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Fairfield, Queensland, Australia
Fairfield Writers Group is a mix of beginner and experienced writers who meet the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at the Brisbane City Council Library in Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre, Fairfield road, Fairfield, Queensland. Our passion is writing and we work hard at our craft. Our aim is to encourage, support and help each other to reach new heights in our writing. New members are always made welcome and usually whisked off to the local coffee shop at the end of meetings for sustenance and socialisation with the rest of the crew.

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Monday, August 2, 2010


Building Your Own Blog with Elliott Bledsoe
When: Townsville - 10am-4.30pm, Saturday 21 August
Cairns - 9.30am-4pm, Sunday 22 August
Where: Townsville - CityLibraries Thuringowa Central, 86 Thuringowa Drive, Thuringowa Central.
Cairns - Room A101, Cairns Campus of the Tropical North Queensland TAFE, Eureka Street
Cost: QWC Members $85
QWC Concession Members $75
Non-members $115

A full day workshop giving you all the tools you need to build your online platform. This beginners course will take you step-by-step through building (and maintaining) your own blog and give you all the tips you need to develop your own online community, promote your writing, and develop your brand as an author.
You can book online at www.qwc.asn.au or by contacting QWC by phone on 07 3842 9922.

Writing Your Life with Patti Miller
When: 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August*
Where: QWC, Level 2, State Library of Queensland
Cost: QWC Members $210
QWC Concession Members $190
Non-members $310

A memoir is a powerful way to share your own personal story with the world. You may wish to share your extraordinary life with others, or highlight an event that changed your life. Shaping this story into a tale your reader finds memorable and rewarding can be a struggle. But with Patti Miller's help, you'll be enthralling them all. Patti, acclaimed writing teacher, will teach you techniques to help you find your voice, create a narrative from your life, and shape your story with texture and detail.
*This was incorrectly advertised in the July WQ as being held in July. August is the correct date.
You can book online here: http://qwc.asn.au/Shop/txtSearch/patti+miller/List/1/ProductID/593.aspx, or by calling QWC on 07 3842 9922.

Introduction to Creative Writing Online with Julie Beveridge

If you have been scribbling away quietly but have never taken the leap to finish anything or call yourself a writer, clear a few hours a week in your schedule to sit down with Julie Beveridge and rediscover the art of creative writing in this six-week online course. This course is based on Kate Eltham's successful face-to-face 'Intro to Creative Writing' workshop series.
When: The course begins on 2 August and runs until 12 September 2010 (six-week course).
Where: AWMonline Learning Centre
Cost: $130
To book, click here: http://qwc.asn.au/Shop/List/1/ProductID/609.aspx or call 07 3842 9922.

The Perfect Pitch with Sally Collings
When: 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 21 August
Where: QWC, Level 2, State Library of Queensland
Cost: QWC Members $160
QWC Concession Members $150
Non-members $210

So you've written and re-written and re-written your novel and you're ready to pitch it to an agent or a publisher. How do you get them to read your cover or query letter, let alone your manuscript? Sally Collings will help you write and structure a great submission and give you the opportunity to finetune your pitch before sending it to a publisher and literary agent.
To book, click here: www.qwc.asn.au/Shop/txtSearch/sally+collings/List/1/productid/601.aspx or call 07 3842 9922.

Call for Expressions of Interest

QWC invites proposals from innovative and engaging writers of fiction and non-fiction to teach writing workshops and seminars in QWC's 2011 program of events. We also welcome proposals from editors and publishing industry professionals. We are only interested in tutors capable of professional, well-prepared, and instructional presentations, who are serious about delivering value to participants and members. QWC is interested in proposals for events, from two hours long to multi-day workshops. Proposals for workshops, seminars, masterclasses and other learning activities will be considered. Please download full guidelines from QWC's website prior to applying. Email submissions to Program Manager, Julie Beveridge at jbeveridge@qwc.asn.au by COB Monday 30 August. Hard copy and late submissions will not be considered.

