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See details of our writing meet-ups under ‘Writing Groups’ below …

Video: the SSOA Christmas party – our writers perform.

Story written and performed in Auslan signing by Michelle Maguire, and read by Sharon Dean.

Sound & videography by Philip de Villiers

Sydney School of Arts & Humanities

Sydney School of Arts & Humanities (SSOA) is a reading and writing venture aimed at nurturing purpose, pleasure and playfulness in writing, reading and spiritual inquiry. Our purpose is two-fold:

1. To organise writers’ meet ups & conduct creative writing and memoir classes, along with book coaching and author mentoring.

2. To publish the completed work of members and students.

The School brings together researchers and writers whose interests span the arts, human relationship, the ecology of nature, the built environment, and innovative ideas in the study of spirituality, society and politics.

Our publications range from memoir, novels and short story to poetry and the essay form. Individual writers and members of writing groups are encouraged to offer submissions for publishing consideration by our peer panels.

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Writing Groups

Members of our narrative writing groups meet weekly in Sydney to encourage and review each other’s writing. Their work is being progressively published in the form of ebooks for sale on this website, alongside books by established writers.

We run several meet ups a week (day & evenings) at Sydney School of Arts & Humanities, 15-17 Argyle Street, Millers Point, The Rocks, at reduced rates – Tuesdays 10.30, Tuesdays 6 pm and Fridays 2 pm – $15 for 2 hours. Plus Saturday afternoons – bookings essential. New programs begin regularly. Enquiries 0432 289 311 or

Discussion and feedback on personal and public writing and e-publication is encouraged as we provide services to over 3,000 members of meet ups and other groups, such as Our Memoir Group (OMG!) and small creative writing groups which meet weekly.

Sydney School of Arts & Humanities is a sponsor of two meet ups, Sydney Writers’ Circle and Sydney Storytellers.

For more information on classes and/or the opportunity to publish your work, check out this website, or contact Dr Christine Williams on 0432 289 311 or email

The Director, Dr Christine Williams, draws on the talents of a number of writers and scholars in providing mentoring and book coaching, talks, classes, courses and books for world distribution.


Our community OMG! memoir groups meet weekly on Tuesdays 10.30 at 15-17 Argyle Street, Millers Point, The Rocks. Creative writing groups meet at the same address on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm and Friday afternoons at 2 pm. You’re welcome to join us: 0432 289 311 or

Small groups to listen and share feedback - Sydney School of Arts & Humanities

Small groups listen and share feedback




We regularly hold and participate in other events, from book tours to readings and performances. You can find some of our current and previous events here.

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Through brakes of the cedar and sycamore bowers
Struggles the light that is love to the flowers.
And, softer than slumber, and sweeter than singing,
The notes of the bell-birds are running and ringing.

— Bell Birds, Henry Kendall