Previous GCWA Meetings

November 17th, 2018 

Self-Editing – The Third Draft and Beyond

Andy McDermott

How to polish your manuscript to the point where you are comfortable letting it be read by others and inevitably, handing it over to a professional editor.
Published author and book publisher Andy McDermott will be sharing the third in a four-part presentation series on writing fiction.

 

 

 

Creativity in Adult Education

Clive Johnson

Clive Johnson

Award-winning non-fiction author Clive Johnson will present on his creative inspiration for fiction; history in writing and how he uses creativity in adult education.

Clive Johnson has a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching and in 1990 started his career as a senior high school teacher of English Literature, Arts and Theatre. With a lifelong interest in military antiquities, he first contributed to international medal reference (The Medal Yearbook, UK) as their Australian consultant, and did so for a number of years. Building on this success, Clive produced a reference on Australian medals and awards which was published in 2008, titled Australians Awarded. The first in-depth reference was so well received, a second edition was published in 2014, with a third comprehensive edition expected in late 2018. Australians Awarded has sold over 7000 copies and is considered the standard reference for awards in Australia. Clive has also written numerous articles and published research nationally and internationally receiving an Order of Australia for his writing, winning the 2015-16 Tamplin Prize for best international article and been asked to write for big names like National Geographic and Carters Antiques.

Clive’s true passion and expression lie in his fictional works that draw on the intrigue and excitement much akin to the mishaps and adventures enjoyed in the Indiana Jones series, the imaginings of Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow series and the historical accuracy of Bernard Cornwell’s works. What’s special and different from these iconic masters is Clive’s ability to tap into genuine characters that touch us all, the underdog persevering over the powerful antagonists and wealthy corporations often with clever wit and a flair for the unexpected.

With more than 20 manuscripts being developed, the certainty of Clive’s ability to produce award-winning fiction will be set with his first trilogy ‘The Eye of Egypt’, Part one the ‘Pharaoh’s Greatest Gift’, part two ‘The Mirror Chamber’ and part three (to be titled) ‘All Will Be Black’.

Megan Norris

Writing True Crime – My Story

Megan Norris

Megan Norris is a UK trained journalist with a career spanning more than 35 years in print and TV media.

She cut her teeth in the newsroom of a big provincial evening newspaper in the Midlands where she graduated from police rounds, and general news to court which fostered her passion for crime reporting.

Arriving in Australia with her family in 1990 Megan established a news agency covering courts in Melbourne which quickly evolved into writing crime features for national and international magazines and sourcing and organising stories for television.

Megan’s stories have made the front cover everywhere from the Australian Women’s Weekly to Good Weekend. Her stories have been syndicated globally and during that time she covered some of Australia’s most high profile crimes from the Bali Bombings and Port Arthur Shootings, to the Melbourne Gangland Wars and the Murder of Daniel Morcombe.

Megan is the author of several true crime books. The first of which, co-authored with the mother of a murdered Melbourne dancer is now a movie starring Guy Pearce and Sam Neill, her last book Look What You Made Me Do won the 2017 Davitt Award for best nonfiction.

Megan has been a regular crime commentator featuring on Mishel Lawrie’s True Crime Podcast, Ten’s The Project, Foxtel’s Crimes that Shook Australia and Seven’s Sunday Night talking about the Robert Farquharson revenge drowning murders of his three young sons, and about the attempted stabbing murder of wealthy Greek Melbourne businessman, Chris Soteriou.

She is still a regular crime write for Australian Women’s Weekly and is currently working on her latest book, in which nobody dies!!!


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 – www.marisaparkerauthor.com

 

 

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”.


September 15th, 2018 – AGM – Free Entry

The AGM will be held at the beginning of this next meeting for approximately 20 minutes. Then the meeting agenda will follow.

The first draft

Andy McDermott

The first draft is arguably the most important stage in the creation of your book. Published author and book publisher Andy McDermott will be sharing the system

 

 

Guest Presenter

Revolutionising print-on-demand with Ingram Spark – Debbie Lee


Our special guest speaker Debbie Lee, Manager and Content Acquisition Leader for Ingram Australia will inform us on the growth and development of the print-on-demand industry.

Debbie joined Ingram Lightning Source in 2014. She began her publishing career as a sales rep in the trade market 30 years ago, before moving to educational publishing where she became a Publisher of academic and professional texts. She has worked with publishers large and small, from multinationals to independents and from scholarly presses to not-for-profit organisations. She is delighted to now provide print-on-demand and global distribution solutions to a diverse range of publishers, directly addressing changing market demands.

