Overland and $20,000 Fair Australia Prize for Writing

Overland is pleased to announce the judges of the $20,000 Fair Australia Prize

The $20,000 Fair Australia Prize, supported and funded by the National Union of Workers, closes in less than a month.

The competition will award a $5000 prize in each of the following categories: essay, poetry, short story, and graphic or cartoon.

For this competition, writers and artists are asked to think about how to make Australia more equitable, or the nature of precarious work and how it affects people. (See the Fair Australia Prize’s background material for more detail.)

Overland is pleased to announce the following judges for the prize:

Essay: Sarah Burnside, Overland editor Jacinda Woodhead, and the NUW’s Godfrey Moase
Short story: Overland fiction editor Jennifer MIlls and the NUW’s Emma Kerin
Poetry: Bonny Cassidy, Ali Alizadeh and the NUW’s Carina Garland

Graphic or cartoon: First Dog on the Moon and Sam Wallman

Entries are free. Learn more about this prize, or Overland’s other literary prizes.


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

Coming up: ASA’s PUBLICISING YOUR BOOK seminar

Do you have a book being published in the near future?
If the answer is YES, do you have the skills to promote your book successfully?

The ASA’s PUBLICISING YOUR BOOK seminar will prepare you for promoting your book from first contact with your publicist to handling media interviews and building an online presence. It is aimed at people who are self-publishing or working with a publisher: everyone will take away something from this workshop.

Industry professionals with promotions, publicity and events experience will share their knowledge and give you the skills and confidence required to publicise your book. Sessions confirmed include:

presented by Hazel Edwards, ASA Committee Member and best-known as the author of ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’,
Being ‘media-worthy’ in the business of creativity is a survival skill for a writer or illustrator. Learn how to design a self-promotion plan tailored to your needs, including the strategic use of website, networking, bios and how to organise ongoing PR if there’s only you to do everything.

presented by Kirsty Wilson, Publicity Manager at Text Publishing
Whether you’re working with a publisher or self-publishing your book, you’ll need to think about working with a publicist in putting a campaign together; finding a clever hook or angle; targeting the appropriate media, timing the approaches and much more.

presented by Jan Bottcher, Event Manager and lecturer at Sunbury Campus, University of Melbourne
Everything you need to know about costing the event, finding a suitable venue, compiling guest lists, attracting the media, inviting a guest speaker and sponsorship: in other words, a blueprint for your event.

MEDIA SKILLS (speaker tbc)
A practical session that will demistify the rules of a good interview when promoting your book. Learn how to get your message across succinctly; be prepared for difficult questions; feel comfortable at interviews and have more control over your media appearances.

Date: Thursday 25th June, 2009 from 10.00am-4.00pm
Venue: North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street, North Melbourne – (Tram 57 Melways reference: Map 2A, J10)
Cost: $100 ASA members, $232 non-members. Non-members pay the member’s rate plus $132 – the cost of Affiliate membership. We encourage non-members to join and receive all the benefits of ASA membership.
Includes lunch and light refreshments

Registration deadline 17th June. Places are limited, so book early!

Download your registration form at: http://tinyurl.com/r65257

For further information phone 02 9318 0877 or email: ambra@asauthors.org

Welcome to the MordiWriters Blog!

mordihouseWelcome to the MordiWriters Blog. 

Led by our convener, Mairi Neil, we workshop our writing each fortnight at the Mordialloc Neighbourhood House.

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