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.
The contestants’ poems/stories will be posted in our Pop Up Zine 2024 soon.
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:
2 mins max
Your original work
Just your words, your voice. No props, music, dance …
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 →
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.
Writers’ gathering Saturday 15 April 3-5pm, upstairs at UNE Sydney, 211 Church St Parramatta. We will discuss tropes, stereotypes and POV. Open Mic for short pieces or excerpts of your original work. Don’t forget ZineWest and our Ekphrastic project!
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.
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!
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.