Join me, Hazel Edwards and Ray Mooney at a life writing workshop hosted by the Society of Women Writers.
We’ll be speaking about biography, memoir, family history and fact versus fiction. Author talks, panels and practical workshops AND lunch. How good is that?
When: Saturday 11 May 2019
Venue: Library At the Dock – Performance Space, Lvl 2, 107
Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands, Victoria 3008
Members $40 Non-members $60 (lunch included)
What is the Society of Women Writers? I’m glad you asked.
According to their website, the Society of Women Writers was founded in Sydney as a State body in 1925 to welcome women delegates and wives of delegates to the Imperial Press Conference held in Sydney that year. The organisers included the writer, Mary Gilmore, and the journalist, Constance Robertson.
In 1970 Margaret Hazzard and a group of women writers in Melbourne formed the Victorian Branch of the Society of Women Writers, which became an incorporated not-for-profit society in 2000. The SWWV Biennial Literary Award was inaugurated in 2001 to celebrate this event. SWWV has sister societies of Women Writers in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia.
It’s an interesting history. My memory is that notable feminists Miles Franklin and Majorie Barnard were leading figures ten or so years later in the Sydney branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, along with Frank Dalby Davidson.