President’s News – October 2010
Greetings fellow writers,
This month’s piece is my ‘President’s Report’ from the AGM.
It has been an honour for me to serve on the committee and to steer the association through such a fabulous year of change and advancement, culminating in the hugely successful Literary Luncheon held last week at Burleigh Bears.
I’d like to briefly reflect on some of the highlights here today:
In the past year we have we have grown our online presence from a simple website to an online brand with profiles on Facebook, Twitter and Meetup. We have 170 fans on Facebook, 767 followers on Twitter and 189 subscribers to our eNews updates.
We have assisted our members to reach out into the online world and expand their audience through social networking and the opportunities that blogging presents, encouraging them to build their own author platforms which are virtually a must have for writers in this era.
We held a design competition inviting designers Australia wide to join with us to create a modern logo that represents who we are now; we ran a very successful children’s writing competition which attracted entries from throughout Australia and we have just launched our new collaborative artists competition which is certain to result in some very interesting entries.
We have been booked solid with member book launches throughout the year and I already have a waiting list for 2011 which is a wonderful testament to the writing talent flourishing here on the Gold Coast.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to introduce an array of talented and inspiring guest speakers over the past twelve months: Peter Watt, Nike Bourke, Joanna Penn, Annette Henderson, Desolie Page, Christian Tamblyn, Deborah Carlyon, Katherine Battersby and Bev Ryan. Their talks on various topics related to writing, publishing and marketing were both educational and inspirational.
Joanna Penn’s fast-paced, information packed workshop on building your author platform was a personal highlight for me. To be able to bring this expert to the coast to share her enthusiasm and knowledge was a fabulous opportunity for those able to attend.
The undoubted standout highlight of the year though was the literary luncheon held last week. We had a total 66 people attend the function. We gave away over $2,700 worth of prizes. We shared in a great meal and an awesome birthday cake. And, we had the pleasure of hearing internationally renowned journalist and author, David Leser, share some of his writing adventures from around the world.
I’d like to take this opportunity to again thank all our special guests at the function: guest speaker David Lesser, MC Deborah Jarvis, authors Tiffany Bond, Kerry Brown, Annette Henderson, Katherine Howell and Oren Siedler.
A huge thank you must also go to our committee, our sponsors and the members who came along and made the function such a brilliant success.
To sum up, it has been a year of great change and growth for the association with many successes shared throughout the year.
And, lastly I’d like to share a quote from an article I read recently by Richard Millington talking about online communities:
Churches no longer unite us. We don’t find that sense of community in our lives much these days. Community participation has been dropping since the second world war. Most community halls are empty tonight.
When I read that it made me realise that one of the key elements that makes the Gold Coast Writers’ Association such a unique experience is that sense of community. A coming together of people with similar interests, talents and dreams.
Our community hall is not empty and we are united in our passion for sharing the written word.
I wish you all well in your future endeavours to write, to share, to publish and to be read.