Some good news after the unfortunate 2020 cancellation due to Covid-19-restrictions the Eurobodalla Literary Salon returns! Artworks, from The Basil Sellers Art Prize Retrospective exhibition (26 June to 8 August) showcasing that event’s history, are the inspiration for short stories and poems featured in this year’s Literary Salon. The Bas, exhibition space attached to the Moruya Library, will be the venue for the 2021 Literary Salon. The Salon has been part of the Eurobodalla literary scene since 2016 and members from the Eurobodalla Writers Group are excited to once again be participating in the event. Bookings for the Literary Salon on either Wednesday 4th August or Friday 6th August are essential. Ticket numbers are limited due to Covid-venue-restrictions. https://thebas.com.au/public-programs scroll down to The Eurobodalla Literary Salons
In line with the Coronavirus regulations and for the safety and health of our members, all Eurobodalla Writers day and night meetings are cancelled with Zoom online meetings in lieu for members until further notice. If you are interested in day, night, or both writing groups when they resume please feel free to make contact via https://eurobodallawriters.org/contact-us/ for more information and to be notified when visitors are able to attend meetings again.
Use the time to be creative writing poems, short stories, your novel … if you’re stuck for ideas have a look at the our July to Dec 2020 program.
In the meantime stay well and healthy, and happy writing.
Updated – Eurobodalla Writers Day Group Program 2020 July to December
In line with the new Coronavirus regulations and for the safety and health of our members, all Eurobodalla Writers day and night meetings at venues are cancelled until further notice. Online via Zoom day group meetings have started every 3rd Wednesday using that day’s topics. Note: email of stories and poems prior as per Committee’s new guidelines (see Rosie’s emails for further information). Online via Zoom night group meetings for works towards publication, to develop stories & memoirs, group novella, writing experience.
New enquiries welcome for when meetings in venues recommence.
*Drabbles (a complete story in 100 words exact) as per 2019: use one of the topics and incorporate the given feeling
** topics for July to Sept online day-time meetings
**15 July: List everything you enjoy that is connected to the 5 senses. Construct a story or poem that uses many things on the list. OR Red in tooth and claw
**19 Aug: Focus on Pace – frenzy v. calm – within the one story eg a chase or someone taking a bath/lap swimming and thinking about the day OR All under a summer sky Drabble: Greed
**16 Sept: Position Doubtful OR Late Nights on Air Drabble: Laziness
If meetings in venue recommence for October onwards
7 Oct: Write a story or poem which reveals a small good thing that a violent, hasty world needs OR The Hairdresser’s Day Drabble: Love
21 Oct: Describe a meal in a foreign home OR I was born in the wrong time (era) Drabble: Fear
4 Nov: Workshop 5 – A story that gradually reveals a more complex picture of a character. Topic: ‘Keep going, you can do it!’
18 Nov: Choose an artist, writer or musician. Hop into their skin and explain their creation (eg what inspired the work) OR Write about a place you used to go to as a child Drabble: Patience
2 Dec: Xmas Lunch: A Christmas story – The Misfit OR Hidden Agenda
Want to know the day group topics that were used for Feb to June?
5 Feb: Write a scene from childhood that involves 3 characters. Write it 3 times: from each character’s POV OR A Long Way from Water. Drabble: Humiliation
19 Feb: Home OR Dark Days. Drabble: Satisfaction
4 Mar: Workshop 1 – Inspiration from a work of art/music
18 Mar: Cliff-hanger: Enter a story as late as possible and leave it early. Topic: The hunter and the hunted OR Who do you think you are? Drabble: Bitterness
1 April: Dressed for success OR Driving. Drabble: Longing
15 April: A letter: to someone the narrator has been estranged from/not contacted for many years OR Recovery. Drabble: Puzzlement
** topics for May & June online day-time meetings.
6 May: Workshop 2
Part A: Writing in different tenses and persons. Part B: Reading a piece of ‘good’ writing and discussing why it works (or arguing that it doesn’t)
**20 May: Making ends meet OR ‘I wandered lonely…’ Drabble: Despair
3 June: The newcomer: a dialogue-only story for 2-3 characters. Before writing, do a character profile for each character. Present as a play-reading using other members. (Provide them with copies prior to the day) OR Tea and Toast. Drabble: Joy
**17 June: Pieces of the Puzzle OR The Wall. Drabble: Surprise
Exhibition: The Literary Salon at the Bas
Where: Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, Corner of Vulcan and Campbell streets, Moruya
Exhibition: Saturday 5 October to Sunday 27 October 2019
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm (closed Mondays)
Come to the Bas in Moruya to see this year’s Literary Salon Exhibition. https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/home/news-and-events/events/event/2019/exhibition-literary-salon-at-the-bas
The Literary Salon concept pairs creative writers with artists. Writers develop an original text which is then reinterpreted by artists in their own unique work. The exhibition showcases the pieces resulting from this creative partnership.
