Your presence is requested at the Write Here End of Year Christmas Wrap.

Writers Bloc started as a writing group of six people who met through Twitter. We would meet each month at UTS in Sydney to share two stories a month. We had a simple idea – to connect writers online, and set up writing groups IRL. While Writers Bloc has grown in many ways since then, that's still something we believe in, and that's why we started Write Here.

Write Here provides a place for writers in cities and towns across Australia to connect and make time to work on their craft. We're stoked that unique writing groups and communities have sprung up around the country as a part of Write Here. One of our first groups was set up by Gail Chrisfield in Torquay, Victoria. From her can-do spirit, the Write Here Surf Coast group has been a place that local writers have shared successes and opportunities (including local writer Mark Smith's first book).

As well as this, legends such as Melissa Davies in Perth, Sam van Zweden and Katie Found in Melbourne, Bri Lee in Brisbane, Shu-Ling Chua and Farz Edraki in Canberra and Calista Fung in Dunedin, NZ have helped run groups around Australia and New Zealand. And we think it's time to celebrate.

Image Courtesy Shu-Ling Chua

This December 3rd, we are welcoming a new group to the Write Here family from Launceston. Run by Tessa Wynne, it's so lovely to have friends now scribbling away on the Apple Isle.

We're also going to be celebrating a great year of writing. We estimate (and we're not mathematicians...) that Write Here attendees wrote roughly 420,000 words this year. That's a lot of words and more than enough reasons to celebrate.

So if you're in any of the places mentioned below on Saturday December 3rd, come along and say hi, get some writing done or just have a coffee/beer to celebrate the end of a productive year. And if you're in Sydney, we're having a picnic after in Redfern Park where there will be lots of lovely things to eat and cute doggos to play with.

Details of events near you:

This month:

Brisbane @ Avid Reader

Canberra @ Smith's Alternative Bookstore

Launceston @ Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Melbourne @ 1000£Bend 

Perth @ Centre for Stories

Sydney @ 107 Projects, Redfern

Torquay @ RACV Resort

As always, if Write Here is something you'd like in your town, here's some more info on how to get one started. We'd love to have you.

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Geoff Orton

Geoff Orton is the founder of Writers Bloc. He's also a teacher and a Boston Celtics tragic.

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