 

 

 


August 18th, 2018

How and when to start writing

Andy McDermott

One of the biggest blocks many authors face is actually getting started.
In this talk, published author and publisher Andy McDermott be discussing ways and techniques of creating a routine and allowing the creative juices to flow.

 

 

 

 

60 Seconds of insane courage

Step up and speak – Do you feel vulnerable when speaking? – Trish Springsteen


Do you feel no-one listens to you?
Do you get overwhelmed, tongue-tied, self-conscious, anxious when talking to groups?
Does the prospect of stepping up and speaking make you uneasy?
Are you wondering how to leverage your book?

Join Australia’s Leading Expert in Empowering Introverts, multi-international award-winning speaker mentor, international bestselling author and radio host Trish Springsteen as she shares with you 3 public speaking tips that will kick-start your success in business and life.
Discover and understand fear and how to turn it into positive energy; Understand why public speaking is the secret ingredient to your success; Learn how to add public speaking skills and storytelling to network effectively; Discover how to organise a simple presentation to showcase your book; Learn simple but effective techniques to add passion to your message and connect with your clients.

Guest Presenter

Speaking to the one and the many – Cindy Rochstein


5x published non-fiction best-selling author; Wellness and CSR specialist; Humanitarian Leader; professional copy and ghostwriter and international humanitarian speaker Cindy Rochstein calls in LIVE on video call to discuss the tips involved in speaking to small and large groups, retirees and children, corporate and creative.

 

 

 

 

July 21st, 2018

Writing Skills – Foundation Word Stones #5

Kerri Yarsley – How to Make Writing a Habit

Kerri has worked in the IT space for nearly four decades, initially as a programmer and then as a technical writer.
She fell into writing more by luck than judgment and it soon became a real passion of hers to write correctly, clearly and concisely.
This was more because of the dearth of good documentation and instruction manuals around than by purely esoteric reasons.
Let’s face it, aren’t you sick of instruction manuals that sound (and sometimes look) like they fell off a sampan?

A few years ago, Kerri decided to write an instruction manual that was dearer to her heart.
After having four kids in six years, surviving the triumphs and traumas that follow, and seeing them all grow to adulthood, she wrote The Instruction Manual for Kids – Parent’s Edition because there wasn’t one.
It took a year to write, proof and edit. And her ego wouldn’t let anyone else do it, because she “knew better”!
And there’s a whole story about what happened after that, that won’t be covered here.

 

So, back to the point – making a habit out of something that you really love to do should be easy, right?

Wrong.

If it was that easy, we would all be doing it, and doing it well. No problems!

This Saturday 21 July, come along and learn how to make your writing a habit to last a lifetime.

If not, you must already be doing it.

Workshop/Presentation

Samuel Colbran – Preparing for Comic-cons, Supernova’s and other events


Over the last two years, Samuel Colbran has accumulated many relationships in the writing world which have to lead him to become a mentor, public speaker, teacher, promoter of fellow authors and he also volunteers his time for various writing groups situated on the Gold Coast i.e. Gold Coast Novel Writers, Writers Activation and is currently Social Media Manager for the Gold Coast Writers Association.

 

He has published two short story compilations and early this year released his debut novel, Lake Merrin. Sam has become a regular at the Comic Con’s and Supernova’s in the South East and will be showing authors how to prepare for such events and conferences as a fiction writer.

Guest Presenter

Louise Harding – Preparing expert knowledge into books then to an established market


More than a dog whisperer, Louise Harding is a chatterer, a veritable Dr Dolittle. Louise is a master dog trainer, professional animal wrangler, presenter and author of the book Nose to Tail – which was released in December of 2017 and sold over 500 in less than a month. With over twenty years of experience in her field, she has trained numerous sled racing, obedience and agility champions. Her trained animal actors appear in film, television and commercial roles.
A regular presenter at major events, seminars and community gatherings, Louise is an engaging speaker sharing anecdotes from her years of experience and imparting knowledge with humour and fun. She will be sharing her skill set in developing an expert matter book and preparing to present in the non-fiction space.

