Rachel Mathews - Author

Rachel's Events

Upcoming Events

An in conversation between Rachel Matthews and Trish Bolton.

Sunday 25th February 2024 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Fairfield Books

Add to your calendar 25th Feb, 4:30pm at Fairfield Books for a conversation with fellow Melbourne author Trish Bolton, who’s just released the wonderful debut, ‘Whenever You’re Ready’.

In theme with our novels, we’ll be talking all things related to the realm of female friendships, challenging ageist ideals and dating over 40.

Other Workshops

Rachel’s workshops are for all regardless of experience! Safe, fun, interactive and informative, these sessions can be tailored to your needs.

Workshop samples include:

  • Readers are Writers: A fun chat and mini writing task for all ages and experience, bring a glass of wine!
  • Publishing Potentials: An honest, educational conversation about the industry and how to build your profile.
  • Speaking events: supporting charities and local organisations.
  • Pets to Pen: a playful hour where you will write and share your pet tales (tails!). Creatures invited also for a ‘Show and Tell’ as our hello! (Zoom only for safety reasons!).
  • Life writing workshops: navigating the legacy of family narratives.
  • VCE Creative Writing preparation: sharpen your narrative techniques.
  • YA matters: A workshop for young adults wanting to dabble in this powerful genre and learn about the broader writing industry.
  • Love Lingers: Writing life-long relationships and friendships, as a memoir or fictional form.
  • Men’s Musings: Casual, conversational stories of everyday life, that matter

Past Events

Rachel Matthews - Author

Book chat & mini writing workshop

Wednesday 11 October 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at Fairfield Books

Wine, stories, laughs and heartfelt tales from the everyday in tonight’s author chat and writing workshop at the wonderful Fairfield books…an enormous thankyou to owner and book connoisseur Heather Dyer..what a fun mix of people…English teachers/writers Sally, Danielle and Michelle, screenwriter and producer Virginia Kennedy, author Trish Bolton and RMIT Screen students Ida and John…the talent was incredible…we even talked Heather into a writing task…what a lovely way to spend a Wed evening ❤

Writing Class
Rachel Matthews


Wednesday 25 October 2023 6:30 PM at The Younger Sun

Join us for a book chat and writing class with Rachel Matthews, author of Never Look Desperate! 

Rachel will chat about the pathway to publishing and create a safe, fun and relaxed space for participants to try a short writing exercise inspired by the theme. ‘Lifetime Love and Intimacy’. Writing materials provided.



Goulburn Valley Library: Readers are Writers seminar

Thursday 30 November 2023 

What I love most about Readers Are Writers workshops is the people I meet. Thank you to the lovely bunch at the session Thursday night. Some beautiful writing. Lots of laughs, a few tears and a shared curiosity of experiences.
Highlights from our ‘object with meaning’ task:
🖋Visitors from France Julie and Pauline, touching stories of missing home and precious jewellery from mums
🖋Mary-Jane the scientist and her heartfelt tales of travel and family
🖋Elaine’s beauty salon and the entertaining waxing den of horrors
🖋Cherie’s tender connections to a grandmother’s ring
🖋Paulette’s sparkling opal, the uncovering of a goodbye and a powerful reuniting with the past
🖋Natalie’s family hotel in Ireland and the magic of the fairy doors
🖋Rose’s eternity ring of gold and sparkling stones. A breathtaking love story.
🖋Aaron’s mystical journey of father and son, the voices through time
Thank you also to Kim, Bronwyn and Corrinne and the friendly staff at the Goulburn Valley Libraries Shepparton….they look after their visitors with biscuits, hot drinks



Emerald Hill Library talk

Saturday 11 November 2023 

We heard the church bells ring at 11am for remembrance day…a moving tribute to people caught in the horror of war from our poetic host Phillip, discussion of a longing to let go, the respite from domestic spaces, sensory reflections of childhood, the need to explore love, loss and humour and the joy in smashing  stereotypes.

Thanks to the wonderful staff and attendees at The Emerald Hill library (especially Pam, Phillip and Michael) for a memorable author chat/writing workshop with friends of South Melbourne library,  tales from NY, Russia, country and city, fiction and non fiction, dating revenge….the room was full of light through the heritage windows and the sound of stories emerging..so much talent! ❤️