By April Murphy
The Beerwah Writers Group is a “collection” of passionate, talented and charitable people from all walks of life.
Like a good self-respecting book, the first chapter of its story was written by founders John and Kate Wright, 12 years ago. Both are published authors.
When turning the pages of BWG, the main characters will surface. A local group of amateur and professional writers who meet twice a month at the Beerwah Library to share their original work, critique others, discuss aspects of writing and, why not, to write as a group.
But don’t let that name fool you! These writers travel from Maleny, Landsborough, Buderim, Caloundra, Brisbane, The Glasshouse Mountains, and even as far away as Launceston.
“It’s a good opportunity to show your own work in front of non-judgemental people,” says Publicity Officer, Patty Beecham.
With professions such as Teacher’s, accountants and scientists, the group has a lot to offer. There are approximately 40 members, all of which, take their writing very seriously.
The BWG is more than just a group of people putting words on paper. Throughout the chapters, their belief – as collective – that giving back to the community and helping to improve the welfare and happiness of others is essential will be clear.
“The community also supports us, they read our words,” says Patty.
The gold coin donation contributed by members at each meeting, is put to good use. The group uses the accumulation of funds to donate to charities such as Need a Feed, The Anglican Maori Mission and the Fire Brigade.
Many in the group are elderly, natural talent essential for a writer, after all, its box of stories is full.
Unfortunately, some of these are seriously ill. However, the Beerwah Writers Group can provide them with something that everyday life can’t.
A public forum to write and present their memoirs, encourage creativity and keep them sharp. “Expressive writing has been linked to improved mood, well-being, and reduced stress levels for those who engage in it regularly,” says SparringMind.com, online analysis of creative work and human behaviour.
Visitors are welcome to check out the members and what they have published on the group’s webpage. There is something for everyone with the group also providing visiting guest speakers to some meetings. The speakers cover education in various aspects of the writing industry.
The BWG Facebook page alerts readers of competitions, writing events and fellowships. As a group, members have published little books, poems and short stories.
Beerwah Writers Group is in constant evolution, where pages and writing are blending into stories. The likelihood of you becoming a new character on this journey lies, exclusively, on what the members share most: passion.