President’s News – August 2015
As we find the committee year coming to a close, with the AGM on September 19, I marvel at how time has flown. I will be stepping down as President after two years (already!) and wonder where the next few years will take the Gold Coast Writers’ Association. If you are considering a role on the committee, I highly recommend it. It is a great way to help in the running of the organisation, but even more importantly, a way to develop your skills and gain a wealth of experience. It looks really good on your resumé too.
I am very happy to report that my presentation at the Golden Key 2015 International Summit in Surfers Paradise was very well received. I was delighted to have had the opportunity to present to an audience where there was standing room only. It was such an honour and wonderful meeting people from all over the world. The whole summit was extremely enjoyable and I now find myself on the committee of the Southern Cross University Chapter of Golden Key. I am hoping we can collaborate between the two entities on community projects – but that’s for another time.
An update on Spring Writers Week and the Read. Write. Create. event. Jeannie Barker has continued to coordinate this program, however, recent setbacks in her health have forced her to step back. For this reason, we are moving this event to October and will advise of the new dates as soon as venues are confirmed. Please visit the Gold Coast Writers Festival website for details as they are released. You can register on the website for updates, so please check your inbox regularly. We apologise for this change and wish Jeannie a full and speedy recovery.
We also wish Gary Ivory all the best in his ongoing treatment. Gary has been keeping the committee up-to-date and sent news that recent tests are proving to be promising. With a new perspective on life and living, Gary also has a ‘new look’, complete with wig and no facial hair. I actually think he looks amazing, considering his ordeal. Gary has written some very inspiring words that have touched my heart. Perhaps he will allow us to share some of them in a future newsletter.
Although I did not attend the July meeting, I hear it was a wonderful success. Thank you to Gavin Fisher for standing in for me and to all committee members who assisted. I understand Megan Norris offered a fabulous presentation and am disappointed to have missed it. Many thanks to Megan for her contribution. At our meeting on August 15, we will learn more about the author/editor relationship and the importance of making your writing the best it can be. Experienced author and editor, Noela Cowell will be guest speaker. I invite you to come along and learn more about how to hone your craft.
Until we connect again, I wish you a wonderfully creative month!