We start our new year with a lot of LOVE at our new venue, FutureCampus, Parramatta. President Carol Amos will greet our regulars, new friends and campus students before inviting you to perform or just listen at an Open Mic in honour of Valentine’s Day.
You have three minutes max to tell us in prose or poetry about: The Icky, The Precious, The Disastrous, The Frankly Unbelievable or possibly The Real Thing. Check the Rules! NWGVal’sOPENMIC16 If we have time after the Open Mic we’ll hold a Readers’ Feedback Workshop – all welcome to participate.
DATE: Saturday, 13th February
TIME: Welcome: 3:00 pm; Open Mic: 3:15 pm
VENUE: FutureCampus, 211 Church Street Parramatta
Upstairs, Collaborative Space.
PRIZE FOR THE WINNER: “The Diet Starts On Monday – finding true love will taste so sweet” by Western Sydney writer Tamar Chnorhokian
Please note, no food or drink other than water can be consumed in the Collaborative Space. There are lovely coffee shops nearby.
The next event on 27th February is very exciting. We welcome international best-selling author Kate Forsyth to talk about her writing journey and Story Structure.
NWG Inc GUEST WRITER: Dr. Kate Forsyth
TOPIC: Story Structure
Kate’s Latest Publication
SATURDAY, 27TH FEBRUARY, 2016,
211 Church Street Parramatta (upstairs)
Kate Forsyth is an award-winning, internationally published author who pens best-sellers. She has published thirty-six works, including picture books, poetry, and novels for both adults and children. She will talk about her writing experience with a focus on Story Structure. Find out more about Kate at her website.
Readers’ Feedback Workshop and Open Mic after 4:00 pm.
Following Kate’s talk you are welcome to join us for a short Reader’s Feedback workshop. You can also bring a three minute piece or extract of your original work in case we have time for a quick open mic.
Entry: $5 NB: Most of our events are free entry. This event fee is to cover our special guest’s expenses. Please sign in at the campus reception, ground floor!
In 2016, NEW Writers Group will convene at FutureCampus,
211 Church Street (upstairs).
All our regular gatherings will be held at the usual times:
Feb – Nov, 2nd and 4th Saturdays. 3-5 pm with the exception of March 12 when we will hold no gathering. ZineWest 2016 will be 8th October.
We have planned a busy year, starting in February with an open mic Valentine’s Day competition on Saturday, 13th Feb, and a special guest visit by international author Kate Forsyth on Saturday 27th Feb. We’ll post details soon.
Many thanks to campus director Rob Field and his staff for this opportunity to return to Parramatta, our home base for 14 years.
Carol Amos, NWG President
Dear all! Saturday 28th November 3-5 pm will be our last gathering in 2015 and a farewell to Merrylands Community Centre. We meet as usual in the Miller Street room (buzz at main entrance to Centre, 17 Miller Street Merrylands) On the Agenda is our AGM (super quick) and readings from the 2015 Anthology, plus a short Open Mic (bring small pieces). Everyone is welcome to continue on at 5:30 pm for an early (pay your own way) dinner at the Billabong pub which is close by in Merrylands Road. They have all day specials starting from $10.
Next year we will commence gatherings in Parramatta – February to November – at the very central venue of Future Campus (University of New England) in Church Street. We hope to keep closely to our usual 2nd and 4th Saturday afternoons, but will issue a detailed set of dates in January when the university finalises its calendar. This connection to a university campus is very exciting for us all and we look forward to a great year.
Julie Owens MP Launches ZW15
We congratulate all our contributors – as the writing judge Luke Carman said, he was presented with a strong field of thirty-four pieces selected for publication in ZW15 by the guest editors.
WRITING: First – and Best Prose: Meg Brayshaw for Elegy; Second: Yumna Kassab for Cigarettes and Smoke; Third and Best Poem: J. Anne DeStaic for Bones. Highly Commended were: L.E. Armbruster for Sunday, Dennis J. Pale for Tappucino; Arna Radovich for Snap and Kerryn Coombes-Valeontis for Saving the World JUDGE’S COMMENTS
Best Image: First: Naomi Oliver for Coat of Arms; Highly Commended: Robert Frost for Goodbye. This is our third year of awarding a prize for artwork. We thank everyone who sent us images. All the entries were relevant to theme – inclusion has a great deal to do with how well an image might turn out in an A5 digitally printed zine. We’re discussing having an open theme next year.
