Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

  Gone but not forgotten   Another year of the 2018 Sydney Writers Festival has passed through theatres, bays, lounges, universities and galleries, and especially through Carriageworks – all such appealing places. The charming and intellectual engagement these events inspire brought into light subjects and novels hidden in the shadows, creating …

Creative writing: its significance to me

Creative writing: its significance to me

The significance of creative writing to me It arrived in the mail last week, a hand-written envelope in familiar writing. Ripping it open, I began reading: Dear Therese, I am writing to remind you of what Shubavuha said. ‘Your life is a canvas with limited space. What do you want on the canvas of your life?' ... Each week I look forward to Fridays …

Writing of the Week Upanishads

Writing of the Week Upanishads

Writing of the Week Upanishads In a recent meet up of our Sydney School of Arts & Humanities Friday creative writing group, the writing prompt set for members to limber up word-wise for 10-minutes was: ‘There are many truths. Each truth comes from the eye of the observer.’ Here is the response from a new […]

Poems Yonder See the Morning Blink

Poems Yonder See the Morning Blink

Poems Yonder See the Morning Blink There are as many ways of writing as there are writers - and this week we have a reflection by one of our writers on how she mindfully plunged into the task of writing on the prompt for the week. The 10 minute writing exercise at SSOA was set by the convenor Aviva Lowy, who offered the classic poem 'Yonder See the …

Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month was celebrated at the Harry Jensen Centre in Millers Point today with a City of Sydney function organised for the local community. The purpose of the day was to create awareness about how to deal with mental illness and reduce any stigma associated with this common series of conditions.

Thoughts of the Buddha

Thoughts of the Buddha

Thoughts of the Buddha: A Crossroads At the age of 80, this crossroads on my lifelong journey, I ponder whether to take the right or the left road. Come to think of it, I don't need to. I should go straight ahead. I should go straight ahead, loosen the grip I've held on my family and friends, cut off the strings of attachment I have for them, let …

Writing of the Week: dialogue with conflict

Writing of the Week: dialogue with conflict

For a recent exercise in writing strong dialogue containing conflict, David Kelly from our Thursday evening group was awarded ‘writer of the week’. Here’s the dialogue, short but punchy: Conflict or what? ‘You get the fuck out of my house,’ Miranda yelled at Jack. ‘It’s both ‘our house’ Miranda,’ Jack yelled …