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September 2019 Newsletter

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University of Newcastle logo
Join us
Level 8, 
NeW Space 
from 2pm 
Saturday 26th October at the

Newcastle Poetry Prize Ceremony

Program includes:
Live Reading
$25 000 Prize Pool awarded
and the launch of the 
2019 anthology

See the list of poets to be published in the 2019 anthology

 

University of Newcastle NeW Space Building

Level 8, NeW Space, UoN. What a view!

Judith Beveridge - poetry tutor

Poetry Masterclass with Judith Beveridge
(for members only)
will be held on the same day
Unfortunately, all places have now been booked

 

Grieve vol 7 book cover

Congratulations
to the HWC members whose work was selected for the 2019 Grieve anthology: 
Magdalena Ball, Gillian Swain, Ned Stephenson, Zoe Disher, Dan Shushko, Kathryn Fry and Ellen Shelley
These 7 HWC members were selected from hundreds of entries from all over Australia. Fantastic news.

The Grieve anthologies can be purchased here

Gillian Swain's award winning poem, 'The Coolest Thing Ever' was read by Megan Buxton. Watch it here.

Magdalena Ball's award winning poem, 'Negative Mass' was read by Judy Johnson. Watch it here
HWC Workshops
Jacqueline Harvey - Chidrens' Author

 

2 places left:
Writing for Children
with Jacqueline Harvey

Saturday 14th September

Do you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Andy Griffiths? If you love writing for children and want to spend a day learning the ins and outs of the business then this course is for you. Join bestselling author, Jacqueline Harvey as she covers topics including:
  • writing and editing tips,
  • information about publishers
  • knowing when your manuscript is ready to submit
  • the value of professional editorial assessment
  • garnering the publishers’ attention
  • dealing with rejection
  • what to expect when you land a deal
  • what happens when you’re published
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Creative Writing Course
If you missed the course back in February we are holding it again.
Memoir, flash fiction, the short story.
Monday 14th October
5.30 - 8.30pm

Cedar Whelan HWC member live reading at NAG

Live Readings at Newcastle Art Gallery

Another successful live-reading was held Tuesday 3rd September.

We awarded several cash prizes. 
It is very hard to select the best works!

Next live reading: 3pm, Tuesday October 1st
Bring your stories, poems, essays, rants, songs, scripts.

Live Reading future dates:

Tuesday October 1st NAG live reading – Robert Dickerson: Off the Canvas (sample portraits right)

Saturday October 26th (at NeW Space): Newcastle Poetry Prize Live Reading

Tuesday November 5th NAG live reading – Wish You Were Here: landscapes from the collection

Live Reading NAG

Clark Gorrmley Live Reading NAG

Julia Brougham HWC member and blogger about Nature Writing
Ted Bassingthwaighte, member of HWC
HWC Blog

 

Our September blogger is
Julia Brougham (L) on
Nature Writing

Thank you to our Members who have blogged:

 Poetry
- by Prof. Christopher (Kit) Kelen (R)

Australian Literature
- by Susan Francis

Speculative Fiction
 - by HWC Spec Fic writers

Writing History
- by Christine Bramble (R)

True Crime Writing
- by Ted Bassingthwaighte (L)
kit kelen

Christine Bramble - staff member and blogger

HWC Member News

HWC Member Kaye Christensen

was selected as a winner in the recent NSW Seniors Writing Competition. 100 stories from NSW Seniors will be published in this Seniors’ Stories Volume 5. Kaye has been invited to attend the launch at NSW Parliament House later this year. This is one of several publications that have featured Kaye’s work. She has also been published in Sydney Newswrite magazine, Nambucca Writers’ anthology, in her local newspaper twice, local RSL Club publication about the ANZAC centenary and in MiNDFOOD magazine.

HWC Member Ellen Shelley has had a run of successes with her poetry:
It's Raining Poetry Adelaide with her poem Christchurch
Cordite Poetry Review with her poem Don’t look too closely
Highly Commended in the Philip Bacon Ekphrastic Awards for her poem Girl and the Moon
The Ross Spencer Anthology for her poem Abstract Expressionism

 

HWC Member Magdalena Ball also had poetry featured at It's Raining Poetry in Adelaide. Learn more here

Writing Competitions

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 in the Members Area
Phil WIlliams HWC member Live reading at Newcastle Art Gallery Speaker at July 2019 to a full audience and art works

July 2019 Newsletter

By | News, Newsletter

First Tuesday Live Readings at Newcastle Art Gallery

Our inaugural Ekphrastic live reading was held last week.

23 pieces were heard and the judging was very challenging!

All the works brought the artworks alive.

Congratulations to Brian Noble, Nicole Sellers, Gail Hennessy and, people’s choice award winner, Jan Dean.

See upcoming dates and themes below

August – Tuesday 6th – acknowledging Grief Awareness month – share a poem or story about grief and loss

September – Tuesday 3rd – readings by you in response to the Kilgour Prize 2019 (opens August 3)

October: Tuesday 1st – readings by you in response to Robert Dickerson: Off the Canvas (opens August 24)

November: Tuesday 5th – readings by you in response to Wish You Were Here: landscapes from the collection

Seeking: Writing Group facilitator 

Maitland Writing Group

Meets: First Wednesday of the month 9-12

Are you interested in facilitating this group? You do not need to teach. You need to be a person with a big smile who makes newcomers feel welcome. Contact us if that is you. Maitland library is keen to host this HWC writing group to share your writing.

