See our 2017 program for the topics coming up for the rest of 2017!
Wonderful to be able to let you know that we are looking forward to some great topics and speakers for the Autumn-Winter months of 2017! See 2017 program for details. We hope to see you there!
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.
Due to the extreme weather forecast for tomorrow, we have decided to cancel our regular general meeting that was scheduled in the afternoon. We will see if we can re-schedule our guest speaker, of course! Do stay as cool as you can!
(Message from Alison Ferguson, branch President)
We’re looking forward to kicking of the year with a program designed to build new skills: experimental fiction and travel writing are high on our list. See our 2017 program for more information.
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.
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)
‘Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.’ – Stephen King
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller
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