NWG Inc April 2024

Saturday, 27 April, 3-5pm,join us at WestWords to talk about publishing options. What is your experience so far? Arna Radovich will share her literary journey and read from her new publication. Arna is an award-winning poet and prose writer. She also writes for children!

At WestWords, 41 Hunter Street, Parramatta (entry at corner of Marsden street) an easy walk from Parramatta station. Entry $5; free for first time attendees and financial members. Participants must be 16 or over. Afternoon tea and door prize! 

ZineWest 2024 open

ZineWest 2024 is now open and due 19 May WritingEntryForm_ZineWest2024
NB Art Entry form available 25 May, due 25 July

Entry form has the details, but briefly you need to have a connection to Western Sydney, be 16 or over and not yet trade published with a sole author title.(One exception is (1) only publication of a picture book).  ZineWest is a print zine, open genre. Your work must not have been previously published in print or on line or won an award. 1st Prize is $400 and co-sponsored by the Writing & Society Research Centre  WSU. More cash prizes and book awards! Writing Judge: Dr Luke Carman.

 

NWG Inc Feb 2024

The NWG Inc team arrived at WestWords for their first 2024 monthly meeting. Many thanks to WestWords Director, Michael Campbell, for onboarding us. We ran a workshop on the topic of how and why gatekeepers pick our work / or not …  Our task was to a) choose which of three well written, intriguing poems should take the last space in a new anthology, and b) to reach a team decision. A common challenge for editors with limited places.

At the open mic comp on the topic of Valentine, Ruth Wyer, by a tight margin, won Yumna Kassab’s novel Australiana. Additonal awards: Siham Chamoun won Ambiguous Loss, a  NWG Inc Anthology, Danielle Catherine won Avant La Lettre, a bilingual Romanian / English Anthology published by Mihaela Cristescu which includes writers from Western Sydney, and C.A. Broadribb won Lunar  Inheritance by Lachlan Brown. Next meeting: Sat 9 March, 3-5pm 41 Hunter Street, Parramatta.  Read three of the works in our Pop Up Zine 2024.

 

Mihaela Cristescu

NWG Inc’s Secretary, Mihaela Cristescu, was nominated for the City of Parramatta Citizen of the Year award which was celebrated on 25 January 2024 in Parramatta Park.

Congratulations to all the wonderful nominees and the winner of this award, Julie Crane. Together they encourge us to to appreciate what so many citizens do for our local communities.

At NWG Inc we know Mihaela as a highly competent team leader, the creative producer of literary projects and events. We also know her as the team player busy signing you in at an event, or taking official photos. A writer whose literary initiatives produce not only interesting opportunities for Romanian and Australian writers but also for visual artists and musicians. Her international collaborations enrich local culture and forge new friendships.

Nomination summary statement: “Mihaela Cristescu is an award-winning writer and artist residing in Parramatta. She is the founder and editor of the annual Romanian / Australian Anthology soon to mark its 8th year in 2024. Over the past decade she has self-funded and published over 400 unique works of poetry and prose creating a literary heritage housed in libraries across the country including the National Library of Australia. Mihaela also fosters cultural exchange through her decade long partnership with the State Library of NSW and facilitating connections between Romanian communities across the world. Mihaela is also a board member of NEW Writers Group Inc where she fosters and champions writers in Western Sydney.”

NWG Inc at West Words 10 FEB

Join us for our first event at WestWords, 41 Hunter St Parramatta, Saturday 10 Feb 3-5 pm for a Selection Team Workshop, tea/biscuits and a Valentine
Open Mic comp – book awards …
$5 entry – but free for first-time attendees, financial members
and children 12 and under. NB Participants must be 16 or over.

 Information on NWG Inc Open mic and NWG Inc workshops:

NWG Inc Open Mic We welcome diverse interpretations on the Valentine theme!  
Competition rules:

  • Solo only 
  • 2 mins max 
  • Your original work
  • Just your words, your voice. No props, music, dance …
  • English only
  • No sermons
  • No gratuitous swearing
  • Content for 16 and over
  • We’d love to hear you!

Selection team Workshop: We run this once a year. In a small group, you are asked to read three short works and select one to fill the last space in your anthology. You read carefully, hoping to grasp what the writer is trying to achieve, and what is working well. You also think about ways the writer could have strengthened the piece – in their own words, their own style. The group shares their views and makes a team decision. Does imagining the challenges we pose selectors help us review our own work before hitting SEND? 

There may be a few folk who will meet up afterwards in the dining area of the Wookpack 19 George.

FYI: We also run Reader feedback Workshops during the year –
The aim is to assist a writer edit their own work. We review one work at a time and the writer listens nearby. Because writers are rarely present to help someone read their work ‘correctly’ they are not allowed explain or defend their work – they listen in – a fly on the wall experience. Continue reading

NWG Inc Nov 2023

AGM 18 November at UNE Sydney Parramatta – 2024 Committee elected: President & Treasurer: Carol Amos (photo); V. President: Sue Crawford; Secretary: Mihaela Cristescu; Minutes Secretary: C.A. Broadribb; Committee Member: Ruth Wyer. Returning Officer: Eric Esber.

