2017 Program

(Click the link below for pdf copy of the latest May-Dec 2017)

LakeMacFAW 2017 progam (July-Dec 2017) v20170707 (for members)

Monthly Meetings at Toronto HUB, 2:00-3:30pm

February 11th


March 11th

Topic: Travel Writing led by Pam Garfoot

(Preparation for writing travel pieces based on our experiences on the May Pokolbin trip)


April 7-9th Newcastle Writers’ Festival

(no general meeting this month to allow members to get to the Newcastle Writers Festival, 2017)

Coffee Catch-up (to be arranged following release of NWF program)


May 3rd  Bus trip to Pokolbin

Your mission will be to gather material and ideas for writing a travel piece suitable for publications such as NRMA Open Road.

Cost $20 per person. Registration for this event is open to members and their friends.


May 13th

Topic: Writing and Reading Poetry

Speakers: Maggie Ball (author, poet and editor of The Compulsive Reader. See her blog.) and Jenny Blackford (author and poet, see her website)


June 10th


Experimenting with Short Fiction – 

Guest speaker—Ryan O’Neill – author, latest publication Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australians (2016), Black Books Inc.

July 8th

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (election of the organising committee for the next year)

Topic: Structure in Writing, led by Kristen Mair

August 12th

Topic: Writing for Children

Guest Speaker: Dr Kathleen Warren is a writer and early childhood consultant with The Wiggles and has worked as a writer and script editor for Playhouse Disney and as a consultant for Asia Disney. For a snapshot of Kathleen’s expertise, see a great interview with her at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeQkIffCnEU


September 9th

Topic: Words and Pictures

Guest Speaker: Lorraine Robertson – book illustrator


October 14th Writing dialogue

 Topic leader: Glenys Buselli

This will be a hands-on practice and discussion session, drawing on a lively scenario involving a small group of seniors who find themselves lost on an afternoon bushwalk. The news headline read: Missing trio found safe in NSW hinterland.

November 11th Writing fantasy

Topic leader: Dionne Lister

Guest Speaker: Dionne Lister is a writer and editor who writes epic fantasy novels and short stories – her website

Dionne Lister novel cover

December 9th