Community Group’s New Front Garden

Community Group’s New Front Garden

Community Group's New Front Garden Community Group's New Garden at Nita McCrae Park Sydney School of Arts & Humanities has a new entrance. Located within the Millers Point grounds of the Harry Jensen Centre and Abraham Mott Hall, there's a lovely vegetable garden thriving thanks to Millers Point Community volunteers. This small palace of plenty, featuring vegetables and herbs, is on display after you walk through the gate beside the hall, with many pretty layers of blooming produce, and nutritious vegetables progressing through their stages of growth. …
Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog is well and truly here - What's been happening at Circular Quay for 2018 Chinese New Year proves it! Here's a potpourri of shots of the vision spectacular, the work of artists contributing to Art & About and Chinese New Year lunar lanterns funded primarily by City of Sydney and the NSW Government. SSOA took a walk from Millers Point down the hill to the harbour to view the art both by day and new year moonlight. …
Proust on cliches and light

Proust on cliches and light

Proust on cliches and light. What’s with all the fuss about using clichés in creative writing? I had the opportunity recently to read Alain de Botton’s How Proust Can Change Your Life – an amusing yet utilitarian text which encourages both the reading of Proust and finding the time to do so, no mean task. I hit upon a passage about why clichés are discouraged by writing teachers the world over. …
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 when I catch up with everyone in the Sydney Writers Circle meetup to share my work and listen to others who have the same passion as myself, creative writing. …
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 […]

3 tips from NaNoWriMo 2017

3 tips from NaNoWriMo 2017

It’s December – and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is over for another year. Having written 50,000 words in November, the mind and body are in need a bit of a break. I’ve taken part in Nanowrimo a number of times and found it an incredibly rigorous, inspiring, exhausting and valuable experience. Here are my […]

Purpose in writing

Purpose in writing

Having purpose in writing Is there anything as intrinsic to writing than purpose? Yet so many of us forget why we’ve started a story, we lose track and motivation, perhaps beguiled by characters or waylaid by a complex plot. Then there’s grammar and punctuation to watch out for … oh heavens, even the simplest words […]