The final meeting for 2021 is on Monday 6 December.

Meeting at 9.30am – 11.30am then adjourn for lunch to the Plough Inn.



         Christmas lunch

When - December 6th 2021

Where - The Plough Inn, Brisbane St. (opposite the Picture Theatre)

Time  - to meet for 11.45am

Cost – menu can be found on their website

Bring – a gift to the value of $10.00 for a Secret Santa draw

RSVP – by November 30th. Email President Ruth Williams on swwtpresident@iinet.net.au



The first meeting for 2022 will be Monday 4 February. 





Meetings are from 9.30am until 12.00 and are held on the second floor of Launceston library.

Newcomers are very welcome to join the meetings.





Society of Women Writers of Tasmania

Minutes of meeting held 8.11.2021 at Launceston Library Tas

Present Ruth Williams; Ros Sydes; Kathy Duff; Andrea Sindorff; Maria Webster; Laura Sykes; Madeline Colam; Philip Archer; Wendy Laing; Mary Farr; Yvonne Gluyas; Annette Clark

Apologies Catherine Marshall; Liz Russell-Arnott; Janet Berry; Robyn Mathison

Meeting opened 9.40am

Homework Lots of homework, eliciting some good discussion about Tasmanian history and the environment.

Homework for next meeting  FOOD with a Christmas theme. (Remember, if you can’t attend the meeting you can always ask someone else to read it out for you. Then whoever wishes can enter it for Stylus).

Cuppa and the raffle, won by Ruth

Written exercise – we were asked to pick the first word that jumped out at us off any piece of writing we had, then incorporate it into a short, written exercise. Some interesting and amusing stories!

Discussion and news

  • Sharon Yaxley-Booth, (who was our guest speaker recently) was recently accepted as a nominee for the Nancy Donkin Children’s Book Writers Award, which Annette, on behalf of SWWT submitted. Sharon has been given a ‘highly commended’ Certificate. Congratulations Sharon. She will become a regular attendee at our meetings next year.
  • Our President Ruth Williams, has set up a SWWT email address, especially for our correspondence. It is – swwtpresident@iinet.net.au
  • The SWWT poetry competition, co-ordinated by Wendy, received 44 entries, which included 74 poems!! They will now be judged. Three chosen SWWT members will short list them, then the finals and awards will be judged by our Patron, Sally Odgers. Prizes are 1st $100.00; 2nd $50.00; 3rd $20.00 and highly commended and commended.
  •  All notifications of competitions from other SWW state orgs. Can be directed to Janet for notification on the web or facebook, without having to passed through committee first. However, it is suggested that discretion be used!
  • Yvonne notified us about the upcoming Grand Final Australian Poetry Slam national final event coming up at the Grand Chancellor hotel on 28th November 2021. Tickets are only $5.00 on trybooking.com817155.
  • Madeline has suggested that when we read out our homework etc we stand to speak, as it is sometimes hard to hear when seated. Good idea!
  • Wendy asked that at our February meeting 2022, we organize a sub committee to review and update the SWWT constitution.
  • CHRISTMAS LUNCH/MEETING will be held at the Plough Inn, Brisbane St. (opposite the picture theatre). Details to follow. A secret Santa will be held. All welcome.

Meeting closed 11.50am.

Next meeting  December 6th 2021. Meeting at 9.30am – 11.30am then adjourn for lunch to the Plough Inn.

The first meeting for 2022 will be February 2nd at the usual time and place.



Society of Women Writers of Tasmania

Christmas lunch

When - December 6th 2021

Where - The Plough Inn, Brisbane St. (opposite the Picture Theatre)

Time  - to meet for 11.45am

Cost – menu can be found on their website

Bring – a gift to the value of $10.00 for a Secret Santa draw

RSVP – by November 30th. Email President Ruth Williams on sswtpresident@iinet.net.au




Society of Women Writers of Tasmania

Annual General Meeting 4.10.2021; Launceston Library Level 2 Room 1


Meeting opened 9.40am

Present Wendy Laing, Mary Farr, Liz Russell-Arnott, Annette Clark, Madeline Colem, Ruth Williams, Laura Sykes, Liz Dobell, Kathy Duff, Andrea Sindorff, Maria Webster, Yvonne Gluyas, Janet Berry

Apologies Penny Garnsworthy, Ros Sydes, Phillip Archer, Catherine Marshall, Robyn Mathison.

