short-storySomers community paper, the Nautilus, invites you enter a short story writing competition. Submit a fiction or non-fiction story on the theme Summertime and Ocean.

Entry is free and open to all. For details visit the website: or Facebook page: @Papernautiluswrite

Competition entries close on 28 February 2017. Winners are announced on 10 April 2017.

Free entry




Spend a day on the peninsula with Word House: award-winning author Cath Crowley and The Rosie Project editor Alison Arnold. We will help you find your way (or find your way back) to your writing project through a series of writing exercises and conversations about creativity, getting unstuck, and the writer’s life.

Where: Bentons Square Community Centre, 145 Bentons Road, Mornington

When: Sunday 12 February, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: $195.00

For more information, visit:

For enquiries & bookings, contact:  or book at:


PenWritersClubFor December come and feed your appetite with the Peninsula Writers’ Club guest Rita Erlich.

Rita is one of the legends of the Melbourne Food Festival, an author of more than 30 books, an editor, a judge of restaurants and an occasional broadcaster.

rita-erlichRita’s latest books are The Makers: a story of food, family and foreigners and Scott Pickett: a cook’s story.  Her book Melbourne by Menu  is an account of the development of the restaurant scene from the 1980s onward.

Rita was co-editor of The Age Good Food Guide for 15 years, and has written about all aspects of food in newspapers and magazines, including Qantas, Coast and Country, The Age, and The Australian.

Rita is very much looking forward to talking at Cakes and Ale about the ways in which we can write about food, while scraping the plate clean. This is a unique opportunity to learn from the writing and journalism experience of Melbourne food writing royalty.

When: Tuesday 6th December 2016, 6:30pm

Where: Cakes and Ale, 102 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento

Bookings:  Simply let the Peninsula Writers Club know via their facebook page PeninsulaWritersClub or to confirm a place at the table  drop Andrea Rowe a line via email

If you’d like to spread the word about the loveliest little writing club this side of the bay, visit Peninsula Writers’ Club  to find out what it is all about.



What:  Launch of the reprint of MISS GYMKHANA, R.G. MENZIES AND ME by Kathy Skelton.

Kathy Skelton grew up in Sorrento when it was a small town most unlike the tourist destination we know now.

Through her wryly humorous observations we see how events in Victoria in the 1950s impacted on Sorrento life and how Australia was changing.


Sadly, author Kathy Skelton passed away in 2002 but her voice lives on in this book.  Sorrento Museum has reprinted this special book to be launched by award-winning playwright and author Hannie Rayson .

When:  Sunday November 13, 2.00-3.00pm

Where: Parkview Room, Hotel Sorrento

Tickets:  $15 including the launch, a welcome drink and canapés.  Books are $20 and are available from Sorrento Museum or at the launch.

Bookings: Please phone 5984 0255 or email:


PWC 2What: Join the Peninsula Writers’ Club for an inspiring talk where we are encouraged, enlightened, invigorated and just darn-tootin’ captivated by the writing journey of another.  The talented Rachel Power is coming to Cakes & Ale Sorrento. This is one dinner-party style guest speaking event that will have the town talking.
nov-pwcRachel Power is a freelance writer, editor and artist.  She has contributed to many publications, including Mamamia, The Big Issue, Kill Your Darlings and The Age.

Rachel has been a court illustrator for Channel 9, production editor of Arena Magazine, and is currently communications manager for the Australian Education Union (Victoria).  Rachel is the author of Alison Rehfisch: A Life for Art, The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood, and Motherhood & Creativity.

rachel-powerFor many members of the Peninsula Writers’ Club her ‘Motherhood and Creativity’ is a well-thumbed tome, and an Aussie must read for creatives struggling to find clarity and commitment to continue when juggling parenthood. We aren’t alone, and Rachel has written a powerful book to encourage us to keep creating! In addition to talking about motherhood and creativity, Rachel will talk about the process of bringing together an anthology. We know this will be just as interesting to writers who aren’t parents, and to other creatives on the Peninsula.