Photos of two November events clockwise from top left:
State Library of NSW November 11, 2023: Celebration of ten year partnership between the State Library of NSW and Mihaela Cristescu’s Romanian/Australian events. Group photo at State Library (Photo by Luminita Lenuta); Luke Carman receiving his first copy of Mihaela Cristescu’s translation of his essays titled A Glovebox of One’s Own (Photo by Ian Daly); Alex Plescan; Mihaela Cristescu; Sue Crawford introducing local writers: Anisoara Laura Mustetiu, Danny Draper, Tazin Abdullah, Peter Cartwright and Siham Chamoun; Adrian G Sahlean collage: Group – Augusta Supple, Siham Chamoun,  Adrian Sahlean, Luke Carman and Sue Crawford. SEE Mihaela’s general report on this event and the history behind it!
UNE Sydney, Parramatta NWG Inc AGM on 18 November: Ruth Wyer, newly elected Committee member;  Sue Crawford; Noela Clarke presenting The Leftover Lemon Dilemma by Dannielle Viera. Photos at AGM by Mihaela Cristescu, Secretary of NWG Inc. 

NWG Inc at WestWords

In 2024, NEW Writers Group Incorporated will be based at WestWords, 41 Hunter Street Parramatta, for monthly events.

An outstanding opportunity for NWG Inc members and colleagues to foster inspiration and creative skills at this remarkable hub of Western Sydney literary programs and events.

NEW Writers Group Incorporated  committee has accepted the gracious invitation made by WestWords Executive Director Michael Campbell to base NWG Inc’s regular monthly events on Saturday afternoons at the delightful WestWords venue, 41 Hunter Street, Parramatta in 2024.

“How do we condense what we do at WestWords into a simple message? In a nutshell, it’s about telling stories that represent the people of Western Sydney.”

Our first event will be Saturday, 10 February, 3-5pm: Afternoon tea – welcome & introductions; author interview; invited readers; and an open mic on the theme of Valentine. NB: we hope for varied interpretations! Please write for 16 years and over. You will have two minutes at the mic … Book awards. 

$5 entry. Free for financial members. First visit to NWG Inc? Free entry.  Also free entry: carers of participants; and children 12 and under, who must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Only 16 and over can participate in our programs.
Calendar of events at WestWords in 2024 see About Page.

ZineWest 2023 Launch

Dr. Luke Carman will launch ZineWest 2023 on Saturday, 14 October, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at UNE Sydney, Level 4, 100 George Street, Parramatta.
Also attending is art judge, Maria Constantinescu.

All welcome. $10 entry includes door prize ticket and morning tea. Carers and children under 13, free entry. Please note: Ground floor entry will be accessible from 10:45 – 11:30 am. If you expect to be late please advise before the day.

Zines $15, Contributors’ first copy $5

Morning Tea 11:00 am
Launch 11:30 am – 1:30 pm 
Commentary by Luke Carman 
Art PPT with Maria Constantinescu
Readings, prizes and awards
Giant Raffle & Door Prizes

Prizes announced at the launch
Writing: 1st $400, 2nd $300, 3rd $200; Highly Commended awards; Editors Award
Art: Best Image $100; Runners-up book awards

Writing co-sponsor for 1st place – Writing & Research Society Centre
Other prizes – Private donors

 

 

 

 

ZineWest 2023 – Art List

Maria Constantinescu is an Australian artist based in Sydney, who has collaborated with NWG Inc on projects in Parramatta. She is our ZineWest Art judge for 2023. Maria will announce the winner of Best Image ($100) and Runners-up (book titles) at the ZineWest launch, 14th October, 11:00 am, UNE Sydney, 100 George St. Parramatta. Below, see the Art publication list and Maria’s bio.

ZineWest 2023 Art 

Sandra Borri – Autumn Pickings 
Mihaela Cristescu – The Way of the Water 
Trish Jean – Pelican at Dusk & Face in the Billabong
Erin Macnaught – A Girl and Her Dog 
Kathryn Munro – Floral Bouquet 
Marina Robins – Going Places 
Karla Schindler – The Garden Visitor
Michaela Simoni – Near Wentworth Falls 
Dannielle Viera – Ebony_Devil & Still Life 

Note: Most entries were in colour. We have sought  permission from several entrants to publish one of their colour images in greyscale for the zine’s inside pages. We will update the list accordingly.

Maria Constantinescu is an Australian artist based in Sydney, NSW. Her work investigates different modalities in which information about the universe and related theories of the sublime are translated into contemporary works of art, as a continuum of an artistic tradition nascent in the 18th-century Romanticism. Through a range of media including painting, drawing, digital video, and clay, Constantinescu’s studio practice explores connections between imagination and reality, and focuses on modes of making the unseen visible, presenting the unpresentable, and transformation metaphorically linked with alchemy. Constantinescu’s work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions and is held in private collections in Australia and overseas. For more details and artwork images, please visit her website www.mariac.com.au or her Instagram page @maria.constantinescu.art.

 

 

 

 

NWG Inc gathering 12 August

Saturday 12 August, 2023, 3-5 pm, we meet at UNE Sydney, 211 George St. Parramatta (upstairs) to discuss our next Pop Up Zine theme: writing about places outside our usual spheres: a change in routine; an adventure; an unfamiliar location; a change of heart or mind …

You are welcome to bring a short piece of your own writing to share at the open mic. And for those who like homework: Write a short poem or a story (max 500 words) on an unusual person – real or imaginary. Free entry for first time attendees and financial members. Others: $5 to help cover our insurance cost.