Authors and writers meet and mix at the
UTS Alumni Writers’ Network September Social Lunch
One of the best things about being a writer, editor and reader, is meeting other writers, editors and readers. Book launches and signings; conferences, writers’ lunches, writers’ festivals and so on. As co-ordinator of the University of Technology Sydney Alumni Writers’ Network, I’ve spent the past few weeks organising a UTS Alumni Writers’ Network Social Lunch which was held on Saturday 6th September.
After braving pouring rain and the cold, blustery wind, it was a pleasure to walk into the cosy atmosphere of The Hughenden Hotel in Woollahra, Sydney. The room was perfect and welcoming. Our social lunch began with a welcome and morning tea or coffee. Jeremy Fisher, author and Executive Director of the Australian Society of Authors and a Writers’ Network member, was guest speaker. Jeremy spoke eloquently on the topic of ‘Being a Professional Writer’. He reminded us about the business of writing, which is every bit as important as writing itself; why it’s necessary and how to go about equipping yourself with the relevant knowledge that you need to conduct your writing as a business. He told us about the ASA and its work as the peak body for writers. Jeremy then took questions from a number of people before concluding his very informative address to our members.
During a break we enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by network member Susanne and her staff at The Hughenden, as we chatted and got to know each other better. It was great to put faces to names and ‘to swap notes’, as Pamela Mawbey commented.
Following lunch, I spoke about the Writers’ Network and what we offer. I also encouraged everyone to visit our e-community regularly and join in or start discussion threads, word games, threads for critiquing work, sharing achievements and asking questions.
Then several of our network members read from their work or spoke about their writing and areas of interest to writers.
Before we knew it, it was time to wrap up our social lunch meeting and venture out into the dreary weather again. All in all it was a very enjoyable day and I hope we can organise another Writer’s Network social lunch early next year.
The Writers Network Social Lunch was supported by the UTS Alumni Office; Susanne Gervay and staff at The Hughenden Hotel in Woollahra; Jeremy Fisher, Australian Society of Authors, guest speaker.
Dr Jeremy Fisher writes about our social lunch in his blog at Jeremy Fisher’s Blog