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In South Australia, we have a strong writing community with SA Writers' Centre at the helm and some fifty writers groups that are spread across metropolitan and rural areas. Some groups are small, others are large; some are genre specific; others have qualifications that need to be met.
An anthology of writing by Unley Young Writers' Group.
There are two qualifications; age, and members need to have a passion about writing. What is important, members need to be inclusive of other members, and having a sense of humour helps, as members do joke around a lot, but are very inclusive of new people.
From my research there only appears to be one writers' group that is open to young writers in the 12 - 24 age group. The age of members does make this Writers' Group unique. You could make the assumption that the age difference of members, could work against it benefiting the members. On the contrary, despite the age differences, members give honest, sincere, helpful, constructive feedback to develop and sharpen their writing skills.
Zine creations by Unley Young Writers' Group. Dragon - Concept by Antoinette Hennessy
Due to the age group, all stories and written work must be family friendly, which means a G rating. However, if older members do wish to write stories or works for an adult audience, they can meet at another time, away from the group meetings. Some members form strong friendships, and some have formed a Blog so they can communicate between meetings.
There is no pressure to show your work; you may wish to attend 3 - 4 meetings before feeling brave enough to read your work. As a visitor you can attend meetings and just sit and observe, if that's what you want to do, and just share your writing when you feel ready. On the other-hand, some arrive with a manuscript , ready to share.
Meetings also provide information regarding writing competitions, writing opportunities, festivals, workshops and events coming up that would be of interest to the group.
Recently, the members were consulted on what they would like as a writers' workshop for young writers to improve their literary skills in a variety of genres. This resulted in the The Writers' Tribe and was celebrated in conjunction with National Youth Week 2013.
When: Last Thursday of each month - 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm. Where: Unley Library, 181 Unley Road, Unley
I just wanted to say that I have been to the group, and no offence intended, but there is no writing criticism going on. Some of the writers aren't bad, but no feedback apart from 'good' is given. I would recommend serious writers to look elsewhere if their main aim is to develop the craft and get their work criticized.