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Members only Christmas party

When: 11 December 2021

Where: On the Deck at the Currumbin RSL

Time: 1.30pm

What to Bring: A gift wrapped book for Secret Santa

RSVP: by 1 December 2021


Saturday, 15 January 2022

The GCWA Meeting is on Saturday, 15 January 2022 at Burleigh Waters Community Centre, Christine Avenue. We have a capacity of 82 people.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete the entry process so we can start on time. If you have flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and get better quickly.

Entry prices are: Members: $5.00 (EFTPOS payment preferred, although cash is acceptable)
Visitors: $10.00 (EFTPOS payment preferred, although cash is accepted)

Order of Events from 12pm

12:00 Start
12:05 Introduction
12:15 Guest Speaker: TBA
13:00 Afternoon Tea: Pre-packed refreshments provided or BYO
13:45 Workshop: TBA
15:00 Close

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Past Event

Charmaine Clancy

Charmaine Clancy is an Australian author, publisher and presenter. Her works include children’s novels and crime short stories. Some even win awards.

Charmaine is the founder of the annual Rainforest Writing Retreat, Australia’s favourite writing retreat. Together with her RWR team, she mentors new and established writers on the craft, publishing and marketing. Each year, the Retreaters, as the attendees of the RWR are known, produce a themed anthology of short stories and poetry. In her presentation, Charmaine will detail the process for producing a quality anthology from accepting submissions, right through to marketing the finished product.

Jacuelin Melilli

Writing Your Memoir
Nobody has experienced life in the same way you have. Writing a memoir is a valuable legacy to leave behind. It’s your chance to share years of accumulated wisdom, mistakes, triumphs and your expertise in something you were passionate about. Not only will recording your experiences be historically important in years to come, sharing your expertise will benefit others. In this workshop, Jacqx will cover how to get started and keep motivated to finish this important project. Topics will include using photographs and music to refresh memories, researching facts, avoiding conflicts when it comes to sensitive material, and how to write with your reader in mind using creative writing techniques.

Jacquelin Melilli (Jacqx) has a Master of Arts degree in Writing and Literature. Her specialisations include editing, creative non-fiction and fiction writing, publishing, scriptwriting, playwriting, and research.

Jacqx worked in film, television and theatre for many years and taught youth drama. In 2002, she founded her business offering professional editing, copywriting, and writing coach services. She has always been passionate about telling stories and wanted to leave these behind as her legacy. She proudly accomplished that goal in 2002 with her first publications of award-winning plays, Can Anybody Hear Me? Little Red Meets the Dingo, Goldisocks and the Three Koalas, Foreigners in Oztralia, Lost Child.

She has since published a series of educational books published by Ready-Ed Publications titled the Lights, Camera, Action series, multiple articles and the short story, Secrets That Define Us.

Jacqx has recently completed her debut historical novel titled Rogues and Vagabonds about vaudeville performers who toured regional Victoria during the Great Depression. For more information about Jacqx work, please visit

Gold Coast Writers’ Association, in collaboration with Queensland Writers Centre and City of Gold Coast Libraries, are excited to announce…

Writing group

Writing Fridays are coming to Elanora Library

Writing Fridays is a community initiative of Queensland Writers Centre. Writers at all stages of their creative journey are welcome to come together at Elanora library on Fridays to enjoy dedicated writing time.

What are Writing Fridays?

A volunteer-led opportunity to focus on what you really want to do – spending that quality uninterrupted time writing.

Commencing Friday 5 November 2021 and then every following Friday (excluding public holidays).
Elanora Library
10:00am to 1:00pm

It is important to book on-line. Room capacity is capped so don’t miss out.

What happens? 

Have you heard of the Pomodoro Technique? 

Pomodoro is writing for 25 minutes, then resting and socialising for five minutes, and writing again for 25 minutes. The creative mind works well with time deadlines and smaller targets.

What to bring? 

Your work in progress, computer, notebook, pens, pencil – whatever you use to create stories. 
BYO food and water. The library will provide coffee and tea.

Come join us for this fabulous collaboration.