President’s News – December 2014
Hello Members and Friends
As we come to another festive season, I would like to wish you and yours a very joyous celebration. It is a time that holds many connotations, each one individual and special. We are planning a little fun and frivolity with an Open Mike and a theme that fits with this time of year – a piece of writing that is lighthearted and/or inspirational. We hope to hear from some of our authors of children’s books as well. I invite members to contact me to book in for a 3 minute slot – email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may wish to bring copies of your books, should members and guests be looking for a gift. Please note that our meeting for this month will be held on the second Saturday, December 13.
Our guest speaker for November, John Ahern, offered a very entertaining and enlightening view of his journey through 30 countries in a campervan – with two young children. John has my utmost admiration at undertaking such a task, however it sounds to me like his lovely wife, Mandy, deserves huge accolades also. John wrote his book by hand, some 180,000 words, and made the digital transcript his second draft. Just one way that an author can approach their writing. I work in both mediums, although I find the flow of inspiration much freer by hand. I tend to edit as I go when using the computer and it takes much more discipline to let the creative juices flow, without constantly re-reading.
With the publishing competition now closed and entries for the Young Writers’ Competition just being returned from the judge, I would like to wish those of you who entered, every success. I hope it has proven to be an interesting exercise to submit not only your writing, but also a synopsis, book proposal and your approach to creating and utilising your platform. I am sure you will appreciate that the results may take a little while to process, due to the time of year and volume of entries. I thank you in advance for your patience. The prizes are certainly worth waiting for!
A reminder that there will be no newsletter in January, however we will send out a few updates via the electronic mailing list. These messages will also be available for viewing on the website www.goldcoastwriters.org. The first meeting for 2015 will be held on January 17.
Finally, I invite you to submit your expressions of interest for the Gold Coast Writers Festival to be held in June 2015. Whether you wish to assist as a volunteer, present at either the Authors in Schools program, or the Read Write Create day, EOI forms can be found on the festival website, at www.goldcoastwritersfestival.com.au.
Wishing you a wonderfully creative and restful month!