June 16th, 2018 “A Publishing Journey

Writing Skills – Foundation Word Stones #5

Words Brand Style – Choose Them Carefully – presented by Karen Knight Mudie

2018_KKM_OpeningEarly years living and working in Vanuatu and London ignited my interest in language and the arts as fundamental means of expression.
Since then, I’ve been telling stories using images to capture landscapes across Australia, and words to express experiences, pass on knowledge, debate issues, and recount incidences of people and places.
I’ve spent my professional life teaching young adults in secondary schools, and ’twixters’ to elders in universities.


Workshop:

Andy McDermott – Do’s and Don’ts for Self-Publishing. 

Andy McDermottAndrew McDermott (Andy) published his first novel The Tiger Chase in 2002 with an American publisher. He launched the book in San Diego and followed up with a book tour of the US, including the LA China Town and Las Vegas.

On his return to Australia, he became disillusioned with the publishing industry. After being locked into an unproductive contract, earning a tiny percentage of royalties for all his hard work, and not owning any of his rights, he decided to follow the self-publishing route.

From 2005 – 2007 he was the President of The Gold Coast Writers’ Association (of which he is now an honorary lifetime member) and worked closely with like-minded authors, assisting them with their manuscripts and publishing needs.

His published titles to date include:
The Tiger Chase – fiction (2002, 2010, 2018)
The Last Tiger – children’s fiction (2011)
The Galactic Knights – fiction (2014)
Yes You Can Publish Your Book – non-fiction (2018)
Flirting with The Moon – fiction (July 2018)
Quest of The New Templers – Book 1 – Resurection
fiction (coming late 2018)

Author Andy McDermott will share his experience in both the traditional and self-publishing platforms and offer advice and tips on how to avoid the pitfalls of self-publishing and making your book the absolute best it can be.


Presentation:

Jenny Old – “Transitioning from indie to traditional.”

JenIn the middle of nowhere, she found … herself. At twenty-two, Jenny fell in love with Rick Old and went to live and work with him on his property, McAllister, in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
There, she faced incredible hardship, living in a hut with not even basic necessities. Her only contact with the outside world was a two-way radio. In this vast empty landscape, she battled drought, flood, fire, and cyclones.

For eighteen years she and Rick struggled to stay on in the Gulf, eventually triumphantly turning McAllister into a thriving oasis. This extraordinary story of one indomitable Australian woman is told in her own words with skill and humour. A story of the bush people and their generosity, filled with wonderful characters. Most of all, the story of one woman’s love for her man and the adventure it took her on. McAllister, the story of Jenny Old’s amazing life in the outback, was indie published in 2016 and after selling almost 2500 copies in under a year through innovative and creative marketing, Allen & Unwin offered Jenny a contract to republish with a new title Back of Beyond which was released in March of this year. After coming off the back of a book tour throughout North Queensland Jenny will be sharing her insight into the transition from indie to traditional publishing.

 

 


May 19th 2018

May - Yvonne WaltonAuthor Spotlight:
GCWA member Yvonne Walton

At ninety-one, Yvonne continues to live an independent and relatively active life, living on the sunny far north coast of NSW, close to her daughter Barbara, and family.

About eight or nine years ago, while reading through letters from her daughter Lorraine, she decided to compile those letters, diary and journals and write Lorraine’s story.
Lorraine passed away in August 1984 from cancer after a life of love, laughter and amazing global experiences many of us wouldn’t even fathom.

Yvonne spent three months at Yasodhara Ashram in British Colombia, Canada with Lorraine. This, she says, was a time of healing for her and enabled her to gain some peace and acceptance.
Returning home, she became a volunteer, working at St Vincent’s Hospital Hospice, spending time with terminally ill patients; talking, listening, giving massage, or just quietly sitting with them. Looking back, she feels this was an important part of her own healing process.
On the 19th of May one of our most senior members of the GCWA will launch her book ‘Lorraine; A Free Spirit’. Available on the day for $20.00.

May - Gwyneth Jane Page
Workshop:
Gwyneth Jane Page  “Writing a Children’s Book”

Gwyneth Jane Page (Jane) was born in Canada, raised in different countries around the world, and now lives on the Gold Coast with her husband and three of her four children. She started writing in 2014.

Her first book was The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse In Canada, which her daughter, Megan, illustrated and she then published independently.

Together they have since added three more books to the series (set in Queensland, England and New Zealand) and are currently working on a fifth (set in Italy). To date, this dynamic family duo has sold over 5000 copies in the PJ Mouse series. Jane is also currently working on a rhyming series for children as well as a novel for young adults. Jane will be presenting an informative workshop on how to write a children’s book at May’s GCWA meeting.

