Countdown to the Launch of Kingston My City

Not long now until the group’s ninth anthology is launched. Everyone is invited to help us celebrate 20 years of meeting together and writing.

Our community writing group has been meeting at the Mordialloc Neighbourhood House for twenty years and for our anniversary anthology we reflect on our relationship with the City of Kingston.

We have reminisced about wartime precautions on Parkdale beach and the transformation of suburban streets by developers. We have reflected on the City of Kingston’s creation by negotiation and amalgamation, Patterson Lakes created by feats of engineering.

There are snapshots of dances at Moorabbin Town Hall, surf lifesaving carnivals, Edithvale billycart shenanigans and cycling to school, the demise of horses and the rise of hoons, joyous beach weddings and sad farewells. Stories woven around everyday life and observations to trigger your own memories.

Perhaps you’ll recognise the places and characters, the community groups and events, remember when the pace of life seemed slower, be grateful for improved services. As you enjoy this collection I’m sure you’ll come to the same conclusion as the writers – Kingston is indeed a great place to live.

The Mordialloc Writers’ Group
cordially invite you to
our 20th Anniversary celebrations
and the launch
of our 9th anthology
KINGSTON MY CITY
by
former Mayor Bill Nixon (OAM)

Please join us to celebrate
our many achievements
since 1995.

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Special Guests: Making Waves, spoken word choir

When: 3.00pm Saturday, November 14th 2015
Where: Allan McLean Hall, Cnr Albert & Lewis Sts, Mordialloc
RSVP: October 30th, 2015 mairi@ozemail.com.au
Tel: 95878757 and 0403900585

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Connect With Writers Online

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This week I received an email from a couple of Melbourne-based writers who have set up a website collabant.com to help writers find a writing partner.

In short, our project is to match-up fiction writers with other fiction writers in order to workshop, critique, and collaborate on their fiction. Since you run a writing group, I thought it would be perfect for those who either can’t make it to all of your meetings or want to connect with more writers one-on-one.  

Michael went on to say:

We’re trying to connect a large community and need all the help we can get…

Here’s how it works:
You visit the website and through a short survey give information about your writing habits and preferences. They’ll find and send you a writing partner on the first of every month based on your answers.

It’s 100% free, there’s no long-term commitment, and all writers are welcome.

The beauty of being online is there are no borders or timetables, and you can connect with whoever you like when you like. I suppose if your writing tastes and needs change you can redo the survey.

Below are the questions in the survey. How you answer determines the type of writing partner allocated.

  1. What are your name and email address?
  2. What genre do you primarily write?
  3. Who is your primary audience (highbrow, entertainment, or young adult)?
  4. Which level best describes your writing experience (advanced, intermediate, beginner)?
  5. Do you like to receive sugar-coated or brutally honest feedback?
  6. Do you like to give sugar-coated or brutally honest feedback?
  7. How much time per week can you spend collaborating?
  8. How did you hear about us?

What else do they offer?
Joining Collabant not only gives you one custom-picked writing partner per month, but they also send special offers to your inbox, inform you about contests and send articles about writing.

The best part? It’s 100% free.

They emphasise their difference:

Search the entire internet, we’re the only service that finds writing partners for you. Instead of going to a pool of writers and trying to find a partner yourself, we pick one writer from the pool based on your attributes and send you their information. It’s like the difference between going to a bar versus having a friend set you up on a date…. only without the romance.

For any writer, feeling isolated or wanting a change from their current group, or someone just starting out and feeling a bit lonely this new website may be right for you.

Good luck and please leave feedback because sharing your experience will help others.