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January 2020 Newsletter

By January 22, 2020News, Newsletter, Newsletters
Newcastle Short Story Award book coverClosing soon! 
Newcastle Short Story Award 
Entries close 8pm AEST, 3rd February

Accepting short stories up to 2000 words.

Top works selected by the judges will be published in the 2020 anthology.

$7800 in prizes

Learn more
Upcoming workshops


Creative Writing Course
Monday 17th February

Have you always wanted to write or been writing at home alone for years?

Do you want to write your life story or family history in an engaging way?

Learn the purpose of the first draft. 

Learn how to start and how to keep going. Enjoy writing about a range of subjects.

Meet new people and make new friends.

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Waler Mason, Travel writer and writing tutor

Travel Writing Course
Saturday 7th March
Have you ever read a travel memoir and thought: “My adventures were more interesting than that"?

Or are you about to travel and considering turning your journey into a piece of writing?
If you have ever wanted to write about your travels then join Walter Mason for this full-day workshop.

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Logo for Hunter Writers Centre
is proud to support the inaugural

Maitland Indie Festival

Friday February 28th - Sunday March 1st
A celebration of independent writing and publishing in all its forms, IF Maitland will feature workshops, keynote speakers, panelists, book launches, entertainment, and a schools program. Are you interested in volunteering? Send a message via facebook or email us

Learn more


Port Macquarie Grassroots Festival

March 27-29

Tickets available from Monday 3 February through Trybooking.com.

This event is in its sixth year. Affordable writing workshops – only $35 for the whole weekend (dinners excluded).

This year there are 19 concurrently run workshops, a presentation, two discussion panels, and Hayley Lawrence is Keynote Speaker.

Contact  Event Coordinator Wendy Haynes at grassrootswritersweekend@gmail.com or check out the website here

Port Macquarie

Coastal walk, Port Macquarie. Learn more about this wonderful town

Lauren Hislop Blogger on Disability

HWC Blog – introducing Lauren Hislop

Our 2020 blogger is social scientist 
and disability advocate Lauren Hislop

Look out for Lauren's blogs starting very soon. 
She will blog about the challenges of seeking employment when you live with a disability here. 

Lauren blogged for us in October
read her humourous, engaging pieces here:

Living with Disability 
Part 1 Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Member Lou Berry's poetry book



Member News

HWC Member, L.E. Berry has a poetry collection published by Ginninderra Press.

Channelling childhood  L. E. Berry

HWC Member Gillian at NAG live read 2019

Newcastle Art Gallery Live Readings 2020
We are thrilled to announce Live Readings at Newcastle Art Gallery will continue in 2020.
Now held 1st Wednesday of each month, 3-5pm.

You do not need to write a piece in response to the gallery exhibition but we encourage you to use the exhibited works for inspiration.
Come along and share stories, poems, memoir pieces, songs, rants or essays.


HWC Writing Groups
Attendance is free as part of your membership. 

There are vacancies in most of our groups especially: 
Belmont, Maitland and Teralba. 

Email us for more information or see the entire list of writing groups 
when you login to the Members Area