When: Tuesday 8 November 2016 @ 6:30pm

Where: Cakes and Ale,  102 Ocean Beach Road Sorrento (Dinner and Drinks at own expense)

Bookings essential: Email or a message via our facebook page

There will be a book signing and sales table so we can support Rachel.

Thanks to Antipodes Bookstore for making this happen. antipodes-logo


If you’d like to spread the word about the loveliest little writing club this side of the bay here’s what the Peninsula Writers’ Club is all about.



cropped-imgp4089What: Call for Entries

The notJack Writers’ Prize has its origins in the work of Australian philosopher and writer Raimond Gaita. The prize presents a great opportunity for writers of all genres – writing on the theme of place – to receive publicity through the prize website or anthology, and to compete for a $5000 cash prize or a visual artist collaboration prize.

The notJack Writers’ Prize recognises the significance of place for Australian writers. Accordingly, the theme of the prize is ‘writing from place’. It is a deliberately broad theme designed to encourage entrants from all genres, whose writing demonstrates creative engagement with place and/or shapes the significance of place for their audience. $5000 cash and artist collaboration prizes available.

Entry Details: Up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry. The entry form, guidelines and other prize details visit

Entry fee: $20 per entry. Both the Open and Baringhup categories

Closes: 15 November 2016

For further information contact:


PWC 2What: The Peninsula Writers’ Club will present award-winning author of books for young people George Ivanoff.

George is a Melbourne author who has written more than 100 books for kids and teens, including school readers, non-fiction books, chapter books and novels.  He is best known for the You Choose series, the RFDS Adventures and the Gamers trilogy.


As a child, George loved reading interactive books, where he got to make decisions about the direction of the story. He has had more fun plotting and writing the You Choose books than pretty much anything else.  And writing the RFDS Adventures has opened his eyes to the amazing work done by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

George is thrilled that You Choose: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove won the 2015 YABBA for Fiction for Younger Readers, and that You Choose: Alien Invaders From Beyond the Stars has been nominated this year. George drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate and watches too much Doctor Who.

We are thrilled that George can join us to share his writing journey, and we promise to keep his coffee cup full after his dinner talk at Cakes and Ale.

You can check out his website at and then you can come along and check him out in the real, live writing flesh!  George will also be meeting local school children to talk books and writing.

When: Tuesday 4 October, 2016 from 6:30pm to Cakes and Ale in Sorrento



PWC 2What: “I’ll take 3!” One author’s journey of writing a trilogy and finding a publisher

The Peninsula Writers’ Club welcomes our special guest speaker Sue Parritt

When: Tues 6  September,  2016 from 6:30pm

Where: Sorrento at Cakes and Ale, 102 Ocean Rd Sorrento.  Join us for drinks, dinner and real love author. Great nosh and vino at own expense.

Sue Parritt is a fiction writer based in Mornington.  Sue’s novel ‘Sannah and the Pilgrim’ is the first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia was published by Odyssey Press in 2014 and was Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.

PWCThe second, ‘Pia and the Skyman,’ was published in April 2016. Sue’s current project, ‘The Sky Lines Alliance’ completes the trilogy.
Sue hasn’t stopped there. Her short stories, poetry and articles have appeared in national and international magazines and anthologies. She has also written the pilot for a TV series, based on ‘Sannah and the Pilgrim,’ and now is seeking a producer.

PWC 1 Participants will have a few minutes at the start of the night to settle in with a drink, pre-order from the menu and enjoy dinner while listening to our guest speaker and asking questions. The little old book signing and sales table welcomes your support as well.

Bookings: To confirm your spot drop us a line at or a message via our facebook page

If you’d like to spread the word about the loveliest little writing club this side of the bay here’s what the Peninsula Writers’ Club  is all about. Next month we host YA author George Ivanoff.


What:  Poetry Reading @ the Rhonda Jankovic Society AGM.  The guest speakers will be Dr John Hawke, Senior Lecturer, Literature & Creative Writing, Monash University. The topic will be Towards a Poetry of Commitment and host and producer of 3CR’s Spoken Word program Santo Cazzati.

