ZineWest 16 Writing due 14th May (Art now open)

Sahtein Spread ZW15

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

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.

April May ’16 News

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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

Romanian Rhythm in Sydney

12512699_1664541220470521_3928732469975471150_nFive 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!

March and April 2016 News

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!

 

 

ZW16 – Open for Writing Entries

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Image: Naomi Oliver

ZW15 Front cover Image: Naomi Oliver

ZineWest 2016 is now open for writing entries! Due date 14th May. ZineWest is a great home for your brilliant shorter works. Genre is open. ZW is for writers not yet trade published except in multi-author journals. We publish 30-34 writers and ten visual artists, plus ten more writers can perform at ZW WORD which follows the print zine launch. WritingEntryFormZW16

Art due 26th June ArtEntryFormZW16

Dr Kate Forsyth at FutureCampus

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Rob Field Director of FutureCampus with Kate Forsyth who spoke of her amazing publishing journey and the importance of story structure.

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Kate hard at work signing after her talk. Carol Amos NWG President looks on

Some quotes from FB comments on Kate Forsyth’s visit 27 February 2016:
A really interesting and erudite speech! Very worthwhile.  What a great day yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyed Kate’s talk and she was so gracious with everyone. Loved Bitter Greens. Extraordinary book    

First Day at FutureCampus Parramatta

Val16SC1At our first event upstairs in the Collaborative Space at FutureCampus, Parramatta, first time gatherer Malinda Rose (on left) won a prize in our Valentine’s Open Mic. On her right is NWG President, Carol Amos, Sue Crawford (one of the judges) the other winner, J. Anne DeStaic and Peter Masonwells our treasurer and on this occasion also our second judge. The scores were close for all our poets, well read, thoughtful pieces, a mix of traditional and contemporary. We also held a workshop on a fascinating poem by Sue Chamoun, who also took this picture!  For more pics see Gallery

NWG Inc’s Open Mic comp

RosesmallWe 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.

Dr. Kate Forsyth – Story Structure

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NWG Inc GUEST WRITER: Dr. Kate Forsyth
TOPIC: Story Structure

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Kate’s Latest Publication

SATURDAY, 27TH FEBRUARY, 2016,
3:00 PM
FutureCampus,
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!

New Venue for NWG Inc

FutureCampus Parramatta

FutureCampus Parramatta

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.