Novel ap­proach to get­ting peo­ple to­gether

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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