Past Tense (Social History) Group   

The Past Tense (Social History) Group is facilitated by: Mardi May

Meets: Second Saturday of every month except January, 10.00am - 12.00pm

Costs payable in cash on the day: $5 KSP-members/$12 non-members


2019/2020 Session Break

Last group for this year will be held Saturday 14 December 2019

First group for next year will be held Saturday 8 February 2020

This group caters for those wishing to write autobiography, memoir, biography, family history, life story for family and local history. Established in 2002 by Mardi May, the group publishes regular anthologies for members to showcase their work. 

A workshop is presented on a relevant topic during the first hour of the meeting and homework invited on the subject. The second hour offers opportunity for members to discuss their work and receive feedback on short pieces, with the goal of publication of the completed project. 

During the year we host visiting writers experienced in our subject, and celebrate book launches by group members.

The Past Tense group provides a confidential space and fosters a respectful relationship between members.


Aims of Past Tense


  • To create a focal point for persons interested in history writing

  • To provide ongoing support for those members working on history projects

  • To create an environment of security and trust for feedback on projects

  • To prepare a resource file of related information e.g. Genealogy Organisations

  • To engage the skills of persons for ongoing assistance e.g. co-editing

  • To locate appropriate publishing and printing agents.

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