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
Eurobodalla Writers Day Group Program 2021 3 February to December
Eurobodalla Writers day and night meetings: Members and visitors please note that meetings via Zoom may be substituted, or the venue cancelled at short notice, during Eurobodalla Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings. Covid sign-in, hand sanitiser, bring your own tea/coffee mug protocols, bring a mask if required. Do not attend if unwell. Members please advise via email if you are not attending a meeting.
Night group meetings are in private venues around the Moruya area on the first Tuesday of every month (6.30-8.30pm) – bookings for all meetings essential. Writing for works towards publication, to develop stories & memoirs, group novella, writing experience. If you’re not writing a story and wish to attend the night group please choose topics from the day group program or submit your own topic.
Day group meetings are on the first Wednesday of every month in the Red Door Hall next to Anglican Church Page St Moruya – bookings for all meetings essential. Meetings are from 10.30am to 1.30pm. See topics for day-time meetings. Note: please email of stories and poems prior as per Committee’s new guidelines (see EWG secretary’s emails for further information).
New enquiries for both groups welcome
Topics for July to December day-time meetings
Topics are open to writer’s interpretation. Short story to 1000 words, Drabble is a complete story in exactly 100 words, poetry
07 July: Come Away with Me OR Spring; Summer; Autumn; Winter. (4 separate tasks, using a different style or genre for each.) See doc – list of genres. Drabble: Puzzlement.
04 Aug: View from a Train OR Falling. Drabble: Either topic.
01 Sep: Excursion: Either Moruya Historical Museum or Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens. Fall back topics: Trees OR Sandshoes.
06 Oct: Write about a place you used to go to as a childOR I Was Born at the Wrong Time. Drabble: Patience.
03 Nov: Begin a story with these words: ‘In the vine-shadows on the veranda…’ OR Moving. Drabble: either topic
01 Dec: Christmas party.
Topics for February to June day-time meetings
Topics are open to writer’s interpretation. A Drabble is a complete story in exactly 100 words
03 Feb: Position Doubtful OR Late Nights on Air. Drabble: Laziness (for either topic)
03 Mar: Traveller’s Tale OR Ruby Drabble: either topic
07 Apr: Across the Valley: Write a story or poetry with the eye of a cinematographer (background noise, weather, colour, texture, detail, angle of view, scene opening)
A workshop, if meeting in person
05 May: Free topic, but you MUST:
1. Begin the story at sunrise.
2. You must use the following words somewhere in your story: SIGNATURE, PATIENT and BICYCLE.
3. Your story must include a character who has to make a CHOICE.
Drabble: either topic.
02 June: Crossroads OR Research a famous person from NSW 1788-1838. Create a fictional side-character and build a story mixing fact and fiction. Drabble: Fear.
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.
Scorched, silent sentinels stand.
Stoic, stunned, submitting their sap,
Surrendering their souls
To the searing shooting stars of fire.
Now stripped of life’s desire,
Collateral damage in cataclysmic ire.
Black, burnt, beheaded,
Beaten, blazed, betrayed,
Our once flourishing forests,
Fauna, and faithful firefighters
Now furiously flayed.
Waiting, wishing for the welcome Wet,
Our teardrops seeking, beseeching
The heavens to open, and relent,
With rejuvenating, refreshing rain
To restore the forests, the earth,
Our shattered hopes and lives again.
© Bonnie Atteridge Jan 2020
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