Next Meeting

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Welcome to our next meeting, which hopes to activate your creative genius!

The next GCWA Meeting is on Saturday 15 May 2021 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. This session is jam-packed. If you have flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and get better quickly.

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

Order of Events from 12pm

12:00 pm Members are welcome (total 82)

12:05 pm – Introduction

12:15 pm – Guest Speaker: Crime Writer/Journalist Megan Norris

1:00 pm – Afternoon Tea
Pre-packed refreshments provided or BYO

1:30 pm – Workshop: Andy McDermott – “Common Errors In Writing”

3:00 pm – Conclusion and Thank You

Guest Speaker: Megan Norris

Megan is a UK-trained award-winning journalist and true crime author with a career spanning almost forty years in news.

After years on the press bench as a court reporter and observer, covering everything from Crown to High Courts and the occasional inquest and court martial, she emigrated to Melbourne in Victoria where she established a news agency supplying headline-making stories to major international and national print and TV media.

Her work has graced the front covers of a multitude of publications from Australian Women’s Weekly, Sunday Life and New Idea, to the UK’s Mail on Sunday and US’s National Inquirer.

Megan’s coverage of the Underworld Wars, Bali Bombings, Port Arthur Shootings, and Beaconsfield Mining Disaster have been syndicated world-wide and she has been responsible for securing some of Australia’s biggest crime exclusives for ACP Magazines and the likes of Sixty Minutes and Channel Seven’s Sunday Night and A Current Affair.

Megan’s career as a crime writer has been covered by online feminist magazine, Mama Mia, and she has featured as a crime commentator on Foxtel’s Crimes That Shook Australia, and On Seven’s Sunday Night and Today Tonight, sharing her observations on the highly publicised murders that have become the subject of her various books. She is a regular guest on Mishel Laurie and Emily Webb’s top rating podcast, True Crime Australia, as well as Stalking Australia.

Megan’s first book Perfect Victim (published in 2000 by Penguin and co-authored by the mother of murdered dancer, Rachel Barber), is now a movie starring Guy Pearce, Sam Neill and Miranda Otto. The book was featured on the front cover of Sunday Life, as was her second-best seller, On Father’s Day, which was launched by the Victorian Deputy Chief Commissioner of Police and DV Victoria, attracting national and international coverage. It recently featured on the Casefiles podcast.

In 2017 Megan’s sixth book Look What You Made Me Do won the Sister’s in Crime Davitt Award for best non-fiction.

Megan has recently secured a publishing deal for her new book with Penguin Random House, which is due for release early next year.

Workshop: Andy McDermott

Common Errors In Writing. Join Andy, your president, for a fun exercise as he takes you through some of the common errors that a lot of us writers inadvertently make. Some might be obvious, some not so. See how many you can spot.

New members are welcome: please email Membership Secretary,