THERE WILL BE A significant literary double in Port Moresby next Saturday: the first Writers Bung and the launch of the 2013 Crocodile Prize national writing awards.
First, under the auspices of the Papua New Guinea Society of Writers, Editors and Publishers (SWEP), I will introduce and demonstrate, the concept of small writers' groups. (Later in the year, I will be visiting other centres in PNG to repeat the exercise.)
Writers groups, 'Writers Bungs' in PNG, comprise 10 or so writers from beginners to experienced who meet regularly as equals to talk about each other's writing.
The bungs are informal, operating with just a few basic procedural rules. Experience with similar groups elsewhere has shown that they are an enjoyable way of improving writing skills and just talking about writing in a friendly social setting.
Saturday’s second event will see SWEP launch the Crocodile Prize for 2013.
"With the success of the Crocodile Prize in 2012, we’re really excited about what is to come in 2013,” said Society president, Amanda Donigi.
“As well as administering the Prize, we also hope that SWEP can offer regular opportunities for writers to improve their skills, including their ability to research their theme or genre then edit and revise their own writing to perfection.
“Events such as the Writers Bung are excellent opportunities for writers to meet and share their experiences, successes, and challenges to be able to really move forward with the craft of writing in PNG.
“We’re extremely grateful for the time and effort that Bob Cleland is putting into these bungs this year."
First PNG Writers Bung
Venue: Moresby Arts Theatre, Waigani
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Date: Saturday 9 February