Mentoring the Muse - writers' retreat at the beach
A writers' retreat is being offered at Kelly's Beach Resort, Bargara (near Bundaberg, Qld). Three Bundaberg-based professional writers offer mentoring opportunities to novelists, emerging playwrights, and short form storytellers and memoirists over three days from 15-17 October 2010, during Queensland Writers Week. The Retreat will include opportunities for networking, time for individual writing and one-on-one mentoring. Participants will be selected based on work submitted. For full details see mentoringthemuse.wordpress.com.

This project is being supported by Bundaberg Regional Council and Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture. Visit www.queenslandwritersweek.com for more information.
QWC Resource Sheets
Questions about holding a book launch? See QWC's Resource Sheet on the topic!

Poet-in-Residence Update
Swallow & Exit
When: 7.30pm, Friday 6 August
Where: Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
Cost: $24-$35
Ghostboy with Golden Virtues present their critically acclaimed two part punk kabaret feast Swallow & Exit. Very special guests on the night include a solo set on grand piano by revered rock'n'roll vaudevillian Martin Martini, New York's provocative punk performance artist Emily XYZ, 2010 Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence, as well as local sonic word therapist Pascalle Burton. This is an event for lovers and those wanting to love.
To book call 07 3872 9000 or visit www.judithwrightcentre.com.

Book Launch
Patrick Holland's new book, The Mary Smokes Boys, is being launched by Krissy Kneen in August. Patrick will also be a guest of the Byron Bay Writers Festival.
When: 6pm-8pm, Wednesday 11 August
Where: Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane
Drinks are free and everyone's welcome.

Arts Funding Forum - How to get money for art
Info session on resources and programs of the Australia Council.
When: 2-4pm, 30 July
Where: School of Arts Building, Cnr Stanley and Walker Streets, Townsville
RSVP by Wednesday 28 July at www.australiacouncil.gov.au/forums.

Waxing Lyrical
Waxing Lyrical is a community radio show broadcast on 4zzz (102.1 fm) every Thursday from 9am until midday. Over 80,000 people tune in to the station every week, and it reaches a wide audience in Brisbane and surrounding areas. The show is designed to support the creative writing scene, particularly in Brisbane, through event promotion, interviews, live readings by guests, etc. If you are a writer of any variety (poetry, slam, hip-hop, fiction, plays, music composition, lyricists... ), get in touch about getting on air! Contact Fern at ferns_letterbox@hotmail.com for more info. Otherwise, just get more Words-for-your-Worth and tune in!

Free Zine Workshop
You too can be a publisher! A one-day workshop exploring the wonderful and zany world of making zines, chapbooks, and simple books.
When: 10am-4pm, Saturday 7 August, or 10am-4pm, Sunday 12 September
Where: Cooroy library, Maple Street, Cooroy
For enquiries, please call 07 5447 2110. Bookings essential at 07 5454 9000. Visit www.alternativepublishing.info for more information. This is free NeoGeoGraphy workshop as part of the 3C's project.

Place Stories: Digital Photostories and Storytelling
The PlaceStories workshops will teach you how to create short photo stories that can be shared locally and globally. The workshops will use photos, text, music, and sound to create photostories to be uploaded to the PlaceStories website.
When: 9am-1pm on 17 August and 24 Aug OR 7 September and 14 September OR 5 October and 12 October
Where: Cooroy Library, Maple Street, Cooroy
For more information call 0418 763 428. Bookings essential at 07 5454 9000. This is a free NeoGeoGraphy workshop as part of the 3C's project.

General Manager Position Available
Express Media is seeking applications for a new General Manager to fill one of the Co-CEO roles. For more information, visit www.expressmedia.org.au/content.php?content_id=604.