Editor’s Award: Jason Gray for Flashes This award is for an entry that at least two guest editors scored strongly and which did not win a major prize from the judge. Since that describes most of the pieces in the zine it is hard to pick.Flashes was the story which knocked loudest on the editor’s door.
ZW WORD:First: Lauren Gibson; Second: Pamela Gray
ZW WORD OPEN MIC: First: Brian Bell; Second: Juliann Wrightson
We thank the Writing and Society Research Centre and Giramondo Publishing for their very generous co-sponsorship of these prizes. We also thank our kind anonymous donor of the Best Image Award. We are indebted to Julie Owens our supporter from the very first ZineWest and our excellent judges, Luke Carman (Writing) and Sophia Kouyoumdjian (Art).
See Gallery for more photos
Second: Titles from Giramondo
Small Acts of Disappearance – Fiona Wright
An Elegant Young Man – Luke Carman
The Burning Elephant – Christopher Raja
Almost Sincerely – Zoe Norton Lodge
Third: Titles from Giramondo
Small Acts of Disappearance – Fiona Wright
Unclaimed Terrain – Ajay Navaria
Free zine and Certificate
Heart Starter – John Tranter (signed copy)
Best Image ZW15: $100
The Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University, is NWG Inc’s co-sponsor in ZineWest
Merrylands Community Centre has excellent parking on weekends at the rear of the building.Entry is from Newman street into an undercover park beside the Merrylands Library. Drive through to the open area of car park and the rear of the Centre is on your right. There’s a path around to the front entrance on 17 Miller Street. Then buzz for the Miller St Room! Handy also to bus and train. MAP Saturday, 10th October, Launch 11:30 for noon; ZW WORD 3:00 pm.For details of event click here
Ms Julie Owens MP
PRINT ZINE LAUNCH
To be opened by Julie Owens MP
Date: Saturday, 10th October, 2015
Venue: Merrylands Community Centre (Miller Street Room)
17 Miller Street, Merrylands.
Time:11:30 am for light lunch
Noon – 2:00 pm Readings; Prizes and awards: Writing Judge – Luke Carman, Editor’s Award – Sue Crawford, Best Image Award – Sophia Kouyoumdjian
Door Prize: Title from Giramondo; Raffle prizes (lots of books!)
Luke Carman Writing Judge ZW15
ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian
Date and Venue as above
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Two Spoken Word competitions: one for invited ZW15 entrants and one Open Mic. Sign on before 3 pm please!
Award Details: Writing – 1st $400, 2nd and 3rd – Titles from Giramondo; Best Image – $100; Editor’s Award – Book Prize; ZW WORD Comps – Book Prizes. Please note that all awards are announced on the day of the launch, winners are not notified beforehand.
New Writers’ Group Inc Anthology – an annual Print zine for financial members – due 24th August
2015 Editor is Robyne Young. We encourage members to workshop their pieces at the Parramatta Gatherings before or immediately after submission. Please read the guidelines and send your entries with a completed form (see form for details)
ENTRY FORM ANTHOLOGY 2015
GUIDELINES/INFO ANTHOLOGY 2015
What you need to know about Saturday, 25th July NWG gathering at new venue!
Merrylands Community Centre (Miller Street Room, first floor) 17 Miller Street Merrylands 3-5 pm
You will need to buzz at the main entrance (Miller Street)and we can let you in. It’s still really helpful if you arrive just before 3 pm so we minimise interruptions, but you won’t be locked out if running late! Just in case, handy to have someone’s phone number. Please note that on 25th Saturday, we’ll be running ZineWest 2015 workshops from 1-3 pm so people will be leaving as you’re arriving.
We had an excellent turnout on our first day at this venue and look forward to seeing many more of you at our new location. Remember we have to charge $2 for your company and offer a very basic tea/coffee/biccie with it. Refills cost another $2 (cheaper than MHC though).
Also, several people who traveled by bus from the Parramatta interchange said it was a quick trip.
Any queries, please email us