Lunchtime listen: Death By Dim Sim

This month we’ll enjoy Sarah Vincent reading an extract from her memoir, ‘Death By Dim Sim,’ which is being published by Penguin Random House in March 2017.

Beginning her writing life as a playwright, Sarah’s plays have been performed professionally in Australia and travelled to Athens and Edinburgh. Since changing her focus to prose, she was invited to a memoir-writing week at Varuna in 2014 and was accepted into the Hardcopy program run by ACT Writers in 2015.

Sarah has appeared on festival panels and run workshops discussing many aspects of the writing and publishing process, including taking the leap from short fiction to a full-length book and finding support available to writers.

I’m really looking forward to hearing Sarah read from her memoir, and then we’ll have to let her get back to writing her next project, a detective novel called ‘The Fake Detective’ after lunch.


Look out and listen

Look – WriteSpace Retreat is on Instagram, and loving it.
IMG_1396Today’s pic is the before shot of the Platform at Donkey Wheel House. On Sunday the room will be set up for a day of writing and eating. I’m looking forward to meeting my first-time guests as well as catching up with some familiar faces. If we feel like a Lunchtime Listen I’ve chosen a short clip from…well I’ll keep that quiet until afterwards.

At our next date, Sunday 17th July, we’ll have a Lunchtime Listen with laughs. One of our writers will read from her upcoming memoir and I’ll be asking guests if they’d like to bring a paragraph or piece of flash that’s made them laugh.

Interested? Get in touch to find out more or to book your place at WriteSpace Retreat. Jen


On the table

FullSizeRender-3I bring a collection of reading material to WriteSpace Retreat, a range of books and journals that might be used for inspiration, a lesson or a well-deserved break.

Each retreat is different and I love looking after writers working on such a variety of projects. This month we have some new faces joining the group and I’m looking forward to learning more about them and their writing.

Some of the books on the table will be:
‘Wasted’ by Kate Tempest. If you missed her talking with Maxine Beneba Clarke at The Wheeler Centre last week, you don’t have to miss out. The podcast is almost as good as being in the performance space.
‘Writing Without A Parachute, The Art of Freefall’ by Barbara Turner-Vesselago. One of our regulars has enjoyed a couple of productive retreats hosted by this writing teacher – this print version of her freefall approach had me writing freely before I’d even finished the Introduction.
‘Dialogue’ by Lewis Turco. It’s always good to spend some time focused on one aspect of writing, and I think this can be one of the hardest. Besides, playing around with dialogue might lead to something you could enter in the Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Only Writing Contest which opened for submissions today.
‘Womankind’ magazine. This was recommended to me by one of the writers at a Women Who Write Melbourne catch up a couple of weeks ago. I’m looking forward to a few pages with a fresh coffee in the afternoon.

What else should be on a reading table for writers?

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King.