It’s another scorching December day in Sydney. I’m hurrying down Oxford Street hoping to catch the 480 bus which will take me up to the Surry Hills end of town where I’ve arranged to meet a friend for coffee.
Every sex scene needs a purpose. Unless you’re writing actual erotica, a form of literary pornography, its purpose cannot be titillation alone. Whether your genre is Romance, Fantasy, Sci-Fi or Murder Mystery, there may come a point where your characters end up in an intimate situation. This is very challenging for many writers, and very easy to get …
In our featured Writing of the Week, writer Mary Healy-North shares an evocative sea poem about the ocean and the emotions it inspires in us.
More spooky stories for Hallowe'en! If you were planning on going trick-or-treating tonight, this story might make you think twice...
We're featuring some spooky stories and scary scribings from SSOA writing group members to celebrate Hallowe'en. Here's a true story from the Yorkshire Moors.
With Halloween approaching, our Writing Group members have been turning their pens to the strange and sinister. Here's a spooky story from writer Julie Howard
Written by Australian poets in ordinary language, the following “one-breath” poems bring to mind an observation by Sydney poet David Terelinck: 'Haiku is a journey along a road lined with small windows. Each time we pause to peer into one of these, we are astounded by the beauty and depth of the vista behind them.'
Friday Writing Group recently fell on the vernal equinox, inspiring some poetry in the form of spring haiku to celebrate the change of season.
The art of reading to loved ones is a rare gem. Once a common activity shared among family members sitting in easy chairs in the lounge room, or an intimacy shared by lovers, increasingly these days people don't share their love of words or stories, but, rather, stare at a screen in individually isolated pleasure.
How I Write by Diane Harding, SSOA author. Are you interested in how I write a novel or short story of fiction? If so, read on to discover the techniques that work for me when developing plot and characters.