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Discovery Writers

Who we are

Discovery Writers enjoy the written word, sharing insights, humour and drama through stories, memoirs and poems.


What we do

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month (not January) to read and discuss our current work. Each year we choose a writing theme and upskill our knowledge through workshops. Discovery Writers welcomes all who enjoy writing to come and share in our friendship afternoons.

Where and when we meet

Miles Franklin room, Hurstville Library, Dora St, Hurstville

12.30 - 3.00pm, first Tuesday of the month (except January)

Monthly workshops from 1.00pm: July and August

July 3rd: From 1.00pm – The Sight, Sound & Smell of Foods Past

Whatever happened to the original tang of strawberry milkshakes? Whatever happened to junket or flummery — where did they go and how are they remembered?

Today’s workshop will focus on food memories from the consumer side, the eating, mastication, savouring and general enjoyment – or not – of foods past. Dial up your memory machine or flip through the years to discover those foods, anything from musk sticks to tripe, which have a special place in your life. Be prepared to write through unpleasantness and have some ‘brussel sprout moments’, all in the cause of bringing the past to life. We endured all this! And why shouldn’t our readers!

Aug 7th: Eating and Feasting: Words on the Table

We’ve all heard of ‘Christmas in July’. The undisputed logic that hot meals with calorie-loaded content go better in the cooler months fuels a month of eating events in Sydney’s winter. And these feasts are not necessarily the turkey and plum pudding of the past. But they can be.

In today’s workshop we will savour past and present feasting ideas and bring to the table a smorgasbord of stories and poems. We will look at food history and how words and terms inform our present feasts and food events.

Extra workshops on Resilience and Courage

Tuesday 31st July 1-3 pm Miles Franklin room
Tuesday 21st August 1-3pm Miles Franklin room


Community Group Award

Discovery Writers are the recipients of a Community Group Achievement Award - for outstanding services to the St George Community. Presented by Mark Coure MP, the award is welcome and especially prized. It recognises the many members who give their support and work behind-the-scenes to keep the art of writing alive in the community.

If you have always wanted to write, 2018 is a great time to start. Come along and meet our outstanding writers.

Current projects

Radio interviews.

Personal projects e.g. memoir.

Eat Our Words: This project is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.


Any questions? Email us: click to send


Copyright of the material on this site remains with the author of each text.
No part of this website may be copied, except with permission of the author.


Discovery Writers express our appreciation for assistance under the current Georges River Venue Hire program.

Next meetings

Date: Tuesday, July 3rd, Aug 7th

Place: Hurstville Library

Time: 12.30 - 3.00pm

Business meeting 12.30 - 1.00pm



Margaret Ruckert

email: click to send

Useful Links

Best Australian Writing

Poetry NZ

Leaflets and Forms

Discovery Writers: all about us

Membership Form


The 2017 Anthology: Short Cuts: All Things Small and Great.

The 2016 Anthology: Memoir Magic

For details please see our prose page.