What we're about

The Melbourne Writers Social Group is an ever-expanding group of creatives based in the heart of the city of Melbourne run by Mat Clarke. With over 3,000 members, we are a diverse hotpot of bubbling talent involved in a wide variety of enjoyable events.

This new website allows you to have your work published. Join and contribute: www.worldwriterscollective.com (https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/)

Our collaborative group helps to inspire all levels of writers. New writers, intermediate writers, as well as our experienced writers with many titles under their name.

These events embrace everyone. The many variants of writers' genres, the many creative talents our members enjoy, and the regular people who would just like to get together and share experiences.

Our aim is to cultivate a group where we can meet often and with an openness that creates an atmosphere of cooperation that will lead each person to their individual goal. Which could be to become published. Or to get that book out of your head on to paper that you have always wanted to write. It may be that you have been writing alone for so long that you need other people around you so that you know you are not alone. Whatever the reason, you and all people are welcome to attend.

As well as our regular meets where we chat and read out our work, we run writing games, which is lots of fun and can get you out of your writer's-block rut. We run writing time where people get together and just write. Being around other writers while writing is an amazing experience.

Our supportive and fun events have been designed to run during the week as well as weekends so that everyone can make it regardless of their busy schedule. Come along and talk to other writers, or listen to our writers as they read out their work.

If you are not able to attend our events, there are many great resources that can be accessed through our Facebook & Meetup links.

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com (https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/)

www.meetup.com/The-Melbourne-Writers-Group (http://www.meetup.com/The-Melbourne-Writers-Groupwww.facebook.com/MelbWriters)

www.facebook.com/MelbWriters (http://www.meetup.com/The-Melbourne-Writers-Groupwww.facebook.com/MelbWriters)

www.facebook.com/groups/570847673015529 (http://www.facebook.com/groups/169777419779168)

Upcoming events (5+)

Monthly Writing Games (Eastern Suburbs)

Warehouse 16 (private place, not public)

**Please change your RSVP if you are not able to make it - we are only a small group, so if a few don't show, we are suddenly down to one person** No matter what creative craft you possess, come and work on it alongside other creatives. And join in on the very fun WRITING GAMES! No experience necessary. Do as much or as little as you like. Can't find us? Call Mat:[masked]. We'll meet at[masked]pm, then, writing begins at 12:20pm. Free parking. Even if you just want to come along and read a book and listen to people read out their work, that's fine too. • This event is about you. So chat to people, write, read out your work, give feed back, get to know everyone... Or, feel free to sit back and chill. It's your event, enjoy it. How to find Warehouse 16: This warehouse is owned by Mat Clarke. It is located amongst 28 other warehouses there's a map below to locate warehouse 16. Enter 12 Edina Road and drive all the way down, go past the round-about with the tree in the middle. At the very end of the driveway you turn left. Warehouse 16 is at the very end on the left. Bring your own drinks, nibbles, food, snacks, lunch, or anything else you would like to enjoy. During summer we will sit by the lake at the aboretum and possibly enjoy the BBQ facilities as well. Enjoyable times ahead! If you can't attend, consider this book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/403974?ref=matclarke Message Mat Clarke to get it for free. Some of you may be working on your NanoWriMo, which is great! http://nanowrimo.org/regions/australia-melbourne Check these out to see some of our stories :) https://www.worldwriterscollective.com (https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/) http://www.thestorymint.com/writers-pad http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/130549 (http://www.thestorymint.com/writers-pad) http://www.amazon.com/MWSG-Anthology-II-Melbourne-ebook/dp/B00AMPC70O/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1355349010&sr=8-3&keywords=anthology+melbourne (http://www.thestorymint.com/writers-pad) More information: For the writers: How could a jumble of words with a little punctuation become something that’s interesting to read? Is it a gift from the gods? Something only the highly educated can produce? Or maybe anyone can do it? If you want to know if you can, then come down for some writing games and play with words and talk to other every-day people that write, or want to write. Have a chat, join in some of the games and maybe have a beverage to loosen up those words that are tangled in knots in your brain. We have an area specially set aside for us. Just ask one of the staff to point you in the right direction. There's no pressure and only minimal set criteria you have to follow. An enjoyable afternoon with a pen in your hand or keys below your fingers (BYO pens, paper or laptop and anything else you wish to write with). Experienced and novice writers welcome. Times will be set for games, but how long you take is entirely up to you. Share your work with others once you have something written, or if you prefer; hide it away until you’ve edited all those nasty misspelled words and muddled sentences out and have a polished final product. Spend the whole day on one of the writing games or just write what you want - anything goes. I only wish to provide a place to write with others so that ideas and experiences can be passed from person to person regardless of expertise. Further information: A taste of some of the writing games available to us: Free Writing or Stream of Consciousness This involves writing anything and everything that comes into your head. Some of it will be garbled nonsense and some will be like a twisted dream where scenes overlap and people’s faces change from one person to the next. What you know Most people write what they know. Be it a blog, non-fiction topic, fiction novel, or poetry. In this game you list five topics you like/love/talk about often, and then write as many things about each that you can. At the end you may have found what it is you want to write about. Around 10 minutes A coke bottle, a scuba diver and a road trip This is a game where you write a story involving three different things or places or settings. Above is only an example. Your job will be to write a story (fiction, non-fiction, poetry) using all three things. Around 30 minutes Social: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelbWriters Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelbCityWriters Blog: http://melbournewriters.wordpress.com/ Let us know if you would like to help us add to these with relevant info.

