Our first gathering will be held at our marvellous venue, UNE Sydney, 211 Church Street, Parramatta, on Saturday, 9th February, 3-5 pm.
Tutorial on CHARACTERISATION plus our annual Valentine’s Spoken Word Competition (book prizes). This year we want to smile, chuckle or roll in the aisles. So bonus points for humour. You have three minutes. Must be your original work! All welcome. $2 entry Fin Members free.
The next gathering is 23rd February same time and venue as above. There will be an Open Mic but first up the Editors’ Workshop – where you take the role of an editor working in a small team. The team has to make tough decisions about good pieces because space in your literary magazine is running out. Which pieces will you pick, and why? Discuss your findings. For more dates, see “About” – and keep up with latest news on our FB Group.
At UNE FutureCampus
211 Church St Parramatta
Saturdays, 3-5 pm unless otherwise specified
Feb: 11 and 25
April: 8 and 22
May: 13 and 27
June: 10 and 17
July: 15 and 29
September: 2 and 16
October: 7 (ZW 17 Launch:11:30 at 232 Church) and 28
November: 11 and 25 (AGM)
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.
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
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!
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.
Due to the closure of Mars Hill Cafe at the 331 Church Street address (we hope this marvelous cultural centre finds fantastic new premises) New Writers Group has to move house after 10 wonderful years of writing in a coffee shop surrounded by art works. Here are our venues for the remainder of our Saturday meetings in 2015:
June 13 and 27, 3-5 pm
KPMG, 91 Phillip Street Parramatta
Please meet outside building at 3 pm to be admitted to ground floor.
July– Nov 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 3-5 pm
MILLER STREET ROOM – Merrylands Community Centre
17 Miller Street, Merrylands
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)