In 1993, in a beautiful bay city – the City of Greater Geelong, located about 80 km south-west of Melbourne, Australia – a group of writers like-minded people formed Geelong Writers Inc.
Some of these writing enthusiasts had been previously been active in Geelong Street Poets, and some were new writers who had newly settled in the region or who had undertaken professional writing & publishing courses at the local Gordon Institute of Technology and Deakin Univerity.
Geelong Writers quickly established itself as a leading community-based organization that has grown to a membership of more than 400.
Geelong Writers has established strong relationships with Writers Victoria, Deakin Literary Society, the Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival, Geelong, and its organizing body, the Geelong Regional Library Corporation., with other non-incorporated local writers’ groups as well as several community centres & neighbourhood houses. Geelong Writers also enjoys the support of our municipal government, the City of Greater Geelong.
Geelong Writers is the publisher of regular anthologies, including the anthology and international literary journal Azuria. An elected committee organises writing workshops in (covering a range of genres), literary luncheons, presented readings of works by visiting published authors as well as those of the new and emerging writers among its own members. Geelong Writers liaises with the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council to organise the annual Polyglots & Halloween Readings.
The aims of Geelong Writers are:
- To encourage literature, writing and writers in Geelong region, including promotion of writing groups, writing workshops and publication of local Writers the works of local writers.
- To support and promote Geelong and district writers by providing an information service.
- To co-ordinate literary events and activities.
- To liaise with the Writers Victoria.
- To represent the literary arts sector in the development of cultural policy for the Geelong region.
Want to become a member? Learn more about our membership options here.
President: Guenter Sahr
Vice President: Claudia Collins
Acting Secretary: Victoria Spicer
General Committee Members: Jean Pearce, Ivor Steven
Honouring our lifetime members:
Vale Dulcie Stone (MBE)
Dulcie has always been a huge supporter of Geelong Writer’s and was awarded a life membership earlier in the year for her generous donation to our organisation.
Dulcie Stone has won acclaim as an Author, Educator and Campaigner for people with Intellectual Disabilities. Born in Melbourne in 1924, Dulcie has worked as the Director of the WJ Christie Centre in Mildura; taught adult literacy classes; co-ordinated a range of Volunteer Services; and served on numerous boards and committees across Victoria. Dulcie was awarded an MBE in 1981 for services to people with disability and has published over 30 books, both fiction and non-fiction.
Dulcie passed away June 8, 2019, at the age of 95. On behalf of the committee of Geelong Writers, we send our condolences to all her family and friends.