June 8, 2010
Memosaic, Hypertext Haiku, NSW Writers’ Centre, Writers Connect and More
Season of Inspiration and Memosaic.
I always feel a tinge of sadness as the final week of Season of Inspiration courses come around. This time is no exception. It has been a real joy and inspiration to spend time with our writers. We’ve had some terrific stories and poems this time around. We’re creating a Hypertext Haiku from the Haiku written during the course. This time, too, we’ll be continuing in the Season of Inspiration alumni space ‘Write On’ to complete our Memosaic.
Plans for the Season of Inspiration Memosaic are progressing with contributions being polished and posted into the course Memosaic forum thread. It is a collaborative project, though Helen and I are overall editors. We are busy creating the Memosaic, including submission guidelines, working on copyright permission and licence, and getting in touch with our Season of Inspiration alumni.
NSW Writers’ Centre Programs
After the Season of Inspiration course finishes I’ll be appraising manuscripts for the NSW Writers’ Centre Manuscript Service. The NSW Writers’ Centre have also asked me to run a critique group. More details about the critique group are on their website. The Centre runs a mentorship program which I’ve been asked to join and am now available to mentor selected writers through the NSW Writers’ Centre.
Editing and mentoring emerging authors and translator
I’m continuing to work with Julia, Shokufeh and Andrew, who are all doing marvellous things. Julia has had her prize-winning poem published, her short story is through to Round 3 of judging for the 2010 Brit Writers’ Awards; and she is nearing completion of the first draft of her full length fiction narrative. Shokufeh has her translation of ‘The Dog and the Long Winter’ edited and ready for publication. She is currently seeking a publisher for her English translation of this best-selling Iranian novel. Meanwhile Shokufeh has already translated chapters for the next novel. Andrew is about to go to Varuna on a writing fellowship. He has spent the past weeks preparing his manuscript of his memoir of growing up in Mao’s China to send to Varuna prior to his residency. Wishing them all the very best with their writing projects.
Pass It On
For our authors and illustrators of children’s books and those who would like to write and publish books for children and young adults Pass It On is a terrific magazine. A regular up to date resource of information, discussion and opportunities — a must for Children’s book authors and illustrators. Edited by Jackie Hosking.
Pass It On has a facebook page too.
Pass It On
Linda Scott continues her blog of her escape 2 Australia and is now on the NSW Central Coast.
UTS Alumni Writers Connect
Next Writers Connect is the Winter Edition which will be published in early July. Please send me any contributions, news of achievements, festivals, events, opportunities for this next issue as soon as you can. The deadline is looming.
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