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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:


There will be time for readings and feedback. Bring 3 copies of your work. See you there.


April: From 1.00pm - Imagery: Colour, Spice, Word Music

Using an image in a story is like marinating a steak. A little goes a long way. Even one image, a simile or metaphor, can be a source of tantalising interest for the reader.


Many people imagine that imagery is only suitable in fiction or poetry. But there is no rule or reason to reject imagery in memoir or other non-fiction. A writer is painting a word picture. An image gives extra colour, figuratively and sometimes literally e.g. the spider’s body glistened like silver. This extra depth to a piece of writing allows the reader to more readily ‘see’ the action.


May: From 1.00pm – Someday ... is today


Time for a change. Something different. Today, we will look at ways to generate ideas for stories. And poetry will help us. Writing on a theme provides many opportunities to come up with something … new. Any word will generate connotations, those associations we intuitively think of. Like blue and sky or red and danger.


Certain kinds of poems, called form poems, use repetition to provide a framework upon which ideas can be built. We will look at some examples. By the end of the workshop you will have a completed poem and have ideas for your next story.


June: From 1.00pm – I’m Dreaming of Collage


What is it about collage … the art form made by juxtaposing various materials, one next to another, that creates works of such intrigue.

Collage can also be applied to writing, so that a variety of techniques are employed to bring a scene to life. Detailed description, quirky dialogue and unusual references can all play a role in writing, akin to using pictures, fabric and paper swatches to make up a collage.

Today we will look at an example of collage in writing and look at situations where it can be usefully applied.


July: From 1.00pm – Scenes that Move


The scene is the smallest functional unit in fiction: it contains essential elements of a story. You can break the scene up into its component pieces – words, sentences and paragraphs – but the scene is the building block of successful fiction. It contains the single element that gives a story interest and excitement. What is that element? What keeps readers reading? An element of change.

By the end of today’s workshop you will discover what can change in a story and how these changes create interest.


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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, now is a great time to start. Come along and meet our outstanding writers.


Current projects

Discussion groups

Personal projects e.g. memoir.

Dreams & Scenes: This project is supported by the Georges River Council.


Any questions? Email us: click to send


Disclaimer

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.


Acknowledgement

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

Next meetings

Date: First Tuesday of the month (not Jan)

Place: Hurstville Library

Time: 12.30 - 3.00pm

Business meeting 12.30 - 1.00pm


Contact

Facilitator

Margaret Ruckert

email: click to send


Useful Links

Best Australian Writing

Poetry NZ


Leaflets and Forms

Discovery Writers: all about us

Membership Form


Anthologies

The 2018 Anthology: Eat Our Words

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

The 2016 Anthology: Memoir Magic

For details please see our prose page.


Podcasts/Links