NWG Inc March 2024

Join us on Saturday, 9th March at West Words, 41 Hunter St (Corner Marsden St ) 3-5pm for a reader-feedback workshop plus Open Mic (open theme.) At NWG Inc we aim to help writers share their work and prepare pieces for publication. Above are three anthologies  from 2023: Expression 3 (Digital); ZineWest 2023 (print); and our first anthology for longer works, Amiguous Loss (title from a poem by Arna Radovich. The cover images from left are by Jean Rhodes, Sandra Borri, and Mihaela Cristescu.  

Reader Feedback workshops can be useful whether you are the writer of the short piece/excerpt being responded to, or one of the readers. And in this session you can be both! Send us a page of writing by 3rd March and we’ll book you in. Or just participate as a helpful reader.  Also, bring an original short piece to read at the mic.  $5 entry; Free for financial members and carers.

More on Reader Feedback workshops: ‘The aim is to assist a writer edit their own work. We review one work at a time in a small friendly group. 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 which can show where a tweak or two will keep the writer engaged …’

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

Creative Writing with Ariella Van Luyn

Writing Workshop …
creating memorable scenes in a range of genre including historical fiction.

Saturday, 11 June 3-5 pm
UNE Sydney 28 George Street PARRAMATTA 
Sign in on ground floor 2:45-3:00 pm
$5 entry with door prize
NB This is a masked event.

 

 Dr Ariella Van Luyn is a lecturer in writing at UNE Sydney. She is the author of the historical novel Treading Air (Affirm Press) and her short stories have been published in international and Australian journals including Voiceworks, Overland, Southerly and The Lifted Brow. Her areas of research are Creative writing, Practice-led research, Online writing pedagogy, Historical fiction. See more of her bio here.

Q&A with Ariella Van Luyn

 

 

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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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!).

Editors’ Workshop 27th Feb, 2021

You are a member of a panel selecting work for a new journal…
This workshop puts a simple question:
Three good pieces. One space left. Which piece will your panel publish?

Click on this download for the WORKSHOP SHEET which includes the three pieces.

We will also recap a few points from Felicity Castagna’s 13th Feb workshop on the form and shape of our writing. Plus Open Mic – 2 mins max of your original work. (NB don’t bring pieces intended for ZW21 – editors might be present.

Saturday, 27th February, 2021, 3-5 pm Zoom.  Email us at to request a Zoom Link. 

Mihaela Cristescu

 

Writing Parramatta 2021

NEW Writers Group Inc is grateful for the interest and encouragement shown to Parramatta writers, and to our colleagues in Western Sydney, through the support of our project, Writing Parramatta 2021, by a City of Parramatta Council Creative Economy Grant.  More details soon. Carol Amos, President NWG Inc.

NWG Inc 2020

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!

Welcome to NWG Inc 2019

Our first gathering will be held at our marvellous venue, UNE Sydney, 211 Church Street, Parramatta, on Saturday, 9th February, 3-5 pm.

Tutorial on CHARACTERISATION plus our annual Valentine’s Spoken Word Competition (book prizes). This year we want to smile, chuckle or roll in the aisles. So bonus points for humour. You have three minutes. Must be your original work! All welcome. $2 entry Fin Members free.

The next gathering is 23rd February same time and venue as above. There will be an Open Mic but first up the Editors’ Workshop – where you take the role of an editor working in a small team. The team has to make tough decisions about good pieces because space in your literary magazine is running out. Which pieces will you pick, and why? Discuss your findings. For more dates, see “About” – and keep up with latest news on our FB Group.

Luke Carman – Creative Writing Workshop Sat 8 April ’17

FutureCampus Parramatta

Hear author/lecturer Dr. Luke Carman comment on creative writing pieces by new writers. If you’d like a short sample of your work to be in the draw – prose (one page) poetry (up to two pages) – please bring three copies by 2:45 pm.

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Venue: UNE FutureCampus, 211 Church Street, Parramatta
Time: 3-5 pm – includes open mic if time
Entry: $5 (free for financial members of NWG Inc.)

NB Are you thinking of entering ZineWest this year? Luke is the judge, so please don’t bring a potential entry for him to hear!