Met In Translation

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Augusta Supple will discuss with  Luke Carman and Mihaela Cristescu the personal and global significance of translating literature and in particular ask them about their collaboration as author and translator of the bi-lingual Un torpedou numai al lui (A Glovebox of One’s Own) – a collection of three stories written by Carman and translated by Cristescu. Presented by NEW Writers Group Inc.

Entry $5. Free for financial members and first time visitors to NWG Inc. 
Saturday 6 July 3-5pm WestWords, 41 Hunter Street, Parramatta, Cnr Marsden.

ZineWest Art due 21 July

ZineWest 2024 Art Entry Form   Entries due 21 July.  ZineWest always includes artwork by local creatives in our annual print zine for aspiring writers of Western Sydney. You can send us up to three images in colour or greyscale (we need both). Our judge Maria Constantinescu will see every entry. We publish works by about 10 artists each year. Best image:$100 plus book awards. Launch in Parramatta in October (date to be confirmed). Image on last year’s front cover by  Sandra Borri.

NWG Inc April-May

On April 27 at WestWords, guest writer Arna Radovich shared the publishing adventure that led to her remarkable amthology, Limits of Forgetting,stories of gentle humour, grace and quiet devastation” (Fiona Robertson). Arna has a long list of awards for poetry and prose including literature for children. NWG Inc knows Arna as a winner of ZineWest and an outstanding colleague and contributor to our projects.

On May 11 at WestWords we had an open session for readings and discussion, spending more time than usual on what set us in the direction of writing and why/how we choose our genre, style and practice. We heard from writers who had taken up the challenge of a topic borrowed from Auburn Poets and Writers (thanks APW) along the lines of what is the strangest thing that has happened to you ...  Photos: Mihaela Cristescu.

Next gathering is on June 8 at WestWords. We will focus on Poetry. If you don’t write poems we invite you to bring a favourite to read from and tell us what’s special about it. Poets are asked to bring their own work! 

Venue: WestWords, 41 Hunter Street Parramatta. Entry through gate on corner of Hunter and Marsden.

 

NWG Inc April 2024

Saturday, 27 April, 3-5pm,join us at WestWords to talk about publishing options. What is your experience so far? Arna Radovich will share her literary journey and read from her new publication. Arna is an award-winning poet and prose writer. She also writes for children!

At WestWords, 41 Hunter Street, Parramatta (entry at corner of Marsden street) an easy walk from Parramatta station. Entry $5; free for first time attendees and financial members. Participants must be 16 or over. Afternoon tea and door prize! 

ZineWest 2024 open

ZineWest 2024 is now open and due 19 May WritingEntryForm_ZineWest2024
NB Art Entry form available 25 May, due 25 July

Entry form has the details, but briefly you need to have a connection to Western Sydney, be 16 or over and not yet trade published with a sole author title.(One exception is (1) only publication of a picture book).  ZineWest is a print zine, open genre. Your work must not have been previously published in print or on line or won an award. 1st Prize is $400 and co-sponsored by the Writing & Society Research Centre  WSU. More cash prizes and book awards! Writing Judge: Dr Luke Carman.

 

NWG Inc March 2024

Join us on Saturday, 9th March at West Words, 41 Hunter St (Corner Marsden St ) 3-5pm for a reader-feedback workshop plus Open Mic (open theme.) At NWG Inc we aim to help writers share their work and prepare pieces for publication. Above are three anthologies  from 2023: Expression 3 (Digital); ZineWest 2023 (print); and our first anthology for longer works, Amiguous Loss (title from a poem by Arna Radovich. The cover images from left are by Jean Rhodes, Sandra Borri, and Mihaela Cristescu.  

Reader Feedback workshops can be useful whether you are the writer of the short piece/excerpt being responded to, or one of the readers. And in this session you can be both! Send us a page of writing by 3rd March and we’ll book you in. Or just participate as a helpful reader.  Also, bring an original short piece to read at the mic.  $5 entry; Free for financial members and carers.

