Literary Events

Workshop & Literary Event - Wednesday 12 June 2024

Workshop – Patti Miller: Borderlands – memoir and fiction

Time:  10:15 am to 12:00 pm
  Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
Cost:  Members $40, non-members $55

Can anything be ‘invented’ in memoir? How far can a writer go in creating ‘life-like’ situations?  When does a memoir become fiction? We will look at ways to navigate the borderlands with evocative writing and integrity. This workshop offers creative guidance and practical writing exercises.

Patti Miller is the author of ten books, including Australia’s best-selling life writing texts, Writing Your Life, The Memoir Book  and Writing True Stories  (A&U) as well as a novel Child (A&U) and The Last One Who Remembers (A&U), Whatever The Gods Do (Random House), the critically acclaimed The Mind of a Thief, (UQP) long and short-listed for a number of prizes, winner of the 2013 NSW Premier’s Prize for History, Ransacking Paris (UQP), The Joy of High Places (NewSouth) and her latest, True Friends (UQP).

Her new edition of Writing True Stories is being released on 3rd June. She is published regularly in national newspapers, magazines and literary journals. Patti has been teaching life writing around Australia since 1991, and gives writing courses in Paris and London each year. Her next London course is in September this year, and the next Paris course is October next year.


Literary Event

Time:  1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Place:  Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
Cost:  Members $25, non-members $40

Member Spotlight – Judith O’Connor: War is Not Suitable for Children

Judith O’Connor is an author, journalist and editor whose latest collection of short stories War is Not Suitable for Children has been widely acclaimed. She has also written a novel Song of Solace, set in Eveleigh Railway Workshops in the 1920s and a memoir. She lives in Sydney and has a BA from the University of Sydney. She worked as a newspaper, magazine and radio journalist and editor for twelve years in Australia and overseas. Many of her short stories have won awards and prizes and been published in various anthologies. 

‘Attention Grab’

A short story is a different thing all together – a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger – Stephen King.

While there may not be a book in every one of us, there is so often a damned good short story – Jeffrey Archer.

In today’s fast paced, high tech world of internet, social media and life’s distractions, readers have less time to tackle long and complicated works of literature. But short stories? Never have times been better. Come and hear Judith inspire you to try your hand. Her latest collection War is Not Suitable for Children spans a world of colour and intrigue in satisfying bites.



Guest Speaker – Catherine Cole: On Memory and Migration

An in-conversation with cultural historian, Professor Paula Hamilton about British migrants and the costs and benefits of starting over in a new country. 

Catherine Cole is the child of Ten Pound Poms from the UK. Her book Slipstream: On Memory and Migration explores this experience. In conversation with leading Australian cultural historian, Professor Paula Hamilton, Catherine will discuss why she wrote Slipstream and what research and writing challenges it presented. Catherine is an Honorary Professor at Liverpool John Moores University in Merseyside, UK and the University of Wollongong, and has taught Creative Writing and Literary studies at both. She has published 10 books including novels, short stories, memoir, academic writing, nonfiction and edited collections. Her work has won or been shortlisted for some of Australia’s leading literary prizes. 



Book and pay:

Members, you can book for yourself and a friend at member pricing, if purchased at the same time.

Workshop:  Members $40, non-members $55
Literary event:  Members $25, non-members $40

Discount for full program (Workshop and Literary Event) when booked together:  
Members $60non-members $85

By Credit card:

or by Direct debit:

      The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc
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      Account:  00950433
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      your name, receipt number and date of event

Zoom ($10) will be available for this function – please click here to book:  TBA