Program for 2016
Second Saturdays of the month, 1.30pm – 4pm
Venue: Small Meeting Room, Toronto Library, corner of Brighton Avenue and Pemell Street, Toronto NSW.
Free parking is available in the multi-level car park next door (entry off Brighton Avenue). If you park on Level 5, then there’s a walkway that takes you directly onto the veranda which wraps around to the library. The library itself shuts at noon on Saturdays but our meeting room opens directly onto the veranda.
Topic – Heartbreak
Speaker, Anthony Scully
Anthony is the Hunter-based producer for ABC OPEN, a project that promotes real stories made by real people from all around Australia.
Topic – Writing Family History
Speaker, Pam Garfoot
Pam is a member of our branch and, with Elizabeth Conway, wrote Making Them Real, the story of Percy Garfoot and his experiences at Gallipoli and beyond.
Topic – Bad Mothers
Speaker, Annemarie Fleming
Annemarie is a local writer and author of Collected Minutes of the Bad Mothers’ Meetings, which was published by Ventura Press in 2015.
Topic – Writing for the screen – An introduction
Speaker, Kristen Mair
Kristen is a member of our branch and is going to share some of what she has been learning in her studies about the art and craft of screenwriting.
Topic – Creative ideas for poetry
Speaker, Maggie Ball
Author, poet and editor Magdalena Ball runs The Compulsive Reader (http://www.compulsivereader.com/ ). Her short stories, editorials, poetry, reviews and articles have appeared in a wide number of printed anthologies and journals, and have won local and international awards for poetry and fiction.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Topic – Editing
Speaker, Frances Robertson
Frances is a professional editor who has a wealth of experience to share about how to make good writing even better.
Topic – Submission slip ups (and how to avoid them)
Speaker, Cate Plink
Cate is a member of our branch and she will share her tips for a successful writing submission from her experiences as the Competition Convenor for the FAWNSW.
Topic – E-publishing
Speaker, Jan Mitchell
Jan is a member of our branch and is currently working on her fourth non-fiction book. She will share her experiences in navigating the digital world of e-publishing.
Topic – Blogging
Speaker, Linda Visman
Linda is a member of our branch and, amongst her other writing, has established and maintained a lively blog since 2010 – wangiwriter.wordpress.com By the end of 2015, her blog had been viewed 10,000 times by people from 100 different countries.
Announcement of the prize winners
Alice Sinclair Memorial Writing Competition
Topic – Hot flushes: Flash fiction opportunities for this summer
Warm up for two local writing competitions: The Newcastle Herald’s short story competition (Photo-inspired 1,000 words max, with a two week turn-around from photo release to submission date in late November); and, The Newcastle Short Story Award, hosted by the Hunter Writers Centre, 2,000 words, submission date 31st January.
End of year celebrations – venue to be announced
Click below for a pdf copy of the Aug-Dec program