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Write Here

On a Saturday afternoon,
 in a quiet backstreet of Coconut Grove, a dozen writers tap away at work they’ve put aside two hours of precious time for. 

Running from the airy ACCOMPLICE studio, the space is a haven for a regular group of writers who want to focus on their own solo work, but like the company of others doing the same.

“Someone said, ‘you write to be with yourself and with others at the same time’,” says Johanna Bell, who runs the monthly session for StoryProjects and Creative Accomplice.

“It’s really hard to carve out a time to write, so Write Here is about writers of all different ages and stages and genres, getting together and writing for two hours. 

"There’s no emphasis on sharing your work, the emphasis is on getting writing done. People working on short stories, poetry, their PhD. Someone wrote a grant application at the last one.”

The Write Here two hours of power is part of a national program run by the Melbourne-based group Writers Bloc.

The session begins with one warm- up exercise and is broken up by morning tea, but other than that, it’s all up to you and your words.

There’s now more than 50 members on the group’s Facebook page and a mix of people who turn up for the sessions, held on the first Saturday of the month.

Bell says Write Here has drawn people who would normally not get a chance to meet with other writers and, in the wider scheme of things, the sessions aim to help local writers produce more work.

“My personal motivation is that there are amazing writers here, but our stories are not often part of the national narrative. I’m interested in helping stories from regional Australia feed into that narrative.” 

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