This year marks some exciting firsts for this popular event, with the exhibition taking place at the Bas and the addition of musicians to the artist mix, culminating in a mixed media extravaganza!
More Literary Salon activities
- Kids’ Spot: For the duration of the exhibition https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/home/news-and-events/events/event/2019/kids-spot-at-the-literary-salon-exhibition
- Performance event session one: Friday 11 October, 6pm to 8.30pm https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/home/news-and-events/events/event/2019/artist-floor-talk-literary-salon-exhibition-at-the-bas
- Batemans Bay Library workshop: Tuesday 15 October, 1pm to 2.30pm https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/home/news-and-events/events/event/2019/eurobodalla-literary-salon-workshop-batemans-bay
- Moruya Library workshop: Wednesday 16 October, 1pm to 2.30pm https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/home/news-and-events/events/event/2019/eurobodalla-literary-salon-workshop-moruya
- Narooma library Workshop: Thursday 17 October: 1pm to 2.30pm https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/home/news-and-events/events/event/2019/eurobodalla-literary-salon-workshop-narooma
- Performance event session two: Friday 18 October, 6pm to 8.30pm https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/home/news-and-events/events/event/2019/artist-floor-talk-literary-salon-exhibition-at-the-bas-session-two
- Performance event session three: Friday 25 October, 6pm to 8.30pm https://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/home/news-and-events/events/event/2019/artist-floor-talk-literary-salon-exhibition-at-the-bas-session-three
Note: Drabble topics are the same as the up-to-1000 word topics. The emotion to be incorporated in the Drabble is different for each meeting.
Writers Voice contributions/reports to Eileen by Feb 12, May 12, Aug 12, Nov 12
6 Feb: Free choice topic
20 Feb: Insomnia or There was no going back (Don’t use ‘it seemed’ or ‘it felt like’) Drabble emotion – Admiration
6 Mar: On-the-spot writing: music as stimulus
20 Mar: Fever or Forgotten Drabble emotion – Anger
3 April: A story set in either of these time periods: the Middle Ages or the 1950’s
17 April: The devil may care or Subterranean Blues (The protagonist doesn’t achieve what they want) Drabble emotion – Boredom
1 May: Poetry Workshop – Details I month prior
15 May: Marshmallow Longings or Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust
Drabble emotion – Confusion
5 June: Using the picture attached to the program, write a story that gradually becomes grotesque/surreal
19 June: Fire and Ice or The Journey (No adverbs to be used)
Drabble emotion – Disgust
3 July: Write a poem about a mundane kitchen item (eg garlic crusher, chopping board), using language to make the ordinary seem extraordinary
17 July: A mountain or Why did you do it?
Drabble emotion –Envy
7 Aug: Lunch at Café Vulcan: Sensory writing about the food being consumed. Tap into memories invoked by the experience
21 Aug: ` Garden Talk or Back Track (Give a character a particular mannerism or attribute (eg twitch, scar, tattoo) Drabble emotion – Horror
4 Sept: An author/artist/carpenter (or other occupation) overhears a discussion about his/her work
18 Sept: The gift of birds or White-water rafting
Drabble emotion – Nostalgia
2 Oct: Workshop: walking the local neighbourhood: observation, interaction and reflection (idea based on ‘The Fitzroy Diaries’ by Lauren Clarke)
16 Oct: A handful of gravel or Tough Call
Drabble emotion – Sympathy
6 Nov: A story that gradually builds up a complex word picture of one of the characters
20 Nov: Bucket List or Feather in the Web (please note amended date to 20th: the original program listed 14 Nov in error)
Drabble emotion – Triumph
4 Dec: Xmas Party: Communal lunch plus up to 1000 word short story (Turn a sad event into a humorous story eg the cat died this morning)