SWW Events


A Not So Uncommon Story: A Conversation of Indigenous Life

Bronwyn Carlson Keynote Speaker: Bronwyn Carlson

Bronwyn is an Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Wollongong (UOW).

She completed her PhD in 2012 and her thesis was awarded the prestigious W.E.H Stanner award administered by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and was published in 2016 by Aboriginal Studies Press. Bronwyn was the first Indigenous Australian at the University of Wollongong to be awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery (Indigenous) grant in 2013 for her research on Aboriginal identity and community online on social media.

Bronwyn was awarded a second ARC in 2016 for her research on Indigenous help-seeking on social media. She has been acknowledged by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia for her outstanding achievements as an Early Career Researcher. In 2016 she was nominated as one of UOW's women of impact.

The Importance Of Editing & How To DIY

Helen Scheurerer Workshop Presenter: Helen Scheuerer

You might have finished writing your story, but you haven’t reached the end of the road yet! Don’t you want to know how to refine your work so it’s ready for publication? Never underestimate the importance of editing your own work.
Run by publisher and editor, Helen Scheuerer, this workshop explores the different types of editing (structural, copyedit and proofreading) and how to approach these yourself, the common mistakes writers make in their first drafts, how your chosen genre should affect your edit, as well as the things you can cut from your writing to sharpen your manuscript.
Participants are asked to bring a short piece of writing (a short story or novel extract) to edit during the workshop.
Helen Scheuerer is a novelist from Sydney, and the Founding Editor of Writer's Edit. She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong and a Masters in Publishing from The University of Sydney. With work published internationally, Helen freelances for a number of websites while she works on her own fiction and manages Writer's Edit. Her debut novel is due to be published in 2017. She chronicles her writing process and current work over at www.helenscheuerer.com.

Surprising Synergies: Tanka at Home and Abroad

Beverley George Guest Speaker: Beverley George

Originating in Japan in the Heian Era, these diminutive 5 phase “short songs” are shared and celebrated in diverse languages around the world. They address “those concerns of heart and mind that persist unchanged from culture to culture and from millennium to millennium.”  [Jane Hirshfield].
Beverley George is the founding editor of “Eucalypt: a tanka journal” which is currently celebrating a 10 year milestone, as editorship passes now to Julie Thorndyke. A commemorative anthology “A Temple Bell Sounds”  comprising 108 favourite tanka selected from issues 1-21; 2006-2016, will be launched at The Children’s Bookshop, Beecroft on Saturday February 18th by  celebrated poet and editor from Otsu, Japan, Ms. Kiyoko Ogawa.

Bookseller Janet Grundy will be coming to the SWW luncheon events to sell books by our Guest and Keynote Speakers. It’s a wonderful way to support your fellow writers!


Everyone must book with Lynda Calder BEFORE 10am on the MONDAY before the meeting.
NB: There is still a permanent list for bookings if you wish to be on it.

Luncheon: $47 (code: ML)
Workshop: $30 (code: MWS)
Luncheon & Workshop: $70 (code: MLW)

Non Members
Luncheon: $52 (code: NML)
Workshop: $40 (code: NMWS)
Luncheon & Workshop: $85 (code: NMLW)

Please book by email if you have access to a computer to:

Alternatively, send a text or SMS (short messaging system) to 0403 177 208 stating your full name. If you’re not a member, please state your email address and phone number as well for confirmation.

For Direct Deposit please use the codes listed above and send fees to:
The Society of Women Writer’s NSW Inc
BSB: 062 018
A/C: 0095 0433


10:00-11:45am - WORKSHOP – Dixson Room (Please make sure you have confirmed your booking)
12:00-12:20pm - CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON – Arrival and Registration
12.20-1:00pm - Luncheon Meeting Begins with Speakers and Presenters
1:00-1:15pm - Meet the Winner of the Abbie Clancy Award
1:20-2:00pm - Keynote Speaker - "How we wrote two novels and got published by the world's biggest publisher"