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Presentation:
Brian Falkner – “Successfully Writing and Selling Children’s Books”

Brian Falkner wanted to be an author ever since he was a child. It only took him thirty years to realise that dream. Along the way he worked as a reporter; advertising copywriter; radio announcer; graphic designer; and Internet developer.

Now an award-winning author, Brian has had more than seventeen novels published internationally. He is also an internationally acclaimed writing coach, running workshops and writing camps around Australia, New Zealand and the USA. He lives on the sunny Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia.

Brian’s Awards, Honors

• Esther Glen Award shortlist, 2004, for Henry and the Flea
• NZ Post Children’s Book Awards shortlist (Junior Fiction), 2006, for Super Freak
• NZ Post Children’s Book Awards shortlist (Young Adult Fiction), 2009, for The Tomorrow Code
• NZ Post Children’s Book Awards shortlist (Young Adult Fiction), 2010, for Brainjack
• YA Children’s Choice selection, 2010, for Brainjack
• Lone Star Reading List Selection (Texas), 2010, for Brainjack
• Sir Julius Vogel Awards, 2009, Best Novel – Young Adult, for Brainjack
• LIANZA nominee 2013 for Maddy West and the Tongue Taker
• LIANZA nominee 2014 for Ice War.
• LIANZA nominee 2014 for Vengeance.
• NZ Children’s Book Awards shortlist (YA Fiction), 2015 for Vengeance.
• NZ Children’s Book Awards Winner (YA Fiction), 2016 for Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo.
• NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist (YA Fiction), 2016 for Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo.
• NZ Children’s Book Awards shortlist (YA Fiction), 2017 for Shooting Stars.


April 21st 2018

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Writing Skills Foundation Word Stones #4

Gold Coast Writers’ Association Newsletter guru, Kerri Yarsley, presents on formatting and why structure is important

Workshop: Dr Pete Stebbins, will present a workshop on Author Success Secrets: Building Your Own High Performance Team.

Dr Pete Stebbins

Dr Pete Stebbins, PhD, is a leading workplace psychologist, life coach and facilitator with a personal and professional journey full of both achievements and challenges. This 11x published author uses his 20 years of psychology study and clinical practice to complete and evaluate numerous leadership and team transformation projects, providing the groundswell for the common sense approach of the High Performance Teams Framework. Pete is an active and enthusiastic leader of various transformation projects in the Private and Public Sector.

His presentation, Author Success Secrets: Building Your Own High Performance Team  will look at the journey from writing to authorship to speaker to mentor requires the input and collaboration of a range of professionals from your network. Your ability to succeed will depend on how well you can organise these informal networks into a focused team. In this session, Dr Pete shares his own journey and blueprint for success as an author building his own high performance team

Presentation: Luke Amery Surviving Brain Cancer and how to overcome challenges

Luke Amery

Luke Amery was happily working as an “open-cut” miner in Australia when he began struggling with his physical balance and discovered he had been struck with brain cancer. In his presentation, Surviving Brain Cancer & how to overcome challenges, Luke will share the importance of having a strong team behind him in his recovery along with sharing some stories that he experienced, and lessons he learned along the way to recovery.  This captivating, best-selling author will share how he found a new joy in helping others achieve their dreams and win, and through sometimes horrible circumstances, to rediscover their “mojo” along with their true purpose and passion in life, to succeed and be happy.

Event General Timeline

  • 12.15 p.m. – Doors Open: Members and Guests arrive
  • 12.30 p.m. – Writing Skills Foundation Snippets
  • 1.00 p.m. – Workshop Dr Pete Stebbins
  • 2.00 p.m. – Afternoon Tea.
  • 3.15 p.m. – Speakers Presentation: Luke Amery

Don’t miss any of our news. Just sign up for the newsletter and get the information every month. It usually comes in a week before the meeting so you’re ready for the meeting on the third Saturday of the month.

 


March 17 2018 “Your Book as a Business

Writing Skills Foundation Word Stones #3

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GCWA Secretary Beverley Streater presented on ‘writing numbers’.

 

 

Workshop – Implications of the publishing journey.

This workshop provided some tips on planning and some of the cost implications of a self and indie publishing journey.

