FREE MORNING WRITING CLINICS
From 10am – 12pm.
Also known as manuscript clinics, these mornings are open to everyone, published or unpublished, and provide a great networking opportunity to meet other like-minded writers. There are some authors that like to keep their writing close to the chest until their draft is completed. While other authors benefit from feedback and critique throughout their creative process. Regardless of your technique you can always come along to help us reach the critical mass necessary to provide that feedback to those who ask, and to encourage your fellow writers to aim for their goals, whatever they may be – competitions, publication, cathartic reasons or for the fun and enjoyment of writing.
Email about 1,500 words or less to [email protected]
The mornings are completely free and we recommend coming to a few to see if they are helpful to you before becoming a member and supporting the club. If you’d like feedback on a piece, but you’re uncomfortable reading your own work, someone can read it on your behalf.
Occasionally, there will be writing exercises, Ted-ED videos or games to break up the readings and discussions.
All venues that are chosen for manuscript clinics and workshops are quiet and have disabled access.
From 1pm – 3:30pm
The committee tries to provide a variety of afternoon workshops to suit the majority of writers. Come to the ones that interest you. Prices vary depending on the cost of presenters and where they are travelling from (eg: local, Canberra, Sydney, etc).
The cost of similar workshops by the same presenters in capital cities cost hundreds. The Writers of the Far South Coast relies heavily on the goodwill of the presenters, grants and a small ticket price to make city-quality workshops available in regional NSW.
ALL DAY WORKSHOPS
Occasionally, the WFSC will run a workshop over an entire day or weekend. Obviously, these workshops are more expensive and usually require payment in advance. These extra-long workshops are time very well spent, so book in early as places are also limited.
PROFESSIONAL MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENTS
Once a year, the club holds a professional manuscript assessment for authors seeking a structural edit on the first 20,000 words of a novel, novella or short story intended for publication. This is far more indepth than can be offered during our free morning sessions. A structural edit is strongly recommended to ensure that what you are trying to say is conveyed to your readers as the editor will focus on plot, character development, logic and consistency.
Our manuscript assessments are limited to 10 places and Paula Boer requires manuscripts to be sent to her at least two weeks in advance, in order to provide personalised feedback and suggestions.
The next manuscript assessment will be held on the 1st September 2018
The Writers of the Far South Coast have a market stall, usually each month, at the Pambula Rotary Markets. If you’d like to talk to someone in person about your writing and how the club can help you, come down and find us.
SOCIAL GATHERINGS & POETRY
Getting together socially is an enormous boost to writers. The blackboard poetry at “About the Book” was famously entertaining. The WFSC has attempted holding social lunches and also blackboard poetry readings. Others may have more success, and the WFSC will support in any capacity it can.
WINTER WRITERS RETREAT
July and August are great months to spend hours by a log fire writing the first draft of that next novel. Therefore winter becomes our time to retreat to Kianinny Bush Cabins, often emerging only to scoff down biscuits and cakes brought by the attendees. The cabins are shared (separate rooms) to facilitate the social aspect of the weekend. Writers thrive off the atmosphere in the common room or wander the bushwalks for inspiration.
On Friday night, mentors sell their best qualities and the attendees choose who might improve their writing the most. There are two 1.5 hour sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning and the rest of the weekend is devoted to your writing.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Writers of the Far South Coast recommends our local readers and writers festival. For more information https://aboutthebook.net
The WFSC recommends participation in mNemosyne’s fortnightly competitions. For more information https://www.mnemosynejournal.org
SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL
The Writers of the Far South Coast supports the live n’ local event that is held annually at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre. In 2018 it will be held on the 4th, 5th and 6th May. For more information https://www.swf.org.au/about-us/live
NANOWRIMO IN NOVEMBER
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the Writers of the Far South Coast are keen to motivate participants to that 50,000 word finish line. It can be done. For more information http://nanowrimo.org
At the end of each year, writers gather to celebrate their achievements and to give away a book they’ve read recently, with their own short 2-3 paragraph review, to another writer. Books are distributed after the main meal and before dessert.