A Special Invitation

A Special Invitation

writers wanted.jpg

I can’t believe half the year is almost over! My apologies for the lack of upkeep of this blog but my teaching has kept me busy – and life in general! Also my own blog Up The Creek With A Pen Writing …

A recent press release to advertise a special Readings By The Bay notes (last para in particular!):

The Mordialloc Writers’ Group is a group of local writers coordinated for over 20 years by Mairi Neil, the 2016 Kingston Council Citizen of the Year.  The writers meet fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at the Mordialloc Neighbourhood House to workshop ideas and works in progress.

They also host public readings in the afternoon, on the last Sunday of the month at the same venue. These gatherings offer invaluable time and space for local writers to read their work in a friendly and supportive environment.  

Mairi wants to facilitate intergenerational transition so that the Mordialloc Writers’ Group continues to grow and remain relevant in the digital age. She encourages writers with fresh ideas to join and revitalise the group.

The Mordialloc Writers’ Group is calling all writers, readers, and listeners to join them in the coming months for this series of special Readings by the Bay, to enjoy guest speakers and presentations by published Melbourne authors.

These guest authors have been organised by one of our members who volunteered to be part of the generational transition I hope will mean Mordialloc Writers will continue to meet and be supportive of local writers. A shared workload will keep the group growing and relevant.

Kristina has organised several special author events this year to be held on our regular public Readings By The Bay  hosted on the last Sunday of the month. Another two members Steve and Coral are taking responsibility for workshop nights.

Perhaps an expert blogger will join and improve this part of the Group’s public persona too!

Kristina has organised several special author events for the remainder of this year but the first event will be presented by two successful storybook authors and animators.

Soft Stories


The first of these special readings will be on Sunday 26th June, when we welcome the talented Melbourne authors/artists Ms Isobel Knowles and Cat Rabbit, the creative team behind the crafty, innovative and unique children’s books Owl Know How and Too Much for Turtle, published by Thames and Hudson in 2012 and 2015 respectively.

Isobel and Cat recently ran fun and creative art workshops with over 100 children at ArtPlay, Melbourne, building exciting sets similar to those featured in their books. They will come  to Mordialloc and share their creative journeys, their road to publishing, and answer questions.  For more details about their work see www.softstories.com.au.

COPY readings by the bay JUNE 2016

If you are a writer or have an interest in writing and at the same time want to meet other local writers and contribute to their writing journey as well as sharing your own, Mordialloc Writers welcomes you. The community group has an established history of individual and collective achievement including the publication of nine anthologies.

Please join us to hear the  journey to publication of special guest authors, be inspired, and meet and chat with local writers over a cuppa. Gain the confidence to share your own writing.


See you on the 26th!





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