Literary Events

Special Workshop - Saturday 25 June 2022

Finding a new writing genre: The discursive essay and Exploring the words we love best


Time:  10:10 am – meet in the foyer for 10:30 workshop start
  The Women’s Club
Level 4, 179 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Cost:  Members $95, non-members $125


This workshop will treat two different yet related subjects: 

  • The development of an old writing style that is evolving into a new genre. 

  • A look at the words that writers love best. Make a list of your favourite words through your life and tell us why. 

Carolyn Beaumont has been fascinated with words all her life from the day, aged five, when she realised that ‘punch’ was a strong and strange-sounding word because it sounded like its meaning.

A love of words led her to English literature studies at the University of New South Wales. A part-time job as assistant librarian in a metropolitan newspaper library led her to a cadetship and career in journalism.

Working on a daily newspaper taught her to write fast, gathering thoughts and words, checking accuracy, to turn out 1000-word articles with little notice, on subjects from sport to politics, and finance to breaking news stories. It was writing ‘practice in the nets’ on a daily basis. Newspapers led to TV current affairs scriptwriting and production of interview segments on the Michael Parkinson Show, to program manager on radio 2UE and teaching journalism to Bachelor of Arts students.

Back to university to study more English literature and Italian literature and then a move to the book publishing industry saw Carolyn in 1996 form her own small business with colleagues, providing structural/copy editing and proofreading outsource to the major Australian publishers, working with authors from Di Morrissey to RM Williams, and from academic journals to the world famous For Dummies publications.

Today, Carolyn provides editing services, teaches journalism, investigates new writing styles and all up has a lovely life playing with words.  


Light lunch with tea/coffee included.

Any dietary requirements?  Please email Pippa to advise any dietary restrictions – click here.

Book and pay:

Workshop:  Members $95, non-members $125

By Credit card:

or by Direct debit:

      The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc
      BSB: 062 018
      Account:  00950433
      Code:  VM

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      with your name, receipt number and date of event