Welcome to Day 6 of the totally unofficial EWF Book Club.
We’ve featured some great writers, writing, tips and encouragement so far.
From Charlotte Wood reflecting on things ‘she wished she knew when she started’ to Ellena Savage’s wonderful insights as she sat across the kitchen table from Helen Garner.
And – we’ve got some amazing people and ideas to showcase this week…
Today we discuss Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s Why we write Western Sydney.
It starts with a haircut, ends with a circumcision (or not) – and educated me quite a lot in between.
I haven’t considered myself a ‘proper writer’ for long. I’ve only been to one writers’ festival (only briefly) and I wasn’t sure if I felt I really belonged there. But Michael points out that no matter what he’s done as a writer (and it’s a lot more than me) – the way he looks can also be a factor in feeling like he doesn’t quite belong at some wristers’ events.
I found the work he describes by the Westside Writers’ Group really inspiring especially the way in which the work by the group feeds the next anthology, rather than bringing in ‘outside expertise’.
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