2021 Literary Salon was a fabulous two nights of stories, poems, and artwork. Congratulations to writers, artists, and the Council’s organising team of Indi, Sue, and Sharon. Looking forward to 2022 Literary Salon. The Eurobodalla Fellowship of Australian Writers welcomes everyone whether a complete writing novice through to multi-published authors. For the times gatherings at venues are restricted we write, read, and give feedback via Zoom meetings. Contact Eurobodalla Writers to attend a meeting and find out more about this creative group.
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