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Event Calendar


August 2014

August Meeting - Louise Moriarty

August 16, 2014 - 02:00 AM / 04:00 AM Meeting

Guest Speaker - Louise Moriarty


pebbles-in-the-pondLouise Moriarty was MC for a local poetry slam for 2 years. She has been delivering writing workshops in schools, libraries, galleries and wherever they will have her, both locally and interstate. She is published in the book Pebbles in the Pond, Transforming the World One Person at a Time.

One of the presenters at the Authors in Schools at the 2014 Gold Coast Writers Festival,  she has been leading journalling at Pimpama state school for  the entire school for four years. Direct from the Byron Bay Writers Festival, where she volunteers,  she delivered a workshop in her speciality and busked writing in the streets.

Louise is best know for her touchingly intuitive poems which she writes on the spot on her handmade paper at her old school desk. Currently she is creating on-line products with her co-author Melanie Brockwell.  Using words to transform people is her craft and she will certainly inspire you with her timeless energy. Come with pen and paper, to gain new online tips for your tool kit and to experience her unique inspiration in getting through blocks with intuitive wisdom.

Links:  www.louisemoriarty.com  |  Facebook |  Twitter


Date: Saturday, 16 August 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.

Crowdfund Your Book

August 23, 2014 - 09:00 AM / 04:00 PM Creative Seminar

Would you like to learn all about Crowdfunding and how it can help you to raise funds to publish your book?

Crowdfunding is an easy way to raise funds for a specific project from a group of people - your family and friends can contribute, as well as strangers (new friends you are yet to meet).

Crowdfund Your BookYou can use Crowdfunding to raise the money for:

  • printing

  • professional manuscript editing

  • interior design and layout

  • cover design

  • video book trailer

  • website creation

  • social media setup

  • marketing

  • distribution

  • promotional materials

  • and much more.

Crowdfunding has been used to successfully raise funds for many different types of projects, including charitable causes, creative endeavours, community projects, and many more. Crowdfunding is one of the fastest growing forms of e-commerce on the planet. It is clear that this concept works well, but how do you make crowdfunding work for your project?

If you're looking for all the tips, tricks and information you'll need for a successful crowdfunding campaign of your own, this seminar is for you.

Crowdfunding expert and co-founder of iPledg, Bryan Vadas will be presenting an exclusive seminar for the Gold Coast Writers’ Association. Writers are invited to come along and find out how to leverage this exciting fundraising option to publish their book/s, develop their manuscripts, or to fund any aspect of their publishing project. The seminar is also suitable for other creatives or anyone wishing to learn how to crowdfund a project for themselves.

If you want to know all about how to use crowdfunding to fund your passion, you won't want to miss out on this seminar. By participating in this campaign and buying seminar tickets, you can get your first taste of crowdfunding right here on the Gold Coast - this is a great practical way to experience just how powerful crowdfunding is!

Make your pledge and secure your ticket now, so you can come along to the workshops on the Gold Coast on Saturday the 23rd of August.


Session One - What the BLEEP is Crowdfunding?

Morning Session - 9.00 am to 12.00 noon

You will have all your questions answered about crowdfunding so you will be able to fully understand the "WHAT?" "WHY?" and "HOW?" of crowdfunding.

Session Two - Crowdfunding Toolbox

Afternoon Session - 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

The nitty gritty of exactly how to plan and implement a successful campaign. You will get specialised advice on your project and the tweaks you will need for success.


Also included in your seminar tickets will be a digital copy of the presentations, plus a guidebook and checklist for crowdfunding a book project.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get some one-on-one advice and gain a unique understanding of how to enjoy the rewards of a successful crowdfunding project. Bryan's frank and candid jargon-busting approach will see you well equipped to manage a successful campaign. Whether you're a newcomer to the idea of crowdfunding, or you've been nursing an idea for some time now, you will get the information you need.
Date:  23 August 2014
Time:  9:00am -4:00pm
Venue:  TBA
Fee:  $45
All ticket reservations are through the iPledg website. Choose your options and make your pledge. Payments will not be processed until after the iPledg project has closed.
Gold Coast Writers Association present a Creative Seminar on How to Crowdfund Your Book

Download the PDF here and share it with your colleagues and friends.

Sharing is Caring!

Please note: iPledg is an "all or nothing" crowdfunding platform. That means if we don't reach our target (or Tipping Point at a minimum) we get nothing and nothing is taken from your PayPal account or credit card. The seminar will then be cancelled... and you won’t get to learn how to crowdfund your book or creative project!!!

If you can't support this project financially you can still help by spreading the word to your friends. Thank you for your support.

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