Broadbeach Ind Primary School visit …

The Ten Penners Aug16Today we did our final preparations for the Ten Penners visit to Broadbeach Independent Primary School visit tomorrow, 22nd Aug.

We’ll be there early to start Book Week for the students in Grades 4 and 5.

With a fined tuned our Power Point presentation. We should wow our young audience!

Again there will be a colouring comp for the kids to win two copies of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales.

 

Robyn Lee Burrows is speaking today…

Robyn and I GCW LL 2016Gold Coast Writers Meeting Today will be treated to the expertise of Robyn Lee Burrows speaking about research.robyn_lee_burrows_bio pic

I had to go hunting for my book reviews of her works. I found that despite loosing all my data twice with computer break downs, Drop Box and the old fashioned paper copies came to the rescue. I have copies of my reviews of ‘When Hope Is Strong’, ‘Tea Tree Passage’, ‘Where the River Ends’ and ‘Song From the Heart’.

For those who are able to join me at Fradgely Hall in Burleigh Heads, opposite the Bowls Club this afternoon. 1.30 arrival for 2 pm start.

I’ll give you a taste of her books with excerpts of the reviews I wrote.

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In ‘Tea Tree Passage’, Robyn has masterfully told a sad yet intriguing tale. It takes the reader through two World Wars and the Great Depression. Depicting how these monumental events affected the lives of one family. Robyn writes drawing from factual information with skill she creates a world the reader becomes submerged in an era and place.song_from_the_heart_cover

The depth of the characters in ‘Song from the Heart’ is so real the reader feels that they are people you know and love. The country town life at the early part of the century is vibrant and alive.

When Hope Is Strong Cover‘When Hope Is Strong’ – At the outset this book shows the daily struggles and choices people made to forge a living in an untamed land. Pioneer Australian women made friendships that become real and personal. I enjoyed the way Bridie, Maddie and Kitty saw their world. Bridie, with her visionary outlook. Maddie, who sunk into sullen resignation of her world turned upside down. Kitty, with her youthful excitement for the future, yearning to escape the drudgery of the world she’d come to know.

‘Where The River Ends’ is another example of Robyn’s evocative work. The image of a where_the_river_ends coverbustling Adelaide city in 1889. To the vast expanse of station life at Wirra Downs, near Bourke, in New South Wales is vivid. You could close your eyes and you’d be there. The best accolade I can give this book is simply that I couldn’t put it down once I’d started it.

So if you can, join me in appreciating the talent and generous knowledge shared by this talented lady.

7 Editing Rules That Will Totally Transform Your Next Post.

Great writing tips. Love it!

A NOT SO JADED LIFE

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1. DON’T PAD YOUR PROSE WITH EMPTY FILLER WORDS

(Or: Avoid Using Grammar Expletives)

Grammar expletives are literary constructions that begin with the words ithere, or therefollowed by a form of the verb to be.

(Expletive comes from the Latin explere, meaning to fill. Think smelly literary landfill).

Common constructions include it is, it was, it won’t, it takes, here is, there is, there will be.

The problem? When ithere, and there refer to nouns later in the sentence or – worse – to something unnamed, they weaken your writing by shifting emphasis away from the true drivers of your sentences. And they usually require other support words such as whothat, and when, which further dilute your writing.

Let’s look at an example:

There are some bloggers who seem to have…

The there are expletive places the sentence’s focus…

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Gold Coat Writers Literary Luncheon 2016…

GCW LL groupSaturday 23rd July, at Southport Yacht Club, members and guests enjoyed the sunshine and stimulating company of guest authors and keynote speaker Madonna King.

The guest authors were Elaine Ouston, Karen Tyrrell, Dimity Powell, Angela Sunde and Brett Alegre-Wood. 

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The meal was delicious and the everyone enjoyed the day.

Terrific raffle and door prizes were drawn.

Books were signed and sold by the authors. It was a successful day all round.

