Saturday, 8th October, 2016
232 Church Street Parramatta (opposite Campus reception)
Below is a draft program but other things you need to know :
“Perfect” binding costs have greatly increased, doubling our unit price. We have reverted to saddle-stitch, but price of zines remains $10 and readers and artists with a work included in the zine still get their first copy free. (Please buy one or more copies too though, for your favourite auntie, neighbour etc. The more we spread copies of the zine around the more people see everyone’s work.)
Entry to the launch is $10 for adults and all the volunteers, even our Lebanese chef, pay too. Writing Prizes are co-sponsored by the Writing and Society Research Centre WSU
11:30 am: or a bit earlier for food and drink
12 Noon: Rob Fields (campus director) and Julie Owens MP get us started
12:15 pm First Reading Bracket (with long poems and stories we’ll do extracts this year)
12:25 pm Writing Awards with Luke Carman (judge)
12:40 pm Second Reading Bracket
12:55 pm Art Prize with Sophia Kouyoumdjian (judge)
1:05 pm Last two readings
1:10 pm Editor’s award
1:15 pm Door Prize and Raffle (we have a super pile of books for you)
1:30 pm close, photos, last coffees/teas
2:15 pm ZW WORD begins with spoken word for invited ZW writers plus an Open Mic
ZW WORD is free entry if you’ve already paid for the Launch; otherwise it’s a gold coin donation.
Regarding ZW WORD – please feel free to sign on even if you read at the launch. We give preference to people who haven’t read anything yet, but there’s usually time for everyone. Your friends or family might like to give it a go. A small prize plus lots of applause to be won. You have a max though of TWO MINUTES.
After a great day of workshopping for ZineWest, it’s time to start work on our in-house anthology for financial members. The rules are similar, free entry, up to three pieces, 800 words max for prose, 60 lines (including empty lines) for poetry. If you use pieces originally submitted to ZW we still need a new entry form:) Julieann Wrightson is editing this year with help from NWG committee. If you want to workshop your piece please email us. Workshop or no, light editing will be given. Looking forward to an interesting collection!
Congratulations to the thirty-two writers listed below. But also many thanks to other entrants who also wrote interesting works we hope they will share at ZW WORD, the spoken word gig that follows the ZW Launch. We’ll post more details on the Launch and ZW WORD (8th October at UNE FutureCampus) but meanwhile, here’s the list: (sorry, the format has wiped out the given name intitials! Will restore later.)
PUBLICATION LIST for ZineWest 2016
- Bah – The Roots of my future Daughter
- Benjamin – The Morning After
- Broadribb – Grandma Violet
- Cartwright – Getting On
- Chamoun – The Black, Red and White Door
- Coombs-Valeontis – Pemulwuy’s Plains
- Cristescu – The Door and the Glasses
- Crocker – Shooting
- Davis – Running
- Draper – Hash Tag/The Chat
- Dunn – Signs
- Fairbairn – When
- Garwood – A Journey
- Catherine – Tabbouleh for Thought
- Haiek – The Great Tinder Escape
- Herrmann – A Homecoming
- Humbert – Wildfire
- Jacques – Where do you Live?
- Kassab – Unit 101
- Koparan – The Healing
- Fayroze – Light it all Up
- Miller – Odes to NZ
- Mills – Years Ago
- Myers – The Waiting
- Nguyen – Lacrimosa
- Prakash – Diana
- Radovich – Lincoln’s Rock
- See – Parental Rights
- Sutton – Dripping with Honey
- Warda – Propane Lullabies
- Zhang – The Place Where things
- Zuglias – The Grey Man
DIALOGUE:Saturday, 25th June, Carol Amos will lead us in a discussion and exercise on how we manage dialogue. If you want to read your work to the group, and attended our 11th June sessions, try to put into practice what Narelle Adams taught us!. Our work will differ, so will our style of delivery, but the basics of remembering our audience and reaching the back row, of phrasing and pace, the different tones of a narrator and a character, can all be used in our individual ways.@FutureCampus, 211 Church Street Parramatta, 3-5pm.
Charlotte Woods Award-winning novel
Thanks to a kind offer from Wollongong Writers Festival you can win two free tickets to hear the highly praised novelist Charlotte Wood in conversation with Caroline Baum on her Stella Award winning, ‘The Natural Way of Things’ at Thirroul Saturday 18th June.The book will be on sale and Charlotte will sign copies.
For a chance to win you need to
a)share our FB post with some of your friends and
b)post to NEW Writers Group Inc FB your two line thought bubble on why we create with words.
Be quick! You have til noon on Friday 10th June.
DATE: Saturday, June 18
TIME: 3-4:30 pm
VENUE: Excelsior Hall, Thirroul Community Centre
Tickets: $20, Bookings required.
ZW15 Image N.Oliver
NEW DUE DATE: 10TH JULY.
We are calling upon visual artists 16 years and over, with a connection to Western Sydney, to enter their original art for the tenth edition of the A5 annual journal, ZineWest. ZineWest is published by NEW Writers’ Group inc and presents around thirty short works by new Western Sydney Writers.
We love to include images and seek local visual artists who enjoy collaborative projects.
All images selected for the zine will be eligible for the Best Image award of $100. We are interested in traditional and contemporary styles.The judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian (co-ordinator of Parramatta Artists Studios) sees all entries.
ZW16 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian
Past winners have been Naomi Oliver, Robert Frost and Paul Azize. Contributors receive one free copy of the zine and retain individual copyright.
The ZineWest project is supported by the Writing and Society Research Centre of WSU and the launch will be held at UNE FutureCampus, Parramatta on 8th October 2016.
Entries due 10th July, 2016. ENTRY FORM
We ask for entries to be emailed as jpg files (300 dpi). Up to three entries are welcome. Entries should be the original work of the submitting artist and created in the last 18 months and not previously won an award. There is no theme, however we ask for a few lines about the significance of each image entered. Some colour images selected will appear on the cover or in two centre pages. Other images will be printed in grayscale. There are more details about the zine and competition rules in the entry form.
Sahtein Spread ZW15
As at 1st May, only 13 more days to go to share those great short stories, poems and anything word-based we can reproduce in the zine! Check WritingEntryFormZW16 for conditions.
Julie Owens, Luke Carman ZW15
Also we love art! Entries for images are due 26th June. See ArtEntryFormZW16 for details.
Cash prizes and book awards. Read more about ZineWest.
23rd April – in honour of Shakespeare we are having a workshop on sonnets – a bit of information/history plus a writing exercise that anyone, including non-poets, could attempt. And then it’s open mic to perform your sonnets or other short pieces.
Thinking of Anzac Day, you’re most welcome to also bring your work on themes we associate with war: strife and misery, those at the front, those left behind…. so many thoughts and associations to choose from. If you have a piece that runs for more than around 3 minutes, highlight a section you can read to us if we don’t have time for the whole. Excerpts can be intriguing.
We had an enjoyable editors’ workshop on 2nd April, and we thank the writers who allowed us to use their work. The teams made different decisions, which tells us a bit about how editors and judges choose – differently!
ZINEWEST – due 14th May, not many weeks to go. Get those terrific short pieces together and send to our editors’ address. The details you need are on the Writing Entry Form.
Collaborative Space – upstairs
FutureCampus, 211 Church Street Parramatta
3-5 pm and after at Jamie Olivers if you have the inclination
Five writers from NEW Writers’ Group Inc have been invited to read short pieces of their original work at this event. NWG has an ongoing friendship with Romanians in Sydney through sharing each other’s writing, cheering each other on. We much admire our colleagues who create works in more than one language. Mihaela Cristescu’s latest Romanian / English poetry volume IT Solander will be launched by author and filmmaker Anamaria Beligan. Other writers and performers offer poetry, music, puppetry. Details Here
Saturday, 26th March, 2016, 11:00 am in the magnificent Dixson Room at the State Library of New South Wales. Free entry, refreshments included.
Some of us will make it back to FutureCampus in time to join in the gathering at 3pm!
GATHERING DATES FutureCampus, upstairs, 211 Church Street, Parramatta 3-5 pm
12th March: No meeting will be held – our venue is unavailable.
26th March: Join us for an informal session – open mic, writer’s news,”Author Report”
2nd April instead of 9th due to Campus scheduling
SPECIAL WORKSHOP – The Editor’s Nightmare – an interactive exercise where you work in a small team to decide which pieces will be published in an exciting new journal. No experience necessary – just an open mind to the writings of others.
We will follow the workshop with an Open Mic. Feel free to bring a small piece of your original work, poetry, prose – or an extract of a longer piece. You have around three minutes max! Or you can sit back and listen!
23rd April – two topics – you can combine them if you wish. Sonnets and how we write them today, plus the themes we think of on Anzac Day. Carol Amos has a prize for best original sonnet – but you can read any short piece you like in the open mic!