FAW Wollondilly branch birthday

A reminder that the Fellowship of Australian Writers Wollondilly Branch is celebrating its thirtieth birthday on Sunday 30 April 2023.

The invitation.

Note that an RSVP is required by 25 April .

There are several members from the Southern Highlands Branch (FAWSH) who have signalled their intention to attend. FAWSH Secretary Uta Purcell has details about possible car pooling.


Christmas 2021

Happy Christmas 2021, everyone, from the executive at FAW Southern Highlands.

Our next meeting, the first for 2022, will be from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday 12 February 2022 at Welby Hall, Welby.

Don’t forget that there is an etymology exercise for you to work through before then. Enjoy.

And those who missed the Christmas party last Saturday way wish to try the Writers’ quiz. Your yardstick can be the winner’s score of 24 from a possible maximum of 47.

Stay safe.

October – November update

Prose meeting
Our next prose meeting is scheduled for Thursday 21 October 2021 at Links House, Bowral.

Monthly meeting
We are hoping to be able to meet face-to-face for our next meeting which is scheduled for Saturday 13 November.

We will notify members nearer those dates about whether they will proceed and in what form.

COVID-19 will still be lurking!

In the meantime our dribble to be presented at the November meeting has the prompt “… it wasn’t me ….”

Remember, fifty words exactly.

The latest set of answers to Greg Tome’s etymology exercises is at Etymology exercise.

So, too, are new challenges. We will work through these at the November 2021 meeting.

50-word challenge for July 2021

The 50-word challenge to be presented at the July 2021 meeting

I forgot, last meeting, to suggest a fifty word exercise for presentation at the July 2021 meeting.

Before I propose the challenge, though, I have to tell you that I discovered these definitions on the Author Learning Center web site:

Drabble is a story of exactly 100 words (not including the title).
When writing a drabble isn’t challenging enough, you can try your hand at writing a dribble, which is a story told in exactly 50 words.

These are ubiquitous on the web, so I don’t know why I hadn’t found them earlier.

So, while we’ve been doing 100-word challenges and 50-word challenges, all along we were writing drabbles and dribbles !!

So, for the challenge.

The prompt for this 50-word challenge—this dribble—is “secrets”, or, if you prefer, “secret”.

Greg Baker | President FAWSH

Welcome to 2021

We’ve had our 2021 Annual General Meeting; it was good to see so many people there.

Following the elections we welcome a few new faces to our committee. The full list is at FAWSH Committee for 2021–2022 on the About us page.

Greg Tome has provided us with a new etymology challenge to be discussed at the April 2021 meeting. For this have a look at Etymology exercise.

And the other Greg, Greg Baker, has put his latest bugbear, the dangling modifier, here too.

There’ll be the continuation of some old favourites at our meeting in April but watch out for a couple of additions as we progress through the year.

Etymology and more

Greg Tome has provided us with new etymology challenges to be discussed at the March 2021 meeting.

These are on our Etymology exercise page.

In addition, he has kindly provided answers to the exercises discussed at the February 2021 meeting and a brand new crossword, number 26.

Finally, we have a copy of the chain story that our member Ruth Coleman has recommended, Wet and Wicked, written in 1999–2000 by members of the Sutherland Shire regional branch of the FAW. For copyright reasons it is only available to members of this branch through our Members only page.