A Special Invitation

A Special Invitation

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I can’t believe half the year is almost over! My apologies for the lack of upkeep of this blog but my teaching has kept me busy – and life in general! Also my own blog Up The Creek With A Pen Writing …

A recent press release to advertise a special Readings By The Bay notes (last para in particular!):

The Mordialloc Writers’ Group is a group of local writers coordinated for over 20 years by Mairi Neil, the 2016 Kingston Council Citizen of the Year.  The writers meet fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at the Mordialloc Neighbourhood House to workshop ideas and works in progress.

They also host public readings in the afternoon, on the last Sunday of the month at the same venue. These gatherings offer invaluable time and space for local writers to read their work in a friendly and supportive environment.  

Mairi wants to facilitate intergenerational transition so that the Mordialloc Writers’ Group continues to grow and remain relevant in the digital age. She encourages writers with fresh ideas to join and revitalise the group.

The Mordialloc Writers’ Group is calling all writers, readers, and listeners to join them in the coming months for this series of special Readings by the Bay, to enjoy guest speakers and presentations by published Melbourne authors.

These guest authors have been organised by one of our members who volunteered to be part of the generational transition I hope will mean Mordialloc Writers will continue to meet and be supportive of local writers. A shared workload will keep the group growing and relevant.

Kristina has organised several special author events this year to be held on our regular public Readings By The Bay  hosted on the last Sunday of the month. Another two members Steve and Coral are taking responsibility for workshop nights.

Perhaps an expert blogger will join and improve this part of the Group’s public persona too!

Kristina has organised several special author events for the remainder of this year but the first event will be presented by two successful storybook authors and animators.

Soft Stories

 

The first of these special readings will be on Sunday 26th June, when we welcome the talented Melbourne authors/artists Ms Isobel Knowles and Cat Rabbit, the creative team behind the crafty, innovative and unique children’s books Owl Know How and Too Much for Turtle, published by Thames and Hudson in 2012 and 2015 respectively.

Isobel and Cat recently ran fun and creative art workshops with over 100 children at ArtPlay, Melbourne, building exciting sets similar to those featured in their books. They will come  to Mordialloc and share their creative journeys, their road to publishing, and answer questions.  For more details about their work see www.softstories.com.au.

COPY readings by the bay JUNE 2016

If you are a writer or have an interest in writing and at the same time want to meet other local writers and contribute to their writing journey as well as sharing your own, Mordialloc Writers welcomes you. The community group has an established history of individual and collective achievement including the publication of nine anthologies.

Please join us to hear the  journey to publication of special guest authors, be inspired, and meet and chat with local writers over a cuppa. Gain the confidence to share your own writing.

 

See you on the 26th!

 

 

 

The Newcastle Short Story Award

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The Hunter Writer Centre

presents

The Newcastle Short Story Award

Open to all Australian residents and citizens

Story length 2000 words

Over $3000 in prizes to be won
Closes 31 January 2016
Entry fee: $15

Enter here: http://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/short-story-award.html

First Prize                                        $2000

Second Prize                                   $1000      – awarded by Leah Jay

2 x Highly Commended Awards:    $500 each – awarded by Tower Cinemas
Commended Award:                       $200 – awarded by Foghorn Brewhouse

$200 – awarded by Maclean’s Booksellers.

The judges will be: 

Glenys Osborne who has won numerous prizes for her short fiction. Her first novel, Come Inside (2009), won the Barbara Jefferis Award and was shortlisted for the 2010 Age Book of the Year, among other awards.

Glenys writes, edits and teaches. She was formerly fiction editor for the creative journal Etchings. She worked as a managing editor in educational publishing houses and as a freelance editor. She taught editing in RMIT’s Master of Communication for more than a decade. She is writing her third novel and a collection of short stories.

Michael Sala’s writing has been published in numerous national anthologies, including Best Australian Stories in 2009, 2010, and 2011. His first novel, The Last Thread, was published in 2012 and, in 2013, won the Commonwealth Book Prize (Pacific Region), and the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Michael has a PhD in Creative Writing and lectures in numerous creative writing subjects at the University of Newcastle. He is currently working on his second novel, which is due to be published with Text in 2016.

