Next Meeting


A reminder that March’s meeting will be in Robina Community Centre Multi-Purpose Room 1.2, across from the Robina Library.

Link to map of March’s meeting location.


 Saturday, 21 March

11.45 am  Doors Open & Registration
12.00 pm  Start
12.15 pm  How to Book Publish in the 20’s with Ocean Reeve
1.45 pm  Afternoon Tea & Networking
2.00 pm Darryl Greer – A Writer’s Journey
2.45 pm  Wrap Up
3.00 pm  Close

How to Book Publish in the 20’s 

Ocean Reeve of Ocean Reeve Publishing will present at Gold Coast Writers' Association March 2020 Meeting
  • Understanding the new age of book publishing 
  • Understanding printing – print-on-demand, digital, offset
  • Understanding Amazon  
  • Understanding publishing contracts 
  • Understanding establishing a career as an author.

Award-winning publishing consultant and international publisher, Ocean Reeve, presents an informative 90-minute presentation on the new processes and challenges facing authors in 2020 and beyond. Including an opportunity to put questions forward, Ocean will leave you with greater clarity on your options in the book publishing and marketing space.


Daryl Greer – A Writer’s Journey

Darryl Greer A Writer's Journey Presentation Gold Coast Writers' Association March 2020 Meeting

Darryl Greer’s talk today will tell you how he came to be a writer in the first place, starting out when he was a lawyer in London, writing and getting paid for magazine articles; how, in the early nineties he decided to write a novel, which, although a flop, lured him into the world of fiction. He will cover a topic that will be familiar to most of you – his dejection when all those rejection slips start flowing in. Then, he was suddenly signed up by three literary agents; two in London, and one in Australia, none of whom were able to secure him a publishing deal, of his eventually self-published first novel, The Election. Darryl will also talk about his latest novel, Bounty, and he will give an account of why he chose to write a story about a young Muslim boy from a small, poverty-stricken corner of Lebanon.

BIO

I was born, educated and spent the first chapter of my working life in Queensland. My education was cut short – by me, due to the sheer boredom of it – and at the age of 15, I left to work on a milk run. I went on to work as a window cleaner, cocktail barman, wine waiter, clerk, car salesman and a guitarist/backing singer in a rather hopeless rock band. Eventually, I studied Law and at 28, I owned my own law firm; but, after nine years in the tropics, I sold up and moved with my family to London. I practised there for many years, specialising in commercial litigation. In 2004, I returned to Queensland and now live with my daughter in the Gold Coast hinterland.

In 2009, I self-published my first novel, The Election. My second novel, Calvus was originally published by the now-defunct Morris Publishing Australia and a new edition has since been self-published. Next came three novels published by Custom Book Publications in Hong Kong: Agnus Dei, Sleeping with Angels and A Dragon In The Snow. Disheartened by my experience with publishers, I have returned to self-publishing for my latest novel, Bounty.

Regular Meeting Timetable

11.45 am Doors open & Registration
12.00 pm Start
12.15 pm Creative Writing Skills Workshop
12.45 pm Presentation with First Guest Speaker
1.45 pm Afternoon Tea & Networking
2.00 pm Presentation with Second Guest Speaker
2.30 pm Wrap Up
2.45 pm Close

Members $5, Non-members $10. Visitors and new members are welcome. Please email Membership Secretary, Jackie Moore at gcwa.membersec@gmail.com