NWG Inc party on 23rd May – and the future

We had a great time meeting Luke Carman (An Elegant Young Man, Giramondo) on 9th May. The value of his comments went beyond helping the writers whose work he was reviewing. We plan to re-cap insights from this workshop and our previous special guest events. What have we learned from experienced writers? What are we doing about it!

Saturday 23rd May is the last date our gatherings can be held at the soon-to-be-closed Mars Hill Cafe address of 331 Church Street Parramatta. Sad though we are – we’re going to celebrate the memories! Free entry, free cheesecake, revisiting some award-winning pieces and an open mic. We wish the Mars Hill Cafe all the best in their hunt for a new location – an unforgettable team with a proud community history of supporting artists, writers, musicians and the caffeine dependent….

June 13 and 27 gatherings will probably be held in Parramatta CBD but from July onwards our long-term address will change. As soon as we have confirmation we’ll give you the details. Many thanks to Sue Chamoun who scouted out all the venues.

Don’t forget the big due date of midnight, 25th May for your writing entries to ZineWest 2015 – competition for new Western Sydney writers.
(Art entries due 25th June)

Mars Hill Cafe on Anzac Day 2015

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Image: Linda Marsden

We hope this was not our last gathering at our wonderful home, Mars Hill cafe. Despite our anxiety it was a good day with 20 or more attending. There were nine entrants in our little in-house competition for the best short piece on Anzac – open interpretation. Winners were Brett Campbell and Linda Marsden. Brett wrote about the swiftly changing emotions and escalating danger in a beach attack from a soldier’s pov. Linda wrote about the unbearable waiting at home for news. Danny Draper won a runner’s up award for a sustained denunciation of the powers that turn war and remembrance into profit. All the poems and stories were heartfelt and insightful. Congratulations everyone and thanks to Robyne Young for organising this project. Judges were NWG inc President Carol Amos and ZW editor, Sue Crawford. Book prizes were donated poetry anthologies by Paul O’Loughlin and Mihaela Cristescu.

There is a group photo on our Face Book page taken by Sue Chamoun. The photos below were taken by Mihaela Cristescu. The top image is by Linda Marsden.

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Linda Marsden, left, Brett Campbell, centre, and Danny Draper

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Steps to remember

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Judges Carol Amos, Sue Crawford

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Juliann Wrightson read for Belinda Curby who is on the sick list

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Robyne Young

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Life member Helen Dalrymple

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Susan read about precious young lives

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Leonie Le’ Vano at the open mic

Art for ZineWest 2015

ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

ZW15 Art Judge Sophia Kouyoumdjian

Visual artists! Do you have some affinity with Western Sydney and would like your art included in this year’s ZineWest? Because we’d love to hear from you. No entry fee and the award for Best Image is $100. We publish around 30 short pieces of writing (all genre) and four or more colour images on the covers and around six grayscale plus several colour in the inside pages. Unlike writing entries, an art entry can be previously published (however not already won an award). The theme is very open to interpretation “At Home in Western Sydney” – we love to be surprised by what you think that means:) Our wonderful judge is Sophia Kouyoumdjian of Parramatta Artists Studios and she’ll be looking for quality and relevance to the theme. If you’re also a writer, note the due date for writing is 25th May, Art entries are due on 25th June.

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Luke Carman Creative Writing Workshop 9th May

Meet writer  LUKE CARMAN judge of  ZineWest, 2015
Author of An Elegant Young Man

Saturday, 9th May, 3-5 pm
MARS HILL CAFÉ UPSTAIRS – confirmed, we’re at MHC!!! 331 Church St Parramatta
ENTRY: free

Luke will talk about his writing experience and comment on pieces read by attendees.

If you’d like a chance to hear Luke’s feedback on your work here’s the drill!
Participants: Bring 3 copies of your piece (one for yourself, two for us) and mark an amount that takes no more than 2 minutes to read aloud.
Choose unpublished work you’re happy to revisit.
Don’t share a piece that you plan to submit to this year’s ZineWest competition. (Luke is the writing judge. It would make the entry ineligible.)

 Please submit your name and two of the entry copies by 2:45 pm

We may have more entries than can all be heard, but the discussion should be fun and thought provoking. There may be time for an Open Mic where you can have another 2 minutes!

