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November 9, 2011

Manuscript Polishing Kit at the NSW Writers’ Centre

Preparing a manuscript for publication can be daunting but it needn’t be. Gaining some knowledge about what publishers are looking for and how to add that extra edge and polish can make a difference.

A short weekend course at the NSW Writers’ Centre offers an opportunity to review your manuscript in preparation for submitting to publishers.

This course is not for beginners but for those who have already completed several drafts of a manuscript and are seriously ready to critique and edit their work before sending it off to publishers.

Participants should be prepared to give and receive constructive comments and feedback.

Brush up on how to review a work objectively; how to avoid common pitfalls; how to enhance the best features of a fiction narrative; how to edit and polish a work of fiction and how to format and submit a manuscript to publishers.

 

Manuscript Polishing Kit

Fear Factor Terror Incognito

 

Who: Sharon Rundle

 When: Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 November,

10am – 4pm

…….. Where:: NSW Writers’ Centre,

………………………………….Garry Owen House, Callan Park, Balmain Rd, Rozelle.

Enter the former park grounds from the Balmain Road gate opposite Cecily Street and follow the green signs to the NSW Writers’ Centre.

Cost: Full price: $290; Member: $205; Conc Member: $175
Code: 11RUND11
Bookings essential.

Ph: (02) 9555 9757

Fax: (02) 9818 1327

General information: info(a)nswwc.org.au
Course enquiries: workshops(a)nswwc.org.au
Newsbite: newsletter(a)nswwc.org.au

Sharon Rundle co-edited Alien Shores, Indo-Australian Short fiction, (forthcoming) Brass Monkey Books (2012); Fear Factor: Terror Incognito, Indo-Australian short stories, Picador India (2009) Picador Australia (2010); Peacock Memosaic, a new media collection of stories (2010).  She has published and broadcast stories, essays and articles in Australia and internationally including in: Alien Shores: short fiction from Australia and the Indian subcontinent; Encounters: Modern Australian Short Stories and Desert in Bloom – Indian Women’s Fiction in English. She is co-author of Round Table Writing and author of Changes & Chances. She is an academic at the University of Technology Sydney and Chair of the UTS Writers’ Alumni. Awards include the 2010 UTS Alumni Award for Excellence; the UTS SMSA Medallion for academic excellence; and a Commonwealth Short Story prize. roundtablewriting.com

More at http://www.nswwc.org.au/?page_id=3&category=33&product_id=133

If you have got to that stage where you need to take a good objective review of your manuscript, this short course Manuscript Polishing Kit is for you.

August 12, 2011

Violin Lessons – Arnold Zable

Violin Lessons by Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable has released his latest book Violin Lessons published by Text.  Zable is the narrator of stories of the lives of displaced people, survivors and their families, like Amal Basri rescued from the SIEV X after almost twenty-four hours in the ocean, whose moving story is told in ‘The Ancient Mariner’.   Another story, ‘The Dust of Life’ follows the lives of children orphaned by the war in Vietnam: Bui doi, the boys were called, ‘the dust of life’, but in this moment of blessed sleep they were a brotherhood united by common circumstance, living a semblance of family life in a transient haven in a warring city where the bonds of civility had been strained beyond the limits.

As the title of this poignant yet gripping collection of stories suggests, music is present in each story. In ‘The Ancient Mariner’, Amal sings; in ‘The Dust of Life’, the music flows from a bamboo flute. ‘In time, the distinction between flute and water, bamboo and breeze vanished, and all that remained was the flow of the notes—a melody that belonged to streams and rivers, outside and beyond history, beyond the scourge of contending armies, beyond the stench of camps and shantytowns housing the displaced and exiled. Beyond the madness.

You can read a review of Violin Lessons published in the Canberra Times. Arnold tells me that: ‘one thing I would add to that quote from the Canberra Times article is that the difference between ordinary and extraordinary for the story teller is often dependent on the intensity of our listening. Seemingly ordinary people often possess that extra in simple but profound ways.‘

Zable book review in the Canberra Times

Violin Lessons is hitting the bookshops now, so watch out for it or order your copy from Text Publishers.

Arnold is an award winning writer, storyteller, educator, and human rights advocate and a wonderful speaker. I met him at Eltham “World Matters” where he spoke eloquently and passionately about refugees and people who are seeking asylum during his discussion with Susan Metcalfe about her book The Pacific Solution

Arnold Zable’s many books include:

 Jewels and Ashes, (Scribe, 1991) which won five Australian literary awards

Cafe Scheherazade, (Text, 2001)

The Fig Tree, (Text, 2002)

Scraps of Heaven, (Text, 2004)

Sea of Many Returns, (Text, 2008)

Special Event for Members of the NSW Writers’ Centre

Arnold Zable will join NSW Writers’ Centre members for an in conversation event, where he will talk about his life and his work. Arnold comes to the Writers’ Centre via the Writing Australia 2011 touring program and will be in conversation with Rebecca Giggs.

The event is part of the NSW Writers’ Centre Free Member Events.

