Society of Women Writers’ Literary Luncheon 11 April 2018

Dr Rae Luckie

Dr Rae Luckie


Dr Rae Luckie: ‘Oh the places you’ll go!’ The pleasures and perils of life writing.

The term life writing (generally called creative non fiction in the US) encompasses the writing of one’s own or another’s life, and includes memoir, biography, autobiography, family history—and can include diaries, journals, letters and other items of ephemera. Mentoring life writers and judging the biennial Walter Stone Award for life writing since 2010 has given me a unique insight into the ‘state of the art’ of life writing in Australia. Researching and writing can provide great pleasure, but one needs to consider the perils of publishing without considering legal and ethical issues.


Libby Hathorn: Empathy poem project

Writer and Associate Professor Debra Adelaide has contacted our society about contributions for her Empathy Website. Attendees will be invited to write empathy poems.


Dr Rae Luckie: Memories of Place—Writing through the senses.

While we focus on character and events in life story writing, place is sometimes neglected. Place is not just a physical location—places are imbued with memories. Rae draws on David Malouf’s book 12 Edmondstone Street, which combines autobiography with the ways objects and places build up our ideas of reality and shape our fabrications. Places, personal objects, family treasures and souvenirs hold memories, and there is often a story behind these. In this workshop, you can explore how sensory details can create settings that will evoke the era and mood to enhance your life stories.

The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc. welcomes newcomers to its monthly Literary Luncheon on the second Wednesday of each month.

Venue: Gallery Room, State Library of NSW
When: April 11, 2018
Time: 10:00am–11:50am Workshop;
12:00 noon to 2:30pm Literary lunch with keynote and guest speaker presentations.
Cost: Workshop $30.00 for members or $40:00 non-members;
Literary Lunch $45.00 members or $50.00 non-members.

Bookings are required by 10:00am on the Monday before the meeting – please book by email if you have access to a computer.

Email:  Subject: SWW Lunch Booking.

SMS Bookings: Alternatively, text your booking to 0403 177 208. Your message should be addressed to swwlunchbooking or swwlunch and should contain Luncheon date, your name and your mobile number.

More information: Yvonne Jarman 0405 470 902
Society of Women Writers NSW Inc.
PO Box 1388, Sydney NSW 2001

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