Introduction to Creative Writing

When: Starts 23 October 6 – 8 pm
Seven sessions over seven weeks

Where: Bendigo TAFE – Castlemaine Campus
65 Templeton Street, Castlemaine

Cost: $295

Contact: (03) 5471 1901


Talk: Why Storytellers Need to Study Myths and Legends

Bendigo Writers Council presents a talk by Dr Ian Irvine (Hobson) –
The Gods Abandon Olympus (for Hollywood): Why Storytellers Need to Study Myths and Legends

Science tells us that the gods, goddesses and magical creatures of old no longer exist. In this talk, Dr Irvine argues that such an obituary is premature – at least in the realm of modern story-telling. He will suggest that the deities of old are alive and well in a range of popular – as well as literary – ‘story arcs’ with their accompanying ‘story beats’. Psychologist Carl Jung renamed them ‘archetypes’ and poets, storytellers, artists and musicians are as dependent upon them as ever for inspiration, ‘honeyed words’ and story structure.

Ian Irvine is a published fiction writer, poet/lyricist and transmedia writer with many years experience teaching in the creative arts. He currently teaches at the Bendigo Kangan Institute and Victoria University. One of his favourite subjects to teach is Myths and Symbols for Writers. The unit covers world mythologies as well as Jungian and Transpersonal psychological systems. With partner Dr. Sue King-Smith he recently founded The Zoetics Institute – an organisation promoting the benefits of creative activities to individuals and groups.

When: Monday 13th October 7-9pm

Where: Best Building, 23 St Andrews Avenue, Bendigo, Victoria

‘About Our Place’ – Bendigo Writers Festival Grand Finale 2014

Central Victorian writers, story-performers and poets are invited this Sunday night at the Bendigo Writers Festival to an event called ‘About Our Place.’ It is sponsored by Bendigo TAFE writing program and will be run by writer and poet Neil Boyack. The event will be in place of the poetry slam event held previously and will be similar in structure (though non-competitive and stories will be welcomed). Recite/perform for 3 minutes (max) a story or a poem about anything related to Central Victoria – hence the ‘my place’ theme. Locals and others wishing to participate will congregate at the event (at festival’s end) to celebrate, share thoughts and catch-up with friends.

Where: The Capital, in the Hub, View St., Bendigo

When: Sunday 10 Aug. Register after 3.45; Perform 4-5pm

Performance: ‘Elemental’ at the Bendigo Planetarium

Elemental is a unique performance that explores the universe through the eyes of artists. Taking place inside a planetarium, this show combines live music, poetry, surround sound and video, and the voice of UK scientist John Gribbin to explore the universe and ascribe meaning to our celestial experience.

Artists include: Emilie Zoey Baker, Alicia Sometimes, Sean M Whelan, Ryan Van Winkle, Andrew Watson, Ai Yamamoto, Alex Scott, Nat Bates, Dan Gorman, Chris Nelms, Claire Fischer and an introductory astronomy talk by Craig Kendal. Live performances by Klare Lanson and Neil Boyack.

Alicia Sometimes is one of the organisers of this ground-breaking performance.

Book here:

Cost: $35/$20

Where: The Bendigo Planetarium – Discovery Science & Technology Centre, 7 Railway Place, Bendigo (also The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne).

When: Friday July 18 at 6pm and 8pm.


Annual Fundraiser: Literary Trivia Night

After another sell-out night last year we are happy to announce our 3rd Literary Trivia event.  Fantastic prizes to win. All proceeds go towards Castlemaine Word Mine.
There will be tables of 8 only. Make up your own or join a table on the night.
BYO drinks, snacks and money for raffles.

Guest MC: Suzanne Ingleton

Bookings essential: ph 5472 2647 after 6pm

Cost: $10 per head

When: 7.30 pm Fri 13th June

Where: Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts)

Launch: Crow and Other Poems by Ann de Hugard

You are all invited to the launch of CROW and other Poems by Ann de Hugard, published by Mark Time Books.

Proceeds from the sale of books will go to Refugees without Fences.

To be launched by: Rev Ken Parker.

When: Tuesday 27th May at 5 30 pm.
Where: Word Mine Room, Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts), Castlemaine.

Soiree: Writing non-fiction with John Holton

John Holton is one of central Victoria’s favourite storytellers. A freelance journalist, columnist, feature writer, editor and poet, John is the author of a dozen titles including three collections of short fiction, and a broad range of non-fiction titles. His most recent book, Between Here and Home – One man’s search for meaning in a tabloid world, is a collection of his Bendigo Advertiser columns.  

Soirees are interactive evenings with a special guest who will speak about their work, or the writing process, offer a chance for questions and maybe invite you to write a word or two.

Cost: $5 / $2 members

When: Wednesday May 14, 8-9.30pm

Where: Word Mine Room, Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts), Castlemaine.

Launch: ‘Awakening’ by Ross Donlon


Ross Donlon’s new Mark Time chapbook, Awakening, titled after Shona Nunan‘s bronze sculpture, is a collection of 18 ekphrastic poems written from the collection of Castlemaine Art Gallery.
Most of the poems were written while Ross was a poet-in-residence at the gallery during the centenary celebrations in late 2013. Some have now been accepted for publication in The Canberra Times, Cordite and elsewhere.
The Rev Ken Parker, who will launch the chapbook, is the past president of the gallery and a great spokesman and appreciator of poetry.
After his launch Ross will do a short walk, talk and read tour of the gallery, chatting about the process and reading some poems.
Morning tea, coffee and biscuits available. Hope to see you there.
To be launched by: Rev Ken Parker
When: Saturday, May 3rd at 11am
Where: Castlemaine Art Gallery

Launch: Bendigo Writer Out of the Closet

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Central Victorian writer Mary Pomfret is about to launch her latest short story collection, Cleaning out the Closet. The themes of the collection are many and varied, but Mary says ‘essentially these stories are about love and its many aspects– the light and shade of it, the yin and yang, the sadness and the joy.’

‘Some of the stories in this collection are not new, but they have a special place in my heart.’

Born in Manchester, Mary grew up in Tasmania and has made Bendigo her home. Mary is a PhD student at La Trobe University, Bendigo and is working on a creative thesis under the supervision of Dr Sue Gillett who will be guest speaker at the launch. Bendigo writers will read from the collection.

The book is published by Ginninderra Press and is available from Dymocks Bendigo bookstore and online at

To be launched by: Annette O’Brien

Cost: free

When: April 10th at 7pm

Where: The Basement on View, Bendigo

Contact details:  MOB 0411 109 202


Sunday Salon: The Worm in the Apple

Bring a short piece to read at the next Castlemaine Wordmine Sunday Salon. Our theme for the afternoon is ‘The Worm in the Apple’ but ignore that if it doesn’t suit. (We’re being casually seasonal this year.) Max 10 minutes reading time.

Everyone welcome to network, meet other writers, hear about our program and new ideas are welcome. Wine supplied.
Cost: Free for members, $5 non-members. Come and join on the day or renew your membership.

When: Sunday, April 6th at 2 pm

Where: Word Mine Room, Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts), Castlemaine.