Contact: info@hunterwriterscentre.org

www.facebook.com/hunterwriterscentre

Best of luck – and it’s always a good idea to read the work of the judges beforehand and get an idea of what they like:) You never know you may be in the next anthology of winning entries.

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Poetic Aspirations or to be Inspired?

For those who can’t come to Mordialloc Writers’ book launch or who have the day to indulge in literary activities, Dimitri Troaditis is hosting

Poetic inspirations @ Emerald

November 14, 11.45am-1.45pm

Poetry reading with

JENNIFER MACKENZIE
HIDAYET CEYLAN
ALANA KELSALL

and open mic

at Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre

195 Bank St., South Melbourne
(opposite South Melbourne Town Hall)

11.45am- 1.45pm

The Library closes at 2.00pm on Saturdays so you still have plenty of time to come to Mordialloc!

The room can seat up to 30 persons. There is a kitchen available to use, with the usual facilities, including crockery and a hot water urn. The room also has audio visual equipment and screen if it will be required.

The next and last for 2015 reading is December 12, 11.45am-1.45pm

For more information:  Dimitri Troaditis troaditisdimitris@gmail.com

Tel: 0432 094 342
OR Emerald Library and Heritage Centre  Art & Heritage Programs | Arts & Culture 9209 6416

Countdown to the Launch of Kingston My City

Not long now until the group’s ninth anthology is launched. Everyone is invited to help us celebrate 20 years of meeting together and writing.

Our community writing group has been meeting at the Mordialloc Neighbourhood House for twenty years and for our anniversary anthology we reflect on our relationship with the City of Kingston.

We have reminisced about wartime precautions on Parkdale beach and the transformation of suburban streets by developers. We have reflected on the City of Kingston’s creation by negotiation and amalgamation, Patterson Lakes created by feats of engineering.

There are snapshots of dances at Moorabbin Town Hall, surf lifesaving carnivals, Edithvale billycart shenanigans and cycling to school, the demise of horses and the rise of hoons, joyous beach weddings and sad farewells. Stories woven around everyday life and observations to trigger your own memories.

Perhaps you’ll recognise the places and characters, the community groups and events, remember when the pace of life seemed slower, be grateful for improved services. As you enjoy this collection I’m sure you’ll come to the same conclusion as the writers – Kingston is indeed a great place to live.

The Mordialloc Writers’ Group
cordially invite you to
our 20th Anniversary celebrations
and the launch
of our 9th anthology
KINGSTON MY CITY
by
former Mayor Bill Nixon (OAM)

Please join us to celebrate
our many achievements
since 1995.

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Special Guests: Making Waves, spoken word choir

When: 3.00pm Saturday, November 14th 2015
Where: Allan McLean Hall, Cnr Albert & Lewis Sts, Mordialloc
RSVP: October 30th, 2015 mairi@ozemail.com.au
Tel: 95878757 and 0403900585

A Free Literary festival in Melbourne

Melbourne will host another Literary Festival this year, and it’s FREE!

Thanks to Lisa Hill from ANZ Litlovers I’ve attended the Stonnington Literary Festival in the past and can verify it is well worth attending.

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Nicole Hayes, Lisa Hill, Paddy O’Reilly, Catherine Harris and Mairi Neil at last year’s festival.

All events are free, but you need to book!

 Check out their website – http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/festival-program/

Lisa (a member/supporter of Mordialloc Writers’ Group) usually hosts a panel. This year her session is entitled That’s Odd, and it’s a discussion about fiction that’s strange, macabre, or inexplicable. The panel includes

  • Angela Meyer, editor of The Great Unknown and author of Captives
  • A.S. (Alec) Patric, author of the novel Black Rock, White City
  • Jane Rawson, author of A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists

The (Untitled) Literary Festival will take place from 19 – 26 November 2015, but at the launch on Wednesday 18 November, 7pm-9pm, Functions on Chapel, 255A Chapel Street, Prahran you can hear and meet the 2015 Miles Franklin award winner, Sofie Laguna. (Brief profiles of other writers and presenters here too.)

