SWWV Writing Seminar The September meeting, on Friday 22nd September, will take the form of a writing seminar, covering three areas of interest to all writers, Polishing Prose, Publishing Smarts and the Business of Marketing. With a mix of hands-on workshops and industry speakers, you will gain valuable tools to enhance your writing and publishing experience and allow for better success.
The meeting is at the Library at the Dock, is free and open to all, but booking in advance is essential. For full details, click on the red link above. To book, click on the link here.
The August meeting consisted of the AGM followed by the announcement of the winners of the 2017 Kathryn Purnell Poetry Award.
The new members of the committee who were present at the meeting are shown in the photograph. They are:
Back row, L to R, Razmi Wahab (committee member and photographer), Paula Wilson (vice-president and website assistant), Mary Jones (committee member and website management), Lynne Santos (committee member and newsletter editor), Yvonne Sweeney (committee member).
Front row, L to R, Del Nightingale (treasurer, secretary and corporate affairs), Blaise Van Hecke (president), Jenny Hearne ( committee member and research).
Also elected but not present at the meeting was Judith Green (committee member and postal workshop co-ordinator).
There are still vacancies for Membership Secretary and Minutes Secretary – volunteers welcome!
The winners of the Kathryn Purnell Poetry Award are:
1st ‘You Are…’ Mary Jones.
2nd ‘Washing Her Hair’ Lorraine McGuigan.
3rd ‘Nest’ Lorraine McGuigan.
Honourable Mention ‘Kangaroo’ Lorraine McGuigan, and ‘A Poet Speaks To Her Progenies’ Rhonda Poholke.
Mary Jones and Jennifer Compton
Lorraine McGuigan and Jennifer Compton
The prizes were presented at the August meeting by the judge, Jennifer Compton.
The August meeting is on Friday August 25th, at Ross House. The meeting begins at 12pm. The AGM will be followed by the presentation of the Kathryn Purnell Poetry Award by Jennifer Compton.
The August newsletter is now available here and on the newsletter page. (Please note that the date of the August meeting should be Friday August 25th, not 30th, and the venue for the September meeting should be the Library at the Dock, not Ross House.)
Many congratulations to one of our members, Margaret Pearce, who came 2nd in the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize this year with her entry ‘Depression’.
Margaret’s poem has now been posted on the website of the University of Southern Queensland. If you would like to read it, click here.
Friday 28th July – Library at the Dock
12pm–4pm (committee meeting 3pm–4pm)
Announcement of the Nance Donkin Award by Dr Pam Macintyre, followed by lunch.
Please bring a plate to share. Meeting at 2pm, followed by committee meeting.
Dr Pam Macintyre teaches language and literacy and children’s and young adult literature at RMIT University. She has been a judge for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Aurealis Awards and the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, and is the co-author of Knowing Readers: Unlocking the Pleasures of Reading.
The July newsletter is now available, here and on the newsletter page.
The June newsletter is now available, here and on the newsletter page.
Friday 26th May – Library at the Dock
12pm–4pm (committee meeting 3pm–4pm)
Lunch gathering at 12pm. Presentation skills with Stephen Costan from 12.30–2.00, followed by meeting at 2.15pm.
STEPHEN COSTAN is a Voice Production Specialist and Drama Coach with over 50 years’ experience.
Stephen was Head of Voice at Victorian College of the Arts from 1996-2002 and his other placements in Actor Training Establishments include University of Western Sydney, Woolongong and Ballarat.
He has been responsible for training and developing a huge number of Australia’s distinguished actors including Joel Edgerton, Patrick Brammell, Sybilla Budd, Alison Bell, Leon Ford, Simon Stone and so the list goes on.
He is currently teaching at the Melbourne Branch of the Howard Fine Acting Studio which is based in Los Angeles
The Master Class will consist of a series of strategies for the writers to present their works and improve their presentation skills to their colleagues and in the public arena.
PARTICIPANTS should prepare a 2-minute extract from their writing, which we will work on in the Master Class.