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.

13th February

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.

12th March

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.

9th April

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.

14th May

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.

11th June

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.

9th July


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.

13th August

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.

10th September

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.

8th October

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.

12th November

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.

10th December

End of year celebrations – venue to be announced

Click below for a pdf copy of the Aug-Dec program

2016 Aug-Dec meeting flyer