Blast from the past at 211 Church Street (UNE Sydney) with Sue Chamoun, Luke Carman, Sue Crawford and Carol Amos. Will be great to return in 2023! Photo: Mihaela Cristescu
First gathering for 2023 with NEW Writers’ Group Inc Saturday 4 Feb, 3-5 pm UNE Sydney 211 Church Street Parramatta – enter at ground floor reception, let them know you are attending our event, then head upstairs to sign in. Entry $5. Free for financial members.
Program! Introductions; Updates on our calendar and key projects for 2023; Open Mic
OPEN MIC details:
Valentine theme – your interpretation
Light deep comic ironic (but not crude thanks)
No props, no music, solo only, English only
Time limit strictly 3 mins max
Your original work
Note re Venue: We do not use the kitchen or student/staff equipment. Guests at UNE premises are allowed only bottled water on site and no food. (We sometimes go for a drink/snack afterwards.) Wheelchair access. There is a wheelchair lift near main entrance and internal lift. NB Some scooters might be too large. Please contact us at least three days beforehand at re options.
COVID: Please comply with social distancing requests. Do not attend if feeling unwell or testing positive.
New to us? You are most welcome but suggest you check our About page to see our charter and other information.
With heart-felt thanks to UNE Sydney. Starting on 4th February, we will meet once a month on a Saturday 3-5 pm, at 211 Church Street Parramatta, for tutorials, workshops and open mic – except when we launch Parramatta Expression in June and ZineWest in October at 100 George Street.
Saturday, 12 November at UNE, 28 George St Parramatta 3-5 pm Please sign in downstairs 2:50-3:00
Masks please, and no food or drink except bottled water. We always bring wrapped sweets. No obligation to eat them.
Open Mic – short work or extract Survey on your suggestions for 2023 *Ekphrastic writing – discussion and exercise Afterwards, join us at the Woolpack for a quick drink/snack *Ekphrastic Writing – one among many definitions – “describes or pays tribute to a piece of visual art”.
Here is an artwork we will include in the exercise: Meandering City by Kathryn Munro
Saturday, 10 September, 2022, 3-5pm UNE, 28 George Street, Parramatta Please sign in downstairs 2:50-3:05 pm Please note we wear face masks. No food/drink except bottled water . Bi-lingual poet and translator Mihaela Cristescu will get us thinking about poetry and then, whether you’re a poet or not, we’ll help fix a poem that needs help and maybe write a limerick.
Please bring a poem of your own to read AND/OR one of your favourite poems by someone else and tell us what you value about it. NB Our usual rule is no reading of works not written by the reader! So here’s your chance to break the rule…
Carol Amos will head up the drama team. Everyone draws a character from a hat. With a bit of information supplied, you write up the character’s story/style and then introduce them to the team. A whodunnit? Find out … Saturday, 13th August, 3-5 pm at UNE Sydney’s 28 George Street, Parramatta
Please sign in on ground floor (28 George, Parramatta) 2:50-3:05 pm. This will be a masked event!
Writing Workshop … creating memorable scenes in a range of genre including historical fiction.
Saturday, 11 June 3-5 pm UNE Sydney 28 George Street PARRAMATTA Sign in on ground floor 2:45-3:00 pm $5 entry with door prize NB This is a masked event.
Dr Ariella Van Luyn is a lecturer in writing at UNE Sydney. She is the author of the historical novel Treading Air (Affirm Press) and her short stories have been published in international and Australian journals including Voiceworks, Overland, Southerly and The Lifted Brow. Her areas of research are Creative writing, Practice-led research, Online writing pedagogy, Historical fiction. See more of her bio here.
Carol Amos, President of NEW Writers’ Group Inc, welcomed us to our first onsite Parramatta gathering in two years of Covid on Saturday, 26 March. We lined up outside for the group photo (inside it’s masks on always) and a kind passerby took this shot with Mihaela’s camera. Special thanks to UNE Sydney at Parramatta for this ideal venue. Kudos to Eric and Chris for tech support with Sue, Carol and the Cartwrights for ideas on Dialogue, and everyone for turning up on an unpredictably rainy day.
GATHERINGS UNE Sydney at 28 George Street Parramatta Queries:
Saturdays 3-5pm: Sign in 2:50-3:05 Ground floor entrance April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, Sept 10, Nov 12 Attendance: $5 for onsite gatherings Free for financial members and carers Please wear well fitted masks.
ZineWest 2020 is OPEN! ZineWest is an annual competition and journal for new writers, 16 years and over, with a strong Western Sydney connection. We welcome any word-based creative work we can reproduce. (NB but this year we are declining work written for the under 16’s.) Free entry, up to three pieces. Deadline is 10 May, 2020. WritingEntryForm_ZW2020
This is our fourteenth year. A good number of our past entrants have graduated to trade publication and we hope the same for all writers who entrust their work to us. We print publish around 30 writers and ten visual artists, plus a further ten writers are invited to present their work at an Open Mic comp. We welcome a range of styles and subjects. ZW is a good place for those shorter works not necessarily suited to a bigger competition. All works selected for print publication are forwarded to the judge, Luke Carman (An Elegant Young Man, Intimate Antipathies). Prizes include $400 (first place) and Giramondo Titles. We look forward to reading your work! NB The art entry form will be available in May.
February: How to please the reader was our first topic this year. Do our reactions as readers help us write better for our imagined fans? What techniques/topics/style do we admire? We agreed that personal opinion isn’t easy to corral.
Mihaela Cristescu and Norm Fairbairn received book awards: This Little Red Thing and Bent not Broken for reading their poetry in tribute to Valentine. Titles courtesy of SWEATSHOP See photo below.
Our second gathering for 2020, was a mock editing panel where each group had to decide between three good, but rather different pieces, for the one remaining space in an earnest new journal. It proved what we all know, that given a different editing/selection team, you will get different answers!
Writing Awards from Left: Rob Field (Director UNE Sydney, Nic Lesley (HC), Danielle Catherine (HC), Peter Cartwright (Best Poem), Alexander Donoghue (3rd Place), Hamish Spark (2nd Place), Naima Ibrahim (Winner of ZW19), Luke Carman (Judge).
Co-sponsor Writing awards the Writing and Society Research Centre WSU ; Art: private sponsors; ZW Word: private sponsor and SWEATSHOP
Editor’s Award was won by Laila Nawsheen. The prize was Yumna Kassab’s story collection The House of Youssef, (Giramondo) and presented by the author on left.
.ZWWord – Open Mic awards: From Left Carol Amos (NWG Inc Pres), Sue Crawford (ed ZW), Michaela Simoni (joint runner-up) Chris Winspear (joint runner-up) Kathryn Yuen (winner) Judges Annie Zhang and Jason Gray. Private sponsor and SWEATSHOP
ZW19 Art Awards: From left – Art Contributors Erin Macnaught, C.A. Broadribb and Michaela Simoni stood in for winner of Best Image Marina Robins and runner-up Tom Blake both unavoidably absent. On the right is Parramatta author Felicity Castagna and Rob Field UNE Sydney who did the honours!