The Write and Publish Maker Space at Watsonia Library provides access to specialised resources, programs and events for individuals and community groups to want to write and produce personal and collaborative writing projects.
Yarra Plenty Press, the YPRL publishing initiative, has published a number of special projects through the Maker Space, including the annual Write Now! Short Story Competition Anthology and Literary Allsorts, an anthology of stories from the Writers@Watsonia group and the My Dreaming: Stories and Artwork project in collaboration with the students of Watsonia Heights Primary School.
MacBook Air laptops, which include a number of programs to assist in the writing process
iPad Airs which are useful devices for notetaking, researching and recording voices or video
Keyboards for the iPads airs
A Typewriter for more short-form or artistic writing projects
A Display Collection, including journals, that contain information related to writing and publishing as well as material for inspiration and beating writer’s block
A Quiet Reading Room that is a peaceful workspace for writers and creators, so they can focus on their work, away from the bustle of the general library
How can you access this Maker Space?
The MacBook Air laptops, iPads and keep boards are available for public use any time the library is open.
The Write and Publish Maker Space hosts a series of one-off workshops and author talks covering a broad range of topics relating to all aspects of writing and publishing, including developing writing skills, finding inspiration, how to self-publish, bookbinding, and finding a publisher, and e-publishing.
More information on the sessions, workshops and events run by the Maker Space team are in the What’s On @YPRL events brochure, under the events listings on the website or speak to one of Watsonia Library’s friendly staff. Some events may require bookings.
Writers@Watsonia (Ages 16+) is an eclectic writing group of people undertaking a variety of writing projects, ranging from YA fiction to memoir. They meet on the fourth Thursday of each month. To join, bring a sample of your work to a Writers@Watsonia meeting and share or receive support and feedback.
Odyssey Writers: memoir writing group (Adults, Seniors) meet on the third Friday of each month. The group is comprised of memoirists who self-moderate their group using library resources. To join, bring your manuscript to work on during the Odyssey Writers session, and listen or share your writing experiences and gain feedback.
Poets@Watsonia is an independent poetry writing group which run readings and workshops. To join, please contact Watsonia Library.
Young Writers Group (Ages 9-13) develops the writing skills of its members through fun, engaging written activities.
The Write and Publish Maker Space aims to partner with individual community groups to produce professionally published work on a bi-annual basis. Groups with a project in mind should contact Watsonia Library on (03) 9435 2397 or visit the branch during opening hours.