Exciting topics ahead!

See our 2017 program for the topics coming up for the rest of 2017!


Travel writing

Most of like to travel, whether the trip be a short outing to somewhere new or a lengthy sojourn. Part of the fun of travel is telling everyone about the experience, of course, and so it should be no surprise that travel writing is a flourishing genre.


Some  people aspire to commercial success in travel writing, but others are happy with penning a few reviews for tripadvisor.  Whatever your audience, there are some great resources out there to help.  At our March meeting, we are looking forward to hearing from one of our members, Pam Garfoot, as she shares with us some of her explorations in this type of writing.


Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition 2016

Alice Sinclair was a member of Hunter FAW and offered her support to get the Lake Mac FAW up and running when there was an interest expressed by founding member Rina Robinson. She maintained her support of both Hunter and LakeMac FAW branches until her untimely death. In recognition of her support, the branch decided to set up a biennial writing competition in her honour.

The branch funds the prizes for the competition. $100 + certificate for first. At the judges’ discretion, the first prize may be split between two entrants (i.e. certificate and $50 each); $50 + certificate for second; and certificates for any commended entries.

The ASC working party this year consisted of Pam Garfoot and Alison Ferguson, with assistance for publicity by Christy Lutz. Many thanks to all.

Honorary judges

Karen Crofts, Director of the Hunter Writers Centre

Ed Wright, Director of Creative Wordspace, Newcastle

Highly competitive field in 2016

  • 23 entries in the Poetry (Category A)
  • 44 entries in the Short Story (Category B)

Total of 67 entries (compared with 17 when last run in 2014)

This year, the competition offered more prize money and used social media to publicise the event as well as requiring entries and payments to be submitted electronically (by email attachment and direct debit).

This year’s winners

Category A:     Poetry (free or traditional to 50 lines) – open theme.

First Prize         ‘Dreams’ by Hessom Razavi (Fremantle, WA)

Second Prize    ‘Polio’ by Pippa Kay (Hunters Hill, NSW)

Commended     ‘Ghost’ by Hessom Razavi (Fremantle, WA)

Category B:     Short Story (to 2,500 words) – open theme.

First Prize         Equal first          Borderlines’ by Ryan Grice (Red Hill, QLD)

‘Tell Tale’ by Megan McGrath (Taringa, QLD)

Second Prize    ‘The Slow Process of Decay’ by Kristen Mair (NSW)

Commended     ‘Clown Face’ by Jan Mitchell (Rathmines, NSW)

‘The Recycler’ by Graham McDonald (Denmark, WA)

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. – J. K. Rowling

My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
– Anton Chekhov