 

ZineWest 2015 open for entries

Judge: Luke Carman

ZineWest 2015 Writers Entry Form

ZineWest is open again for all you wonderful Western Sydney scribblers who haven’t yet scored a trade publication. Genre and theme open. Free Entry.Lots more info and our guidelines on the entry form. Due 25th May   First Prize $400. Western Sydney author Luke Carman who wrote the acclaimed An Elegant Young Mais our writing judge this year. For some info on Luke see his bio in SEIZURE and SWEATSHOP

Art entries We love art entries to ZineWest and invite artists to enter up to three images referencing Western Sydney – current theme is At Home in Western Sydney which you can interpret your own way! Art entries due a month later than writing on 25th June. First prize is $100. Art entry form. 

 

Alice Grundy visits NWG

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MEET Alice Grundy, managing editor of Giramondo Publishing and co-founder of the on-line mag SEIZURE.
AT: Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St Parramatta, upstairs, 3-5 pm,
Saturday 28th February.
$5 entry unless you’re a current fin mem of NWG.

Giramondo publishes established literary writers and the best up and coming authors, many from Western Sydney.
Staffed by volunteers, the ever inventive team at SEIZURE runs multiple projects, introducing new writing weekly on-line and engaging in many collaborations and creative events.
(Giramondo provides book prizes for the annual ZineWest competition run by NWG)

February ’15 News

PARRAMATTA WRITING EVENTS in Feb 2015:

Saturday 14th Feb Mars Hill Cafe (upstairs) 331 Church Street, Parramatta

First gathering of NWGinc for 2015 coincides with Valentine’s Day. We’ll pass round the calendar,line up some in-house workshops, hear your news and run two open mics:
1) Open Mic/Open theme (3 mins max) Rosesmall
2)Valentine’s Day Open Mic Competition– your POV (3 mins max.) Judges Sue Chamoun and Peter Masonwells will award a box of chocolates:)

 

 

Saturday 28th Feb TWO EVENTS 
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1) Felicity Castagna invites you to “a little reading party in The Prospector Store in The Connection Arcade, Parramatta on Saturday, February 28th, 1-3 pm. Come along for some readings, drinks and food after you check out the Market. Be sure to bring something to read if you want to join in.

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2) NEW Writers Group inc invites you to meet Alice Grundy, managing editor of prestigious Giramondo Publishing and co-founder of the literary on-line sensation SEIZURE. $5 entry, Financial Members free. Time 3-5 pm upstairs at Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St Parramatta.

Parramatta Artists Studios

The Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr Scott Lloyd addressed the launch of the Studio Artists for 2015. Congratulations to all the artists:

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Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr. Scott Lloyd

Marian Abboud, Tarik Ahlip, Linda Brescia, Felicity Castagna, Ella Condon Hayley Megan French, Hossein Ghaemi, Mason Kimber, Colin Kinchela,  Carla Liesch, Catherine O’Donnell, Elena Papanikolakis, Juliette Pastorok, Abdullah M.I. Syed, Paul Williams, James Nguyen and Gavin Walters.

Mihaela Cristescu attended on behalf of New Writers Group. Parramatta writer Felicity Castagna read from her book set in Parramatta The Incredible Here and Now which won the Prime Minsters’ Award for YA fiction. Read more about the studios HERE

Mihaela Cristescu (NWG);Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Co-ordinator Parramatta Artists Studios.

Mihaela Cristescu (NWG);Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Co-ordinator Parramatta Artists Studios.

Felicity Castagna wins Prime Minister’s Literary Award for YA

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Congratulations to Parramatta writer Felicity Castagna on her deserved win of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Young Adult: The Incredible Here and Now.

Felicity has long been a supporter of other local writers and New Writers’ Group is delighted to see her work so well recognised.

More on the awards at SMH today.

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NWG’s 2014 Anthology

Antho2014NWG’s anthology for 2014 has just landed on the editor’s desk. Always a relief when received before the launch: Saturday, 22nd November, Mars Hill Cafe, 3-5 pm, upstairs. AGM is included. Followed with buy-your-own early dinner. All welcome. (Cover uses photo by Sue Chamoun – illustrates her FaceBook piece inside the covers… This is not a good photo of it!)