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
Friday Writing Group recently fell on the vernal equinox, inspiring some poetry in the form of spring haiku to celebrate the change of season.
If any of Grendell Montague's readers had met him in the street, they might have been rather alarmed. Or, most likely, not have had a clue that they had just brushed past their all-time favourite author.
The NSW State Library recently held a "Sonnet Slam" as part of the celebration of Shakespeare's 400th birthday. If you've ever been interested in trying your hand at the poetic form, you'll need to observe some reasonably strict in terms of rhyme, metre and content.
Trevor put the phone down with a sigh. He turned to his team sitting in a circle around his desk. “The PM wants us to find more money”. He looked inquiringly at everyone. Sally and Les slid down in their seats and stared at the floor.
A short scene by author Peter Stankovic, inspired by the writing prompt of a painting of a boat, and possibly some recent political developments...