There are few places I’ve visited in the world that compare with Broome as a perfect place for writers, poets and anyone with an artistic bent.
Many who live and visit this beautiful town feel drawn to explore its spiritual energy and the incredible healing power of earth, water and indigenous heritage. This offers much to the aspiring writer, and the yearly Corrugated Lines Festival of Words in August opened its arms to writers, not only from Broome, but all around Australia.
Those with a yen for writing or just interested onlookers were offered a delicious smorgasbord of events, and, having often attended the Writers’ Festival in Melbourne, I can certainly say that Corrugated Lines is right ‘up there with the best’.
Being a member of a writing group, as with many groups, there is often much initial interest with lots of attendances and a splurge of writing, which can diminish as time goes on.
Not so in Broome! Belonging to our lovely and talented Broome Women Writers’ group sees a weekly feast of writing from every single person, even though some of us may be ‘on the road’ for some of the time.
Here are five of us from the Broome Women Writers’ group at the Mangrove Hotel in Broome recently, a venue chosen because our member who usually hosts the group is away travelling currently.
What keeps this particular group together and writing?
Each person in the Broome Women Writers’ group writes very differently, and for me, that’s a big draw-card. I look forward very much to hearing each person’s story. I also appreciate that constructive feedback offered is received with gratitude.
There are seven of us in the Broome Women Writers’ group and our face-to-face meeting every fortnight gives us the time to read our piece.
What happens during the week we don’t physically meet?
Each person in turn provides a writing topic for that week and we email our writing to all group members on a Sunday, when we enjoy relaxing at home and reading each other’s stories.
A perfect prescription for a perfect location!
Love to hear from any writers out there … please feel free to comment below.