Events,  Writing

The Writing Calendar: June 2016

I decided to put this calendar for the month of June together on a whim. And then it took forever. So this is the monster list of everything even remotely writerly and literary that is going on in Perth and WA in the month of June from today onwards.

Anyone who says the arts is dead in Perth is wrong – it was tiring to compile and it is tiring to even contemplate. IF this does prove useful to you, let me know if you want me to do one each month. IF so, then Emily Paull will be helping to collate info & we will be cross posting here with the calendar maintained on a permanent page, at her site and possibly also on DWOA.

Authors: a lot of bookstores/libraries are too busy to update their events pages so please tweet at me @mwikramanayake or else we may never know & I may not see your other tweets/posts.
WritingWA, ASA, MEAA, AWG & IPEd: 1. Yes, you can nick the list & post it wherever you like. 2. Please let us know of events too, both literary & journalistic – tweet them @mwikramanayake so my email doesn’t die.
Other organisations/bookstores/libraries: send us your events please.
Readers: send us your bookclub information too if you want new members.

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DEADLINE: 2016 Patron Poets Prize by Peter Cowan Writers Centre.

Helen Hagemann will run a prose class at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

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Annabel Smith will be running a workshop on blogging and how to find your voice when doing so at the KSP Writers Centre – get thee hence!

The Society of Editors (WA) will be having their June networking session over lunch at Olivers on James Street. RSVP by 8 June.

Alecia Hancock will be running a course on Magazine and Newspaper Writing through the Australian Writers Centre.

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The Fellowship of Australian Writers WA will be holding a 2.5 hour workshop on creating place at the Mattie Furphy (formerly Tom Collins House) in Swanbourne. It will be run by Michelle Michau-Crawford.

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre will host a workshop on memoir writing run by Maureen Helen on 12 June.

The Littoral Zone, an event celebrating the swampy past of Northbridge through poetry, art and song will be held at the Center for Stories from 3 to 6 pm on 12 June.

DEADLINE: The Overland prize for short story writing closes today! $6000 prize.

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BOOK SALE/FAIR: Dymocks at Garden City in Booragoon will start its Book Fair on 13 June with books on sale.


Meet Rachael Johns as she discusses her work at the Collie Public Library.

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Natasha Lester will be part of the Literary Lounge at Beaufort St Books at 6:30 pm on 14 June so go have a chat to her.

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DEADLINE: The Affirm Press Mentorship Award closes today.

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FAWWA will also play host to Charlotte Guest from UWA Publishing at a free event at the Mattie Furphy House on Thursday 16 June to explain how to enter the Dorothy Hewitt Award. Registration is essential.

The Vic Park Writers Meetup group will have their next meetup on 16 June. Registration on Meetup essential.

The Australian Writers Centre will run a Blogging for Beginners course in Perth on 16 June.

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WRITING LECTURE: ECU’s Professor Beth Armstrong will deliver a lecture on words, vocabulary, meaning and aphasia “Lost for Words” as part of the West Australian ECU Lecture series.


WRITERS RETREAT: Jane Corne will run a weekend retreat till 19 June at Nanga Bush Camp.

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Norman Jorgensen will be running a workshop on Writing Books for Children at KSP Writers Centre.

Natasha Lester will run a course on How to Write a Bestseller through the Australian Writers Centre.

BOOK LAUNCH: Mark Time will launch his book Going Commando at Dymocks in Joondalup.


WRITERS RETREAT: Karina McRoberts will run a writing retreat at the Greenhills Inn.

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The next Book Length Project Writing Group will meet on Sunday 19 June from 10 am to noon and will be facilitated by Lousie Allan with guest speaker Laurie Steed. Pay at the door as you drop in: $5 for members, $10 for non members.

Georgia Richter will be interviewing Ron Elliott in the next Creative Conversations series in a sundowner at the Mattie Furphy House on Sunday 19 June.

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DEADLINE: Theatre writers – submissions to Small and Loud close today.

Curtin University will screen the film How I Became a Refugee.

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The next Write Night will be held on 21 June at 6 pm at Mattie Furphy House. Pay at the door as you drop in: $5 for members, $10 for non members.

AWARD PRESENTATION: The Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Awards Presentation will occur at the Citiplace Community Centre on 21 June at 12:15 pm.

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Helen Hagemann will run a prose class at the Fremantle Arts Centre on 24 June.


BOOK LAUNCH: Sarah Drummond will launch her book The Sound

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John Harman will run a workshop on writing dramatic dialogue at the Peter Cowan Writers Centre.


Helen Iles will run a memoir writing workshop at the Merredin Community Resource Centre.

