October at SCWC

by Yvette Gilfillan


Strike a match, light your jack-o’-lanterns; pour a sack of apples into a water barrel, and watch them float to the dark surface; fill your bowls with brightly coloured sweets; and with tendrils of fake cobwebs streaming from your fingers, click on this blog post and scroll down … because no Halloween month is complete without us. * smiles creepily *

But in all seriousness, where do great legends come from? Stories, of course! Here at the South Coast Writers Centre, we celebrate all kinds of creativity … no matter how scared we might be to share our writing. Be brave, be bold, and come to our events this October!

Wednesday 3rd of October:

Word Salad – The Archaeology of Writing with Geoff Sykes:

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

Geoff Sykes has had an illustrious career in scriptwriting and production, taking over 35 professional plays to the stage in locations around the world. He will present a talk on the all-important nature of drafting in the writing process, so this is perfect if you’re a budding playwright yourself.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members


Saturday 6th of October:

‘How to Get an Agent with Mary Cunnane’

10am – 1pm, Wollongong City Library Theatrette

Spots for this workshop with senior publishing professional Mary Cunnane are filling up extremely fast, so this is one you don’t want to miss.

Mary has worked in the publishing hub of New York for many years, and is now coming to Wollongong to run a tutorial on writing an overview/precis for your upcoming novel, what sample chapters to include, how to market yourself, and how to craft a submission letter.

For SCWC members, the workshop is just $25 ($30 off full price!) so email admin@southcoastwriters.org.au to book your place.

Wednesday 10th of October:

Word Salad – Reading and Enjoying the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

Join us in reading a selection of poetry from one of the most ‘lyrically intense’ German-language poets, Rainer Maria Rilke. His work was utterly unique and will be a fantastic exploration into syntax, imagery and philosophy.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members


Wednesday 17th of October:

Word Salad – Big Book Club: Bereft by Chris Womersley

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

Your friendly neighbourhood bibliophiles will be discussing Chris Womersley’s novel Bereft this week, set against the backdrop of the Spanish flu epidemic in 1919.

You may have read stories of the raging influenza, restricted travel and closely guarded borders, but have you ever read it from the perspective of a character living in NSW? Come to Word Salad and let us know what you thought!

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members

Wednesday 24th of October:

Word Salad - The Young Writers Collective

6 pm - 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

The SCWC Young Writers Collective are a bunch of extraordinarily talented teenagers who will treat you to a night of fun, laughter and enthusiasm. They will be performing a selection of their own poetry and microfiction works, so come along and support our younger generation of budding writers.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members



Saturday 27th of October:

‘The Things We Don’t Talk About’ – A Creative Writing Workshop with Helena Fox

UOW Building 19, Room G020

In partnership with HARP (HIV/AIDS and Related Programs), Helena Fox will run a writing workshop exploring mental illness and disability through creativity. This will be an insightful and thought-provoking workshop, touching on issues that are so close to many people’s hearts. Come and explore the power of your writing in a safe space, full of encouragement and healing.

Contact the South Coast Writers Centre on 4228 0151 or email admin@southcoastwriters.org.au to reserve your place.

Up next at the South Coast Writers Centre …

Tuesday 20th of November:

HARP Writing Competition – Submission Deadline

So first you'll come to our HARP workshop in October for writing inspiration, a chance to collaborate, and to meet other like-minded people. Together, we can raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and other physical and mental disabilities that have an enormous impact on people’s daily lives.

Then, in November, we invite you to submit up to 40 lines of poetry or 750 words of prose to admin@southcoastwriters.org.au, on the theme of ‘The Things We Don’t Talk About’. More information will come soon in our next blog post, but just know this: your words will ALWAYS be heard.

Written by SCWC

Posted on September 29, 2018