August 2014 Meeting Round-up


Thanks to everyone who came to yesterday’s meeting, and a warm welcome to Tracie who came for the first time.

First up, we heard Dawn Barker speak about her journeys: from Aberdeen, Scotland, to Perth, Western Australia; from Medicine and Psychiatry, to creative writing; and from unpublished writer to bestselling author. Of particular interest was her disciplined writing practice (Dawn, I hope you wrote your 500 words today!) and her first draft practice of ‘not reading back’.

After the break, Glen read his monologue, which enthralled us all. Best of luck to Glen for the competition in which it is entered, and I hope many more voices perform it in the future.

Now, onto next month: we have Amanda Kendle coming to talk to us about Social Media and why we should be using it.

Amanda Kendle

Amanda is an experienced traveller and travel blogger, who presents courses on blogging, social media, and online promotion for UWA’s Extension Programme. As authors, we know the benefits of having a social media profile, and that’s not just for self-publishers but commercial publishers also expect it these days. Amanda will talk to us on blogging, Facebooking and Tweeting, and hopefully Pinterest and Instagram, too. When she’s not blogging or face booking or tweeting, Amanda’s also a passionate reader of modern Australian literature and harbours a not-so-secret desire to become a published novelist. You can find out more about Amanda on her websites: Not a Ballerina (but a traveller and a thinker) and Amanda Kendle Consulting.

I’m about to make up a list of good websites for writers and post the links here on the website. Please let me know (via email or the contact page here) if there are any you particularly like and want to let others know about. I’ve already noted yesterday’s recommendations.

Hoping to see you all next month, 21st September, at 10am. Until then, happy writing!



2 thoughts on “August 2014 Meeting Round-up

    • Thanks so much for coming along, Dawn. You’re a warm speaker and I loved hearing about your journey to writing and your writing process. One of the big take-home messages for me, was how disciplined you were with your writing. We do have to treat it like a job.

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