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Event Calendar


October 2014

October Meeting - E E Carter

October 18, 2014 - 02:00 AM / 04:00 AM

October Guest Speaker - Elizabeth Ellen Carter

Topic: Research and Historical Accuracy

The internet has been a game changer for authors. Now anachronisms and other historical errors should be a thing of the past.

Elizabeth Ellen Carter uses her background as a newspaper journalist to share how to effectively search on the Internet with specific tips as well as how to find great 'offline' resources. She also shares practical tips on how to add historical richness and authenticity to books and novels without making them 'information dumps'.

About Elizabeth Ellen Carter

EECarterA future with words was always on the book for Elizabeth Ellen Carter who started writing her own stories when she ran out of Nancy Drew mysteries to read when she was 10.

Using her mother’s Olivetti type writer with the italic keyboard, she spent endless school holidays making up her own stories and then using the Dewey Decimal System to arrange and categories her bookshelf.

Somewhere around the age of 13 she determined to become a journalist and at 17 was awarded a cadetship to the Gold Coast Bulletin.

She covered news, council, education, health but had the most fun as the paper’s entertainment and features reporter covering film, TV and music.

Best of all she met her husband there and together they started a small award-winning media, marketing and advertising agency and now she works as marketing manager for an international organic skin care company.

In 2012, Elizabeth also returned to the keyboard to write stories (and laptops are so much better than manual typewriters).

Her debut, Moonstone Obsession  was shortlisted for the 2013 Romance Writers Of Australia’s Emerald Awards for unpublished manuscripts.

Moonstone Obsession, a Regency romance was published by Etopia Press on October 18, 2013. Warrior's Surrender, a Medieval Romance will be published by Etopia Press on November 7. A sequel to Moonstone Obsession, called Moonstone Conspiracy is currently in production. She is about to start a historical romance set in the dying years of the Roman Empire.

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Meeting Details

Date: Saturday, 18 October 2014

Time: 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start

Venue: Fradgley Hall (above Burleigh Heads Library)

Cost: Members $4.00 | Non-members $7.00  This includes afternoon tea.

Parking: Free parking is available in the car park next to the Burleigh Heads Library with access from Connor Street.


2015 Gold Coast Writers Festival – Public Meeting

October 25, 2014 - 10:00 AM / 12:00 PM Nerang Library, Corner White & Price Streets, Nerang Meeting

A public meeting will be held on Saturday, 25 October 2014 to discuss the 2015 Gold Coast Writers Festival. We invite people to attend who are interested in participating in the festival in any way – attending, presenting, joining the team or volunteering at the festival.

We will discuss ideas for the festival, potential venues, activities, competitions, sponsors, and volunteer opportunities. Your support and feedback will be most appreciated.
Date: 25 October 2014
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Venue: Nerang Library, Cnr White and Price Sts, Nerang
RSVP: info@goldcoastwritersfestival.com.au

About the Festival

The Gold Coast Writers Festival is an annual celebration of the written word and the region’s literary creative talents.

Set in the stunning surrounds of Australia’s Gold Coast, what better place to come and join hundreds of book lovers, writers and like-minded people for a diverse program of community events full of thought-provoking ideas and discussion?

Visitors to the festival come back year after year to immerse themselves in workshops, talks and panel discussions – all designed to engage and unite the community in a shared appreciation of literature and the written word. Whether you consider yourself an expert or a novice there is something here for you. The festival incorporates three major components:

Authors in Schools Program – The Gold Coast Writers Festival has a reputation for providing professional development opportunities for established writers but also aims to inspire future generations of aspiring wordsmiths. This is reflected in our ‘Author in Schools’ program which is tailored specifically for school students across the Gold Coast.

READ. WRITE. CREATE. – Program Bursting with inspiration, advice and new ideas in a lively, fun and engaging environment, these workshops, panels and activities really underpin what this Festival is all about – celebrating creativity in the community.

Literary Luncheon – The highlight and culmination of the event is the hugely successful literary luncheon which attracts some of Australia’s most highly regarded, and well loved keynote speakers. Past keynotes have included Kay Danes, OAM, Ray Martin, and David Lesser.

Expressions of Interest will be opening on 1 November for presenters and 25 October for volunteers.

OUR MISSION: To be a home for writers, a place to learn, a place to grow and a place to be heard.