Throughout the year Sunday Writers’ Club are running writing workshops and organising readings from local and international authors. Like everything we offer at Sunday Writers’ Club, the workshops are designed to be friendly, inspirational and informative. Great writing development opportunities guaranteed.

As a valued SWC member, not only will you be the first to hear about the next planned workshop through our members-only newsletter, but you will also be top-of-the-list when it comes to booking one of the strictly limited places.

We are excited to announce our very first workshop coming up in January 2021! Details below.

Become a member today and receive a discount on this workshop and all that follow.

Online Poetry Workshop

with John Malone

The Red Pencil Sharpener: Sharpening Your Imagination

Sunday 24 January 2021 at 10:00am (CET – ‘Vienna time’)

Workshop Price:

  • €29

  • €20 for Annual Members

“The Red Pencil Sharpener” is about the imagination, letting it run free, following where it takes you, allowing yourself to be surprised or dismayed where it leads you, not being afraid, We will look at poems that do this, that show you the way. It is all about the imagination, giving you techniques to access it, and how best to use it when you have.

This 1.5 hour online workshop with John Malone is for anyone interested in creative writing and poetry.

You will find workshop terms and conditions at the bottom of this page.

John Malone

John Malone

Australian poet and workshop tutor

John has three educational titles to his credit, each on the writing of poetry and all with major publishers including Longman Cheshire, Wakefield Press. He has oodles of Flash Fiction pieces published in hard copy form and on websites, a dozen or so short stories, and five books of poetry, two of which were self published.  Over the decades he has published 100s of poems for children in  leading literary publications including the School Magazine (Aust) and Cricket (USA). He has run many workshops at schools, writers’ groups, and for a number of tertiary groups and institutions.

John keeps a fun blog here


The Red Pencil Sharpener

I am looking down the barrels of

the red pencil sharpener

its holes

big as drainpipes

fat as full moons

flared like the nostrils

of horses;

 they are

deep wells

dark tunnels

O-shaped mouths hungry

for pencils

The red pencil sharpener sharpens

my imagination

Workshop Terms and Conditions


Online Tickets to SWC workshops are only available on The price stated on the website, including any possible discounts, applies.
Tickets are only valid for the date they were booked for. Tickets are not transferable to another date and workshop.
Tickets are transferable. Please send an email to to inform us of  the changes until the day before the SWC Sunday Session.

Cancellation of a SWC workshop
Should we need to cancel a SWC workshop, we will inform you as soon as possible. Your ticket will then be reimbursed.

Tickets can be cancelled for a full refund up to 7 days before the SWC workshop.
Unfortunately, in order to cover the workshop costs and pay the workshop instructor, tickets cannot be cancelled less than 7 days before the SWC workshop or for non-attendance.
You can email us at and transfer the ticket to a friend until the day before the workshop. Transfers on the same day as the workshop cannot be accepted.

What is included

Your ticket allows you to take part in the SWC workshop on the date for which you have purchased the ticket. The workshop will take place online, via the Zoom online meeting platform. Please ensure that you are able to stream and use the platform before the event. We will send you the link to the workshop in advance and ask that you log on in good time. You will be transferred to a waiting room and invited to join the meeting at the stated start time. You will also need a secure internet connection.  When using Zoom, please make sure that you can use your device microphone and camera.  You can find out more about Zoom here:

General information
Anything you write during a SWC workshop is, of course, yours to keep. The copyright remains with you.

Data Protection
When buying a ticket on, you are requested to provide personal data (name, address, telephone number, e-mail address). You agree to this storage of personal data collected during the ordering process. As a matter of principle, we will never pass it on to unauthorised third parties.

Vienna, December 2020

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