Eat Your Words: Workshop with Ross Donlon

This is a workshop for poetry and prose writers to create work inspired by food. Ross will introduce ideas for writing about fruit, vegetables, meals, food and place, and the experience of eating, so that participants leave with useful drafts to develop. Each participant must bring a favourite piece of fruit or vegetable and a recipe that is interesting or special for them.

Bookings are essential and numbers are limited.
To secure your place contact: Ann de Hugard, ph 54722647

Download ross donlon workshop flyer for booking form.ross donlon workshop flyer

Cost: $ 25 / $20 members

When: Saturday 1 March 2-4pm

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


Why Can’t You Control Yourselves? Workshop with Jon Bauer

Why is discipline such an issue for writers? In this session, Jon Bauer will get the room talking about the struggle with discipline, how scientists are coming to understand how it works, and the subtle things we do to defeat ourselves.

Jon Bauer is a novelist, short story writer, and the author of Rocks in the Belly, which has been published in eight countries and garnered critical and commercial success, including a longlisting for the Miles Franklin and a shortlisting for the world’s richest literary prize, the Dublin IMPAC. His stories and journalism are published both here and abroad.

When: 2-4pm September 14th 2013

Where: Word Mine Room, Anglican Church Hall, Cnr Forest and Kennedy Sts

Cost: $ 25 / $20 members

To secure your place contact: Ann de Hugard, ph 54722647

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Writing to a Deadline Workshop with Robyn Annear

The 24 hour challenge.

This workshop will take place over two days. In the first session participants will be given tips and advice on writing non-fiction, then given the resources to go away and write a short and snappy column, with a 24 hour deadline!
In the second session participants will share their experiences and work.
Suitable for those with some writing experience – and up for a challenge!

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Robyn is well known and loved by those of us who frequent the Castlemaine Library. She is also the author of a number of non-fiction books including: Bearbrass, Nothing But Gold, The Man Who Lost Himself, Fly A Rebel Flag and A City Lost and Found.

When: May 18th 1-3pm, & May 19th 1-3pm

Where: Anglican Church Hall, Cnr Forest and Kennedy Sts

Cost: $50 / $40 members

Places are limited, RSVP essential. To secure your place contact: Ann de Hugard, ph 5472 2647

robyn workshop
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Weekend Playwriting Workshop with Jane Bodie

Do you want to know more about writing a play, or how to strengthen the one you have under your bed?

This workshop is an opportunity to learn the essential tools for writing a play with leading playwright, screenwriter and playwriting teacher Jane Bodie.

The weekend workshop will look at the fundamental tools with which to write a play: how to choose, then clarify and strengthen your initial idea, how to then approach it, or hone your existing craft. While demystifying the dramatic process crucial to producing a dramatic work, the workshop will also explore and celebrate ways that give rise to the work, to hone and identify each separate part of the process, what to do when you get writers block, and what makes a play yours and original. It will also involve a discussion about what new plays should be about and what the industry wants now and how to approach that.

The workshop is open to those already writing a play who want to sharpen their tools and strengthen their process, to those who have never written a play, but have a sneaking suspicion they might have one in them (or more…), or those who just want to try.

Over the weekend Jane will look at and run exercises about finding your voice, narrative, character, backstory, idiom, stage and dramatic action and how to find both the right story to tell and the structure to house it for maximum dramatic impact.

Jane  is a critically acclaimed writer for theatre, film and TV. She has spent the last 3 years as Head of Playwriting at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in Sydney, having established the hugely successful course. Her plays, including This Year’s Ashes, A Single Act, Ride, Fourplay, Out Night One and Still, have played all over the world, from London to New York, Australia, Ireland and Brazil. She has also written extensively for TV and Radio, including The Secret Life of Us, Crash Burn and several plays for Radio Four and ABC Radio National.

The Workshop will run from 10am – 6pm on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January at Lot 19, (Lot 19 Langslow Street, Castlemaine – access via McShanag’s Lane).  There will be a café with food available. Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided. All you need to bring is a pad and pen.

The cost is $200 for the full weekend ($170 concession available) or $120 for Saturday only. Please bring payment on the day.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Please register your interest by emailing Jane at

Workshop: Performance Techniques with Terry Jaensch

STOP PRESS: Please note that the time for this workshop has changed. It will now start at 12.30pm, not 1pm as previously advertised.

Just a quick reminder about next Wednesday’s performance techniques workshop, presented by Castlemaine Word Mine’s very own Terry Jaensch.

In this workshop Terry will discuss and demonstrate performative approaches to written works, from basic reading techniques and technical practicalities to ways that you can apply basic acting techniques to  reading/performing poetry, with an emphasis on individual style.

It’s on Wednesday 28 March from 1pm-3pm at the Anglican Church Hall, cnr of Kennedy and Forest Streets, and it costs $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Send bookings and enquiries to

See you there!

About Terry Jaensch:

Terry is an Australian poet and actor. His first book, Buoy, was published in 2001 (FIP) and shortlisted for the Anne Elder award by the Fellowship of Australian Writers. He has worked as Writer-in-Community, Poetry Editor, Artist-in-Residence, Dramaturge, Artistic Director of the 2005 Emerging Writers’ Festival, poetry teacher and in a variety of arts/community and local government programming positions. In 2004, he wrote and recorded 15 monologues based on his childhood in a Ballarat orphanage for “Life Matters” on ABC Radio. He has won awards including the Melbourne Poet’s Union International Poetry Prize, the Victorian Writers’ Centre Poetry Slam and was on the winning team of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival Poetry Slam.

Terry has a background in acting, having studied at the Herbert Berghof Studio and Stella Adler conservatory in New York. In his workshops, Terry seeks to help poets locate their own creative impulses when it comes to the writing of poetry. With an emphasis on the personal, identity and the lived experience poets come to understand the value of their own lives as subject matter for poetry and are introduced to a number of forms and poetic devices that will enable them to poetically communicate their particular view and/or experience of the world.

Book now for Summer Creative Journaling Workshop

Castlemaine authors Lisa D’Onofrio and Simmone Howell are hosting a one-day workshop in glorious Daylesford to get you writing and keep you writing.

The workshop gives you time to harvest words, thoughts and dreams. Writing, drawing, maps, memory and daydreaming are some of the tools we all use to express ourselves.

Whether you’re blocked or on the brink of a new project, Creative Journaling is a non-threatening exploratory workshop to inspire and invigorate your writing.

The workshop is happening on Sunday February 12 at The Readers, Vincent St Daylesford from 10am to 3.30pm. The workshop costs $120/$100 concesssion, with an added “bring a friend” discount whereby if you bring a friend along with you, both of you get the concession rate. There will also be tea and cake!

For more information contact Lisa on or 0401 097 599, or check out their Creative Journaling website.