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


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.

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

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.


An Evening at the New Northern with Lauren Wambach

Come and dine with Word Mine members and friends and listen to Lauren Wambach, food blogger turned writer and reviewer. Come to eat, or come later to hear Lauren speak. At the end of the night try your hand at writing a review (optional).

Lauren Wambach presents the popular Footscray Food Blog as well as contributing to the Age, Time Out and Broadsheet. She also runs food tours. Her passion is the western suburbs of Melbourne and the edible multicultural delights they cradle, from Afghan kebabs cooked over charcoal, to rich red Ethiopian stews.

Lauren Wambach

Where: New Northern, Barker St. Castlemaine

When: Wednesday 19th March, 7pm (to eat with Lauren) or 8pm to hear her speak

Cost: Pay for your meal, or if you come at 8 buy a drink from the bar

Enquiries: Ann 5472 2647

Write Poetry & Song Lyrics

Want to write poetry and song lyrics as a Cert IV or Diploma subject? This Professional Editing & Writing unit will provide you with a thorough knowledge of the basic elements of Poetry and Poetic writing including rhyme, rhythm, symbolism, cadence, verse/stanza forms and structures, metre, POV etc., as well as an understanding of musical styles and development of song structures. It will look at different aspects of history and theory to use in or challenge your own creative practice. You will gain performance knowledge and how copyright and royalties apply to lyricists and poets, and will be encouraged to develop networks to maximise exposure and publish your work.

If you would like to know more, come along to the next class on Thursday 27  February, sit in and talk to teacher Dr Ian Irvine. You will be inspired!

Contact: Ian Irvine – 5434 1583,

When: Thursdays 9.15am-12pm. 30 weeks.

Where: Castlemaine campus (of Bendigo TAFE), Templeton St.

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.

Sunday Salon: Words About Summer

Sick of the long hot summer? Or do you still have that summer feeling?

Join us at the Word Mine this Sunday to share your words/writings about summer. (Or other short pieces of writing – up to 10 minutes)

Meet other writers and hear about our program for 2014.

Champagne and fruit punch to cool you down.

Members and non-members welcome.

Cost: $2 members $5 non-members. Come and join on the day or renew your membership. 

When: Sunday  Feb 16 at 2 pm

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

Poetry Reading: Five Flags Hotel & Castlemaine Poetry Prize

Award-winning poets Kathryn Lomer and Anne M Carson will read at the Five Flags Hotel this Sunday afternoon and winners of the Castlemaine Poetry Competition will also be announced.

Kathryn Lomer’s first poetry collection, Extraction of Arrows, won the Anne Elder Award. Her second, Two Kinds of Silence, won the 2008 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards’ Kenneth Slessor Prize. Another collection, Night Writing, will be published by University of Queensland Press in 2014.
Kathryn has published two young adult novels: What now, Tilda B?, which won the Margaret Scott Prize in 2011; and The Spare Room. She has also published a collection of short fiction, Camera Obscura, and a novel, The god in the ink. Kathryn lives in Hobart and works at the celebrated Museum of Old and New Art usually known as MONA.

Anne M Carson is a Melbourne writer and visual artist who has just had her first full-length collection, Removing the Kimono, published by Hybrid Publishers. She has won and been commended in numerous poetry prizes including most recently a Commendation in the 2013 Max Harris Poetry Prize. As a Creative Writing Therapist she has edited 3 books. She teaches Poetry Writing and Appreciation to adults.

Raffle for a book voucher courtesy Soldier and Scholar and books prizes including feature poets.
Open Section : 3 minutes max at the mike. Best poem in the Open Section wins the Castlemaine Cup – as judged by the feature poets.

Proudly sponsored and supported by:
The Five Flags Hotel and the Soldier and Scholar Bookshop, Castlemaine

Cost: $3

When: 3–5pm Sun 24 November

Where: Five Flags Hotel, Main Road Campbells Creek