Writing in 2013

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with the Committee of the Eurobodalla Writers.  These wonderful people work to promote the craft of writing in the Eurobodalla Shire, a beautiful area on the South Coast of NSW.

The Moruya River looking upstream from the bre...

The Moruya River looking upstream from the breakwater on the northern head of the river (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We had long discussions on what will be done in the group this year and it sounds like a very interesting time.

There are quite a few long term members with much experience and, over the past year or so, many new and enthusiastic members.  The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.  At these meetings members read out their work and, when requested, have it critiqued.  The writing is on an agreed topic and is between 500 and 1000 words in length.  Sometimes there are workshops – my favourite last year was one on the writing of sonnets by Margaret Barlow and many of us tried our hand at this very difficult style.  Members writing covers all genres from biographical to horror or fantasy, from romance to who-done-its.  So much talent and so much fun.

The group also self-publishes anthologies of the members work.  The last book, ‘Where Pelicans Fly’, has been popular and only about 100 books left unsold.  You can catch us at the Moruya Markets during the summer as we try to sell these.  Also individual members publish their books – for example Louise Falcioni has almost sold all of her children’s story book ‘Theo’ and is working on her next one.  The last copies are also available from our small table at the markets.

One exciting new venture is getting the Eurobodalla Writers online with a discussion group on Yahoo (invitation only) and maybe making our next publication an ebook.

So this is shaping up to be a very interesting year for EW.

I am also still involved with the CSFG.  This year is Canberra’s 100th anniversary and the city will host Conflux 9 in April.

2013 is off to a good start.  Hope it keeps going that way.