There are also 10 spots of 3 minutes available for reading poetry, song or short prose.  To register your interest in presenting contact Anne or Philton on (03) 5974 4561 email:

When: Sunday 28 August @ 2pm

Where:  Talbot Room, Senior Citizens Centre, Broughton Street, Seaford (close to the Seaford Railway Station)

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RAV logoAre you a writer, or part of a literature organisation in regional Victoria?

Regional Arts Victoria and City of Literature are partnering to present two literature events in October to facilitate discussion, information sharing, and networking.

  • Thursday 20 October: Literature Regional Cultural Forum
  • Friday 21 October: Literary Programmers Round table

The forum will be a one day networking event where you will have the opportunity to hear from artists and arts workers working in the field. Speakers from across the state will include festivals and writers sharing their stories of success and challenge.

The round table will be a facilitated session for writers’ festivals and literary programmers across Victoria to sit down and talk about challenges and opportunities, as well as an occasion to learn from and share with each other.

Where: The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne

More information about programs and booking will be available soon, but for now, save the dates.

The City of Literature, via Regional Arts Victoria, is also offering a subsidy program for those who may require financial assistance to attend both sessions. Applications will be opening on Monday 8 August and applications will be assessed by Regional Arts Victoria and City of Literature.
PS: Regional Arts Victoria has updated the status of the Mornington Peninsula (regarded as outer Metropolitan) and Red Hill, Flinders and Cape Schanck are now regarded as ‘regional’ therefore making us eligible for support. 


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What:  Official book launch Winds of Rebellion by Frances Henke to be officially opened by Kerry McNarn

When: Sunday 15 May @ 2pm

Where:  Oak Hill Gallery 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road Mornington


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What: Poetry Reading Day + Rhonda Jankovic Poetry Awards Presentation. Includes: Featured Poets Tom Shapcott, Judith Rodriguez and Santo Cazzati; Open Section for any writer to Read (3 mins limit each reader)

 When: Sunday 17 April   1.45 ‒ 4.30   Open Section Readings and Awards Presentation, 4.30 ‒ 5.15    Afternoon Tea provided

Free Admission

 Where: Talbot Hall, Broughton St, Seaford, 50 metres from Station Street, Seaford

 Enquiries, Reservations to read in Open Section: Contact Anne rhondajls@hotmail.comnne or Philton: 5974 4561

 Rhonda Jankovic Society for Promotion of Social Justice Through Literature Inc. Reg. AOO59242G



What: The Peninsula Writers’ Club is free to join, and is open to published writers, aspiring writers, freelancers, journalists, editors, bloggers, copywriters and those with scribe-like itches to scratch. The volunteer Club is a resource sharing, encouraging, championing and celebrating forum.

For many members who write on a daily basis it’s also an opportunity to just switch off the laptop and hang with other word-nerds.

We host guest speakers at our informal dinner / drinks events regularly – they cover writing genres, publishing, digital writing, book-selling and personal writing achievements – providing inspiring inetworking opportunities amongst our talented pool of folk who reside on the Peninsula.

The Peninsula Writers’ Club meets at Cakes and Ale, Sorrento on the 1st Tuesday of the month.

Where: Cakes and Ale, 102 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento VIC 3943 Phone:(03) 5984 4995

When:  1st Tuesday of the month @ 6:30pm. We do not meet during school holidays

Costs/ Ticketing/ Entry:  Dinner and drinks at own expense. Guest speaker and creative company no cost!

Facebook information:

Enquiries & Booking Contact: and click on the link to the Events for RSVP’s / and queries


What: Poetry Workshop Page to the Stage with Andrea Louise Thomas

When: 5.30pm Wednesday 18 November

Where: Frankston Library Long Room

Enquiries or Bookings: Online or P: 9784 1020

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What:  Rhonda Jankovic Literary Awards. Two sections: Poetry 1st Prize $600, Judge: Judith Rodriguez; Short Story 1st Prize $600, Judge: Tom Shapcott. Each winner also awarded trophy – an engraved vintage 3CR Sound Bite Cartridge. Certificates for 2nd, 3rd places, Commended & Highly Commended. Theme: Social Justice. Poems to 50 lines, Stories to 2,500 words. No limit to number of entries.   Open to everyone!