Emerging Writer-in-Residence 2011
Applications close tomorrow! Residency is for emerging writers and takes place at Katharine Susannah Pritchard Writers Centre in Greenmount, WA. Three positions are available - dependent on funding - for a full-time period of four weeks. Each resident will receive a salary of $2,250 and be given writing space and time to concentrate on, develop or complete a work in progress. For selection criteria, guidelines and application forms please go to www.kspf.iinet.net.au/writer_res_info.html. Or for queries please email kspf@iinet.net.au or phone 08 9294 1872. Closing date Tuesday 27 August.

Love Stories Wanted
Jungleboys and Arterial Films are creating a hot and hilarious new TV drama called Twisted Love Stories and they're looking for your true-life stories about love, sex and relationships in the 21st Century! They need stories from all ages, occupations, cultures and sexual orientations. No story is too happy, romantic, dirty, sad, crazy or humiliating. If you're interested and want more information go to www.jungleboys/com.au/clientarea, Username: twistedlove Password: twistedlove. Please note: all submissions are strictly confidential.

Asialink Writing Residencies 2011
Applications for 2011 residencies are now open, and close on Friday 10 September. The Asialink Writing Residency Program is a unique opportunity for Australian writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, history, essays, playwriting, young adult fiction, blogs, new media and interactive content to live and work for an extended period in Asia. Grants of up to $12,000 go towards travel, living and project expenses, and afford recipients a unique opportunity for international cultural exchange, in-depth research and sustained time on creative work. Visit www.asialink.unimelb.edu.au/our_work/arts/literature/residencies for more information or contact Nic Low on n.low@asialink.unimelb.edu.au or 03 8344 3581.

Win Win Win
Thanks to Madman Entertainment, QWC is currently giving away 10 double inseason passes to Me and Orson Welles opening in cinemas on 29 July.
Set in 1937, the story centers on a high school student (Zac Efron) who, while strolling the streets of New York, happens upon the yet-to-open Mercury Theatre and is noticed by its mercurial founder, Orson Welles (Christian McKay). The student lands a bit part in Julius Caesar, the production that catapulted Welles to the top, and spends the next week learning about life and love. For more information: www.madman.com.au/actions/catalogue.do?method=view&releaseId=13414.

To win tickets answer this question correctly: Orson Welles narrated a radio adaptation of a HG Wells novel in 1938 that reportedly caused widespread panic. What was the title of the HG Wells novel? Send your answer, name, and postal address details in an email to jdevantier@qwc.asn.au with 'Me and Orson Welles' in the subject line.

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Writing and Yoga RetreatByron Bay 6 - 12 October 2010
Join Sarah Armstrong, Alan Close, and Kathryn Riding in a beautiful peaceful setting. Be supported and encouraged in your writing, with one-on-one feedback and guidance as well as daily classes. Come away with lots of writing and confidence in your own writing voice. Beginners and unconfident writers welcome. From $1,780 for accommodation, classes and all meals. For more info, www.sarah-armstrong.com, or call 0414 228 563.

Varuna - The Writers' House - July OfferingsVaruna Paying Residencies offers writers accommodation in Eleanor Dark's historic home. Residents have independent writing time, catered meals, and the opportunity to work within a community of writers. Currently, they have some rare vacancies - http://varuna.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=48:what-we-offer-writers&id=70:paying-residencies&Itemid=88.

Varuna Professional Development Residencies

Writing Development Program http://varuna.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=48:what-we-offer-writers&id=71:reading-review-a-consultation-service&Itemid=89
Current Varuna selective programs that you can apply for - applications close Friday 30 July:

1. VARUNA/SCRIBE programs
Writers are invited to apply to one or both programs:
* The Varuna/NAS National Short Story Competition
* The Varuna/Scribe Masterclass: Exploring the Short Story, with Cate Kennedy and Robin Hemley

Writers are invited to apply to one or both programs:
* The Varuna/Griffith Review National Essay Competition.
* The Varuna/Griffith Review Masterclass: Exploring the Essay, with Peter Bishop and Robin Hemley.
In August Varuna's longest-running program: Varuna Fellowships
Email: varuna@varuna.com.au or phone: 02 4782 5674.

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