President’s News – July 2012
Thanks again to Jesse Blackadder for a fascinating talk at the last meeting. I found her ability to sniff out a good story and then follow through with the necessary research to be able to pull it all together quite inspirational and well deserving of the literary journalism award she had just won. To those members who missed the meeting through a mix-up with the location on the Meetup website, my sincere apologies. Please make yourselves known to me at the next GCWA meeting.
We do have some fantastic writers in Northern NSW and Southern Queensland and it may be timely to invite you to let the committee, and in particular Ceresse know if there is someone you would particularly like to hear speak so that we can invite them to one of our meetings, or to do a workshop for us.
I’ve spent the last couple of months in Melbourne and have been very pleased to be able to attend two of the ‘Women of Letters’ events down there where an invited group of people are invited to write to a particular topic then read their efforts to the audience. I can highly recommend these to anyone who may be interested as they are expanding to other cities. I’d love to see something similar on the Gold Coast. A very novel way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and a little like a writer’s equivalent of a Sunday afternoon jazz concert for musicians.
The Gold Coast Writer’s Festival and Literary Luncheon lineups of authors and speakers is now almost complete. Please remember to check the website regularly for updates.
Please also remember that as well as our upcoming Paint and Prose competition, there is also a short story competition available for the Writers Festival. So there’s no excuse for you all to be not writing!
Gold Coast Writers Festival
Writers Festival Competition
WEBSITES FOR YOUR INTEREST THIS MONTH
Seven ways to build your reputation as a #writer bit.ly/zoyzUX
An interesting perspective on the new Australian slush piles bit.ly/wNaY7O
Another good post on using apostrophes properly bit.ly/zYONAk
Who owns the copyright to the book after you self publish ow.ly/7Ogux
The tools and tricks needed to write a fast-paced thriller bit.ly/wMSCHV
I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting,
Saturday 21 July at Fradgley Hall.