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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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Tuesday, January 25, 2011


8th OF JANUARY 2011

Present: Lorraine, Helga, Jennifer, Maarten, Lou, Findlay and Anna.
Chairing this meeting: Anna

The following key points were discussed in this meeting:

 Finalise the list of participants in our Anthology project and, from that, calculate the word count for each participant.
The members who have been approved for the FWG Anthology 2011 are
Lorraine, Helga, Findlay, Lou, Jennifer, Maarten and Anna.
The word count was estimated to be about 10,000 words per author. Some members have already written over that number. It was decided that Lorraine would get a quote of the cost of the book based on 10,000 words.

 Review any new or revised Precise submissions.
Lou has provided her precise for the anthology, which has been accepted.

 Discuss any issues members have with using the template and reach agreement on any issues of formatting etc.
Some members require assistance with the template. Therefore the blog has been set up to include all information regarding the anthology, including any handy hints of how to use the template. It has also been decided we will book sessions to use the computer at the library when required, to help members use the template effectively.

 Discuss the logistics for future meetings and exchanging drafts with 'buddies' and editors. (e.g. Do we want to be bringing multiple copies of an entire story to meetings.
(It could be a lot of printing, as some stories might run to over 20 pages!!!). Discuss ideas for Anthology website/blog to hopefully help with issues of logistics.

Arranging a buddy system will be discussed in the next meeting. Also all members had a chance to look at the anthology section on the blog. In the next meeting the logistics of the printing of the drafts will be discussed.

 Allow anyone who needs help with their first draft to raise questions, ask for help, etc.
Major concern so far is the word count. Some members had exceeded the 10,000 word limit and others didn’t know what to aim for. It was decided that participates write as much as they needed for their story/stories. The cost would be decided later.

 Allow time for discussion of any other business that any group member might wish to introduce (including the cover design if Helga wishes to progress discussion at this time.)

Helga provided the drawing for the cover as per ideas at the previous meeting. We all liked the idea of a rollercoaster on the cover and suggestions were added to improve the drawing. Helga will make the few adjustments and present the cover at the next meeting.

It was decided that we need to focus on our marketing strategy. This will be discussed at the March meeting.

Key points to be discussed or actioned in the next meeting:
1. Submit first draft of story/stories in the formatted template.
2. Cover concept to be agreed.
3. Select a “buddy” to work with.
4. Discuss word count cost.
5. Any other issues


Next Anthology Meeting: 12th of February 2011

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