Melbourne is a city that is almost made for writing. There are so many things going on in Melbourne centred around this single artform, it's amazing. Competitions and events are everywhere and there's always something in Melbourne for the aspiring writer.
Melbourne Pen Shops
Melbourne is full of pen-shops which are easily accessible on almost any weekend that you've got free.
Pen City is located at 250 Elizabeth Street, in the CBD. A small, but well-stocked family-run business full of friendly, patient and helpful staff. No writer can be without the tool of his, or her, trade - a functional and stylish pen. This is my go-to place when I need fuel for my pens - It's always got a wide selection of inks for decent prices.
Pen City also offers a pen-repair service for your treasured fountain pens and ballpoint-pens, of most ages and descriptions, from 100-year-old antiques, to brand-new off-the-shelf models (but if the pen's under warranty still, then best to send it to the manufacturer for repairs instead).
Tafts: The Pen People is located at 259 Collins Street, a short walk from Pen City. A bright and airy shop with a good range of fine writing instruments.
The Pen Place is located at 155, Queen Street (near the corner with Bourke Street). It's a much smaller shop than the other two, but which still has a nice selection of writing instruments and accessories.
Outside of the Central Business District, you can also visit the Melbourne Pen Depot, at the Chadstone Shopping Centre.
For other writing-supplies such as envelopes, fine paper, diaries, notebooks, seals and sealing-wax, you can't go past Classy Paperie, located in Camberwell, a stone's throw from the beautiful 1940s Art Deco "Rivoli Cinema" complex.
The Melbourne Pen Group
What would Melbourne, the writer's city of Australia, be if it didn't have a pen-club?
The Melbourne Pen Group is a collection of pen-collectors and aficionados who gather every two months to discuss pens, writing instruments, writing accessories and show off the latest finds in their collections.
Looking for someone who shares your passion for beautiful writing instruments? Drop in and say 'Hello'!
There's no admission-fee. Just show up. Bring your pens, your paper, your ink, and a set of clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, just in case, and have fun! The Pen Group concentrates mostly on fountain pens, vintage pens, collectable pens and writing antiques.
The Melbourne Pen Group meets every other month, on the 2nd Monday of that month. Meetings are held at the Tower Hotel (Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 3122), starting at 6:30pm (if you can't arrive at 6:30pm, that's fine, the group will stay chatting in the hotel restaurant for hours. Just show up). Meetings generally last for two to three hours. Bring some money with you for dinner.
The Melbourne Pen Group meet on the second Monday of each month.
The Melbourne Pen Group is open to all comers, of all ages, from students and upwards. The nearest tram-stop is the corner of Glenferrie Road and Burwood Road. The nearest train-station is Glenferrie Station.
The Melbourne Pen Show
Every year, Melbourne hosts its annual pen show. This event takes place every November. As of 2011, the event is being held at the Malvern Town Hall on the corner of Glenferrie Road and High Street, in Armadale.