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Juan – Full of
painkillers, Roberta – The new housekeeper, Pat – The old church, Denis –
Korean leaders, Lynn – Rome, Cath – Head of the group, Helene – The royal
family and Terry – strange looking house. Christmas in July lunch Monday 31 July 2017 12 noon Monday 31 July Club Jervis Bay Huskisson (previously named RSL club)
Reading of homework
Helene – My
favourite things, Terry – Thin walls, Roberta – Open Road, Pat – Fishing and
whales, Juan – An old tree (read by Terry) and Denis - Legs and personality and Dust.
Discussion on future direction for the
We held a discussion
of future direction for the group and why we come to writers group and what we
want to achieve from it.
As a result of the
discussion Terry will prepare a spreadsheet so group members can nominate to
provide exercises and other tasks each week. Terry also to set up a new private blog only for members.
Until the new
system is in place Terry and Lynn to provide Exercises next week.
Jenni, Pat, Helene, Lynn, Roberta, Pauline and Diane
of the day
Ness – a headland
Irony – a contradiction of terms
Frustrate – to thwart to balk a person
Diva – a celebrated female opera singer
Oblivion – forgotten, unknown, pardon, amnesty
Poorness – defectiveness or lack of good quality
from words of the day
The Divas went into oblivion while writing the stories: Lynn –
Pushed her over the edge, Pat – Dark and still, Roberta – Thrown herself off,
Helene – The nurse, Pauline – I will not be a diva and Jenni – At Loc Ness.
Four writers shared their homework on the topics: Jenni –
Louise the Fairy, Helene – Choosi, Lynn – Light and easy, Roberta – M and Ms and
In addition Pauline read out her submission School day
memories for her high school reunion.
Stories of curly hair or blonds have more fun
After lots of discussion the divas wrote and shared their
stories: Lynn – Your hairdresser, Pat – Dark curly hair, Roberta – Who had more
fun, Helene - In my family, Di – Curly top and Jenni – Try convincing me.
- The first time I saw him
The divas shared the entertaining stories: Pat – the artist,
Roberta – Red and green, Helene – On the wall, Di – A ketchup sandwich, Jenni –
At school and Lynn – I was in disbelieve.
Jenni, Roberta, Pat, Lynn and welcome back to Muriel visiting from South
Words of the day
Berate – rebuke
Grasses – common
Vox – voice like,
part of an organ
previous case taken as evidence
Gloom – partial
darkness, state of depression
Writing from words of the day
The writers were
not deterred by precedent or incorrect pronunciation and produced Helene – Back
Chat, Lynn – The English language, Pat – Repeat yourself, Roberta – The new
Minister, Jenni – In a dream and Terry – In the hanging gloom.
Reading of homework
Four writers read
out their homework : Helene – A visit to Nimbin, Roberta – Birdsong, Jenni –
Lunch at the Rocks, Terry – A Ladies GlovePart 4 of his train story,
Exercise – no matter what hire a hubby
The writers had
fun with the topic to create: Jenni – We are all mad here, Terry – No matter
what, Helene – Clean the bathroom, Lynn – Does he come with a stubby, Muriel –
Ideal bed warmer, Pat – Stolen opportunity and Roberta – He was no good.
Exercise – Second hand coffin for sale
More fun and
laughter with this topic: Roberta – A long time ago, Jenni – Never seen a
burial, Terry – In the corner, Helene – Lingerie storage, Lynn – Surplus to
need, Muriel –Give E Bay a go and Pat – A spare coffin.
Pick an annoying ad
or a favourite TV program and rewrite it or another topic that stimulates your
The weather is cold, so that means one thing: it's hotting up for the final countdown to the 2017 Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival!
We have assembled an incredible program of events to be held on one day - Saturday 15th July at The Highlands School of Performing Arts.
Session 1: Andrew Ford in conversation 9:30am – 10:30am, Saturday 15 July Tickets $20
Host of The Music Show on ABC Radio National, Andrew Ford, tells his life story, in a moving and evocative memoir, The Memory of Music. From his early childhood in the Beatles-crazy Liverpool of the 1960s, to his evolving work as a composer, choral conductor and radio presenter, Andrew shares the vivid musical experiences that have shaped his life. Andrew's music is written principally for the concert hall and has been performed in more than 40 countries.
Dr Simon Longstaff AO is Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, co-founder of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, and has been named one of the True Leaders of the 21st century by AFR BOSS magazine. In his new book, Everyday Ethics, Simon explains how we can live a more ethical life, starting with the decisions we make every day
Session 3: Julia Baird in conversation 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Saturday 15 July Tickets $20
Julia Baird is a journalist, broadcaster and the host of The Drum on ABCTV. Julia writes columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, the Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun-Herald, The Monthly and Harper's Bazaar. Julia’s biography of Queen Victoria was published simultaneously in the US, UK and Australia, and has been a critical and commercial success.
