This week's theme for both the Tuesday and Friday writing groups was "The house as a character". It resulted in a wonderful variety of writing, from prose to poetry
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 …
Cricket season. September is a glorious month in Australia. This cricket season, Greg had vowed to take the game seriously. Last season he had scored over 1000 runs and he was on the verge of breaking into first class cricket. From there, international cricket beckoned.
This feature picture by Julie Corbeil is the week's stimulus for writing. Two of our writers responded with descriptions of Corbeil's collage art.
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 …
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.
Creativity often involves forging new connections between old ideas. At last Tuesday’s regular writing group meet-up, we gave our brains a workout by doing exactly that. First, we passed around a jar containing forty slips of paper. On each slip was one word representing either: a person (think ‘grandmother’, ‘pilot’, ‘baby’); a place …
Present Continuous A tough exercise, this one, to write a passage using only present continuous tense. And the winner was … Helena Ameisen. Of course it’s extending the limits of what length sounds and feel right in the use of present continuous to ask students to write using that tense only for 10 minutes. But […]
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.
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