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Madonna and Gavin cutting cakeMadonna spoke about her interviews and writing both memoirs of Ian Frazer and Joe Hockey. meal GCW LL 2016
me with Andrea Grigg

 

Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 17, Kate Russell

Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 17

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Well, I took a bit of a sideways step today – still editing etc, but on a different manuscript! After the Gold Coast Writers’ Association meeting on Saturday, I decided to bite the bullet and enter the 2016 Novel Award. The draft I’m working on for Camp is nowhere near ready – so I decided to spend today polishing up one of my other manuscripts which is in much better shape, especially as I only need to send in the first few chapters.

As the competition finalists have the chance to be reviewed by Annette Barlow, editor at Allen & Unwin, it was just too good an opportunity to pass up. So, sorry, Camp manuscript, you will have to wait for a couple of days – but I will get back to you soon, I promise!

The competition closes at midnight on 31 July 2016, so if you, like me, want to give it a shot, you’d better hurry! See the GCWA website for details: http://www.goldcoastwriters.org/competitions-gcwa/

Vacen Taylor GCW guest speaker 16th July…

Vacen Taylor picThe next Gold Coast Writers meeting will be a must go to!

Vancen Taylor is the author of the Star Child series. An accomplished script writer also. Being recently short listed in an international script writing competition.

She will be discussing the differences between novel writing and script writing. She will be testing the writing skills of every writer in the room with her micro fiction.

I’ve been counting down the days.

This is also the last chance to book and pay for the Gold Coast Writers Literary Luncheon being held at Southport Yacht Club on the 23rd July.
With Madonna King, of ABC fame, the Keynote speaker.madonna king pic with mic Her books will be available. Other guest authors Angela Sunde, Karen Tyrrell, Anita Bell, Elaine Ousten, Dimity Powell and Brett Alegre-Wood chatting with the lucky people attending. Why don’t you join us? There are still tickets available! There are some great raffle prizes including a High Tea at the Marriott, a meal for two at the Hilton, books and lots more. You can book your seat and pay on line through the Gold Coast Writers website. Direct deposit BSB 034 279 Acc 435 364, or BPay! If you prefer, come to the next GCW monthly meeting! On the 16th July at Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads.

Ten Penners Meeting today…

kate me louise marionToday is the July meeting of The Ten Penners and it promises to be a busy meeting.

We are planning another school visit. In August and we are going to:

Broadbeach State School is an independent public school for the beginning of Book Week.

As a sub group of Gold Coast Writers we are going to be attending both the next monthly meeting at Fradgley Hall in Burleigh on the 16th July, and the GCW Literary Luncheon on the 23rd July.

Looking back at past GCW Festivals we’ve had a great time while continuing to learn our writing craft.

Literary Luncheon for Gold Coast Writers

GCWA Literary Luncheon 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016madonna king pic with mic

Southport Yacht Club
1 Macarthur Parade,
Main Beach, Queensland 4217

Time: 11:00am -3:00pm, arrivals from 11:00am
Literary Luncheon is at Southport Yacht Club this year.

  • Members $45.00 and NON Members $50.00
  • Guest Speaker is Madonna King

This will be a lovely event to share a splendid meal with writers and friends. The guest speaker Madonna King will be well worth waiting for. I’m counting down the days.

Join me if you can. I would love to meet up with all my writing friends.

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You can book your seat and pay on line through the Gold Coast Writers website. Direct deposit BSB 034 279 Acc 435 364, or BPay!If you prefer, come to the next GCW monthly meeting! On the 16th July at Fradgley Hall, Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads. The meeting room is above the library.

The next Gold Coast Writers meeting will be a must go to! Vancen Taylor is the author of the Star Child series. An accomplished script writer also. She will be discussing the differences between novel writing and script writing. She will be testing our writing skills on the 16th July.

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June, getting that loving feeling …

Kate with her mum daughters and sistersThe Ten Penners meeting today may be a washout! The rain is teeming and the news says to stay off the roads. Oh no! I don’t think I can survive without my monthly dose of Ten Penners magic!

Just to prove there are many members of this wonderful group here are a couple of pictures of Kate and her family, mum, sisters and daughters.starla and marion tea party

Then our co-ordinator and guru of the group Marion Martineer with her talented daughter.