Book online or call: 8290 8000

Lisa’s session is on:

Sunday 22 November, 2pm-4pm, Toorak/South Yarra Library
Bookings open 1 October. Enquiries: 8290 8000

She has announced details and links today on her amazing blog full of excellent reviews.  Lisa mainly reviews Australian and New Zealand books, but also many others because the Australian literary scene benefits from a magnificent diaspora of almost every nationality on earth! (apologies for hyperbole, but hey I’m a creative writer.)

Because of her wealth of experience Lisa’s panel will be insightful and entertaining, and at least you will know she has read the author’s books!

Hope to see you there!

New National Short Story Competition for Australia

THE HOPE PRIZE

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a new initiative – they have proposed a new national short story competition to explore hope and resilience in the face of poverty and disadvantage with a prize pool of $12,500.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a community agency that works to create a compassionate and just Australia. It is running the competition to encourage Australian writers to tackle a subject too often hidden from public view.

They have some high-profile judges:

Actor Cate Blanchett: ‘I am excited to take part in the Brotherhood short story competition and look forward to reading the stories that shine a light on disadvantage.’

Kate Grenville, one of Australia’s best-known writers: ‘Stories enrich both the storyteller and the story-reader, bringing new understanding and new perspectives to both.’

Quentin Bryce, former Governor General: ‘Poverty and disadvantage are pressing issues in contemporary Australia, especially in outer suburbs and rural areas. This important new short story competition will help illuminate this to new audiences.’

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The Hope Prize is supported by publisher Simon & Schuster and books retailer Readings.

The generosity of the late Prudence Myer and the support of her family will ensure the winners of The Hope Prize will receive cash prizes:

First prize of $5000
Second prize of $3000
Third prize of $2000
Highly commended stories will each receive $500
An award of $500 will also be made to an emerging writer under 18.

The short story entered can be fiction or fact. Whatever the genre, the story submitted must convey the experience of people facing hardship in their lives. Stories must be between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Further information and to enter go to bsl.org.au

The deadline for entry is 31 January 2016.

Connect With Writers Online

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This week I received an email from a couple of Melbourne-based writers who have set up a website collabant.com to help writers find a writing partner.

In short, our project is to match-up fiction writers with other fiction writers in order to workshop, critique, and collaborate on their fiction. Since you run a writing group, I thought it would be perfect for those who either can’t make it to all of your meetings or want to connect with more writers one-on-one.  

Michael went on to say:

We’re trying to connect a large community and need all the help we can get…

Here’s how it works:
You visit the website and through a short survey give information about your writing habits and preferences. They’ll find and send you a writing partner on the first of every month based on your answers.

It’s 100% free, there’s no long-term commitment, and all writers are welcome.

The beauty of being online is there are no borders or timetables, and you can connect with whoever you like when you like. I suppose if your writing tastes and needs change you can redo the survey.

Below are the questions in the survey. How you answer determines the type of writing partner allocated.

  1. What are your name and email address?
  2. What genre do you primarily write?
  3. Who is your primary audience (highbrow, entertainment, or young adult)?
  4. Which level best describes your writing experience (advanced, intermediate, beginner)?
  5. Do you like to receive sugar-coated or brutally honest feedback?
  6. Do you like to give sugar-coated or brutally honest feedback?
  7. How much time per week can you spend collaborating?
  8. How did you hear about us?

What else do they offer?
Joining Collabant not only gives you one custom-picked writing partner per month, but they also send special offers to your inbox, inform you about contests and send articles about writing.

The best part? It’s 100% free.

They emphasise their difference:

Search the entire internet, we’re the only service that finds writing partners for you. Instead of going to a pool of writers and trying to find a partner yourself, we pick one writer from the pool based on your attributes and send you their information. It’s like the difference between going to a bar versus having a friend set you up on a date…. only without the romance.

For any writer, feeling isolated or wanting a change from their current group, or someone just starting out and feeling a bit lonely this new website may be right for you.

Good luck and please leave feedback because sharing your experience will help others.