Novel approach to getting people together
READING and writing often go hand-in-hand and a new community group based in Hamilton Hill is daring to marry the two.
Run out of Hamilton Hill Community Hub, the group will begin as a writing group for the first five weeks, after which members will be invited to join a book club. Organiser Alan Hancock said he had run many similar groups before and found the best way to master the art of writing was to read as often as possible.
“The first thing you’ve got to do if you want to be a good writer is read a lot,” he said.
“Most famous writers spent their youth in an attic with a novel. They get pickled in stories and find out almost by osmosis how they work; rather than doing a course, they just learn it.”
Mr Hancock said while there were many online courses specialising in reading and writing, they lacked the human feel.
“I wanted to do something that would bring in local people and give them a reason to get together as a group face to face,” he said.
“There’s so many writing groups online but you don’t get to meet people, chat in the carpark afterwards or have a coffee with them. It’s those things that make it work.”
The five-week writing course begins on August 11 from 4.30pm to 6pm and will be held each Sunday.
The cost to join is $50.
To book a place, visit www.eventbrite.com.au /e/5-week-writingcourse-at-the-hub-6163tickets-64158725475.
Alan Hancock hopes to establish a book club in Hamilton Hill.