Maria Bonar will run an erotic fiction writing workshop at the Merredin Community Centre.


Wendy Binks will run a self publishing workshop at the Jarrah Forest Lodge.

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Ron Elliott will run a 2.5 hour Introduction to Screenwriting Workshop at the Mattie Furphy House on 26 June. Costs: $35/45 members/non members.


Helen Iles will run a storytelling workshop at the Merredin Community Resource Centre.

Wendy Stackhouse will run a self publishing workshop at the Merredin Community Resource Centre.


The Derby Bush Poets’ Breakfast will take place at the CWA Clarendon Cottage.

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JOURNALISM COURSE: UWA will host an Introductory Statistics course – ideal for beginners and journalists who want have an advantage in their field and go into data journalism.

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Mike Murphy’s Pathways to Publication writing group for writers who have a completed manuscript and are ready to polish it and submit it will kick off on 29 June before becoming a weekly Wednesday night group. Make sure to read through the group description and contact the KSP Writers Centre before joining.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (WA) will host their monthly Children’s Book Discussion Group on 29 June.

JOURNALISM LECTURE: Australian broadcaster, anthropologist and writer Sally Warhaft will deliver the JCPML Anniversary lecture at Curtin University on: “Curtin’s Call: What our 14th PM would make of the Federal election.”

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DEADLINE: The Ros Spencer Poetry Prize Competition closes today. The prize is $500.

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The Rockingham Writers Centre runs the Advanced Writers Group sessions on the 1st Monday of each month.

Sessions of the Writing for Children group run by the Rockingham Writers Centre are held every 3rd Monday of each month.

Mardi May runs the Poets @ KSP group every 2nd and 4th Monday. More information here.


The SouthWest Scribblers meet on every 3rd Monday of each month.

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The Writers’ Circle meets every Tuesday at the KSP Centre from 10 am to noon.

Every 2nd Tuesday of each month, the Rockingham Writers Centre runs a Beginner Writers Group.

The Society of Editors (WA) hosts a networking meeting for anyone in the publishing field to attend on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.


The Tuesday Writers can be contacted here. They meet every Tuesday morning.

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The WriteFree Women’s Group meets every Wednesday at KSP Writers Centre and work on short stories and poetry and produce an anthology each year.

The Eat, Love, Pray… Write group meets at the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts every Wednesday.


Avon Valley Afternoon Writers facilitated by Nicole Taylor meets at the Northam Library, 298 Fitzgerald Street, Northam every Wednesday from 10 am to noon during term time.


The Armadale Writers Group meets weekly in the Armadale Library Meeting Room.

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The Thursday Night Group meets weekly for feedback and critique. There are guidelines and FAQs so please read those before joining the group at KSP Writers Centre.

The Monthly Writers Group meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at the Peter Cowan Centre.

RADIO READINGS: Every Thursday, Peter Cowan Writers Centre members are invited to read their work between 12:30 pm and 1 pm on Twin Cities 89.7 FM.

The Poetry Group meets every 3rd Thursday of each month at the Rockingham Writers Centre.

Every last Thursday of the month, the MEAA WA Freelancer members meet up at a rotating venue. Non MEAA members are welcome to join the event by registering their interest. The event is open to writers, journalists, photographers, editors, publishers and graphic designers.

The Avon Valley Morning Writers meet at The Duke’s Inn, 197 Duke Street, Northam weekly on Thursdays from 7 am to 9 am.

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The Out Of The Asylum writing group meet every Friday at noon at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

The Women’s Fiction Writers group meets from 9:30 am to 11:30 am every Friday at the KSP Writers Centre.

The Marathon Writers meet every Friday to write from noon till 4 pm at the KSP Writers Centre (so a bit like my #thesisfriday set up).

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The Center For Stories runs Write Here – a writing group that meets every 1st Saturday of the month. Open to all in a safe space for four hours of writing and sharing.

KSP Writers Centre runs a group for non fiction writers on the 1st Saturday of each month.

OPEN MIC: Perth Poetry Club runs open mic sessions every Saturday from 2 to 4 pm at The Moon in Northbridge.

The Creative Writing for Pleasure group meets at the Peter Cowan Centre every Saturday.

The Past Tense (Social History) group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the KSP Writers Centre comprising of writers writing memoir, historical and biographical work.


The Pemberton Writing Group meet every 2nd Saturday of the month at the Pemberton Millhouse Cafe.

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The Speculative Fiction group meets every 1st Sunday of the month at the KSP Writers Centre.

The First Draft Writers Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at the Peter Cowan Writers Centre.

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KSP Writers Centre has launched an online crit club forum for members only to find critique partners for their writing. More info here.

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