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!

 

 

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

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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.

 

Last 2015 Gathering, NWG

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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.

ZW15 Winners

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Julie Owens MP Launches ZW15

We congratulate all our contributors – as the writing judge Luke Carman said, he was presented with a strong field of thirty-four pieces selected for publication in ZW15 by the guest editors.

WRITING:  First – and Best Prose: Meg Brayshaw for Elegy; Second: Yumna Kassab for Cigarettes and Smoke; Third and Best Poem: J. Anne DeStaic for Bones. Highly Commended were: L.E. Armbruster for Sunday, Dennis J. Pale for Tappucino; Arna Radovich for Snap and Kerryn Coombes-Valeontis for Saving the World  JUDGE’S COMMENTS

Best Image: First: Naomi Oliver for Coat of Arms; Highly Commended: Robert Frost for Goodbye. This is our third year of awarding a prize for artwork. We thank everyone who sent us images. All the entries were relevant to theme – inclusion has a great deal to do with how well an image might turn out in an A5 digitally printed zine. We’re discussing having an open theme next year.

Editor’s Award: Jason Gray for Flashes This award is for an entry that at least two guest editors scored strongly and which did not win a major prize from the judge. Since that describes most of the pieces in the zine it is hard to pick.Flashes was the story which knocked loudest on the editor’s door.

ZW WORD:First:  Lauren Gibson; Second: Pamela Gray

ZW WORD OPEN MIC: First: Brian Bell; Second: Juliann Wrightson

We thank the Writing and Society Research Centre and Giramondo Publishing for their very generous co-sponsorship of these prizes. We also thank our kind anonymous donor of the Best Image Award. We are indebted to Julie Owens our supporter from the very first ZineWest and our excellent judges, Luke Carman (Writing) and Sophia Kouyoumdjian (Art).

See Gallery for more photos

Prizes at ZineWest 2015

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First: $400
Second: Titles from Giramondo
Small Acts of Disappearance – Fiona Wright
An Elegant Young Man – Luke Carman
The Burning Elephant – Christopher Raja
Almost Sincerely – Zoe Norton Lodge

 

Almost Sincerely Zoe Norton Lodge cover frontThird: Titles from Giramondo
Small Acts of Disappearance – Fiona Wright
Unclaimed Terrain – Ajay Navaria
Commendations:
Free zine and Certificate
Editor’s Award:
Heart Starter – John Tranter (signed copy)
Best Image ZW15: $100

The Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University, is NWG Inc’s co-sponsor in ZineWest

ZineWest 15 Launch – Getting there

Merrylands Community Centre has excellent parking on weekends at the rear of the building.Entry is from Newman street into an undercover park beside the Merrylands Library. Drive through to the open area of car park and the rear of the Centre is on your right. There’s a path around to the front entrance on 17 Miller Street. Then buzz for the Miller St Room! Handy also to bus and train. MAP Saturday, 10th October, Launch 11:30 for noon; ZW WORD 3:00 pm.For details of event click here