New group forms for would-be wordsmiths

By EMMA CORNFORD

A WRITERS' centre in Clarence Valley may be a long way into the future, but it looks more likely after the formation on a Valley writers network.

A group of writers from across the Clarence met at Brushgrove Hall late last month to discuss the possibility of forming a network.

And according to Clarence Valley Council cultural development co-ordinator Brendan Smith, the meeting was a success.

"It was a fantastic turnout. Basically the idea is to come together to talk about common interests," Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith said the network would provide writers with a forum to read recently-completed works among 'like-minded people', hold discussion groups, workshops and learn from guest speakers.

"There are a lot of different things that could come out of it," he said.

"For example, and this is obviously a long way off, but there are writers' centres in a lot of different places and in the future there may well be the demand for one in the Clarence Valley."

The next meeting will be on June 24 at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club. Contact Mr Smith on 66430200 for more information.



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