Entries close: 25 November    

Cost: $5 per poem or story entered 

Enquiries, Entry Conditions & Form: Philton: or Colin 0487 411 117 

Rhonda Jankovic Society for Promotion of Social Justice Through Literature Inc. Reg. AOO59242G



cropped-imgp4089What:  The ‘not Jack’ Writers’ Prize recognises the significance of place for Australian writers. Accordingly, the theme of the prize is ‘writing from place’.

It is a deliberately broad theme designed to encourage entrants from all genres, whose writing demonstrates creative engagement with place and/or shapes the significance of place for Australian writers and their readership. Short-listed entrants are invited to attend a masterclass with prominent Australian writers, whose work is also centred around the theme of place.  

Entries Information: Entries may be up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry. There are three categories – youth, open and Baringhup. Entry fees are either $10 or $20 according to category.

Entry form, guidelines and other details are on the website:

Contact: Email or Phone 044 88 55 832

Closing date for Entries: 1 November 2015


poetry logoWhat: Poetry Reading. Includes: Featured Poet & Guest Speaker (topic: “Art that Challenges”) Professor Kevin Brophy; Open Section for any poet to Read (acclaimed performer Santo Cazzati has enlisted); Rhonda Jankovic Society AGM.

 When: Sunday 30 August, 2pm for 2.15 Start.  Light refreshments provided

Cost: Gold Coin Donation

 Where: Talbot Hall, Broughton St, Seaford. 50 metres from Station St.

 Enquiries, Reservations to read in Open Section: Philton, (limited number of places available)

Rhonda Jankovic Society for Promotion of Social Justice Through Literature Inc.



What: Creative writing workshops for kids from Grade one to VCE with bestselling author, Michelle Hamer

Where: The Long Room, Frankston Library

When: Monday nights – Term Three

From July 20-to-Sept 14

4.10pm-5pm Grades one to three

5.10pm-6pm Grades four to six

6.15-7.15pm Secondary students

$200 per term (nine sessions

Contact: Michelle Hamer Phone 0412 580 262


What: e-Publishing and Public Libraries: Challenges & Opportunities

Where: Conference Rooms, State Library of Victoria (entry 3, 179 Latrobe St)

When: Saturday 23 May 2015 12:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: This seminar is free but for organising purposes an RSVP by Monday 18 May is essential. Please RSVP to

A seminar discussion about the changing role of public libraries in the digital age and will be looking at how electronic publishing affects access to publications.  Traditionally, under Legal Deposit legislation, State and National Libraries endeavoured to maintain a copy of all material published within their jurisdiction, whether books, journals or magazines – and later CDs and DVDs. These were catalogued, stored and available to all library users. Electronic publishing has changed all this in a variety of ways:

Individuals can ‘publish’ their own eBooks and bypass legal deposit

• If a library purchases an e-Book there may be restrictions on allowing access to it

• Journals published electronically become the ‘property’ of large commercial organisations who on-sell the rights and have no legal obligation to maintain copies of material they no longer see as being of commercial value.

The seminar will ask the questions:

• What does legal deposit mean in the digital age?

• What is the role of aggregated e-publishing such as Informit and Cengage?

• How ‘open’ is Open Access?

• What does all this mean for e-Book authors and publishers?

• What is the State Library of Victoria’s current and planned responses to these issues?

The afternoon will be a conversation between authors and researchers and experts in e-publishing from the State Library of Victoria (SLV) and from universities. There will be ample time for audience involvement.

Presenters and panellists: Chris Butler (Manager Collection Resources SLV); Paul Mercieca (Lecturer in Information Management and Digital Publishing RMIT); Peter McMahon (Director Digital Strategy SLV); Lisa Peddey (Continuing Resources Team Leader SLV); Jo Ritale (Manager Collection Development & Discovery SLV); Sarah Slade (Manager Storage & Digital Collection Services SLV)


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What: Poetry writing workshop with option for performance with Peninsula Poet Andrea Louise Thomas

Where: Frankston Library Long Room

When: Wednesday, May 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Cost: Free but booking is essential


Enquiries & Bookings contact: Susan Bentley 9784 1020

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