Arnold Zable and Rebecca Giggs in Conversation at the NSW Writers’ Centre Members Only night on Monday 26 September, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

An event not to be missed.

RSVP to events@nswwc.org.au with your name and member number to attend.

June 4, 2011

The Kids and Young Adult Literature festival at the NSW Writers Centre

The Kids and Young Adult Literature festival brings:-
New Work, New Directions, New Opportunities

The best in Australian kids’ and YA authors, playwrights, film script writers , multi platform publishers from HarperCollins and Random house, independent and online publishing, apps  and there’s the chance to pitch your idea.

"Butterflies" Indonesia Cover

Susanne Gervay award winning children’s and young adult author is the Director of the Children’s and YA Literature Festival bringing exciting publishers and creators  up close and personal to you:– keynote with Olympian swimmer, ABC broadcaster and author Lisa Forrest, Monkey Baa Theatre,  ABC TV script writers, best seller series authors Duncan Ball, Jacqueline Harvey, Sophie Masson, Kate Forsyth and more.

Pitch your work to a Publishing Panel.

It’s one of the few times you can talk to authors, publishers, multi media experts, network, meet your writing community and have a drink on the balcony afterwards as the sun sets over Rowen House the home of the NSW Writers Centre.

Date: 25th June 2011
Time: 9.30 am – 5 p.m.
Place: The NSW Writers Centre
Cost: $50 members ($80 non members)
Parking: Freely available
p: 02 9555 9757
e: nswwc@nswwc.org.au
http://www.nswwc.org.au

Booking essential       

If you need somewhere to stay in Sydney, I recommend The Hughenden at 14 Queen Street Woollahra.

June 3, 2011

Authoring the Author at the NSW Writers Centre

More about the publication process.

A brand new professional development course is running at the NSW Writers Centre,

which may be of interest either to you  or perhaps to people in your network emerging into the role of author.

Authoring the Author is run by William Kostakis (YA author and professional blogger) with a tonne of guest speakers including Zoe Walton (Random House) and Benython Oldfield (Zeitgeist media). This is a selective course and participants will need to submit a one page statement of what they would like from the course before being offered a place. 

Over six sessions William will examine the industry from all angles, navigating the challenges and identifying the opportunities presented to modern authors.

We are trying to spread the word about this opportunity for emerging writers as far and wide as possible, so do please pass it on.

Jacqui Dent

Program Officer

NSW Writers’ Centre

PO Box 1056

Rozelle NSW 2039

T  02 9555 9757

F  02 9818 1327

E  jdent@nswwc.org.au 

W www.nswwc.org.au

February 21, 2011

Season of Inspiration ~ Writers’ Centre ~ Picture Book ~ Flash Film

Season of Inspiration online writing course

The next season will run from June 21 – August 23, 2011.

Helen Whitehead and I will again be running the course in our private Season of Inspiration online course space

We are taking enquiries now and bookings on the website.


NSW Writers’ Centre at Rozelle on Saturday 26th February

I’m looking forward to a day meeting authors  and discussing how to develop their manuscripts further towards publication.

The day was booked out some time ago but another is scheduled for Saturday 23rd July though you may need to book early. For more information go to The NSW Writers’ Centre website.


Ships in the Field

Susanne Gervay never ceases to amaze me with her creativity. Her latest is a children’s picture book Ships in the Fieldwhich she is currently editing for forthcoming publication by Ford St in October this year. She is thrilled that Anna Pignataro is illustrator. Susanne’s “Jack” books are such gems, fast paced prose that leaps off the page, endearing quirky characters and language that is vigorous, vivid yet accessible to young readers. The black & white illustrations by Cathy Wilcox capture the whimsy and the quirkiness beautifully.


Storytelling

The Hughenden Hotel has bi-monthly Storytelling over Devonshire Tea for those who want to tell stories and those who enjoy listening. I’ve been along myself and it’s a very entertaining way to spend an afternoon.

Storytelling and other events at The Hughenden


Can you write 250 words of fiction that would make a great 60 seconds of film?

Bridport’s Film Festival Flash Film

Closes: 20 March 2011. Turn short stories into film. 250 words of fiction. 60 seconds of film. Flash Film is your chance to go from Page to Screen, with your own film adaptation. Download Guidelines for entering this exciting competition. Bridport Film Festival runs from 13 – 17 April 2011.

July 26, 2010

Festivals, Train Trips and Trailers

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

Tales of terror: An Aust-Indian collaboration

“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:

http://deborahabela.com/deborahabela.com/Grimsdon_Preview.html

The Youtube URL is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K2nVRYdb64

Deborah Abela,

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 valerie@spindriftmedia.com.au 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.

For more information visit www.heritageexpress.com.au

Booking: required ASAP. Deposit of $155 required on booking, full amount payable no later than Aug 26.

For all bookings and information contact Jan: jnana@ozemail.com.au

0415921303, 95577491, www.writersjourney.com.au

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.

May 24, 2010

Cats, Peking Duck and Sydney Writers


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Cats and Peking Duck

I had a fabulous weekend in Sydney, courtesy of my daughter Erin who took me to dinner and to the musical ‘Cats’ at the Lyric Theatre.