HWC Workshops

New Date – August

Saturday 3rd August

de Pierres - author

Self Publishing – an online course
Nigel George is offering a half-price special to all HWC members for his new self-publishing course.
Visit the Indie Publishing Machine course page, select the Australian Version, and enter the code HWCJULY50 at the checkout to save yourself nearly $100.
You’d better hurry though – the discount is only available until the end of July!
 

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HWC Blog

Susan Francis , blogger, member of HWC

Michael Tippett, writer

 

Our current blogger is member Professor Kelen
Thank you to our members who have blogged thus far

Australian Literature 
- by Susan Francis

Speculative Fiction
 - by HWC Spec Fic writers

Writing History
- by Christine Bramble

Crime Fiction 
- by Megan Buxton

 

Christine Bramble - staff member and blogger

HWC Member News

Anne Walsh HWC member

Member Anne Walsh is part of the amazing line up at Cuplet  July 11 – tonight!

Gail Hennessy and Jan Dean HWC members

Congratulations Jan Dean and Gail Hennessy who won awards at the HWC Live Reading at Newcastle Art Gallery

Congratulations, Nicole Rain Sellers and Brian Noble who won equal first at the HWC-NAG Ekphrastic live reading

Writing Opportunities and Events

Dying to Know Day – August 8th

An informative opportunity to see into the world of your local Cemetery & Crematorium. Learn about funeral planning, estate and wills and more.

Bookings Essential – RSVP to garry.bellenger@newcastlecrem.com.au

or call 4944 6000 Learn more

 

2019 Buzz Words Short Story Prize

Short story prize for adults writing for children

High Country Writers Retreat

Friday October 25 to Sunday October 27, 2019

2019 Writing NSW Grants Program

for regional writers 

 

2019 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program

Open to picture book and junior fiction manuscripts. Entries close on 31 July

Odyssey House Victoria Annual Short Story Competition

1st prize $1000.

www.odyssey.org.au

Closes Friday November 1st

 

 

HWC Writing Groups

Attendance is free as part of your membership. 
There are vacancies in most of our groups especially: Belmont and Teralba.
See the whole list in the Members Area
Kilgour Prize finalist work

August 2019 Newsletter

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First Tuesday Live Readings at Newcastle Art Gallery

bring your readings

3pm, Tuesday 3rd September

The Kilgour Prize for portraiture (a few pictured here) is on display at Newcastle Art Gallery.

Come and read a poem or prose piece in response to one of the works on display. Click here for more portraits if you cannot make it to the gallery before our live reading afternoon.

Future dates:
October 1st - Robert Dickerson: Off the Canvas (opens August 24)
November 5th - Wish You Were Here: landscapes from the collection
Grieve Award Announcements
Grieve vol 7 book cover

Saturday 17th August, 2pm

On Saturday, go to this page to watch the video broadcast from the comfort of your lounge room

Listen to the top 25 award winning pieces read to you with captions

All selected authors announced and Grieve anthology Volume 7 is launched

HWC Workshops
Nigel George - Self Publishing tutor
Self-Publishing Success
with Nigel George

Saturday 31st August, 9 am - 3 pm Wickham

Sell More Books with Less Effort
This short course will help you overcome any limiting beliefs you have about self-publishing and put you on the right path to becoming a successful author.

Jacqueline Harvey - Chidrens' Author
Writing for Children
with Jacqueline Harvey

Saturday 14th September

Do you harbour dreams of being the next JK Rowling or Andy Griffiths? If you love writing for children and want to spend a day learning the ins and outs of the business then this course is for you. Join bestselling author, Jacqueline Harvey as she covers topics including:
  • writing and editing tips,
  • information about publishers
  • knowing when your manuscript is ready to submit
  • the value of professional editorial assessment
  • garnering the publishers’ attention
  • dealing with rejection
  • what to expect when you land a deal
  • what happens when you’re published
Heart Open artist Vivienne Rose
 Heart Open
 
Hunter Writers Centre funds the artists of Heart Open – literature, dance, fashion, art.

Come along to the next event in the 2019 series:
Wednesday 14th August
Wickham Park Hotel
6.30 - 9.30

Featuring poet Ivy Ireland, 
dancer Vivienne Rose and 
musician Demi Mitchell
Demi MItchell Heart Open
Ted Bassingthwaighte, member of HWC

Ted Bassingthwaighte

Graham Davidson, author

Graham Davidson

HWC Blog

Our August blogger is
Ted Bassingthwaighte on 
True Crime Writing

Thank you to our Members who have blogged:

 Poetry
- by Prof. Christopher (Kit) Kelen

Australian Literature
- by Susan Francis

Speculative Fiction
 - by HWC Spec Fic writers
Graham Davidson

Writing History
- by Christine Bramble

Crime Fiction
- by Megan Buxton
kit kelen

Prof Christopher Kelen

Megan Buxton HWC Board member

Megan Buxton

HWC Member News
Anne Walsh HWC member

Ellen Shelley (R) has a poem accepted into Raining Poetry Adelaide and has been published on Backstory

Nicole Sellers' poems Ode to my axial skeleton and Sun coat have been published in The Enchanting Verses Literary Review.
Anne Walsh (L) has been shortlisted for the ACU Prize for Poetry again this year
HWC member Ellen Shelley

Writing Opportunities and Events

2019 New England Thunderbolt Prize
open for entries until 7 October
New England Writers' Centre banner
2019 Buzz Words Short Story Prize
Short story prize for adults writing for children until Monday 2 September 2019
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 in the Members Area
Image of Flyer for High Country Writers Retreat in October 2019
High Country Writers Retreat
Friday October 25 to Sunday October 27, 2019