This website was launched on 6 July 2020 by Bayside U3A Program Coordinator Sue Steele. The launch took place during a Bayside U3A Writers Group session held online during lockdown amid the covid pandemic. Joining U3A writers at the online launch were Bayside U3A President Tony Aplin, pioneer of local radio plays Terri Adams OAM, Newsletter Editor Deb Stephenson, 88.3 Southern FM Broadcaster Pauline O’Brien and radio play Technical Producer Raymond Simms. At launch date, this site contained 23 stories, 14 radio plays and 16 poems, a total of 53 works written by 23 different authors. All radio plays have recorded audio files of the play as well as written scripts. The site also includes a new prize-winning work by Geoffrey Dobbs called ‘Blood and Bone’. In May, 2022, the site was further updated and enlarged with articles on literary techniques in the Writing Resources page. Topics in these articles to assist writers include Editing Techniques (Martin Playne), Writing Radio Plays (Cheryl Threadgold), Teaching Haiku and The Nature of Haiku (Stephen Le Page), The Structure of Sonnets (Norah Dempster) and Useful Editing Terms (Evelyn Cronk). Three new pages have been added for articles on (a) Historical Fiction (historical creative non-fiction); (b) Local History (including the history of Bayside, your neighbourhood, your street, or your house and its earlier inhabitants) and (c) Military Conflict stories. More information can be found on those pages.
updated 16 May 2022
Short Story Competition
The Boroondara Literary Awards aim to encourage creative writing in schools and the general community. Entries for its 2022 Open Short Story Competition close on 29 July 2022. Entries can be between 1500 and 300 words in length. The Awards are made possible by the joint efforts of the Rotary Club of Balwyn and the City of Boroondara. For further details, please visit www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/literary-awards, contact Boroondara Library Service on (03) 9278 4666, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
updated 16 May 2022
Submission of Works for Publication
It has been decided that each member of the Bayside U3A Writers Group may publish three of their works in any one calendar year. This limit is designed to ensure that we do not make the website too large and cumbersome.
All works submitted for publication are subject to review and editing and/or workshopping. Editors for the different categories are:
Military Conflict Stories: Tom Valenta and Norm Beck
Poems: Margaret Boyes-Pringle and Vivienne Player
Stories: Geoffrey Dobbs and Norah Dempster
Word of the Month: Juliet Charles and Carol West
Radio Plays: Joy Meekings and Cheryl Threadgold
Historical Fiction: Martin Playne and Jan Storey
Local History: Helen Graham and Evelyn Cronk
Suggested Word Length of Articles and Poems
Poems: 500 words
Word of the Month: 500 words
Stories: 1500 words
Historical Fiction: 2000 words
Local History: 2000 words
Military Conflict Stories: 1500 words
Flexibility: No absolute maximum word length restrictions have ever been dictated by anyone in the group – there is always flexibility. The word limits above are only for guidance, in order for the website not to become too cumbersome for the user.
All works are to be submitted in the first instance to the Convenor of this Group, Dr Cheryl Threadgold, and must be accompanied by the author’s signed authorisation that the work can be published on the Bayside U3A Writers website. She will pass the article on to the relevant editor/s. The authorisation text is shown on the page Members Works and Author Index
updated 16 May 2022
More News on Radio Plays
About Bayside U3A Writers Group Radio Plays
Former professional radio presenter Terri Adams OAM pioneered the radio play genre in the Bayside and Kingston areas at community radio station 88.3 Southern FM. The completed plays were presented in her weekly Kaleidoscope radio program. Retired ABC technician Raymond Simms still skilfully assists with editing the recordings and adding music and sound effects.
In 2013, Terri Adams and I co-tutored the first How to Write Radio Plays course when Bayside U3A commenced. We were fortunate that a splendid small group of writers joined our course and four of these core members still attend the Writers Group sessions today: Jan Storey, Colleen Dewis, Norah Dempster and Joy Meekings. Together with radio play writers such as Geraldine Colson, Juliet Charles and Sandra Sterling, these talented playwrights have produced some first-class radio plays.
In 2020, Bayside U3A Writers Group members Helen Graham and John Maddick have achieved writing their first radio plays. These plays have been workshopped by the group and will be recorded, when possible, featuring local actors.
Radio plays written by the Bayside U3A Writers Group are presented on the third Tuesday morning of each month on Pauline O’Brien’s ‘Community Capers’ program on 88.3 Southern FM, and each playwright attends the studio for the broadcast.
As well as broadcasting the radio plays monthly on 88.3 Southern FM, Bayside U3A radio plays have also been presented as live performances at U3A events, at two special Radio Theatre events at Beaumaris Theatre with cabaret-style seated audiences, and a Seniors’ Week Festival at Federation Square, Melbourne in 2019 [contributed by Cheryl Threadgold]
published 9 April 2021
Members can list literary events here – just contact the Convenor
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