Next Meeting

October 20th, 2018 

Book Launch and Q&A

Marisa Parker

Marisa Parker’s, “GOODBYE TO Italia” (2016) and “Ciao! WE’RE IN AFRICA” (2018) recounts the emotional experiences of her Italian parents, Maria and Eugenio Piergiovanni. The first book is an award-winning story of their survival and coming-of-age through World War II in Italy, and African Prisoner of War camps. The recently published second book reveals their daring travel to Rhodesia and South Africa, in the fifties, seeking adventure and fortune.

Marisa Parker (nee Piergiovanni) was born in Rhodesia, Africa (now Zimbabwe). In 2000, Marisa, her Scottish husband Gerald, and their two daughters, left Zimbabwe. Marisa and Gerald now live in the Gold Coast hinterland. Website –



The Second Draft

Andy McDermott

You have the plot and the characters now it’s time for research and the beginning of the self-editing process.
Rereading and the reworking of your manuscript are vital parts of the evolution of your manuscript.
We’ll be discussing how much time and effort you should be putting into the process.
Published author and book publisher Andy McDermott will be sharing the third in a four-part presentation series on writing fiction




Mana Wahine – Emerging from the Shadows

Elaine Lees

Newly published author Elaine Lees shares her story of bringing her insightful and inspired autobiography to life. She will share her journey in writing from the soul and the awareness she wishes to create in women’s empowerment and self-ownership.

Where to Start

Ross Thompson

Ross Thompson presents an expert guide to overcoming the hardest part of writing your autobiography. Ross worked as a journalist for 64 years until he retired in 2009 to concentrate on his passionate love of writing, particularly biographies and magazine features on people with a story to tell. He worked in all forms of media – newspapers, magazines, radio, television, public relations, speech writing – and he published his first book in 2015 called “Life &Soul of Bowls Downunder”.


Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads – 12.15 – 3.15 pm

12.15 Registration
12.30 Writing Skills
1.00 Workshop/Presentation
2.00 Afternoon Tea
2.15 Guest Presentation
3.00 Wrap Up & Networking
3.15 Close


Fradgley Hall is located upstairs next to the Burleigh Heads Library.
There are two entrances: Park Avenue (next to Library entrance) – up the stairs, or at the back of the building, a pathway from Ocean Street – this is a ground level entrance.
Parking is available in the adjoining Council car park.

$5.00 Members $10.00 Visitors

Includes Entry, Light refreshments, and Workshop