President’s News – July 2014
Hello Members and Friends
Wow! What an amazing 2014 Gold Coast Writers Festival! All I can say is thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, presenters and participants. A huge thanks to Kay Danes, keynote presenter, and Mandy Johnson, emcee, who volunteered their time and services at the Literary Luncheon. The luncheon was fabulous, with the service, food and venue at Currumbin RSL truly wonderful. My thanks must go to the chief coordinators of the festival, Jeannie Barker, Keli Lenfield and Gary Ivory. This would not have come together without you.
2015 will see the 25th anniversary of the Gold Coast Writers’ Association, so we are looking towards highlighting this very auspicious milestone at our next festival and throughout the year. We will keep you informed of plans throughout the coming year. What an exciting time ahead! If you would like to be part of the team in any way, make sure you let us know how you are able to contribute.
July also sees the GCWA gearing up for the 2015 AGM in September. Once again, if you would like to be part of the dynamic committee in any of the roles, please put your hand up. The more people we have contributing, the lighter the load for everyone.
Exciting plans are underway to bring you informative creative seminars. Please register for updates by going to both the GCWA and festival websites. This way you will know what is happening and ensure you do not miss out on opportunities to learn more about all aspects of the craft of writing.
I am undertaking a writing unit as part of my studies at Southern Cross University. Only one week in, I can see the benefits of learning from experienced lecturers and sharing online time with fellow writers at all levels. It is such an exciting journey and I look forward to sharing as I learn. Handy hints never go astray.
We were honoured with a surprise visit at the June meeting by our patron Kay Danes, before her return to the Middle East this week. The presentations by Clare and Goran from Gothic Zen Studios, on the benefits of book trailers, and by our guest speaker, Tania Elizabeth made for a really great meeting. Thank you to all for making it such an informative and fun afternoon.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting on July 19, when Jeannie Barker and I will have some fun presenting a brainstorming session on creating a book concept. We will be incorporating both left (practical) and right (creative) brain aspects of what it takes to initiate the outline of a book. Come along and be part of the story.
Until we next connect, I wish you a wonderfully creative month!