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eWriteabout Volume 8 • Issue 7 • August 2013

August Monthly Meeting Saturday, August 17, 2013 2:00 - 4:00pm, Fradgley Hall, Burleigh Heads

Guest Speaker Trish Jenkins Leadership Lessons from the Big House: Live Free. Lead Smart! Prison was not on the ‘goal chart’ of successful entrepreneur Trish Jenkins. Conned by a fraud and a breach of the Corporations Act meant losing her multi-million dollar portfolio, including her family home. As a result Trish served 8 months in prison. Isolated from her family and surrounded by criminals, Trish could have succumbed to despair. But treasure is found in dark places. Refusing to remain a victim, Trish became an authority on leadership, fraud warning signals and overcoming adversity. She now shares her hard won treasures as a sought after speaker, author and workshop facilitator. Trish is warm, compassionate, forthright and funny. She will challenge your thinking, lift your spirits and have you walking out feeling like the ‘conqueror you were born to be!’ Contact Trish to request booking details: Website: Mobile/Cell: (61) 418 556 198 Email:


What’s inside !


President’s Report "


New Members !


Member Achievements!


Support Groups!


Book review!




Meeting Photos!


Writing Opportunities!


GCWA Competitions!


Upcoming Dates Meeting! AGM!

17 August 21 September

Meeting! 19 October Celebration of Young Writers! 25 October Literary Luncheon ! 26 October



Annual Achievement Award Nominations ! 5 Committee Nomination Form!


I’ll include some below, and will also post some on the GCWA Facebook page. I do note that the next Writeabout will be my last, however I will continue to post on my JulieBoydWriter Facebook page.

President’s Report Hi everyone I was delighted to make it to the August meeting and hear ‘The Banjo’ (alias Dave Farrer) in full flight. For me, his performance brought back very fond memories of my Grandfather driving his Julie Boyd bullock dray and the old goldminers and tree-fellers who used to tell such wonderful stories to my mates while I sat on stumps at their feet enthralled. Dave will be the first in our new initiative to upload video clips of our speakers onto the GCWA website.

Don’t forget to get busy writing your entry for our Adult writing competition, 'Gold to Green in Twenty Minutes', and to remind young writers you may know of our kid’s competition, ‘What's Special About the Gold Coast.' Cheers

Julie Competitions Sci-ku Competition Closes 18 August 2013. Suitable for all ages.

Submit your own science haiku- Sci-ku! This competition is an easy and fun way to get involved The Banjo will also be sharing his views of historical in National Science Week this August. The 2013 Australian culture with the next generation as part of theme is statistics and mathematics. Details and our Gold Coast Writers Festival - Young Writers at entry form: the end of October. Don’t forget, if you haven’t The Mornington Peninsula Prize 2013 Poetry already indicated you’d also like to be involved with Competition. Closes Monday 28 October 2013. sharing the joys of writing with young writers, or Poems up to 30 lines – open theme and genre. First assisting in the mentoring and ‘Writers in Schools’ programs we are currently working on, please let us Prize $200, Highly Commended and Commended certificates. Entry fee is $5.00 per poem. know. I’m also delighted we will be announcing some new Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition. and very special partnerships at our next meeting. You’ll be pleased, and possibly surprised, at who is Poetry or Short Fiction. coming on board to work with us into the future.

Submissions previously published elsewhere are This is the time of year when we ask you all to accepted and the deadline for entries is 31 August consider what contribution you would like to make to 2013. For more information please visit the GCWA and whether you might be interested in assisting the committee. Yes, it’s AGM time. I’m very Other links worth exploring pleased that we already have secured nominations for most committee positions, including from some peter-porter-poetry-prize newer members, which is terrific, but please don't let that deter you from putting your hand up. I am very happy to be overseeing the transition to the new committee, and am deeply grateful to the committee programs/residential-programs/apply-to-stay and members who have been so incredibly kind and supportive during my health challenges this year. Quote of the Day Over the past month there have been a large number of writing competitions, interesting posts and articles that have come through from a variety of sources, including email and social media links.

Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted. Jules Renard 2

August Meeting Highlights Guest Speaker: Trish Jenkins Raffle Afternoon Tea Networking

New Members Welcome to new members Sue Juniper

Rebecca Marshalisay

Margie Chellew

Dr Karen Knight-Mudie

Daniel Appleby

Member Achievements

was the roaring in her ears, and the pattering of dirt and falling rocks. Jaz swallowed, her muscles shrieking as the world turned slowly below." The first piece is an example of passive or telling writing. Did you really feel engaged with Jaz's predicament? Did your breath catch in your throat? Mine certainly didn't. In contrast I was completely connected with the second piece of writing. I was Jaz - in her mind and in her body as she hung there, experiencing first-hand what she could feel, see, hear: The racing of her heartbeat, the sour taste of panic in her mouth. I had to stretch my writing muscles and transport myself directly into the scene, striving to report back to you exactly what Jaz was experiencing. I didn't sum anything up for you. I didn't tell you that Jaz was terrified, or about to fall to her death; I showed you terror and danger instead. This is the essence of 'Show Don't Tell.

Often when writing I'm in a state of concentration so Congratulations to Hazel Barker whose short story intense that the rest of the world just drops away. ‘Starvation’, an excerpt from her as yet unpublished I'm not simply imagining the scenes I'm writing about; I've entered into them myself and can see, memoirs, has been shortlisted in the Redland City Council Short Story Competition. The 10 short listed hear, feel, taste and touch them. This is a sloweddown level of consciousness somewhere between entries will be published in an anthology and the dreaming and waking. If you yourself don't feel that winner will be announced by the Lord Mayor at a you're living the things you're writing about, then you Gala Night October. won't be able to convince a reader of them." We Please let us know of your achievements by also studied a brilliant passage from P.D. James's sending to book, 'Devices and Desires.'

Support Group Report

Congratulations Sarah Lowe on the publication of your memoirs and many thanks for your kind words The All Genres in the acknowledgements. We wish you every At our July meeting we discussed, 'Show Don't Tell.' success for this brilliant book. In, 'Write a Blockbuster and Get it Published’, Meetings are held on the first Saturday of each authors Corner and Weatherly state, "Show don't month at 12 noon in the meeting room of the tell, is a concept best explained through example. Broadbeach Library adjacent to Pacific Fair. ''Jaz felt her foot slip, and a moment later she had Newcomers welcome. Di Baker ph. 55 383568. fallen over the side of the cliff. She grabbed with one hand, and managed to catch hold of a tree root as she fell. Her descent was stopped. She was hanging by one hand, with a sheer drop below her. She was completely terrified.' The second version states; "Jaz's foot shot out from under her, and she fell over the side of the cliff. Grab something, anything! A jolt slammed through her as her flailing hand found a tree root. And then the only sound Raffle winner, Caren Sattler Karen Knight-Mudie with President, Julie Boyd 3

with her new book

Notice of 2013 Annual General Meeting

ABC Open 500 Words: On the Job 22 Jul 2013 – 31 Aug 2013

Members are advised that the AGM of the Gold Coast Writers’ Association Inc will be held at 2pm on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Fradgley Hall, Park St, Burleigh Heads, Qld.

We spend much of our lives working. Our job, for better or worse, helps define us. Write a first-person story about a day at work you’ll never forget.

Book Review!

The election of officers will be conducted and annual reports will be presented by the President and Treasurer.

by Jill Smith

Written nominations for Committee positions close on August 17, with any positions remaining vacant, open to nominations at the AGM.

Title: Word Hunters – The Lost Hunters Author: Nick Earls Illustrator: Terry Whidborne

Nomination forms as per the attached and will be available at meetings, or by contacting the Secretary - email:


origins of words from very long ago. Kids of all ages will be intrigued by this journey. Nick writes with his usual beguiling style and this series really suits his wit. Terry provides the illustrations that are an integral part of the story. I'm now looking forward to reading the third book in the series. This is a great second book in an evolving series. Lexi and Al are twins in a modern age who find their surname ‘Hunter’ is exactly what they are – Word Press Release Hunters. A local writers’ group is behind an exciting new inniative for Gold Coast writers. Prana Writers has At the end of the first book Al and Lexi set out to find their Grandfather, a fellow Word Hunter trapped received a Regional Arts Funding Grant to produce in a distant past. With each trip back to find a word a Gold Coast Anthology, and all local writers are and peg it they find a clue as to where he could be; invited to submit a story based on the photos they also meet up with some unsavory cloaked supplied. characters that are chasing them. Will they ever be Anthology editor, Helen Stubbs, said, ‘I’m delighted safe? to give local writers the chance to submit a story

Gold Coast Anthology

They find help in the form of traveler's who came back in time with them to the present. A librarian turns out to have been keeper of ancient texts in a library 3000 years earlier and Will, a London born Word Hunter who'd also encountered the grey robed nemises.

and, if successful, get published in our book. Our grant money means we can pay authors $100 per successful story. Submissions are open until 31st August 2013.

