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Turn over a new page: Mordialloc Writers’ Group founder Mairi Neil, left, and Barbara Davies prove the writing journey to publication can begin with writing classes. Picture: Gary Sissons

Turn over a new page: Mordialloc Writers’ Group founder Mairi Neil, left, and Barbara Davies prove the writing journey to publication can begin with writing classes. Picture: Gary Sissons

IF it’s a New Year’s resolution to finally take the writing plunge then classes at Longbeach Place community centre could be the start or the next step of a writer’s journey.

Writing Creatively Towards Your Future classes hosted at Longbeach Place community centre in February and June are a relaxed but disciplined way to explore writing ambitions.

The 20-hour course, including five hours of online learning, involves research into blogging, journalism and screenplay writing and other literary endeavours that may lead to employment opportunities.

Teacher Mairi Neil says the course is suitable for writers of all abilities.

“Writing classes can be a stepping stone for people who would like to be published. They can learn the skills in the writing class,” she said.

Ms Neil is the founder of the Mordialloc Writers’ Group. The group recently published an anthology called Kingston My City featuring 20 stories by 20 writers to celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary.

One of the writers published in the anthology, Barbara Davies, began her writing journey in local writing classes.

“We have to value the stories in our community,” Ms Neil said.

  • See longbeachplace.org.au for further information on Writing Creatively Towards Your Future classes held on Thursdays, 4 February – 24 March and 28 April – 16 June or call Longbeach Place on 9776 1386. Course fee $45, amenities and materials fee $18.40.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 13 January 2016

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