President’s News – March 2010
Greetings fellow writers
I have to say that Stephanie Dale’s presentation at the February meeting was one of the most inspiring talks on writing I have ever heard. Stephanie had the audience spellbound as she shared her experiences and encouraged members to find their creative writing space and write for yourself. Write for yourself, not your audience, because they will interpret your writing in their own way, so you may as well simply write for you!
We hope to bring Stephanie back later this year to present a full day workshop. If you are interested in attending please make sure you add your name to the expression of interest form at the next meeting, or simply email GCWA to let us know that you would like to attend.
Our first workshop for this year will be held on 26 March at Fradgley Hall. This workshop will include three talks from GCWA members: Kathy Stewart, Leo Petrik and myself.
Writing a novel – Kathy Stewart
What is a story arc?
The essentials for creating a scene
Kathy Stewart owns and runs Authors’ Ally, an editing service situated on the Gold Coast. She has always been passionate about the written word and has worked as a professional editor since 2004. Many of the books she has worked on are now selling in bookstores and online and many others are in the pipeline. She has written a number of full-length manuscripts herself and was lucky enough to have her first polished work shortlisted for the Debut Dagger Award in the UK in 2010.
Talking About Your Book – Leo Petrik
How to speak with confidence about your book and engage your audience.
Leo Petrik has been a professional speaker, trainer and business professional for over 33 years, specializing in the areas of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. Leo has also recently becoming a successful writer and author, publishing business articles on a number of sites and having his first book available soon.
Marketing Tools for Authors – Jeannie Barker
To get your book noticed and your name out there you need to utilise as many marketing tools as you can. We will cover print tools like giveaway bookmarks, postcards, business cards; also book reviews, launches, email signature files, websites and social media.
Jeannie Barker is a webdeveloper, WordPress Consultant and Trainer who helps businesses and authors market their message to the world through online and print media.
Our second workshops will be held in May (dependent on a successful grant application). Deborah Carlyon will present a full day workshop on writing from the heart of your characters. This is sure to be a fabulous workshop and I encourage all novelists and non-fiction writers alike to participate if they can.
To book for either workshop (or both) please see a committee member at the March meeting. Cost for each workshop is $25 for members and $60 for non-members.
Look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon.