Our 2021 timetable of events



Host of the Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor’s Short Story Writing Award


A wonderful writing opportunity for writing residents of the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Featuring esteemed judges ABC journalist and author Paul Kennedy’s stories, award-winning crime author Garry Disher and YA / Middle Grade author and Jacinta di Mase Management agent Danielle Binks. Monetary and writer in residency prizes to be won, as well as book vouchers from Farrells Bookshop, Antipodes Bookshop & Gallery, Rosebud Book Barn and Petersen’s Bookstore – Hastings Victoria.

Entries via the Mornington Peninsula Shire website, and submissions process and judging project managed by Peninsula Writers’ Club.

2021 winners announced. Entries open again in 2022. Entry Portal



2021 Workshops

Peninsula Writers’ Club Workshops

Some workshops for 2021 have been seed-funded with thanks to a Mornington Peninsula Shire COVID-19 Relief Grant, or are in partnership with Mornington Peninsula Shire and Writers’ Victoria.

We are currently planning for 2022 opportunities 

Peninsula Writers’ Club guest author talks

Welcome to our 2021 guest authors and workshop program. Be inspired by the writing and publishing journey of our guest speakers and develop your craft from their specialist skills and insight. Hang out with fellow writers on the Mornington Peninsula. 2022 now in planning. 


Sunday 25 July 2021 

WRITER / EDITOR Gabriella Munoz

Embracing multicultural writing

Explore multicultural language and writing in a multilingual environment.

  • What is multilingual writing and why it is so important today?
  • Why do writers choose to call home a language that is not their native tongue?
  • Do we choose the language we write in or does it choose us?
  • Ideal for people who speak / write in a language other than English and have stories you would like to explore and share.

Sunday 25 July 

10am – 1pm

Seawinds Community Centre, Rosebud / Capel Sound.

Free to all PWC members and community.

Limited to 15 people only

Gabriella Munoz is a Mexican-Australian writer and editor. She was the 2018 Digital Writer in Residence at Writers Victoria and a 2019 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow. Her writing has been published widely including the Australian Multilingual Writing Project, Harana Poetry, Mascara Literary Review, Senses of Cinema, Emerging Writers’ Festival and others.


Sunday 20 June 2021

AUTHOR Anna Spargo Ryan

Introduction to dialogue writing

Anna Spargo-Ryan will take you through the art of listening and embodying character to create dialogue that’s realistic, effective and dances off the page.

  • Dialogue writing techniques and characterisation for creative nonfiction writers
  • Great dialogue isn’t as simple as repeating the words someone has said.
  • Conversations should enliven writing, enrich character, drive plot or build intrigue.

Sunday 20 June


On Zoom

Free to all PWC members. Waiting list for non-members $49 pp

Anna Spargo-Ryan is the author of The Gulf and The Paper House and a winner of the Horne Prize. Her next book is a blended memoir about life with mental illness, forthcoming from Pan Macmillan. Anna is the current Nonfiction Editor of Island magazine and has also written for the GuardianELLEMeanjin and Good Weekend, among other publications.


Saturday 15 May 2021


The secrets of short story success

A hosted Peninsula Writers’ Club workshop in anticipation of the inaugural 2021 MP Shire Mayor’s Writing Award:

  • Short story overview
  • Hints and tips on craft and execution
  • What judges look for
  • Check-ins for submissions and criteria
  • Question time


Saturday 15 May

3pm – 3:30pm

On Zoom.

Free to all PWC members and all in the community.

Peninsula Writers Club President Andrea Rowe and Vice President Rebecca Fraser join forces to share knowledge.

Rebecca Fraser is a published award-nominated Australian author who runs creative writing workshops for aspiring writers through StoryCraft writing workshops. 

Andrea Rowe is a published children’s picture book author with Hardie Grant, the winner of the 2020 Hal Porter Short story award and a successful freelance writer.


May 2021

MENTOR AUTHOR Anna Spargo Ryan

Writeablity Goes Regional

Partnership with Writers Victoria and Mornington Peninsula Shire 

5:45 – 8pm Thurs 20 May Writeability Goes Local professional development: Why writing matters 

2 – 4pm Sun 22 May 2021  Writeablity Goes Local Own Voices session. On Zoom. Book here 

2 – 4pm From 12 June 2021 Monthly Zoom Writing program. Book here  

The FREE award-winning Writeability program supports writers with disability wanting to develop their skills and writing careers.
  • aims to remove some of the barriers that have traditionally prevented people with disability from connecting with writing and publishing
  • provides tools and information to support people with disability who want to tell their own stories in their own way
  • is for anyone who experiences barriers as a result of their particular impairment or condition (such as the lack of physical access, communication barriers, discrimination or other people’s attitudes)
  • This includes (but isn’t limited to) people with sensory or physical impairments, hidden impairments, ongoing medical conditions, intellectual impairments, learning difficulties or mental health condition

Attend either of two introduction sessions – the 20 May session for professionals curious to learn more, the 22 May session for participants curious to see if it’s for you.

Our Zoom series will then follow monthly from 12 June 2021 to 12 Feb 2022 2 – 4pm each afternoon. 


Want to join us?

Click on the date that suits you to register

 Monthly Write-In’s

Peninsula Writers’ Club writing meet-ups at cafes, community centres and secret haunts

Buy your own morning tea and lunch. Write at your own pace, with quiet scheduled writing time and be motivated by the company of others. Establish your own sense of accountability, connection and inspiration. Hang out with fellow writers on the Mornington Peninsula. Catch up chats happen at lunchtime and during cuppa breaks. 

In 2021 COVID Compliance restrictions mean that our WriteIn’s are only for paid members of Peninsula Writers’ Club for 2021 at Seawinds Community Hub. We are still welcoming new memberships. We plan to reboot our 2022 face to face gatherings. 

Please bring your mask and ensure you comply with all venue requests for COVID safety.

Bookings essential for member’s (your fee covered in your membership), please click on event link to ensure your complementary member booking.

Photos will be taken at all PWC events and used to promote our activities with the wider community via social media, our website and electronic communication. Anyone who does not wish for their photo to be taken and/or used for these purposes is to inform a member of the Committee or the host of the event upon arrival. 


Ink Drops Live Online

An exclusive online gathering for members,  INK DROPS is a 2021 initiative where members share insights with fellow members in an online forum. These micro Zoom knowledge sharing sessions build collective knowledge and help members develop skills and insights direct from regional writing peers. These monthly Zoom sessions are recorded and made available for all members, or you can join in the gathering live. A one off series to keep us connected and developing the writing craft during lockdown times in 2021. 

Friday 26th February, 2021

Friday 26th March, 2021

Friday 30th April, 2021

Friday 28th May, 2021


Seawinds Community Hub

Friday 25th June, 2021

Friday 30th July, 2021

10am – 10:30am.


Friday 27th August, 2021

10am – 10:30am.


Friday 24th September, 2021

Friday 29th October, 2021

10am – 10:30AM.


Friday 26th November, 2021

10am – 10:30am.


Friday 10th December, 2021

10am – 2pm.

Christmas Break Up 

Seawinds Community Hub

Want to join us?

Click on the date that suits you to register

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