In 1991, Tea Tree Gully Council set up a series of Creative Writing courses, one for children and the other for adults. As a direct consequence of this Council initiative, Blan MacDonagh, the Librarian who had administered the original project, encouraged the setting-up of a Creative Writing Group.
Blan MacDonagh assured the prospective Group of a room in the Library and as no rent would be required, this would be ideal for a group without funds.
Many years later, we are still going strong!
How the group works
Our members include aspiring and published writers of all genres, with the only requirements for membership an enthusiasm for the craft and a joy of writing.
We have no membership fee, but a gold coin donation each meeting enables basic supplies.
Meetings are held in the Community Learning Centre on the first and third Thursdays of each month, February through to December, from 2 to 4.15pm.
On first Thursdays we each read our works on the topic set four weeks earlier (a good, testing discipline).
On third Thursdays we hold 'in-house' writing-based workshops based on the craft and practice of writing; these focus not only on style, techniques and points of grammar, but also on current group interests including publishing, poetry, short story writing and persevering with that full-length book!
Occasionally we invite a visiting speaker. In addition, members with a work in progress are encouraged to read sections at these sessions, to gain feedback.
During 2009 and 2010, with the aid of a generous grant from the City of Tea Tree Gully, we were able to organise a series of writing (and related) workshops and discussion groups led by prominent exponents of a variety of genre including popular local author Fiona McIntosh, to which other members of the local community were invited.
The Tea Tree Gully Library Writers' Group has links to the South Australian Writers' Centre and enjoys a collaborative and friendly relationship with like-minded local and regional groups. We are a friendly, informal group of people who welcome all who like to write and want to write.
For further information about us, please contact Rick Coy, Secretary Tea Tree Gully Library Writers Group via email: email@example.com.
Poetry styles are very much a personal choice, with many formulae to choose from.
Our members write in many styles and genres with some examples below; hilarious limericks by Jill Wherry and a delightful poem by Joanne Baker.
All blokes love a movie that's got,
A murder a car chase a plot.
A body dismembered
Will long be remembered
By men, they're a blood-thirsty lot.
Said David, the kindest of males
'What's wrong with my Mum? I hear wails.'
Through her doorway he burst,
Expecting the worst
And found her distraught on the scales.
A wily old fellow called Bart
Got rid of his horse and his cart.
He found that a car
Did more k's per hour
And unlike a horse didn't fart.
My dear friends I need to explain,
Because of the size of my brain,
To write clever haiku
For me's hard to do,
But lim'ricks are never a strain.
Said the timid young husband to Jess,
There is something I'm scared to confess.'
As he whispered, 'So long.'
She soon knew what was wrong.
He was wearing high heels and a dress.
You can't see me, am I even here?
Do come a little closer dear.
One step more, you're almost there
It's a food source that's beyond compare.
That's the way, a little more
Have you noticed yet the sweet odour?
There it is; your nose goes up
Come to me my sweet young pup.
You're almost here, I never shake
Yet still I see you hesitate
Temptingly I wave my lure
You move again, your step unsure.
My arms go out, the sweet embrace
Your touch, your smell, your hot blood taste
I've waited so darn long for you
It's a pity you can't love me too.
My poison pumps, you liquefy
I hold you close as I suck you dry
You my dear are my favourite brew
A romantic meal; dinner for two.