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.
Next NWG Inc Zoom Gatherings are Saturdays 13 and 27 June. We will schedule one at 3pm and one at 4pm. (Free zoom meetings last 40 minutes) Financial members will be emailed but any Sydney writer 16 years or over is welcome to ask for an invitation. Short readings from your original works plus a discussion on authenticity. We usually believe we’re genuine, but how do we convince the reader/listener … Chaired by Carol Amos
New Writers Group Inc will carry on – on-line! If you attend the Parramatta gatherings please note we are not meeting again in March or April. We will review May and later dates in accordance with subsequent advice. We plan to publish some work in a pop-up online zine. Details soon.
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!
Prizes with Luke Carman (writing) and Sophia Kouyoumdjian (art)
Co-sponsor for writing awards: the Writing and Society Research Centre WSU $400 1st Prize plus Giramondo Titles. Art prize $100 (private donor)
Music with Fernando Andres and Victor Valdes
GIANT RAFFLE followed by
Entry $2 (unless you paid for the print zine launch)
Loredana Tudor-Tomescu – Winner ZW WORD 2018
2:00 pm Nibbles/drinks – sign on for Open Mic
2:15 – 3:30 pm
MUSIC – Fernando Andres and Victor Valdes
OPEN MIC – Win $100 & SWEATSHOP Titles
Judges: Jason Gray and Annie Zhang
Rules: 2 mins only; solo; your original work; english only; no music, dance or props; preferably no rants/lectures!