What’s On

Our GCWA meetings include an exciting speaker, and a hands on workshop

Upcoming Event for May 2022

Please note venue changes for our May and June meetings.

Our next GCWA Meeting is on Saturday, 21 May 2022 at Southport Community Centre, 6 Lawson Street, Southport, (Room G4).

Members and visitors are encouraged to 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: Lucia Masciullo
  • 13:00 Afternoon Tea: Pre-packed refreshments provided or BYO
  • 13:45 Workshop: Crafting a short story
  • 15:00 Close

Our May Speaker – Lucia Masciullo

Topic – Connecting Image and Word

A conversation about the balance of words and images

Do you want to know the point of view of a visual storyteller? Did you ever wonder what is the process an illustrator follows to go from text to fully illustrated pages?

An engaging conversation on the delicate balance between words and images in picture books. 

About Lucia Masciullo
Lucia is an award-winning illustrator who loves to create whimsical characters and colouring with traditional techniques, mixing watercolour, pencil and collage.
Born and bred in Livorno, Italy, she moved to Australia in 2007 and since then she has illustrated thirty books, among which Come Down, Cat!, by Sonya Hartnett, CBCA Honour Book and shortlisted for the Prime Minister Award.
She currently lives on the Gold Coast.

Lucia’s last books:

  • Go Home, Cat!, by Sonya Hartnett, Penguin Random House, 2022
  • The Imagineer, by Christopher Cheng, NLA 2021
  • Olive, by Edwina Wyatt, Little Hare Books, 2021

Our May Workshop presented by

Kate Kelsen

Topic – Crafting a Short Story

In this workshop, Kate will draw on her success from multiple competition wins to help you master short story writing. She will also show you the value of practicing short-form writing, and how it can improve your storytelling overall. Participants will have the opportunity to write their own flash fiction short story up to 500 words.  

About Kate Kelsen

Discovering a passion for storytelling early in life, Kate started writing short stories in high school, and by the age of eighteen was receiving recognition from writing awards and competitions around Australia.

The Hunter Writers Centre in Newcastle consecutively selected Kate’s entries to the Grieve Writing Competition two years in a row, for publication in the competition’s annual anthology. One of these entries, a 500-word flash fiction short story titled No Questions Asked, was also chosen for the inaugural Hunter Writers Centre Award.

Kate has also been a finalist in the Reader’s Digest 100 Word Short Story Competition.

In 2021 Kate co-wrote ‘Undetected’ with friend and fellow author Christine Betts, a detective story that was selected for the 2021 Rainforest Writers Retreat Anthology ‘Murder & Mayhem’, to be released in 2022.

On January 2022, Kate won the GenreCon Short Story Competition with her entry ‘Ten of Swords’.  

In her writing, Kate takes a particular interest in exploring various human perspectives, and finds the short story to be the perfect format to capture moments and reflect on experiences.

Our June Speaker – Kylie Chan

Topic – From IT to Best Selling Australian Author

‘Fantasy author Kylie Chan will talk about her journey from being an information technology consultant in Asia to a best-selling Australian author. She will discuss the changing landscape of traditional and indie publishing, and her own journey from being a purely traditionally published author to success with a combination of traditional and self-publishing digitally and in print.’

About Kylie Chan

Kylie has a BBus in information technology, an MBA in IT, and an MPhil in Creative Writing. She started out as an IT consultant and trainer specialising in business intelligence systems in Australia, and then had her own consulting business for ten years in Hong Kong. When she returned to Australia in 2002, Kylie studied martial arts and Buddhist and Taoist philosophy  and wrote the best-selling nine-book Dark Heavens series, a fantasy based on Chinese mythology, and has recently released the new ‘Dragon Empire’ science fiction series. She is a full-time writer based on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Connect with Kylie Chan

Kylie’s website: www.kyliechan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KylieChanAuthor

Twitter: @kyliecchan

Instagram: kylie_chan_author

Our June Workshop presented by

Judy Wollin

Topic – Voice. Building Rich Characters

Engaging characters are the essence of all stories. What characters still make you smile? What makes a great character? Looks, brains, what they wear? How they carry themselves? Voice is the answer.

Character voice is critical to building a strong character. If we can’t hear our characters as writers, how can we expect our readers to hear them, get captured by them, and want to read more? 

Judy Wollin is presenting a workshop, ‘Voice. Building Rich Characters.’ Key elements of building a strong character voice will be explored, and members will have the opportunity to work on their characters. The workshop will include practising strategies to differentiate characters, strengthen your style, and build dialogue, internal dialogue and tone.

Come along, join the fun.

About Judy Wollin

Judy writes middle-grade fiction because it makes her smile. She has a lifetime of experience working in education as a nurse teaching in hospitals and later as an academic teaching in several universities. She has seen the impact of low literacy, in primary and secondary school students and tertiary students frustrated by their lack of literacy skills. She was motivated to write books for boys that were action-packed and reality based. The aim is to write books boys want to read to engender a love of reading. 

Judy loves travelling and lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates and was lucky enough to see lots of the Middle East while she was there. Judy did a road trip from Brisbane to Karumba in far North Queensland via Longreach and Mt Isa in 2019 and will travel to Norfolk Island this year. ‘I love people watching, visiting places I don’t know and speaking to the locals.’

Judy takes every opportunity life presents to pick up ideas for stories. She has a story about the shearer Jackie Howe rolling around in her head.

Judy has published non-fiction book chapters, academic papers, and parliamentary submissions. She has written two series of middle-grade books: Team football and Speed in the Desert. Team football is based on the lives of three boys living in Southeast Queensland. Speed in the Desert is based on two boys living in the Emirates. Judy is exploring publishing opportunities for both. 

Judy is excited about being on the Gold Coast Writers committee. ‘The whole organization is so positive it provides a great network for writers.’

Connect with Judy Wollin

Judy’s website http://judywollin.com

Twitter: @judywollin1

Instagram: judywollinauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Judy-Wollin-Author

Would you like to join us as a member and take advantage of our member benefits?

Not ready to join, but have further questions about becoming a member, please inquire through our Facebook page.

Every Friday in 2022

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 3:00pm

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.