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Members enjoyed a live Panel Presentation with Ocean Reeve (providing a publisher’s perspective), Marisa Parker (author of personal family memoir) and a live call-in with a business-focused author .

 

They fielded questions from the members on the planning and cost considerations of publishing.

Unknown-3Following afternoon tea and networking, members were treated to a presentation by Special Guest Gayle McKew, author of Women Mind Your Money .

 Gayle presented Minding Your Money and Being Business Savvy for Writers and Entrepreneurs.

As a financial professional Gayle brings all her years of experience to financially empowering individuals to improve their relationship with money and increase their money confidence. 

After discovering two families who’d had their security, and hope for the future ripped out from under them by trusting too much, Gayle identified a massive gap in knowledge about all things financial. 

Since then she’s made it a mission to work to empower others with financial knowledge and loves an opportunity to help create personal, commercial success for clients.

Her book Women Mind Your Money is part of her project and is focused on empowering people with knowledge and skills so they can protect themselves and their family. Imagine the impact of providing readers with a way to create personal financial security.

At her practice, everyone has a ‘family filter’ applied to any strategy…because if the strategy isn’t good enough for a family, it’s not good enough for clients.

Gayle encourages the power of learning. Her reasoning is…if you learn how to manage your personal financial situation, you’ve opened the gateway to breaking free and owning your future.

 Don’t miss any of our news. Just sign up for the newsletter and get the information every month. It usually comes in a week before the meeting so you’re ready for the meeting on the third Saturday of the month.


JANUARY 20th 2018 –  Talking Books

We are not just talking books we talking about talking books or audio books as they are really called. Let’s start off the year with our our words flowing verbally for a change instead of on the written page.

You will also note our new line of for our monthly meetings that includes getting back to basics. The writing foundation skills needed by all authors to ensure a clear and easy to read book. These skills are going to be presented by our members so if there is an area of interest that you can help us with please let us know.

2018 is bringing in minimal but exceptional changes to the Gold Coast Writers ‘ Association and one of them is having the workshop relate to the speaker. So thanks to Ocean Reeve this month’s workshop and Speaker’s presentation will coincide with each other.

Audiobooks – the growing trend in publishing.

There will be a full split session to educate the members on audiobooks, including;

  • the process of preparing to record your audiobook
  • options and costs in narration, studio time and editing
  • an overview of why audiobooks are an important option,
  • distribution and marketing.

We will also hear from audiobook engineer Jarred Doueal from four4ty Studio in Melbourne along with two live video calls from fiction author Julian Green (Melbourne) and non-fiction author Dion Jensen (Singapore) to share their audiobook experience, purpose and insights.

Don’t miss this innovative and insightful presentation on making your story heard – literally.

Event General Timeline

  • 12.15 p.m. – Doors Open: Members and Guests arrive
  • 12.30 p.m. – Writing Skills Foundation Snippets #1: Past and Present Tenses presented by Sam G (20 min + 5 min Q&A )
  • 1.00 p.m. – Workshop on audio books.  Everything you need to know about audio books
    • the process of preparing to record your audiobook
    • options and costs in narration, studio time and editing
    • an overview of why audiobooks are an important option,
    • distribution and marketing.
  • 2.00 p.m. – Afternoon Tea. Everyone’s favourite … well it’s my favourite, that’s for sure, thanks to our Providore Jenny Old. Yum!
  • 3.15 – Speakers Presentation. We will also hear from audiobook engineer Jarred Doueal from four4ty Studio in Melbourne along with two live video calls from fiction author Julian Green (Melbourne) and non-fiction author Dion Jensen (Singapore) to share their audiobook experience, purpose and insights.

Don’t miss any of our news. Just sign up for the newsletter and get the information every month. It usually comes in a week before the meeting so you’re ready for the meeting on the third Saturday of the month.

We wish you and your family all the very best for the Christmas Season and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.


December 16th 2017

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Event General Timeline

  • 12.00 p.m. – Doors Open: Members and Guests arrive
  • 12.30 p.m. – President opens the festivities
  • 12.45 p.m. – Secret Santa
  • 1.45 p.m. – Festive Food Brought By You!
  • 2.00 p.m. – Book Launch with Bronwyn Houldsworth 
  • 2.15 p.m. – Raffle and Christmas Shopping at Trade Tables
  • 3.00 p.m. – Sharing Stories and Goodwill.
  • 3.30 p.m. – Event and doors close

 

 

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