Sydney Writers Circle meetup hits the mark

Sydney Writers Circle meetup hits the mark

Sydney Writers Circle meetup hits the mark Sydney Writers Circle meetup has recently been the subject of a study into group dynamics with a positive finding that we deliver the goods ... that is, helpful, gentle and 'affirming' feedback for emerging writers. …
Giant Frog Blog

Giant Frog Blog

SSOA writing coach Sharon Dean observes: I've always loved the following anecdote from the Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828), who was friends with a frog called Happy. Recently, at Never Never Creek near Bellingen, I was privileged to have a similar experience with a Giant Barred Frog, who followed me around and at one point even sat on my foot. …
Father’s Day

Father’s Day

A Tribute to My Father, Donald Urquhart I think of my father every day, not only on Father’s Day. I loved him deeply; admired his intelligence, his resourcefulness, his warm sense of humour and his courage in adversity. He loved the Australian landscape: the desert; the mountains; the coast; the rainforests. …
Promoting Authors through Audio Visual

Promoting Authors through Audio Visual

Filmmaker Faisal Sayani, who has recently joined SSOA, is offering video promos to create a major boost to authors’ Facebook profiles. Whether you are a self-published or a mainstream author, a promotional video can make a big difference to your public profile. It gives you the chance to put your work into context, about what […]

Unreliable narration, the narrator and the self

Unreliable narration, the narrator and the self

Unreliable Narration A narrative can really carry you along. From the outset a reader trusts a storyteller, feeling in the mood to be entertained, to be moved, to have her/his emotions piqued. But what happens when a narrator doesn’t fulfil the required anticipation? Disappointment! But in the case of the use of the writing technique called ‘unreliable narrator’, a lack in fulfilling the trust that a reader has imbued in a narrator is quite deliberate and can lead to a different type of fulfilment. Horror, or humour, for instance. …
Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Christmas in July in Sydney's Rocks With the weather so cold this July, it was a welcome relief to see the sun and feel its warmth for the celebration of Christmas in July! Members of the City of Sydney community centres in Redfern, Kings Cross, Glebe and Millers Point, as well as many of The Rocks locals, turned out to enjoy a feast of fruit and traditional Christmas fare. Congratulations to the staff of the Harry Jensen Centre in Argyle Street as well as other City of Sydney staff for the catering, decorations and performances that took the bite out of the wind - a welcome respite, at least for a day. …