About Sunday Writers’ Club
Sunday Writers’ Club is a registered not-for-profit organisation based in Vienna, Austria (Kulturverein Sunday Writers’ Club, ZVR-Zahl: 1631676454) . The purpose of the club is to promote art and culture, predominantly through fostering a thriving English-language creative writing community in Vienna Austria, with a global reach. The club is dedicated to enriching members’ writing experience and skills through various cultural activities including:
- creative writing sessions – face-to-face and online
- writing workshops and courses – face-to-face and online
- events, retreats, competitions, presentations, and festivals – both off- and online
- production, publication, and sale of various print / digital media
- production and publication of audio content
Since its unofficial beginning in 2018, Sunday Writers’ Club has flourished as a writing community. With the official club launch coinciding with the club’s second birthday celebration in September 2020, the committee continues to pursue the club’s objectives and support members on their writing journey.
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Sunday Writers Club Team
The Sunday Writers’ Club Team
Keith is an author from the UK best known for his award-winning novels for children and teenagers. He’s published over 20 books which have been translated into a dozen languages and has edited 2 anthologies of short stories for Young Adult readers. His novel ‘Ostrich Boys’ was adapted for the stage and played to sell-out audiences in such far-flung places as Birmingham, Seoul and Mumbai. He’s traveled to book festivals all over the world promoting reading, writing and literature to teachers, teenagers, parents, librarians and anybody else who’d listen.
Keith has been a book reviewer for both the Guardian (UK) and Scotsman newspapers. He lectured in creative writing at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside and often worked with Scottish Book Trust and the British Council helping discover and nurture new writing talent. He co-created Sunday Writers’ Club alongside Paul Malone.
Over the years Keith has worked as a professional mentor with many new and aspiring authors, seeing some of them through to publication (and even award recognition). If you feel you need some friendly but professional editorial advice on your current work in progress, don’t hesitate to email Keith here at SWC to see how he can help.
Paul is an Australian author living in Austria for well over a decade now. His short stories have appeared in leading children’s literary magazines, including The School Magazine (Australia) and Scoop Magazine (UK). For Paul, creative writing is “sunshine for the imagination”, and he enjoys sharing this experience with other writers. From coming up with inspiring prompts for a Sunday creative writing session to planning and delivering on the club’s objectives, Paul puts his heart and mind to every task.
“For me,” Paul says, “the greatest satisfaction from running Sunday Writers’ Club comes out of seeing how members improve their writing over time. And as a writer, I benefit greatly from the company and enthusiasm of other members.”
Since 2018, Paul has set aside writing short stories to complete his first middle-grade novel. He hopes to share good news about this in 2021. Paul is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and Writers SA.
Jasmine grew up in Vienna but studied in Edinburgh, Scotland. She stayed in Edinburgh for another 12 years after completing her degree, working first for a UK-wide bookstore chain, then for Scottish Book Trust – Scotland’s national charity promoting literature, reading and writing. During her 10 years at Scottish Book Trust, Jasmine was the manager of a national touring programme taking authors and illustrators all over the UK. She also organised a national book award and managed the first-ever live online author event programme in cooperation with the BBC – which reached an audience of over 1 million people worldwide. Jasmine wrote a quarterly fiction review column for the Scotsman newspaper for four years and was a regular event chair at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. With these and many other projects and programmes Jasmine has worked with authors and illustrators at all stages of their careers helping to build bridges between them and their readers. Jasmine returned to live in Vienna in 2017.
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Jennifer is a writer and journalist. Her work has been published in Metropole, The EU Observer, Impact Hub Vienna, and Ted x Vienna. She spends her time writing at home and in Vienna’s traditional cafés. When she is not writing she is reading (or playing video games but mostly reading). She is pretty sure reading is as vital to her as breathing and will read anything, including the occasional cereal box at the breakfast table…
Below you will find some useful links for writers. We hope they might help you on your writing journey.
Please note: the links will take you to 3rd party websites. We take no responsabilty for the content provided. We would greatly appreciate you letting us know if a link does not work.
Uni-Verse Creative Writing Society
Uni-Verse Creative Writing Society are our very good friends in Vienna. From readings to writing courses and everything inbetween, Uni-Verse have much to offer the creative writer. Check them out!
Metropole is an independent platform, a leading English-language media outlet, that helps international people to feel at home in Vienna. Metropole has supported Sunday Writers’ Club from the start, and we highly recommend you treat yourself to reading their excellent magazine.
Vienna Lit is a literary society whose aim it is to increase the popularity of English language literature in Austria. The book group has been running since 2005.
Neil McCarthy Poetry
Neil McCarthy is an Irish poet living in Vienna. He writes wonderful poetry and keeps a highly entertaining blog.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
The international professional organization for authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults.
Duotrope is an established, award-winning resource for writers and artists.
Find agents, publishers and more. Search market lists for where to publish your story.
Sunday Writers’ Club on Podbeam
SWC’s very own podcast, produced by Paul Malone. You’ll find interviews, original stories and more here. Check out our latest podcast on Podbeam.
Keith Gray on Goodreads
Our very own Keith Gray on Goodreads. Check out his books.