Interested writers and readers should go to our website, There are I loved the historical references that will help kids of over a tourists and locals will want to read. the technology age realise things were very The project is supported by Arts Queensland and different not so long ago and, in some cases, the the Gold Coast City Council. 4


Andrew McDermott Annual Achievement Award


Closing date: 30 September 2013

You are invited to nominate a Gold Coast Writers’ Association member who you believe has excelled as a writer, a member of the association, or in some other way related to writing. Nominations must be received by August 31st, with the winner to be announced at the AGM. Submit via email

ADULTS Theme: “Green to Gold in Twenty Minutes

What’s Special About The Gold Coast”

Short Story, Article or Poetry Maximum 1000 words Prize: $200, plus certificates for runners-up Entry fee: $10 per entry

or at the August meeting

CHILDREN/YOUNG WRITERS Theme: ‘What’s Special About The Gold Coast’ Entry is free 7-10 yrs:

Short story up to 350 words Poetry up to 15 lines

11-13 yrs:

Short story up to 500 words, Poetry up to 20 lines

14-17 yrs:

Short story up to 750 words, Poetry up to 25 lines

Dave Farrer - The Banjo of the Bush

Christmas in July

Prizes: First place in each of the six sections will be awarded $50, plus certificates for runners-up. Conditions and entry forms available on the website shortly.

Joint winners of the favourite outfit The Shorties with The Wizard of Oz 5

Member Support Groups

Member Opportunities

e-Publishing Group

Member Book Sales at Meetings

This group is aimed at the technicalities of publishing especially writing for electronic publication. Numbers are limited.

A reminder that if you would like to sell your books at a GCWA meeting, it is essential you contact the president to reserve a place by the Wednesday prior to the meeting: 0431 443 385.

Contact: Mike Clancy email:

Sci-Fi Fantasy Writers Group! ! GC Speckies is a dedicated group for writers, readers and fans of speculative fiction on the Gold Coast. It’s a place where Speckies can share experiences, ideas and discuss their passion for science fiction, fantasy and horror in all its forms. Surround yourself with like-minded people in a supportive, informal and fun environment! Coordinator: Vacen Taylor email:

Southern Short Story Group For GCWA members living on the south end of the Gold Coast or northern NSW. Membership limited to 10 - spaces available When: The second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 9.30 am Where: To be advised

Business Display at Meetings Members with a business service can also book a display at one of our meetings for just $20. Display your products and promotional materials, and network with members before and after meetings. (Note: This service is restricted to current GCWA members.) For more information and bookings email

Legal Queries If you have a question on a legal issue relating to writing, please email it to the editor Our Honorary Solicitor, Darryl Greer will respond to queries via the newsletter as time and space allows. advertisement

Contact: George Lewis email:

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Includes crime, life writing and nonfiction Meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month at the Broadbeach Library in Sunshine Boulevard, opp. Pacific Fair at 12 midday. Coordinator: Phone:

Dianne Baker 5538 3568

The Ten Penners Adults writing for children Meetings are held on the1st Saturday of each month at Broadbeach library or a cafe from 9:30 to 11:30am. Phone Marion to confirm venue details. Coordinator: Marion Martineer Phone: 0416 027 016

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Committee Member Nomination Form Only financial members are eligible to stand for positions and have the right to vote or nominate another member. Nominations close on 18 August 2013 2012. 17 August . Please complete the nomination and seconded section only, then mail the nomination form to arrive at the GCWA post office box by 18 17 August; August; or scan and email to; or bring to the meeting on 17 18 August, August at Fradgley Hall. The nominee will then need to accept the nomination and complete the acceptance section of the form.

Committee Positions Executive Committee


President Vice President Treasurer Secretary

Speaker Coordinator Subgroup Coordinator Catering Coordinator Youth Group Coordinator


Events Committee

Membership Secretary Publicity Officer Senior Events Co-ordinator Webmaster Newsletter Editor General Committee Position (4)

Competition Coordinator Competition Receiving Officer Christmas Party Coordinator

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