Trust Me, I'm a Storyteller

February 9, 2011

Writers’ Groups, Playwrights and current competitions


What delight it always is to spend time with writers’ groups. I was fortunate enough to spend a day in the Wollombi valley chatting to the local writers’ group. They thought about why they write and what they intend for their writing. The weather and the landscape provided an ideal backdrop and also a source of inspiration for some creative writing which produced some excellent results. The day seemed to whiz past in the company of such warm welcoming writers.

Recently I was in Patonga with a group of women writers where we enjoyed a summery atmosphere and some stimulating writing activities. Again, resulting in some inspired original writing. Writing groups can offer a safe, supportive place to share raw writing and exchange constructive comments and encouragement. You fellow writers can assist with developing and revising raw writing into a polished work.

Check the links at the end of today’s blog post to see if there is a writing group in your area that you think might suit you. Check the Writers’ Centres of the different States for writers’ groups in your area.

If you can’t find one that suits you, why not start your own writers’ group?

For some fascinating discussion of existential topics and their relation to storytelling, don’t miss:


Sunday afternoon at 5pmBig Ideas presents the first of Douglas Coupland’s 2010 Massey Lecture series. Coupland presents this year’s lectures, Player One. What is to Become of Us, in the form of a novel. The novel and lecture together present a story, set over five hours in an airport lounge, which asks; at what point do humans stop being humans and become something else? Where, if anywhere, do modernity and classical theology overlap? What is time? What is the human essence? And how does storytelling fit into all of this?”

You can start the day by listening to ABC Radio National SUNDAY STORY Longing

“Longing, a piece from Outhine Bounyavong, a well known fiction writer from Laos. In Longing, he tells of the simple emotion a young family feels while their mother is away visiting their grandfather.” It should fit very well with the “Player One” topic above.

Playwriting Australia

works to “discover creative artists, improve and enhance playwrights’ skills and boost national networks in order to see more Australian work on stage and in print. The Skills section of the site includes information for artists seeking support of the creative development of new work or professional development opportunities. Find out how we can help you develop and promote your script as well as details of our international and interstate exchange programmes and our annual development events.”

Have a look at the drop-down menus at the top to see what’s on offer.

Playwriting Australia

For Current Writing Competitions, Opportunities and lists of writers’ groups go to:

Words Out West

Fellowship of Australian Writers W.A.

Keep writing,



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