Session 4: Joyce Morgan in conversation 2:45pm – 3:45pm, Saturday 15 July Tickets $20
Joyce Morgan is a former arts editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, and has worked as a journalist in London, Hong Kong and Sydney for more than two decades. In her latest work, Martin Sharp – His Life and Times, Joyce explores the life of the charismatic, unconventional, unique and surprising Martin Sharp. In this richly told and beautifully written biography, Joyce captures the loneliness of a privileged childhood, the heady days of the underground magazine Oz, as well as the exuberant creativity of Swinging London and beyond.
Session 5: Meg Keneally in conversation 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Saturday 15 July Tickets $20
Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer. Currently, Meg is co-writing a fast-paced, witty and gripping historical crime series, under the title The Monsarrat Series, with her father, author, Tom Keneally.
The 2017 Literary Dinner will be a celebration of Italian food and theatre. Guest chef, Stefano Manfredi, will be cooking from his latest cookbook, New Pizza. Stefano is a leading exponent of modern Italian cuisine in Australia and has operated several restaurants in Sydney since 1983, most notably The Restaurant Manfredi and Bel Mondo. Don't miss this unique opportunity to dine with one of Australia's most celebrated chefs!
After dinner, there will be a performance by renowned Italian actor, Marco Quaglia, and SHWF Festival Director, Michaela Bolzan, in a one-act play by Nobel-prize-winning author, Luigi Pirandello. The play, A Dream, But Perhaps Not?, will be directed by Australian-born, New York-based, producer/director, Sarah Dowland.
Tickets for all events are available at The Bookshop Bowral, or online at shwf.com.au
There are only THREE tickets remaining for the Literary Dinner, so I urge you to book today if you wish to attend!
There are also only SIX tickets remaining to the Editing for Success workshop which will be on TUES 18th July (9.30am - 1pm) at the Henrietta Rose Room, Bowral Library. Tickets for this event are $65 and can be purchased from The Bookshop Bowral only.
Finally, at this years SHWF, there will also be yummy food and great things to buy. Tell all your friends… make a day of it... come along… and be a part of the story! I look forward to welcoming you there in two weeks - SAT 15th July!
Warmest regards, Michaela Bolzan Creative Director
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Helene, Jenni, Elizabeth and welcome Roberta
Words of the day
Epoch – a point in
Flounce – fling of
the body, a ruffle
Coruscate – of
light, flash or sparkle
Snuffle – breathe
noisily through a partially blocked nose
Writing from words of the day
Pauline – In the
early morning air, Roberta – The manikins, Jenni – The Flamenco dancer, Terry –
All night long, Helene- The snake and
Elizabeth – Revealing the tops of your legs.
Reading of homework
created homework as follows: Pauline – A
bath when necessary, Jenni – Very little to write this week, Terry – The
initials EW, Elizabeth – Tommy the pony, Roberta – Hungry, cold and lonely and
Juan – Hot air (read by Terry).
Exercise – The meteor
created a character and wrote stories including a description of the character
and a meteor.Jenni – My idol, Roberta –
I saw a meteor, Pauline – Hollywood here I come, Elizabeth – I can’t lie,
Helene – I hate crowds and Terry – The nutty professor.
Exercise - I see, I hear, I smell, I touch/
feel, I taste
The writers motivated by the exercise created the following stories: Helene –
Chocolate, Elizabeth – A well groomed man and licorice, Pauline – Light and
darkness, Roberta – A bottle, Jenni – Sunny sky & water and Terry – Through
my minds eyes.
The music was loud
or any other topic that stimulates your creativity
Helene, Pauline, Cath, Terry, Pat, Lynn, Jenny and welcome to
Derrick our new on-line member in Cooma.
Belligerent – warlike
Relinquish – give up
Gauche – awkward
Connive – to do something
Abysm- bottomless, unfathomable
Enmity – hostility, hate, antagonism
Supercilious – full of contempt and arrogance
from words of the day
The writers grabbed our negative words and battled to produce
the following stories; Pat – I would like, Lynne – a world of hate, Jenny –
growing up, Cath – Comeuppance, Terry – Eating gruel, Helene – Donald Trump and
Pauline – Pay TV.
Six of our writers produced great stories; Helene – Catch a
falling star, Pauline – School days, Pat – It started as a joke, Jenny – Love
dilemma, Terry – train travel and Derrick – Sir Balin and maidens in distress
read by Terry.
- The secret belly dancer or the tooth fairy
This topic created a great deal of fun in the stories: Jenny –
Baby swaps, Lynn – Filthy teeth, Pat – Conditions of service, Pauline – Dear
Easter Bunny, Helene – The price of friendship and Terry – Deep glasses.
2 - On the road again
This musical theme encouraged some singing and the following
stories: Pauline – The bench seat, Pat – I love travel, Lynn – The ribbon of
grey, Jenny – In July, Terry – Learning to swear and Helene – The smell of warm