Happy Birthday, TWC!

Monday, February 2, 2015
Writers Victoria

A graphic with the word Five

In February, we will celebrate 5 years within The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne’s hub for books, writing and ideas.

Writers Victoria is proud to call The Wheeler Centre home, and to share such a vibrant, bibliographic space with our fellow resident organisations and all the other hot-deskers, writers, members and workshop participants who come through its doors.

In celebration of this first big milestone, Writers Victoria has programmed a suite of seminars and writing workshops with each of our amazing neighbours. And we’d love you to join the party.

First up is The Wheeler Centre’s very own Director Michael Williams with So You Think You Can Public Intellectual. You may have something to say. You may be better qualified to say it than anyone else. But is anybody listening? With special guests from print and broadcast media, Michael will guide you through the art of creating the perfect soundbite.

Australian Poetry will be bringing in actor, director and voice-coach Rob Meldrum to help teach Performance Skills for Page Poets (though other writers nervous about reading out their work are welcome too).

At PEN Melbourne, writing counts – so we’re thrilled that Arnold Zable will be joining us for a half-day workshop on Story and Advocacy.

Director of Melbourne Writers Festival, Lisa Dempster, will lead a seminar on How to Get Involved in Writers' Festivals (and get invited back).

Writing is a solitary activity, but as writers we need to find ways to get motivated, connect with our peers and get critical feedback on our work. So we’ll be working with Emerging Writers’ Festival to present a session on How to Run a Writing Group with Jo Case, breaking us out of our solitary, made-up worlds.

Small Press Network will be bringing in Inkerman & Blunt’s Donna Ward for a practical introduction to Getting Published 101. For writers in search of a publisher, or those who’ve decided to self-publish, this workshop will teach you about how to pitch to a publisher, the obligations of publishing contracts, and the cut and thrust of the editing process.

And finally, Express Media will be welcoming a bunch of teens and twenty-somethings into the building for tips and tricks on how to go from blank page to publication at Kat Muscat’s workshop on Getting Started for Young Writers.

We hope that you will be able to join the celebrations.

Happy birthday, TWC!