Programme

During 2017, by popular demand, we  re-introduced a ten-minute writing exercise at some stage during each meeting. This was not necessarily be at the beginning.

 

DECEMBER 2017, — no meeting party/get together. Members have been emailed details.

PROGRAMME FOR 2018 (always 4th Saturday)

JANUARY 27th

Focus for the meeting will be the ‘character arc’.

FEBRUARY 24th

Focus for the meeting will be critiquing.

MARCH 24th

Focus for the meeting will be creating a ‘meaty’ antagonist.

APRIL 28th

Focus for the meeting will be speculative fiction.

MAY 26th

Focus for the meeting will be critiquing.

JUNE 23th

Outside speaker, Kathryn Coughran will facilitate a workshop on use of photographs to make writing powerful.

JULY 28th

Focus for the meeting will be poetry.

AUGUST 25th

Focus for the meeting will be critiquing.

SEPTEMBER 22nd

Focus for the meeting will be publishing & the author platform.

OCTOBER 27th

tba + AGM

NOVEMER 24th

Focus of meeting will be critiquing.

DECEMBER 2018 no meeting — party/get together tba

Previous meetings in 2017

JANUARY 28th, 2017
There were two focal points to our January meeting. Karen Williams brought three large paintings which will be exhibited in the Art House during May. Wyong Writers will be able to use these as inspiration and our work will be exhibited alongside Karen’s for that exhibition. We also examined a recently published short story, “Wake me when it’s over” by Stafford Ray. This is published in the summer edition of ‘Writers Voice’. All members had access to it. The function of the examination was to find what criteria we thought the editors used to choose it and to learn from its strengths. We briefly discussed goals for 2017 and performed a quick ‘writing clinic’ for Wendy Adams.

FEBRUARY 25th, 2017

Jonn Christie joined us as a visitor and brought his poetry book along.
Among other things, this was a critiquing day. A section of Margaret’s memoir was critiqued.

MARCH 25th, 2017
Focus of the meeting ‘time passing’. Members were encouraged to bring excepts (up to max one short paragraph, but possibly only phrase or sentence) of powerful writing from a well-known author to illustrate.
Also deadline for poetry competition. Members brought entries and gave to Mavis.

APRIL 22nd, 2017
The focus was critiquing, one piece of descriptive writing and one narrative of experience.

MAY 27th, 2017
Unfortunately the RSL had a booking for the upstairs hall and we met downstairs.Focus of the meeting was ‘plot’ or ‘structure’. Members were encouraged to bring examples of plots which in their opinion work well. We discussed hero’s journey etc.

JUNE 24th, 2017
New Meeting place: Woodbury Park Community Centre, 1 Woolmers Crescent, off Woodbury Park Dr, Mardi
Focus of the meeting was ‘building character’. Members were encouraged to bring excepts (up to max one short paragraph, but possibly only phrase or sentence) of powerful writing from a well-known author to illustrate.
This was our first meeting at the new venue:
The Woodbury Park Community Centre
Three people who had visited previously, joined. JULY 22nd, 2017
Change of time: 1.15-4.15 Outside Presenter and Facilitator Kathryn Coughran talked about unlocking ‘Writer’s Block’. There was a $10.00 charge for this for both members and visitors.

AUGUST 26th, 2017
The focus was a critiquing day. The group focused on six aspects. One new member joined today.

SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2017
Focus of the meeting was editing. This was facilitated by Barbara who worked as an editor in a ‘previous life’.

OCTOBER 28th, 2017
AGM also focus of the meeting ‘setting’. Members considered ways that the place or setting could be indicated in a piece of dialogue.

NOVEMBER 25th, 2017
The focus was a critiquing day. Theme “Water” was regarded as “homework” for those who wished it.

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Meetings during 2016

JANUARY 23rd, 2016: Focus of meeting was Memoir. The discussion was led by Mavis who has recently (October 2015) published her memoir. However, many members have attended workshops and courses on this form of writing, and brought notes and information about the process of memoir writing. Members did a short writing exercise centred on a memory from the last few weeks.

FEBRUARY 27th, 2016: Critiquing day. Mandy, Jan, Elizabeth and Barbara brought work. Poetry competition entries were due in this meeting.

MARCH 19th, 2016 (Note this was the 3rd Saturday not the 4th – change because of Easter): Meeting was be led by Elizabeth, Mavis and Yvonne. The focus of meeting was be “Useful tips picked up from Screenwritieng course”. These tips flow over into all aspects of writing.

APRIL 16th, 2016 (Note this was the 3rd Saturday not the 4th – change becasue of Anzac Day): Critiquing day.

MAY 28th, 2016: Kathryn Coughran facilitated a workshop on Tips and Techniques to Give Your Writing the Edge. Eleven members and nine visitors attended this excellent workshop which used the novel as a model for planning.

JUNE 25th, 2016: Focus of meeting changed. It would have been the novel, but the excellent workshop at the May meeting used the novel as a model. The focus was therefore on the Short Story.

JULY 23rd, 2016: Critiquing day.
AUGUST 27th, 2016: Focus of the meeting was writing non-fiction. Various forms were considered, including letter writing. Changes in style and form were considered as well as the important matter of audience. Emphasis was on the kinds of non-fiction writing that the members felt they would like to address. A short writing exercise gave each member the oppotunity to flex their non-fiction writing muscles.

SEPTEMBER 24th 2016: focus on A sense of place within writing

OCTOBER 22nd, 2016: Focus of the meeting was poetry. Outside speaker, Beryl Stirling, led the discussion. Relevant notes from workshops and courses were also welcome.

NOVEMBER 26th, 2016 Wyong Writers AGM. Positions elected as followes:
President: Mei-Ling Venning
Vice-President: Yvonne Sorensen
Secretary: Mavis Gunter
Assistant Secretary: Mandy Byrne
Treasurer: Elizabeth McVie
Publicity: Rose Fox
Visitors were welcomed and were given a chance to tell us what they hoped to get out of joining us.
Work by Hannah Vincent was critiqued, and a ten minute written exercise was used as an example of the completely different approaches and writing styles of our members. The programme for next year was discussed.
DECEMBER 2016: No meeting. Social get-together/party 9th December