November at SCWC

by Yvette Gilfillan

Temperatures will skyrocket next week and so will our literary events—don’t think we won’t bring the heat. November in Australia means sun-dried picnic tables, the incessant buzz of haggard flies, sausages spitting oil on tin barbecues, and everyone sprinting after lunch into the crisp slice of an ocean wave.

We’ve got a kickass range of events this month—all of which can be enjoyed from the coolness of the indoors. You know, those moments where you just want to come inside and relax. So take ya shrimp off the barbie and hang up your cork hat—or don’t, because (disclaimer) no Aussie actually says that, or owns such an atrocious hat.

Wednesday 7th of November:

Word Salad Performance Night – Sampson Soulsby & Bella Luna

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

These energetic local poets are world-class performers, so be sure to come down to the café and watch poetic magic happen.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members

Wednesday 14th of November:

Word Salad – Reading and Enjoying the Poetry of Rumi

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

13th-century Persian poet Rumi has left a spiritual legacy that has spanned over seven centuries, continuing until the present day. His work has been extraordinarily influential on Islamic culture, and will make for a very interesting discussion.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members

Tuesday 20th of November:

HARP (HIV/AIDS and Related Programs) Creative Writing Competition – Submission Deadline

Yesterday, emerging YA novelist Helena Fox ran an incredible workshop on the theme ‘The Things We Don’t Talk About’, held at the University of Wollongong. She guided participants through a series of creative writing exercises, designed to lift the stigma from “invisible” mental illnesses and physical disabilities.

We now invite all workshop attendees—and everyone else!—to submit to our creative writing competition on the same theme. You can send in up to 40 lines of poetry or 750 words of prose to

The winners will be invited to read their work at the SCWC Annual Christmas Picnic, and will also receive a mystery prize, a FREE one-year membership to our events, and publication on our website! For more information, click here.

$5 entry fee

Wednesday 21st of November:

Word Salad - Big Book Club: The Lebs by Michael Mohammed Ahmad

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

The Lebs is a hilarious, unapologetic and confronting account of growing up Muslim in an all-boys Sydney school. Ahmad is “not interested in reassuring bigots”—rather, he challenges stereotypes with his sharp and unforgiving wit.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members

Saturday 24th of November:

Wollongong Writers Festival

Local festivals in the Illawarra are something to celebrate, as they’re always full of talented, creative people who have actively supported our unique arts culture here in Wollongong. The South Coast Writers Centre will be partnering with the Wollongong Writers Festival for three events on the last weekend of November, so … drumroll please! The SCWC workshops will be:


‘Writing Sci-Fi with Alan Baxter’

10 am – 1 pm, Wollongong Town Hall

Award-winning science fiction author Alan Baxter specialises in supernatural thrillers, urban fantasy and horror. When he’s not writing, he’s an international master of kung fu. Besides being a multi-talented badass, he’s also really friendly and will give an engaging workshop on the conventions of science fiction—including, of course, how to effectively break the rules.

To buy tickets, click here!

$25 entry, $15 for SCWC members

‘Power Your Passion: Grant Writing with Rike Krishnabhakdi-Vasilakis’

10.30 am – 12.30 pm, Wollongong Library

Our incredible Director and CEO Rike is leaving this week, and she will be handing over the position to the lovely Kirstin Bokor ... but never fear, she’s going out with a bang.

Rike has spent the last seven years developing the South Coast Writers Centre as an organisation with no social media presence to one with over two and a half thousand followers. She has secured thousands of dollars in funding from successful grant applications, and has grown our literary events from a handful per year to over 150 events in 2018.

As creatives, we all love what we do—but money is simply essential. Rike is perfectly positioned to teach a workshop on what makes for a winning grant application, so book your spot here.

$45 entry, $25 for SCWC/Library members

‘Writing Romance with Catherine Evans’

11 am – 2 pm, Wollongong Town Hall

Catherine Evans is a rural romance and erotica author from a small town on the South Coast, keeping herself busy with dynamic characters, salacious storylines and strong female voices. She’s back due to popular demand, as her last workshop was a hit with our attendees—myself included!

Come along to this fun, invigorating—and potentially provocative—workshop, and practise writing a particular scene that will hook your readers. Catherine will answer everyone’s quick-fire questions about the publishing industry, and give each participant individual tips on character, plot and setting after they read out their work.

Get your tickets here.

$25 entry—but only $15 for SCWC members!

Wednesday 28th of November:

Word Salad - Performance Poet Sarah Temporal and Christmas ‘Do’

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

Finish off the year at Word Salad with some Christmas cheer and slam poetry from Sarah Temporal, a writer travelling all the way from Murwillumbah. Wear something festive or bring holiday spirit in your back pocket, because this is sure to be a fun night!

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members

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Posted on October 28, 2018