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Hello All,

Thanks to all who made the last meeting – another vibrant and interesting night. We heard some great and very moving pieces on War from Larraine (attached), Mervyn and Peter, and a couple of lighter (but very entertaining!) stories on the subject of “On The Verge” from Sophie (attached) and Charlette. Thanks too to Sara for her poems – fascinating and amusing takes on everyday life. And a first for Jeremy – a poem! And a very good one at that (attached). The quality and diversity of the work we hear always impresses me – thanks to everyone for their continuing support and contribution to the group.

We had so much fun, that we didn’t get around to the Circular Story exercise, so will save that for the next meeting.

We also welcomed a new member – Raquel. A native Brazilian, who is endeavouring the impressive task of writing (including a blog) in English. We wish her every success and I hope that the encouragement and help from the group will see her achieve her aims.

We had a long and fruitful discussion around the proposed photo/writing Exhibition we plan to hold at the Centre in August.

Unfortunately it is too late to apply for a grant so we will, as a group, have to fund this event ourselves.

The event would serve to showcase our writing to friends, family and members of the centre primarily, and possibly be a showcase for our book . We hope to generate some publicity and local participation through local media, and possible small displays promoting the event in the local shopping centre, the library and places like Crow Books.

We require at least 20 – 25 pieces of writing to accompany one of Tim’s photos, and each submission would cost around $20 for printing and materials, plus a donation towards wine/drink/nibbles on the opening night. Each participating member can submit more than one piece of work.

A small committee is required to organise the event, and share their progress with the members at each meeting up until the event.

What I really need from everyone is:

a. A firm commitment to take part in the event
b. How many submissions you would like to make
c. 3 volunteers to form the committee
d. Any ideas or suggestions to make the event a success

Without your input, the event cannot go ahead. So, I really need a response to this email before the next meeting (16th May). Once I know we will have enough submissions, I will then forward on to you by email, or share at the next meeting, Tim’s photos for you to make your selection.

I’m very excited by this event and I’m sure we can make it an enjoyable, interesting, rewarding and worthwhile excercise, with everyone’s participation and co-operation.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Next Meeting & Homework:

The next meeting will be at the Arts Centre on Thursday 16th May.

Sophie’s delightful story of a little boy being put out “On The Verge” and our interesting discussion on the difference between “the genders”, inspired this week’s homework. A piece of writing written from the perspective of the opposite sex. I hope you enjoy the challenge!

See you on the 16th.

Kathy -[masked]

Some useful and interesting links:

Writing4Success are offering one month writing mentorships, for $125 with feedback and tutoring on one aspect of writing:

Editing on an I-Pad:

Magazines that accept submissions (short stories):

Advice on submitting to magazines:

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