Write Now

Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka

RSVP open 3 weeks before the event. This is the time to write whatever it is you want to write. No limitations. Come along and bring your laptop or pen and paper and work on whatever you want. There are no rules :) You can write. Or you can chat and write. You can share your work. Or not share your work. (If you need silence to concentrate then headphones are a good idea considering it is in a coffee shop.) Coffee, hot chocolate, etc., available to buy. Also food and drink. Please buy something to show our thanks for the space they give us free of charge. There are some people that will want to chat, but most will be writing. So bear that in mind. See you there :)

Social Chat Q&A: Publishing, Writing, Editing (Eastern Suburbs)

Warehouse 16 (private place, not public)

**Please change your RSVP if you are not able to make it - we are only a small group, so if a few don't show, we are suddenly down to one person** Can't find us? Call Mat:[masked]. Tonight's Social Evening Schedule: This is a great night where we talk about writing, editing, and publishing. (You may be coming straight from work, so feel free to bring any food or drinks you want to snack on.) Turn up anytime from 5.45pm onwards. We hang around until around 8-9pm Schedule: 6pm - Chat while we wait for others to arrive. We may pass around a serial story where you can add a paragraph to create something really terribly written. And possibly read these stories out later. 6.45pm - There will be a 25 minute chat on a subject. Tonight will be "over-writing". 7.10pm - Editing. Bring in at least 3-4 copies of your work and we will edit anything you bring in. Up to 2,000 words. 8pm - Chat about next month's topic and open discussion. Show us your work. Show us your website. Tell us about your blog. Etc. Free Parking. No experience necessary. Everyone welcome. Come on out and meet some like-minded folks who enjoy writing. All age ranges, all writing types, all the way from never writing to published authors. We then often discuss the mechanics of writing and what traps to look out for. We have many writing topics already written on the table. So feel free to discuss any of those topics. Ask about the World Writers Collective website you can join to have your own page where people can download your stories. And to get your books online so you can sell them through Smashwords. The website also has writing competitions that have prizes as well as notoriety - as in your name and story at the top of the website! www.worldwriterscollective.com How to find Warehouse 16: This warehouse is owned by Mat Clarke. It is located amongst 28 other warehouses there's a map below to locate warehouse 16. Enter 12 Edina Road and drive all the way to down, go past the round-about with the tree in the middle. At the very end of the driveway you turn left. Warehouse 16 is at the very end on the left. Bring your own drinks, nibbles, food, snacks, dinner, or anything else you would like to enjoy. During summer daylight savings we will sit by the lake at the aboretum and possibly enjoy the BBQ facilities as well. Enjoyable times ahead! Social: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com (https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelbWriters Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelbCityWriters Blog: http://melbournewriters.wordpress.com/ Let us know if you would like to help us add to these with relevant info.

Treehouse Writing

The Treehouse

This is the time to write whatever it is you want to write. And now we have a place to do it in the hills of Olinda with some very very nice views. This is a private residence, so you'll need to park in the driveway or surrounds. The name of the place is The Treehouse (which is just a very large B&B - see photo). No limitations. Come along and bring your laptop or pen and paper and work on whatever you want. There are no rules :) You can write. Or you can chat and write. You can share your work. Or not share your work. (If you need silence to concentrate then headphones are a good idea. There are quiet areas to write as well if you to sit apart from people chatting.) Bring any snacks or drinks you wish to have or share. There are some people that will want to chat, but most will be writing. So bear that in mind. See you there :)

Past events (639)

Writers & Creatives Social

The Wharf Hotel (Next door to Crowne Plaza & opposite Melbourne Exhibition Centre)

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