September at SCWC

by Yvette Gilfillan


‘A light exists in spring,' Emily Dickinson once wrote, ‘Not present on the year/ At any other period.' Almost a hundred years later, these words shine as truth. There’s a special quality to spring, where the air is warmer, writing feels lighter, and people are bolder. This month, we celebrate strong women, who are icons in the literary world but never lose the essence of who they are.


Wednesday 5th of September:

Word Salad – Heroines Anthology Launch

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

The wonderful people of Neo Perennial Press, South Coast Writers Centre and Word Salad have joined forces to launch their very first anthology of women’s writing, Heroines. This collection features short story and poetry from female authors, placing women at the centre of mystical universes in a variety of fiction and fairytales.

Fire burn and cauldron bubble—I can’t think of anything more magical! For more details and to secure your tickets for this FREE event, click here.


Saturday 8th of September:

Day of the Heroines Festival

12-5 pm, Thirroul District Community Centre

Lumos! Wave your wand over the program details here and land on your event of choice—or better yet, come to them all! There’s a stellar line-up of panellists, including Catherine McKinnon, Kate Forsyth and Anna Westbrook, a session on dystopian and utopian futures for women with Claire Corbett and Margaret Morgan, a dynamite poetry slam, and more.

Get your tickets here. Nox.


Wednesday 12th of September:

Word Salad – Enjoying and Reading the Poetry of Mark O’Flynn

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

Mark O’Flynn’s poetry was such a hit last time, we’re bringing him back! Join us in celebrating the talent and diversity of local Australian authors like Mark, whose poetry and short fiction has been published to never-ending critical acclaim.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members


Monday 17th of September:

The Figgy Folk Open Mic Session

7.30 pm, Figgy Pub (at the Figtree Hotel)

On the third Monday of every month, treat yourself to a night of live music, poetry and storytelling in an energetic open mic session. As the locals down at Figgy Pub say, 'come along and have a go or just enjoy the show!'

Follow their Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all the latest photos and session write-ups.


Wednesday 19th of September:

Word Salad – Big Book Club for Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

In a discussion led by Linda Godfrey, this winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2018 will be the topic of conversation—and rightly so. If ever there was an author who so expertly brought together the world of the Islamic state with the privilege of westernisation, it would be Kamila Shamsie.

The fates of two families are subject to the searing flame of politics and love … will only ash remain?

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members

Wednesday 26th of September:

Word Salad - Phil Hinton asks 'Do You Like Kipling?'

6 pm – 8 pm, Philanthropy Tribe Café

If you have a penchant for old-world, aristocratic writers, loved the work of late Victorian poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling, or simply enjoyed The Jungle Book as a child, then come to the café and delve into a discussion of his work.

$5 entry, FREE for SCWC members


Coming up next at the South Coast Writers Centre …

Saturday 6th of October:

‘How to Get an Agent’ with Mary Cunnane

10 am – 1 pm, Wollongong City Library Theatrette

It’s not often that a senior publishing and editing professional—who worked in New York for a number of years—comes all the way to Wollongong to teach a workshop! Take advantage of this opportunity because you won’t regret it: Mary will help you polish your book proposal until it gleams.

Topics covered will include ‘the pitch’, writing an overview/precis, sample chapters, marketing and how to craft a submission letter.

The cost for SCWC members is $25 ($30 off full price!) so email admin@southcoastwriters.org.au to reserve your place.


Written by SCWC

Posted on August 30, 2018