Words from the Surf Coast Arts Trail

Thursday, June 28, 2018
By: 
Writers Victoria

Emily Bitto seated
Emily Bitto

Running alongside the popular Surf Coast Arts Trail on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August, the Words from the Surf Coast Arts Trail provides writers with a unique opportunity to actively engage with local artists and use their work as a source of inspiration for creative writing.

“Over the past seven years, the Arts Trail has allowed more and more people to visit studios, galleries and other venues across Surf Coast to see artists at work, talk to them and explore their collections,” says Writers Victoria’s Surf Coast Regional Ambassador Gail Chrisfield.

“Last year, we introduced a literary element: Writers Victoria encouraged anyone who loves to write to get out and about over the Surf Coast Arts Trail, seek out a piece of art they find inspiring, take a photo and produce a piece of writing about it. We had such a great response from local writers and the community that we’re running the project again this year.”

Participating writers are invited to present their words in any form (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, song, etc) at a free Words from the Surf Coast Arts Trail open mic night on Thursday 30 August 2018 at the Surf Coast Arts Space in Anglesea from 6.30pm. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries on the night, alongside curated readings by local award-winning authors Favel Parrett, Jock Serong and Mark Smith.

To prepare to be part of Words from the Surf Coast Arts Trail, local writers can enrol in a workshop with award-winning author Emily Bitto on ‘Showing and Telling’, Saturday 14 July, 10:00am - 4:00pm at Anglesea Community House. The workshop is for writers of fiction and non-fiction, with a particular emphasis on responding to artworks. See here for booking details.

Save the date: Open Mic Night, Thurs 30 August, 6.30pm, Surf Coast Arts Space, Anglesea. More information coming soon.

Writers Victoria acknowledges the support of Surf Coast Shire Council’s Small Grants program and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust in making this project possible.