July author talk

We are delighted to welcome Robyn Arrowsmith as our guest speaker for the meeting of 13 July 2019.

Robyn has written the well-reviewed All the way to the USA, on Australian war brides from the Second Word War. She will talk to us about the writing and publishing process.

Robyn has been a member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers Southern Highlands branch so we will welcome her back as a researcher and published author.

Robyn’s web site is http://www.aussiewarbrides.com/.

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Short play workshop

Good news.

Our short play workshop with Josh Hewitt is now fully subscribed with five plays for the session.

The workshop is on Saturday 13 April at 10.00am in the Henrietta Rose Room as usual.

Josh asks those who have sent their plays to him to bring five (5) extra copies on the day.

2019 competitions

The Fellowship Of Australian Writers Southern Highlands Branch is pleased to announce two awards competitions for members of FAW.

There are two sections.

Section A: Margaret Cech Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy

Between 2000 and 3000 words and must be strictly confined to science fiction or fantasy.

$1000 first prize only.

Entry fee is $15 per entry direct debit only. See entry form for details.

Closing date is 31 July 2019.

Please read conditions of entry before completing entry form.

Section B: Prose Open Section

Short story up to 1500 words.

$250 first prize; $100 second prize.

Entry fee is $10 per entry direct debit only. See entry form for details.

Closing date is 30 June 2019.

Please read conditions of entry before completing entry form.

Elyne Mitchell Writing Award

Details of the 2019 Elyne Mitchell Writing Award have been announced.

This year’s theme is new beginnings—in line with the usual theme this needs a strong flavour of the rural experience.

The organisers chose this theme “for its appealing familiarity”. New beginnings can be, of course, joyous memories or unwanted upheavals.

Inspired by Elyne Mitchell’s work, the Writing Award seeks to encourage writers to share their stories and to keep the art of storytelling alive. It gives rural life profile not only through country authors, but urban dwellers also, who write stories about their experiences and dreams about country life.

They accept both fiction and non-fiction short stories of up to 2500 words. Writers may enter as many stories as they wish.

This year also, the organisers are offering an open photo story competition. Entrants need to submit an image referencing an Australasian rural experience accompanied by approximately 100 words on what the photograph means to the writer.

Full details are at the competition web site Elyne Mitchell Writing Award.

Thanks Brian

A great big thank you to Brian Haydon for being the MC for our Christmas meeting last Saturday.

Brian “Bob Dylan” Haydon.

With his usual aplomb Brian led us through a large number of contributions, a great many—wait for it—with a Christmas theme.

We had plays, poems and short stories from, in alphabetical order—Barb, Brian, Greg B, Greg T, Gwen, Jim, Kathryn, Ken, Margaret, Morag, Rose, Ruth, Sandie, Sylvia, Tony, Uta [you know who you are]!

To sum up, here is a comment, unsolicited, from one of our members:

I thought we all had a great morning today.

Plenty of fun; plenty of food; lots of talent; and lots of laughs.

Most of all lots of lovely people.

What more could we ask for?