Literary Events

Workshop & Literary Event - Wednesday 8 February 2023

A new year, let’s make 2023 special!


Workshop – Felicity Pulman: Getting to know your characters

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

In this workshop, Felicity Pulman will guide you through developing your characters from cardboard cut-outs to people who will make your readers laugh, cry, cheer, and keep turning the pages until the very end.


Special Time for Chatting with your Friends

Time:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
  Dixson Room, State Library of NSW
Cost:  Free!

Take an opportunity to sit and talk with your friends or even meet someone new in the Dixson Room – totally casual, in Sydney’s inspiring literary hub.

Make use of the workshop table and chairs, bring a book to share with others or just chat about your recent readings.

Please note: Food and drinks (other than water) cannot be consumed in the State Library but you can grab some lunch and coffee/tea at one of the local cafes.


Literary Event

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

Di Yerbury Residency

A presentation will be made by our patron, Professor Emerita Di Yerbury to the winner of the 2023 Di Yerbury Residency Award, followed by the Judges’ Report and Winner’s Response.

This Award is for a writing residency for a female writer, generously donated by Di Yerbury. The residency is located in the North Devon town of Barnstaple, UK. As a major tourist centre, Barnstaple has excellent public transport and car access to the moors, famous beaches and pretty villages. Accommodation is in a comfortably-furnished, one-bedroom apartment in a retirement village in Barnstaple for a period of up to three months. 


Member Speaker – Ann Beaumont:  My time in Barnstaple

Winner of the 2021 Di Yerbury Writer’s Residency, Ann Beaumont finally got away to take up her award from June to September 2022. In her talk, Ann will talk about the unexpected benefits from her stay in Barnstaple in North Devon, the places she explored and the interesting people she met. She will also touch on her ‘ringside seat to history’ as she witnessed first hand a tumultuous time in British political history and death of the Queen. 


Guest Speaker – Patti Miller: How to survive telling your truth

Patti Miller is the author of ten critically-acclaimed books: The Last One Who Remembers, Whatever The Gods Do, The Mind of a Thief (award-winning and on VCE curriculum), Ransacking Paris, The Joy of High PlacesChild, and best-selling texts, Writing Your Life, The Memoir Book and Writing True Stories. Her latest book, True Friends published by UQP this year, is memoir/creative non-fiction.

Patti is published in newspapers and journals, including The Guardian, SMH, Melbourne Age, The Australian, The Adelaide Advertiser, Island, Southerly, Meanjin. She teaches writing at universities, Faber Academy (Sydney and London), Writers’ Centres around Australia and in Paris.

In her talk, she will explore the difficulties of ethical truth-telling in memoir and how to survive publication.


Book and pay:

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
      BSB: 062 018
      Account:  00950433
      Code:  VM

      Email Amanda and include
      your name, receipt number and date of event

Zoom will be available for this function – please click here to book: