The ABC recently discontinued and archived ABC Open's '500 Words' Writing Projects. For the record, this program has proved to be a wonderful resource for U3A Benalla's memoir writing group.
Details of ABC Open's writing topics have been kept for use over time and we have begun to draw on other resources. Semester II's 500 words topics have largely been selected from Joy's book 'Creative Boot Camp'. For example, on Monday 25 August we will be sharing stories on 'Fear of Failure' and on Monday 23 September 'If only?' stories. As always, we write about something which, upon reflection, we feel we can comfortably share with others, rather than something which is likely to open old wounds and cause distress.
Our October topic will be the topic set for the Benalla Festival's Writing Competition and relate to this year's festival theme, 'Fiesta of Festivities: a celebration of events and festivals that bring the community together'. Fliers with full details of the writing competition topic should be available in the community shortly. Some members go on to enter the contest - with a member or two each year typically receiving awards!