More on Reader Feedback workshops: ‘The aim is to assist a writer edit their own work. We review one work at a time in a small friendly group. The writer listens nearby. Because writers are rarely present to help someone read their work ‘correctly’ they are not allowed explain or defend their work – they listen in – a fly on the wall experience which can show where a tweak or two will keep the writer engaged …’

NWG Inc Feb 2024

The NWG Inc team arrived at WestWords for their first 2024 monthly meeting. Many thanks to WestWords Director, Michael Campbell, for onboarding us. We ran a workshop on the topic of how and why gatekeepers pick our work / or not …  Our task was to a) choose which of three well written, intriguing poems should take the last space in a new anthology, and b) to reach a team decision. A common challenge for editors with limited places.

At the open mic comp on the topic of Valentine, Ruth Wyer, by a tight margin, won Yumna Kassab’s novel Australiana. Additonal awards: Siham Chamoun won Ambiguous Loss, a  NWG Inc Anthology, Danielle Catherine won Avant La Lettre, a bilingual Romanian / English Anthology published by Mihaela Cristescu which includes writers from Western Sydney, and C.A. Broadribb won Lunar  Inheritance by Lachlan Brown. Next meeting: Sat 9 March, 3-5pm 41 Hunter Street, Parramatta.  Read three of the works in our Pop Up Zine 2024.

 

Somewhere Else: Pop Up Zine

NWG Inc’s Pup Up Zine 2024 is now open for your short works of prose and poetry. Our theme ‘Somewhere Else’ was initially inspired by a colleague’s poem written when overseas but we all agreed that we want a very open door for your interpretation.
Due date 28 April SomewhereElse__WritingEntryForm

 Please read the guidelines before sending.

We are also inviting local artists to send images they can link to the theme with a short piece of writing. SomewhereElse__ArtEntryForm   

Mihaela Cristescu

NWG Inc’s Secretary, Mihaela Cristescu, was nominated for the City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year award which was celebrated on 25 January 2024 in Parramatta Park.

Congratulations to all the wonderful nominees and the winner of this award, Julie Crane. Together they encourge us to to appreciate what so many citizens do for our local communities.

At NWG Inc we know Mihaela as a highly competent team leader, the creative producer of literary projects and events. We also know her as the team player busy signing you in at an event, or taking official photos. A writer whose literary initiatives produce not only interesting opportunities for Romanian and Australian writers but also for visual artists and musicians. Her international collaborations enrich local culture and forge new friendships.

Nomination summary statement: “Mihaela Cristescu is an award-winning writer and artist residing in Parramatta. She is the founder and editor of the annual Romanian / Australian Anthology soon to mark its 8th year in 2024. Over the past decade she has self-funded and published over 400 unique works of poetry and prose creating a literary heritage housed in libraries across the country including the National Library of Australia. Mihaela also fosters cultural exchange through her decade long partnership with the State Library of NSW and facilitating connections between Romanian communities across the world. Mihaela is also a board member of NEW Writers Group Inc where she fosters and champions writers in Western Sydney.”

NWG Inc at West Words 10 FEB

Join us for our first event at WestWords, 41 Hunter St Parramatta, Saturday 10 Feb 3-5 pm for a Selection Team Workshop, tea/biscuits and a Valentine
Open Mic comp – book awards …
$5 entry – but free for first-time attendees, financial members
and children 12 and under. NB Participants must be 16 or over.

 Information on NWG Inc Open mic and NWG Inc workshops:

NWG Inc Open Mic We welcome diverse interpretations on the Valentine theme!  
Competition rules:

  • Solo only 
  • 2 mins max 
  • Your original work
  • Just your words, your voice. No props, music, dance …
  • English only
  • No sermons
  • No gratuitous swearing
  • Content for 16 and over
  • We’d love to hear you!

Selection team Workshop: We run this once a year. In a small group, you are asked to read three short works and select one to fill the last space in your anthology. You read carefully, hoping to grasp what the writer is trying to achieve, and what is working well. You also think about ways the writer could have strengthened the piece – in their own words, their own style. The group shares their views and makes a team decision. Does imagining the challenges we pose selectors help us review our own work before hitting SEND? 

There may be a few folk who will meet up afterwards in the dining area of the Wookpack 19 George.

FYI: We also run Reader feedback Workshops during the year –
The aim is to assist a writer edit their own work. We review one work at a time and the writer listens nearby. Because writers are rarely present to help someone read their work ‘correctly’ they are not allowed explain or defend their work – they listen in – a fly on the wall experience. Continue reading