Critique Group and Manuscript Appraisals
at the NSW Writers’ Centre
I’ll be running a Critique Group – Hands-on Fiction in the NSW Writers’ Centre Library from 25th September.
I’ll also be appraising manuscripts on September 11 at the NSW Writers’ Centre. For bookings please visit the NSW Writers’ Centre Manuscript Service website.
Please see: Sharon Rundle
Eltham Bookshop Literature Festival – “World Matters”
– Writers Disturbing The Peace – October 30 and 31, 2010
I’ve been invited to organise and chair a Fear Factor Terror Incognito Authors’ Anthology Panel for the Eltham Bookshop Literature Festival “World Matters” – Writers Disturbing The Peace . My co-editor Meenakshi Bharat is planning to be there from New Delhi, as well as Devika Brendon, Jeremy Fisher and Susanne Gervay. The Eltham Bookshop Literature Festival will be held on October 30 and 31. Program will be released shortly.
Fear Factor Terror Incognito
Fear Factor Terror Incognito Review in Indian Link
– Books – Linking Australia with India
“CHITRA SUDARSHAN reviews a compilation of short stories on terrorism in its myriad and sometimes surprising forms.”
“Indian Link is the most prominent voice of the Indian subcontinent community in Australia. As the leading newspaper, the Indian Link has set new standards in journalism and production. It reaches thousands of homes and has become an integral part of lives of people from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Nepal and Bangladesh. Growing in its scope and influence, the Indian Link is now more than the voice of the community. It is a vehicle for change and a voyage of discovery. Thanks to its rich and varied editorial content, the Indian Link has a big and loyal reader base that includes educated professionals, housewives, senior citizens and the young Australian born Indians. In a recent report by CAB (Circulation Audit Board) the Indian link was by far the leader in the market.” Indian Link
Watch the Exciting NEW Trailer for Grimsdon!
Grimdson, published Random House Australia
The link to Deborah Abela’s site is:
The Youtube URL is:
National Literacy Ambassador
Author of Max Remy Superspy shortlisted KOALA & YABBA Awards 2010
Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series
The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen –
Shortlisted Best Children’s Book Aurealis Awards 2010
Children’s Book Council Notable Book 2010 www.deborahabela.com
Valerie Khoo at The Sydney Writers’ Centre
Sends a message to say: “Just thought I’d let you know that we’ve changed our phone number. It’s now: (02) 9929 0088
We’ve actually moved a few hundred metres so now we take up about half the ground floor of 55 Lavender Street in Milsons Point. The Centre is growing!”
To join the mailing list, please contact Valerie Khoo on email@example.com or phone:
(02) 9929 0088. For a full list of courses available and other news from the Centre, please go to: www.sydneywriterscentre.com.au.
Sounds like Fun! An Exciting Day Writing on Trains
WRITING ON TRAINS Day Trip:
Sunday Oct 10, 8.30 am – 6.15 pm
Sydney to Robertson on the Southern Highlander Steam Train
Travel premier class on this charming 1930’s Heritage Express, to the annual Spring Fair in historic hill town of Robertson, nestled on the edge of the Southern Highlands.
Revisit the excitement of train travel from your own or a character’s past. Writing workshops (including exercises, sharing craft tips, reading and discussion), will take place on the train as we journey there and back in old world comfort. Use the day to write a short story, travel piece, section of a memoir, develop a character, or simply collect atmosphere and detail. Bring existing writing to read if you wish and spend a delightful day in the company of other writers. Morning and afternoon tea will be served. Café lunch at Robertson.
Cost: $295 includes Premier Class Seat in compartment, morning and afternoon tea, complimentary glass of wine served to your seat. Exclusions lunch, extra buffet car snacks.
Booking: required ASAP. Deposit of $155 required on booking, full amount payable no later than Aug 26.
For all bookings and information contact Jan: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Your Writer’s Journey Guide
Jan Cornall is a writer/ performer who teaches writing at universities, community colleges and writers’ centres in Australia and the Asia Pacific.
Today’s Writing Tip
Catch a train, boat or plane and write your journey–try to capture the atmosphere, the rhythms, the space, the company, the conversations–keep a journal and paste in ephemera and images as well as text. You’ll have a terrific resource for your writing.
The Season of Inspiration Alumni Forum ‘Writing On’ is a lively discussion forum at the moment with past and present Season of Inspiration writers re-connecting to discuss and critique their work. We’re also in the process of creating a Peacock Memosaic of Season of Inspiration stories and poems for publication. More later.
NSW Children’s Book Council of Australia Conference
Today, 18 June, Andy Griffiths and Kristin Gill addressed the NSW CBCA Conference at the Menzies Hotel, Sydney.
National Literacy Ambassador
Children’s book author, Deb Abela has recently been appointed as the National Literacy Ambassador. Deb Abela’s very popular books include Max Remy Superspy, the Jasper Zammit (Soccer Legend) series and The Remarkable Secret of Aurelie Bonhoffen (all highly recommended in my family). Deb was recently interviewed on ABC Sydney Radio.
National Literacy and Numeracy Week
The Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, has confirmed 29 August to 4 September as the dates for National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) in 2010.
Susanne Gervay with book "Butterflies" at the British Council SCWBI launch in New Delhi, India
writes to say: “I am very proud that my new book ‘Always Jack’ has been endorsed by the
National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Council.”
See the book trailer for this popular international best-seller at
Abdul also writes: “Please find an article I have published on National Times; a leading online opinion section of Sydney Morning Herald, The age, Canberra Times, WAtoday and Brisbane Times. If you like please make any comments or burning issues you want to raise. Regards, Hekmat.”
Dr Andrew Y M Kwong
Dr Andrew Y M Kwong with Dr Meenakshi Bharat and Sujata Sankranti at the launch of Fear Factor Terror Incognito at The Hughenden, Sydney, Australia
is off to Varuna for a week to work intensively on his memoir manuscript. It is a gripping narrative that shows human nature at its worst and its best; and how the human spirit can rise from the depths with courage to overcome innumerable hurdles and fears to become an inspiration for others. Andrew has a story “Snake Business” in Fear Factor Terror Incognito; he has had stories published in several journals.
Writing Tip for Today
The Winter Solstice is approaching for the Southern Hemisphere. Think of the stories you read that entertained you and kept you enthralled on a long, cold winter’s night. Write about these stories: what was it that made the stories memorable and gripping? How did the author achieve this? Think about the traditions of the Winter Solstice, the seasons and the cycle of life. Then begin writing your own story to entertain on a Winter’s night. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere and about to celebrate the Summer Solstice, write about what that means to you instead.
Celebrating the Winter Solstice