Minutes of the 2019-2020 AGM were read. Accepted Liz Russell-Arnott, 2nd Ruth Williams

President’s Report see attached

Treasurer’s report see attached

Business arising – none

Business for this meeting

  • There is a need to overview and update the SWWT constitution. Over the next 12 months, a sub committee will be formed to address this.
  • A formal letter to be sent to Robyn Mathison, thanking her for continuing to fill the position of Vice President South, for a number of years. However, it has been decided that from this AGM this position will be closed. Accepted by Yvonne Gluyas, 2nd Ruth Williams

Committee positions for 2021-2022

President declared the office bearers stand down, nomination of new office bearers to be completed.

New committee

  • President Ruth Williams; Accepted Wendy Laing, 2nd Laura Sykes
  • Vice President Liz Russell-Arnott; Accepted Wendy Laing, 2nd Mary Farr
  • Treasurer Ros Sydes; Accepted Kathy Duff, 2nd Mary Farr
  • Secretary Mary Farr; Accepted Ruth Williams, 2nd Andrea Sindorf
  • Membership Officer Kathy Duff; Accepted Wendy Laing, 2nd Mary Farr
  • Public Officer Ros Sydes; Accepted Liz Russell-Arnott, 2nd Yvonne Gluyas
  • Website/Facebook Editor Janet Berry; Accepted Wendy Laing, 2nd Yvonne Gluyas
  • Magazine ‘Stylus’/Events Co-Ordinator Wendy Laing; Accepted Annette Clark, 2nd Liz Russell-Arnott
  • Committee members Yvonne Gluyas; Annette Clark; Madeline Colem; Accepted Wendy Laing, 2nd Liz Russell Arnott

Meeting closed  10.05am. Next AGM to be held in October 2022.

See reports below:-


President’s Report AGM October 2021


Thankyou everyone today for attending the AGM 2021 meeting, your presence here is appreciated.

This year has been very positive in many ways. We have had new members at our meetings and our membership is on the rise again.

Our short story competition was successful and made a small profit.

I would like to thank my Vice-President, Liz Russell-Arnott. Knowing that someone with Liz’s experience would be in the chair if I had to miss a meeting, was a big help to me.

Huge thankyous also to our efficient Secretary Mary Farr and Ros Sydes who as Treasurer has kept us well and truly out of the red with a healthy bank balance.

Thankyou is also due to our Website and Facebook Administrator, Janet Berry for ensuring both sites were kept up to date and a big vote of thanks to Yvonne Gluyas, Catherine Marshall and Jane Waite for their support as committee members during the past year.

During my time as President, I have enjoyed chairing meetings chatting to old friends, and meeting new members. Listening to the different short stories read out at our meetings, is always a pleasure.

In closing I hope the incoming President Executive and Committee members will enjoy their time at the forefront of the Society of Women Writers of Tasmania.


Outgoing President 2020-2021, Wendy Laing


Treasurer’s report for 2020-2021

Our Commonwealth Bank account number 10168834 as at June 30th 2021, had a credit balance of $3,364.93.

Our TPT Wealth Investor number 41888500-1 account has a credit balance of $2,240.09.

SWWT transferred from a Fixed Term Deposit to an At Call Fund with TPT Wealth.

A surplus for the year of $1,133.00 was achieved. WE had an increased number of competition entries which helped contribute to this result.

2020-2021 Treasurer Ros Sydes.







Society of Women Writers of Tasmania

General Meeting 4/10/2021 Launceston Library Level 2 Room 1


General meeting


Meeting opened – 10.05 am

Present Wendy Laing; Mary Farr; Liz Russell-Arnott; Madeline Colem; Ruth Williams; Laura Sykes; Annette Clark; Liz Dobell; Kathy Duff; Andrea Sindorf; Maria Webster; Yvonne Gluyas; Janet Berry.

Apologies Penny Garnsworthy; Phillip Archer; Catherine Marshall; Ros Sydes

Homework This month it was entitled ‘Computers’. Some excellent entries were read out, and some submitted to our newsletter ‘Stylus’. Homework for next month is ‘Spirit’. Limit your entry to 750 words. Each reader to be allocated approx. 3 minutes. Thankyou, this is so all of our participants can have the opportunity to read their entries! If you cannot come to the meeting, you can still enter and someone will read it on your behalf.

Cuppa/raffle raffle won by Wendy Laing.

Guest Speaker Our guest speaker, Sharon Yaxley, spoke to us about her journey towards publishing her delightful, children’s books about the adventures of Theodore and Dunstan. Sharon has conducted many sessions at Tasmanian Schools, showing her books, to encourage pupils to read and imagine. Her illustrations and poetry create beautiful books (Sharon can be found on line, where you may buy them. Also sold locally). She also spoke about her process of self-publishing, illustrating, promoting and selling books, which resonated with many of the SWWT members. Thankyou Sharon for an informative and delightful talk.

