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August Workshop: Susie Sarah – “Here in My Own Backyard”

18th August 2018 @ 10:30am - 2:30pm

How often do we look for subject matter for our writing miles from home – in another state – set in another time – another country – or even on another planet!

Come along and discover a magical story that is right under your very nose – in your own backyard.

This workshop is about creating a story from a childhood memory.

Be it a short story or a children’s book, Susie will show us how to bring out our best from deep inside the dusty, often forgotten corners of our childhood. So drag the billycart out of the shed, climb that tree to the cubbyhouse you loved so much, and join us to celebrate the most wonderful, carefree, time of our life – our childhood.

Bring along your happy memories with notepads and pens, and have some fun re-creating a childhood tale to delight both your readers – and yourself.  If an old family snapshot helps bring that along too.

We will explore how to craft your story, make it into a picture book, or take it further as a collection of short stories.  Keeping to a local format Susie will include a “simple guide” for self-publishing and your questions answered about how to make those tentative steps to bring your story to publication in a creative way.

Saturday 18th August, 10:30am – 2:30pm @ Club Sapphire, Merimbula
WFSC member $10, Non-member $15

(There is no morning writing clinic this month and Angelika Erpic’s book launch begins 3pm)


It feels very apt that this workshop is being held during National Family History Month & Children’s Book Week




Photo by Shepparton News

Susie Sarah is best known for her children’s books – 12 picture books and one chapter book for advanced readers. This year she will be releasing a locally inspired story “My Mate Old Tom” featuring Old Tom, a well-known Killer Whale, as a picture book for children. 

She also has a spy novel “Shaken Not Stirred” ready for publication early next year which is also set in Eden.

Many of her short stories have been published on the ABC Open website and she has produced two collections of short stories as well as having her stories and poems published in other collections. 

Her stories featuring Wonboyn Lake, where she lives, have been selected to be read out on ABC Radio, as have many of her other stories.

“How to Wash Your Undies”, her first collection of short stories, sold out in the first month of publication and the reprints are still going strong. It seems you can’t have enough undies!

Most of her children’s books are into their 2nd or, in the case of “Playing Possum”, their third print run.

She publishes under her own “Little Ant Books” banner.



“Tiny Ant” range – smaller books for pre-school to year one readers.


“Chook Lit” range – Collections of short stories, for the 8 to 80 year old readers who enjoy more advanced reading.


Chapter book – for advanced readers in primary school (adults may enjoy the story as well).

Soon to be released…



Before the workshop begins, from 10am-10:30am, the WFSC will hold a mini-committee meeting to keep everyone informed. Future months will also have mini-committee meetings.

There is no morning clinic for the month of August. This all-day workshop finishes early and includes an hour-long break for lunch (12pm-1pm).

WFSC member, Angelika Erpic, is launching her first book, from 3pm to 4:30pm at Merimbula Aquarium. The biography focuses on the life of the late Joe Baker – a scientist and footballer who passed away earlier this year. The WFSC encourages everyone to support Angelika and her amazing achievement… but you know… also come to our workshop…

Regular monthly workshops are usually 2.5 hours long. August’s workshop will be 3 hours.


18th August 2018
10:30am - 2:30pm
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Writers of the Far South Coast
(02) 6448 9948


Club Sapphire
119 Main Street
Merimbula, NSW 2548 Australia
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(02) 6495 1306