Writing Parramatta Spotlight

NEW Writers Group Inc secretary, Mihaela Cristescu chatted on 17 November, to Jim Taggart and Darryn Cape-Davis, on Spotlight, Alive 90.5 about our Writing Parramatta project. Jim and Darryn read poems by Marina Robins, The Tropics888 and Peter Cartwright.  Mihaela brought to the studio a Covid-delayed birthday cake to celebrate the first year of the show!
Listen to the podcast here 

 

Image: Reflections by Marina Robins won Best Image Award in WP21.

Justine Youssef

Meet our art judge for Writing Parramatta 2021!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being mostly writers, NEW Writers’ Group always needs an artist to make decisions on art!  Justine’s choice of Best Image – Book award for WP21 – will be announced on Saturday, 13th November at our Zoom Launch.

Justine Youssef is an artist currently living and working across unceded Darug and Gadigal Lands. Through moving image, performance, scent and installation, their practice engages with moments and places that reconfigure authoritative realities. They have been awarded the 2019 John Fries Award (The Copyright Agency) for their work ‘Under the table I learn how to feed you’, and held their first solo exhibition ‘All Blessings, All Curses’ at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. Further to this, Youssef was a founding co-director of Pari, an artist-run space in Parramatta, and the Professional Practice Coordinator at the National Association for the Visual Arts.  Image Credit:  Joe Brennan

ZineWest 2021 Launch

SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2021 
3-4:30 ZOOM – Readings, Awards with Elizabeth Chang and Luke Carman

In 2022 we hope to add back in – food and giant book raffle!

Our cover features Galah, by one of our contributing artists, Sandra Borri.  Poems, stories, images and a little reminiscence re 15 years of finding interesting and diverse creativity in Western Sydney. More info @

A few good words …

 

Free writing workshop led by Parramatta author Felicity Castagna
Saturday, 30th October 3-5pm.
Contact us for the Zoom link, see email below.

We’ll look at micro fiction – the writing where each word is important but not necessarily prominent – the opposite of clutter and shouting and cliché – the super short memorable piece that is great training for our bigger works.

Would you like your original piece reviewed during the session?

Send us up to 3 Haiku¹ or one short poem max nine lines, or one work of prose max 100 words. Include your name, location and a couple of lines about your writing interests. You can paste the writing into the body of the email or send as an attachment.

Due: 22nd October 

¹Haiku: we don’t insist on 5/7/5 but advise against anything longer.

This workshop has been supported by a City of Parramatta Creative Economy Grant.

Cover Image: Felicity’s latest book

 

 

Felicity Castagna

Publishing Workshop with Felicity Castagna
 
Zoom
7th August, 2021, 3-5 pm
More info contact
 
 
 
“Felicity Castagna is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University. She publishes essays on home, suburbia, site-responsive art making and Australian literature and has a particular interest in collaborative and community- based art practice as well as the methodology of teaching creative practice. Her creative non-fiction and critical responses to literature and art are published both here and internationally on platforms such as The Sydney Review of Books, Electric Literature, LitHub, The Griffith Review and ABC radio and television.

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Writing Parramatta 2021

We are looking for your stories, memories and images of Parramatta, CBD and LGA, for online publication. You need to be 16 years or over and have a strong connection to Parramatta. Due 31st August. ENTRY FORM

 

 

ZineWest 2021 Publication List

Thank you to all the writers who sent work. Some entries needed a little more editing than our rules allow, but they matched the competition standard of energy, ideas and desire to communicate. If you entered this competition and have not received an email, please let us know. The launch will be in October, details to be finalised. Prizes are announced at the launch. Judge is Luke Carman.

ZineWest 2021 has been supported by a City of Parramatta Council Creative Economy Grant.

Don’t forget we are looking for Art Entries! Due 11th July.

ZW21 Publication List

Raqiya AHMED “Let Go and Give”

C.A. BROADRIBB “Three Good Whiffs”

Katelyn BRUNNER “Creative Writing Class: A Guide…”

Peter CARTWRIGHT “The Time”

Victoria CARTWRIGHT “Landing Station”

Neil COLLIS “Villanella”

Marie DUSTMANN “Mystery Birds”

Norm FAIRBAIRN “On the Lake”

Nix HAMILTON “Obviously Dead”

Alicia JONES “Covid Haiku”

Matilda HART “Meat Market/Modern Love”

Lisel HERRMANN “Associations with Parramatta”

Myra KOCH “Piano for Sale”

Ilona KRUEGER “Beyond the Grim Mash”

Harold LEGASPI “Kabayo”

Artelle LENTHALL “The Making of Bella Pappas”

Louise LOOMES “Mrs Kin Goes to Church”

Jo MULARCZYK “Lies of Love”

Amanda NASSIF “A Crack in the Parramatta Sky”

Denise NEWTON “Justice”

Katharine POLLOCK “Girl Talk”

Arna RADOVICH “Meeting Magda”

Christopher SAMMUT “Breathe”

Pete SHMIGEL “Geronimo’s Day Break”

Akshaya SIVAKUMAR “Kolam”

Geneva VALEK “The Rat”

Dannielle VIERA “Stockings, Stings and Sympathy”

Luke Carman Workshop

Saturday, 1st May 3:00-5:00 pm Creative Writing with author and academic Luke Carman.  Email for a Zoom link. This is a Writing Parramatta 2021 event supported by a City of Parramatta Creative Economy Grant.

Luke will comment on a few pieces by attendees as part of the workshop. You are welcome to send a short work or excerpt of your original writing (max 800 words prose or one poem) to our email address, see above, by 24th April.  (Don’t send work you intend to submit to ZineWest 2021 – Luke is the judge!).

Open Mic on Zoom

SATURDAY, 24th APRIL, 2021, 3-4:30 PM – ZOOM

  • 2 mins of your original work
  • free entry
  • No sermons, no politics, no props, no pets
  • 16 years and over
  • We begin with intros, audio/visual checks, so everyone is off to an equal start
  • You keep a score card on the other contestants to cast a vote for the winner
  • Our judges also announce a winner
  • You don’t need to be a contestant to attend
  • Prizes are chapbooks or anthologies by Australian writers

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