Other business -  Long-time member of SWWT, Liz Russell-Arnott, told us of her upcoming Award. For many years Liz has been involved with the Churchill Fellowship Grants (a recipient herself). Her constant involvement in the Arts, and her use of re-purposing materials to create her art, has rewarded her with an Award, to be shortly received. We offer Liz our congratulations!

Meeting closed 11.50am.

Next meeting - November 8th Monday, same venue.




Society of Women Writers of Tasmania

Meeting minutes for 2.8.2021

Present Mary Farr; Wendy Laing; Philip Archer; Ros Sydes; Kathy Duff; Catherine Marshall; Andrea Sindorff; Maria Webster; Annette Clark; Laura Sykes; Yvonne Gluyas

Apologies Ruth Williams; Penny Garnsworthy; Madeline Colam

Meeting began 9.50am, arrivals completed the ‘Settling in’ exercise.

l  Mary to send Loretta McCarthy a letter of thanks for being a member for so many years. Loretta has decided not to renew her membership, as living in WA doesn’t permit active participation.

l  Sally Odgers has agreed to be the SWWT’s patron. We all welcome Sally.

l  The committee are to look into changing our title to Society of Writers of Tasmania (SWT), to allow for male membership.

l  Homework ‘Convicts’ was read, some very interesting pieces. Next month’s topic is ‘Water’

l  Raffle won by Catherine.

l  Poetry competition is still open to entries. Send to Wendy at wendylaing02@gmail.com  A reminder that the theme is ‘New Beginnings’.

l  The Short Story competition was finalized, with Sally Ogden choosing 2 of the stories in a tie for first prize. They were ‘Annie’ and ‘Shedding the Chrysalis’.

l  The AGM has been chosen for Monday 4th October. Leading up to this the correct protocol will be followed and nominations etc delivered to all members.

l  Yvonne told us about up coming poetry events. If you need reminding or to find out what’s going on, please contact her on 0413321834

l  Wendy took us through a very interesting exercise based on writing using the rules of ‘Dialogue.’

l  At the next meeting anyone with a published novel is encouraged to bring it/them for display and/or sales.

l  We finished by Mary and Annette reading out loud the 2 winning short stories.

Meeting finished 12.05

Next meeting  Monday 6th September at the Library. This will be followed by a Committee meeting.



Society of Women Writers of Tasmania

General meeting held at the Launceston Library  5.7.2021

General Meeting

Opened - 9.40am

Present Mary Farr, Ros Sydes, Wendy Laing, Ruth Williams, Liz Russell Arnott, Janet Berry, Kathy Duff, Madeline Colam, Annette Clark, Andrea Sindorff, Liz Dobell, Laura Sykes, Philip Archer, Yvonne Gluyas

Apologies Catherine Marshall, Robyn Mathison.

General Business

l  The coming Poetry competition is open. Cost is $10.00 for upwards of two poetry entries. Closes 31st October. 

l  The Short Story competition is closed and judging will begin soon. Sally Odgers will be invited to judge the finalists again this year.

l  Wendy has finished archiving 35 years of SWWT paperwork and meeting minutes etc. She will hold them at her home. Anyone who wishes to view or borrow them is welcome.  If Wendy is unable to keep them, they will be passed on to the Secretary at that time.

l   Homework titled ‘Winter’ was read out. Next month’s topic is ‘Convicts’.

l  A ‘round robin’ had everyone introduce themselves; their reason for coming and their love of writing/what they write; Our guest, Philip Archer, was given the advice he sought - how to write his memoirs and where was there a writing group he could attend?

l  Raffle was won by Yvonne Gluyas

l  A quick exercise on use of dialogue in writing was completed in record time! Thanks Wendy.

Meeting closed 11.30am.

Next meeting - 2.8.2021

Committee meeting

Present - Mary Farr, Wendy Laing, Ros Sydes, Kathy Duff, Madeline Colam, Annette Clark, Liz Russell-Arnott, Andrea Sindorff, Liz Dobell, Laura Sykes.

Apologies Catherine Marshall, Robyn Mathison

Minutes of last meeting read. Accepted Robyn, 2nd Annette


Business Arising

l  Completed archives to be kept at Wendy’s home. If this becomes impossible they are to be given to the Secretary for safe keeping. If there are any other donations for the archives please give them to Wendy.

l  The position of Patron for the SWWT is now vacant. Wendy read the duties of a Patron to us, and after discussion, a unanimous vote from members, suggested Sally Odger be offered the position. It was also passed that in the future, Patrons will only hold the position for 2 years - suggested by Janet Berry. New patron to be welcomed at the coming AGM.

