President’s News – April 2012
I’d like to begin this month by formally welcoming Kathleen Stewart as our new Vice President. Kathy is a terrific writer, editor and organiser and the GCWA is indeed fortunate to have someone of her calibre prepared to work with us. I worked with Kathy last year to initiate the inaugural Festival for Independent Writers and Publishers which, this year has blossomed into a three day event (October 26-28) featuring a day of workshops (Friday), a day of meeting authors and discussing writing (Saturday) and our GCWA Literary Luncheon (Sunday). It will be a terrific three days and will require all hands on deck. So please mark the date in your diaries and note that all offers of help and suggestions are most welcome.
One of my personal missions for this year is to build more of a profile for all members of the GCWA. To that end I am proposing the following:
1. The bookshop section of the GCWA website becomes a showcase site (not a sale site) for member’s books. All books which meet a set of professional criteria could be featured on the site with a link to your own website or wherever you are selling the book from. There may be a minimal cost involved.
2. The GCWA twitter and facebook sites may also be used to feature and promote member’s books. If you are a member of social media please make sure to ‘follow’ on twitter (gcwriters) and ‘like’ on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GoldCoastWritersAssociation).
3. You may have also noticed that we have a Blog on the GCWA website. This is also for member’s writing to be featured in short bites (500 word maximum). Posts will need to be sent by email though Jeannie (webmaster@ goldcoastwriters.org.au) or myself.
I always appreciate your thoughts so please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also note that we are actively seeking sponsors for the GCWA, Festival and Literary Luncheon right now. If you are able to help with suggestions and approaches please, again, let me know.
Tips of the month
Blogpost of the month
- Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre’s PCWC website www.pcwc.org.au
Of course don’t forget our own ‘Food For Life’ Competition which is finishing at the April meeting so GET YOUR ENTRY IN!
Please remember that this will again be at the Anglican Church Hall