Cats is a slick, fun, energetic performance where Rum Tum Tugger nearly stole the show, though Mestoffelees just managed to eclipse him with his magical illusions and acrobatics. The set, costumes, dancing, singing and acting were all spot-on. There were fun moments when the cats prowled through the stalls and interacted with the audience. A real treat.

We had yummy Peking Duck at the Emperor’s Garden restaurant.


On the topic of delicious meals– food writer, critic and editor Jacqui Fisher’s blog has really fab recipes, the latest from the Congo.

Jacqui is deputy chief subeditor and online editor for the Woolworth’s Australian Good Taste.

It was quite a buzz to open the pages of  Antiques & Art in New South Wales May – September 2010 issue and see the Sydney launch of Fear Factor Terror Incognito

featured in the ‘Out and About’ pages (p7). The write-up includes photos of the excellent launch at the Hughenden Hotel in Woollahra.


Sydney Writers’ Festival

Of course, we went to Pier 4/5 for some of the Sydney Writers’ Festival events.

Intermittent showers didn’t deter the crowds on the pier and most, if not all, sessions were booked out.

I spotted Anita Heiss and Linda Jaivin among other well known authors on the pier; and caught up with good friend Wendy Ashton.

The sun shone for a while and it was a pleasant few hours catching up with people over a cup of coffee. I was keen to hear the Short Story session among others.

Have you been to the SWF, what did you see and hear? What events did you enjoy the most?

If you’ve missed some of the sessions at the festival or weren’t able to get to Sydney,  you can catch up with podcasts of many of the sessions on the link above.

It was a beaut weekend in Sydney and I had the best fun spending time with my daughter.

Erin’s cute long-hair Mexican Chihuahua is entered in a competition-vote for Taco


Roanna on Radio

Roanna Gonsalves has been commissioned to write and present a program about Indian students after ABC Radio National read Roanna’s Curry Muncher story.

Listen to or download the ABC audio version of Doosra: The life and times of an Indian student in Australia and companion piece O Other Where Art Thou .

Roanna (Gonsalves) and Rosie (Scott) at the Launch of Fear Factor Terror Incognito at The Hughenden.

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Listen to a podcast of Valerie Khoo with Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Swan Thieves.



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New Books

Short and Scary

Short and Scary – A whole lot of creepy stories and other chilling stuff. The book suits 11-14 year olds.

Edited by Karen Tayler, published Black Dog Books

All profits are donated to youth mentoring programmes.

Contributors include Jackie Hosking, Shaun Tan, James Roy, Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton, James Moloney, Susanne Gervay and many others.

Black Dog Books invited Australia’s best loved authors and illustrators and new authors and illustrators to join together to create an exciting, funny, scary and innovative books of short stories and creative works. Dip in and be scared and delighted.


The Kids and Young Adult Literature Festival

3 July, 9.30 – 5pm

‘Youth Literature Reaching the World’

with keynote speaker Gabrielle Lord. Her huge international best selling 12-book series Conspiracy 365 is taking the ‘fugitive’ style young adult conspiracy into South America, USA, Europe.

The Festival will include:

• Publishers, script film writers, playwrights, major authors and illustrators who will speak about innovative Australian works;

• A pitch-your-work section with opportunities to network with people in the industry;

• Celebrated authors from fantasy writer Kate Forsyth to the ABC TV team of Nadia Wheatley’s My Place;

• Book launches;

• Publishers from the major houses including HarperCollins and Random House, as well as new small publishers.

Bookings are essential. It will be held at the NSW Writers Centre, on the Rozelle grounds of Callan Park.

Email: events@nswwriterscentre.org.au or visit: www.nswwriterscentre.org.au


Some current writing competitions and awards you might like to check out

Expatriate and Work Abroad Writing Contest

The Winner Earns $500 to Share their Living Abroad Experiences.

Visit the website to find out more.


Australia’s Richest Radio Play Writing Competition 2010

Closes: 30 June

The launch of Australia’s Richest Radio Play Writing Competition in Miles, Queensland in September 2009, challenges writers around Australia to write a 30-minute radio play about contemporary issues that effect and impact upon our lives.

Prize money of $6000 will be awarded to the top four scripts.

Winners will be announced in September 2010. Visit the website to find out more.


Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing

Closes 21 September

Travelers’ Tales runs an annual award to honour great travel writing.

Head to http://besttravelwriting.com to learn more about the Solas Awards and the $1000 Grand Prize for ‘Best Travel Story of the Year’.

Awards are offered in many categories, covering the full scope of travel writing, from adventure to funny, spiritual, women’s, food related, memoir, destination, and more. All entries will be considered for Travelers’ Tales books.

Stories submitted after the deadline will be entered in the following year’s contest. So it’s never too late.


Writing Tip

Polish some stories that you’ve been working on or have languishing in the bottom drawer. Join a critique or writing group to help you revise and edit your work. Enter your story, poem or play in a competition or submit to publications. Use the colder months of the year to finish, revise, polish and edit your work. Make sending your work to a competition or publication your goal for this winter.

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