President’s report Short Story competition has closed; Poetry competition has opened; Judging for the short stories will begin; Patron’s duties read out. To reiterate - Sally Odgers be invited to accept position of Patron - Mary to write letter, also to ask Sally to judge the Rose Francombe Short Story competition finalists.

Treasurer’s report  See copies on file. Commonwealth Bank Account holds $2,868.93; SWWT investment monies of $2,240.09, have been reinvested with  TPT Wealth. Accepted by Robyn, 2nd by Liz

Membership report we have 43 current members. Annual membership fees now due.

Secretary report One outgoing letter to previous Patron, Kate Warner, thanking her for her patronage; Incoming email from member Jacqueline Lonsdale-Ceurton, checking in!; Incoming email from Rachel Edwards seeking info re SWWT for a coming radio interview.

Competition Co-ordinator see under President’s report. Wendy explained the origins of both Short Story and Poetry comps.

General Business

l  Mary to send new members/attendees copy of latest Stylus.

l  Mary to send to Wendy names etc of new members/attendees.

l   Need to update all members information eg address/phone etc

l  A SWWT anthology would be great, but cost approx $3,000. It will have to wait.

l  Kathy updated birthday dates to celebrate at coming meetings etc.

l  We were asked to recognise NADOC week, by Liz. 

 Meeting closed 12.00 noon. Thanks Janet for photos taken of our lovely large group - see on our facebook page.

Next meeting 2/8/2021




Society of Women Writers of Tasmania

Meeting held at the Launceston Library 7/6/2021

(Note amended minutes - thanks Ros so much for taking minutes in my absence)

Meeting opened 9.45am

Present - Wendy Laing; Ros Sydes; Catherine Marshall; Ruth Williams; Madeline Colam; Annette Clark.

Apologies - Mary Farr; Robyn Mathison; Kathy Duff; Janet Berry.

Homework - ‘New Beginnings’. Read out and comments shared. Homework for next meeting - ‘Winter’ 750 words

Discussions -

l  We welcome 2 new members to our group - Madeline Colam and Annette Clark. There has been one other inquiry, who sent an apology for this meet, but will hopefully attend the next.

l  Wendy is organising 32 years of archives, that were held by Rose Francombe over her years as a member/committee member. Ros has helped Wendy, remembering when Workshops were run and magazines were mailed out to members. The original newsletter was called Styl-us, now called Stylus.

l  Catherine Marshall said she has received the proof copy of the third book in her Trilogy called ‘Ten Thousand Miles’. She also advised that the Australian Writers Centre, Sydney offers good courses. When you register you also receive free access to audio files and printouts for one year. Catherine is enrolled in one called Structure.

l  Wendy advised that out patron Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner resigned as the Governor of Tasmania this month. We will now need a new patron. Members are encouraged to think about who would be suitable. It would be nice to have someone involved with SWWT. Suggestions - Sally Odgers; Marilyn Arnold; Yvonne Gluyas; life member Robyn Mathison (all inaugural members); Jane Waite.

Meeting closed 12.00noon.

Next meeting July 5th 2021


















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Laura | Reply 29.06.2021 18:02

Hello. I'm keen to come along to your next meeting on the 5th July.
With thanks Laura.

Catherine Smith | Reply 22.11.2018 13:08

Hello Trish and Claire, my name is Catherine and I am also keen to meet other women in the Hobart area who write. Have you organized any times to get together?

swwtas@gmail.com | Reply 26.09.2018 23:29

Hi, Claire. No SWWT meetings in Hobart but women writers do meet regularly. Look up Robyn Mathison on our committee list and contact her for more info... Cheers

Claire | Reply 26.09.2018 18:23

Hi there
I'm based in Hobart and keen to meet other women who are writing.
Is there a meeting coming up in Hobart?

Trish McGuire 16.10.2018 11:49

Hi Claire,
I am based in Hobart and looking at forming Hobart meetings where people can share works and ideas face to face!
Love to hear from you! Trish

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30.09 | 15:24

Hi Lella, you are very welcome to come along to one of our meetings. The details are on this website.

30.09 | 14:03

i am a writer of short fiction, and creative non-fiction.
i am very keen to establish an ongoing engagement with writers from Launceston.

09.08 | 09:06

Hello MJ, the competition organiser has advised me that a list of shortlisted stories will not be published. Thanks for your inquiry.

06.08 | 08:46

Hello. Will you be announcing the shortlisted stories for 2021?
Congratulations to the winners!

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