Winning a game of marbles for Sarah Neil ADOPTEE! YOUR TIME IS NOW In the ‘Boys’ playground at school, crab-like children flicked marbles in a dusty circle. My sister and I, a pair of identical, red-headed, freckled-faced twin girls, won the lot. We had a large bag of all the boys’ marbles […]
Writing of the Week The Gecko. This short description from Jenny Neil in our Tuesday meet up, OMG! (Our Memoir Group). It's stimulating as much for the illustration as for the succinct and observant writing, which Jenny is happy to share with SSOA members and readers.
There are equal parts pride in the achievements of the Australian nation and shame in acknowledging the harm done - and still being done - to our First Australians.
A couple of publication opportunities for writers with some time on their hands over January – compliments of Trish Hopkinson: The literary magazines/journals listed below offer some form of payment, do not charge submission/reading fees, and have submission deadlines within a few days ie end of January 2017. This list focuses on poetry submissions, …
A new year observation, rather than a resolution, from one of our more thoughtful creative writers, Sao Khemawadee Mangrai: Have you ever woken up in the morning with a feeling of expectation? You get so excited that you don’t want to linger in bed. You spring up and get ready to tackle the day’s routine. In between […]
Writing of the Week goes to Helena Ameisen from OMG – Our Memoir Group – for a fiction exercise written spontaneously in 10 minutes. Critique of a landscape painting Bottle brush and ghostly gums, fronds and ferns and eucalypts … a scene of haunting stillness, devoid of sound and drained of all the lively colours of […]
Festive readings at SSOA party SSOA Christmas Party performances were a big hit this year! Our writers read some flash fiction and excerpts of longer works in the salubrious surrounds of the Imperial Hotel at Paddington. The pictures were worth a thousand words … and the video worth even more. See our About Us page for Philip […]
Ernest Hemingway was a sociable and generous man in many ways, not least in giving advice to up-and-coming writers. Here are some of his top tips.
Jenny Sheldon features as a memoirist in the latest Writing of the Week choice. Her piece titled 'The day I had my stroke' is worth reading
Demanding equality and equal pay Women workers held a demonstration outside state government offices today to draw attention to their right to be treated equally in their work and receive equal pay. Those people who are caring for our youngest members of society – the children we adore and who hold our future in their hands – earn one …