Including some changes, due to Covid-19 : In 2020 we will still have a focus for each meeting but it will be driven by specific needs of the members. If the meeting is conducted in real time and place, we will retain the ten-minute writing exercise at some stage during each meeting, because members enjoy this and have chosen to keep this for 2020.  Those not wishing to share their writing are welcome to ‘pass’. If the meeting is conducted via Zoom exercise will not take place. There is also a change in the timing of the critiquing sessions. Members feel that during 2020 we might experiment with separate critiquing sessions, one for poetry and one for prose. Again the critiquing sessions may not take place via Zoom.


PROGRAMME FOR 2020(almost always 4th Saturday)




OCTOBER 24th This will be a Zoom meeting

Play writing. We are very excited to have a visitor Margaret McGowan from Gosford Uniting Productions. Margaret will talk to us about some of the processes involved in play writing.

NOVEMBER 28th This will be a Zoom meeting

Nothing yet — up for grabs!

DECEMBER 2020 No meeting. If restrictions allow, we may be able to have a members’ Christmas lunch. 


******************PREVIOUS MEETINGS IN 2020*************************

Jan Mitchell, from Lake Macquarie FAW, talked to us about the judging process and how to improve stories submitted for competitions.


Marketing. We looked at the marketing plan which was put together for us by Nicole Gibson for our 2019 Anthology. Those members who have had a marketing plan for their own books, also brought in, present salient points and discussed. We also allocated jobs arising and discussed the sonnet form.

MARCH 28th   

This meeting was cancelled due to Covid 19

STOP PRESS — CHANGE OF PLAN!  Jason Foster will talk to us about the publishing process from his perspective ( 10 books and 4 different traditional publishers)

Also this meeting is the deadline for entries to in in-house poetry competition. No theme but the poem must be a sonnet. Since closing date for this competition is 28th March, you may now email your sonnets to Mavis if you were intending to bring them to the meeting.

APRIL 18th

This meeting was cancelled due to Covid 19 

Different perspectives: This suggestion came out of a follow on activity the group undertook after a talk by Johan in 2019  on point of view. The activity was enjoyed so much that people decided they would like to do it again, maybe continuing form the last “episode”. 

MAY 23rd

Each participating member  talked for a maximum of  5 minutes about his/her favourite author. We told the group why this  person is our favourite. We read short extracts from his/her work.  Winner of the poetry competition was announced — see the news page!

JUNE 27th

This took place on Zoom. Eight members and two visitors took part. The focus was Point of View — with reference to the ways in which different well known authors use this.

JULY 25th

We had hoped to meet at the Mardi Hall, but the Covid-19 situation in both Victoria and NSW led to the decision to cancel meeting face to face. Therefore the meeting took place on Zoom. The focus was research for writing. Each member gave a brief overview of his/her research methods for either past writing or for WIPs.


Inspiration — 4 members and one visitor who have published novels, memoirs, histories or travel books talked about the inspirations behind their books.

SEPTEMBER 26th This will be a Zoom meeting

Direction — a follow on from August’s meeting — how did people to decide which direction to take their work in and why.

******************PREVIOUS MEETINGS IN 2019*************************

JANUARY 19th (This was the 3rd Saturday not the 4th. All other meetings this year are on the 4th Saturday).

Focus of meeting was social media and was presented by Pat.


Focus of meeting was poetic form in prose writing . This was presented by Jan. Work by Pat was critiqued.

MARCH 23rd

Poetry competition entries were given to Mavis. Theme “Spring”. Focus of meeting was character and was presented by Mavis. Story for anthology by Ray was critiqued.

APRIL 27th

Focus of meeting will be writing for children and was presented by Pat. A story for the anthology by Elizabeth was  critiqued.

MAY 25th

Focus of meeting was publishing, marketing and the author platform and was presented by Mei-Ling. Work by Mavis was critiqued.

JUNE 22nd

Focus of meeting was show don’t tell and will be presented by Shari. Shari’s story for the anthology was also critiqued.

JULY 27th

Kathryn Coughran facilitated a workshop for the group — subject Mindfulness in Writing. We requested $10.00 from both members and from visitors on this occasion.  Reminder All submissions for the 2019 anthology were due.


Focus of meeting was point of view presented by Johan. This was also the deadline for the prose competition entries. Fiction or non-fiction with the themes of Fire, Flood or Drought (or any combination) within Australia.


Focus of meeting was the five senses and was presented by Margaret Young. We also introduced a 10 minute “Computer clinic” with reference to Word, and a 5 minute “Grammar Gripe”.


AGM + discussions regarding the 2019 Anthology, and consideration of a handout by Jan Mitchell on the critique process.


Focus of meeting was memoir and was presented by Mandy.

DECEMBER 2019    No meeting. Members’ Christmas lunch 3rd December.


DECEMBER 2018 no meeting — party Thursday 6th December 12.00

Previous meetings in 2018


Focus for the meeting was creating a ‘character arc’. The group looked at the way a character grows and changes at various stages of a short story, novel, play or film. Using ideas from the whole group, a character arc was created. A fifteen minute writing exercise about a character at one specific part of his/her journey, was completed. We welcomed four visitors.


*Programme was changed*  In order to support the FAW/SENIOR CARD joint Memoir Writing Competition, a  Memoir Writing Workshop was facilitated by:

Cate Plink: vice-president of FAWNSW

Mavis Gunter: published Memoir Writer

Yvonne Sorensen: in the process of writing her own Memoirs

Pat Webb: has undertaken a university course on Memoir Writing

MARCH 24th

Focus for the meeting was creating a ‘meaty’ antagonist. This was facilitated by member, Lynda Ryan.

APRIL 28th

Focus for the meeting was critiquing AND brainstorming.  Anne brought a travel article and Elizabeth brought a short story. We used the “sandwich” method for critiquing. Mei-Ling brought a terrible story, by an unknown author, which members were invited to tear apart. After that we re-wrote the story. Mei-Ling also brought a plot problem for brainstorming.

MAY 26th

Focus for the meeting was speculative fiction.

JUNE 23th

Outside speaker, Kathryn Coughran facilitated a workshop on use of photographs to make writing powerful.  An excellent afternoon, atended by many members and four visitors.

JULY 28th

Focus for the meeting was poetry. This was facilitated by Jan and Margaret.


Focus for the meeting was critiquing. Work was brought by Shari and visitor Caroline.


Focus for the meeting was publishing & the author platform.


Focus for the meeting was critiquing + AGM


Focus of meeting was in three parts: (1) unveiling the anthology, (2) a discussion of next year’s programme and (3) the newspaper article the newspaper or magazine article.