U3A Healesville

University of the Third Age

Creative Writing Group’s Book Launch: Monday 18th November 2019

An exciting project is about to come to fruition, and you are invited to celebrate with us!

Thanks to generous sponsorship and assistance, a quirky book “As We See it” has just been published, showcasing the creativity and fun a group of people experienced at a Healesville U3A writing course.

Our goal is to encourage older people to participate in activities offered by U3A, Neighbourhood Houses and Living and Learning Centres.

Everybody is welcome to join us on Monday 18th November 2019 (from 4.30 pm) for 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm at The Old Court House, 42 Harker Street, Healesville to celebrate the book launch. There will be door prizes, and refreshments will be provided.

RSVPs are requested (for catering purposes) by Wednesday 13th November. Please email dorothyabarber@bigpond.com or telephone Margaret O’Connell on 5962 9031.



As We See It : The Genesis of a Book

Quite unexpectedly, this book emerged from our U3A course, Creative Writing for the Slightly Silly. Inspired by Albert Einstein’s words: “creativity is intelligence having fun”.  Tutor Di Anderson created surprises every session, over 10 weeks.  Sometimes emotional, sometimes zany, always uplifting.

“The depth and creativity of writing was so interesting,” says a participant.  “We wanted to keep copies of each other’s work. The idea of a book was raised.  Amidst the laughter someone made the observation that it is hard to find anything interesting to read in doctors’ waiting rooms – so we got serious about it.”

The book is a collection of writings from the sessions, with reflections on topics including taboos, nature, ageing, magic … and much more.

“Our small U3A group members have become friends – a writing community”, says another participant, “We continue to meet and encourage and appreciate each other’s gifts.  We had so much fun, we want to encourage others to get involved with U3A activities.”


Note that Di is offering this course again in 2020.