their work that didn’t exist when I first started our event in Mordialloc.

Good luck to everyone for a great writing year  – I’ll still be teaching at three local community houses but I’m taking the second term off to go travelling.

On March 31, I fly to Beijing, then to Mongolia to start my journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway and then fly to London from Helsinki.

In the UK I’ll be catching up with friends and family in England, Scotland and Ireland,  plus visiting the Orkney and Shetland Isles, new destinations for me. I’m hoping to catch up with writer friends I only know through the Internet.

I’ll be blogging my trip, so for anyone interested please follow me at Up The Creek With A Pen, https://mairineil.com

And for anyone living near any of my intended destinations and who may want to have a cuppa with me – please get in touch.  




Author Event – Maria Katsonis

READINGS BY THE BAY sept 2016.jpgThe inter-generational transition of Mordialloc Writers powers ahead and Kristina Rowell has arranged another author event to invigorate our regular Readings By The Bay.

Kristina sent around a reminder email to regulars (and not so regulars) to explain that this is a unique opportunity for an intimate discussion with an author, senior public servant and mental health advocate.

Maria and Kristina worked in the same government agency years ago before Maria became “famous and extremely busy!”

She will speak about writing and publishing her memoir “The Good Greek Girl” (Ventura Press, 2015) which is ‘about her experience of depression and rebellion against a traditional Greek upbringing’, as well as share her insights into the world of publishing and where the journey has taken her.

An engaging, confident, and inspiring speaker who has done similar talks at public sector forums, as well as the Newcastle Writers Festival earlier this year, she is sure to give you an honest and meaningful answer to any question you may ask.

Her most recent achievement is co-editing a book Rebellious Daughters (just published last month), described as ‘an anthology of true stories of rebellion and defiance from Australia’s finest female writers’.

For more detail see Maria’s blog http://mariakatsonis.com.au/ and the Readings review http://www.readings.com.au/review/rebellious-daughters-edited-by-maria-katsonis-and-lee-kofman.

Both books are available from the Readings bookshops and Maria will bring some copies on the day.

Hope to see many familiar and new faces on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH at 2.00pm.

Mairi Neil

Improve your craft in 2015 – Writing Classes galore!

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.

Ernest Hemingway

There are several classes available locally for writers to be involved with a group writing regularly,  improving their craft and enjoying the process – as opposed to feeling frustrated and isolated at home.  Mairi Neil, coordinator of Mordialloc Writers’ Group is the tutor for the local community house courses.

Mordialloc Neighbourhood House ( Tel: 9587 4534) hosts a Writing for Pleasure and Publication group, Monday mornings and has been nurturing writers for 15 years.  Write for your own pleasure without formal assessments in a friendly supportive environment. Discover what you would like to write and how to write it. If you are already writing, or would like to get started, come to these encouraging workshop sessions.

Mon: 10.00am – 12.30pm
Term 1: Feb 2– March 23 (7 wks) Cost: $50, concession $40
No class: March 9~Labour Day
Term 2: April 13—June 22 (10 wks) No session: June 8~Queen’s Birthday Cost: $65, concession $55

Godfrey Street Community House, Bentleigh ( Tel: 9557 9037) hosts a similar Writing for Pleasure and Publication class, along with other writing classes. The social aspect of the weekly get-togethers, like those at Mordialloc, produces sharing of stories and laughter as well as writing. A joint venture between the Art class and Writing for Pleasure & Publication class is when the annual House calendar is being produced; students have the opportunity to write a short verse inspired by the various paintings submitted by the art class, for the calendar.

Tuesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm  Term 1: February 3 – March 24 (8 weeks)  Cost: $48.00

Term 2: April 14 – June 23 Cost: $66.00 (11 weeks)  Monday 6:30pm – 9:30pm


Do you enjoy writing? Have ambitions to be published or study further at university? Are you capable of expressing yourself in English but want to explore the creative possibilities of words and writing, and gain confidence? Our trainer has a Master of Arts in Writing (Swinburne University) and is passionate about writing. She is a published writer in print and online. (Certificate of Attainment for this short course if assignments completed). Funded by Adult & Community Further Education

Term 2: April 27 – June 22 (8 weeks) Cost: $65 on presentation of concession card $55

 LIFE STORIES & LEGACIES – preserving the past for the future

This course is where learners will understand how to apply correct writing techniques, basic grammatical rules, plan a project and learn how to map a timetable and express ideas and write cohesive literacy with clarity. Digital Literacy will play a large part in this course. Learners will also be able to format their story as an e-book. Term 1 will be an introduction to the course. Funded by Adult, Community & Further Education

Wednesday 10:00am – 1:00pm
Term 1: Febr 18 – March 25 (6 weeks) Cost: $55 Conc $45 per term

Term 2: April 22 – June 24 (10 weeks) Cost: $65 Conc $55 per term


Creative Writing at the Convent with Dr Gary Smith – Note: Places limited to 12 participants.

What: Weekend course in Poetry & Short Fiction for beginning & developing writers.

Cost: $339- (10% discount for students & pensioners).

Get your creative juices flowing! Explore and develop your creative writing potential over a stimulating weekend in the beautiful grounds of the Abbotsford Convent. Enrol now and enjoy the company and encouragement of this small group of fellow writers under the guidance of published writer and experienced writing educator, Dr Gary Smith.

The course, consisting of Poetry and Short Fiction modules, will be held over the weekend of Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 April, 2015 (10 AM — 5 PM


· Writer’s block–dismiss the shock of the blank page.

· Inspiration–spark your imagination and kick-start the writing process.

· First drafts–how to make your first drafts fly!

· Redrafting—craft your rough first drafts into polished gems.

· Poetic elements–explore the basic ‘box of tricks’ employed by poets.

· Short Fiction elements–explore the fiction writer’s tools of trade.

Poem & story analysis

Class exercises & workshop            Class readings

Bookings and further information: Go to: http://www.cleverwords.com.au/conventclasses, or Email: gary@cleverwords.com.au