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Women in Democracy Special Events

Target 50/50: Women in Local Leadership Forum


Join us to celebrate local women leaders, encourage women candidates for the 2020 local government elections and to support the goal of gender equality in local government. The highlight of the evening will be the launch of Geelong’s Y WILD – Young Women in Local Democracy, by the Hon. Gabrielle Williams MP, Minister for Women, Youth and Prevention of Violence Against Women. Presented in partnership with Women in Local Democracy and Women’s Health and Wellbeing, Barwon South West.

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*IN-PERSON* Writers' Workshop: Neal Drinnan - Pathways to Publishing

This writers' workshop, Pathways to Publishing, will provide a ground-up model of how book publishing works - both creatively and commercially.

It doesn’t matter whether you are writing a novel, biography, children’s story, cookbook or popular psychology book, if you’re interested in publishing your book, it's of great importance to understand all the layers to the process and to have a strategy ready - because no matter how your book is published, it is going to be you who has to sell it.

Participants are requested to submit 150 words outlining their project in advance to events@grlc.vic.gov.au

Places are extremely limited and there is a $10pp registration fee for this event.


Saturday, 13 March 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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*IN-PERSON* Writers' Workshop: Mark Smith - Writing Short Fiction

This half-day workshop focussing on writing short fiction will cover topics such as story structure, the critical beginning of your story, building characters, the importance of setting and narrative drive and pacing.

Ideal for beginning to intermediate writers, please note this workshop will be hands-on and participants are requested to come prepared to write – preferably with a story you are already working on – or come prepared to begin a new one!

Workshop presenter, author Mark Smith, lives on Victoria’s Surf Coast. His debut novel, The Road To Winter (Text, 2016) was shortlisted for the Australian Indie Book Awards, the Readings YA Prize, The Forward Indie Awards (US) and the Queensland Literary Awards.  


Please note, there is a $10.00pp registration fee for this event.

Saturday, 17 April 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre