Each meeting is the first Saturday of the month and commences at 1:30pm at the Pennant Hills Community Centre (Cnr Yarrara & Ramsay Roads – next to the library).
Members are welcome to participate in critiquing sessions after each workshop. Feel free to bring along a poem or a page or two of your latest story.
A printable version of the programme is available here: 2020 EH FAW Programme New
The printable version includes details of the structure of meetings, more information on each workshop, including warm-ups, internal competitions for paid up members, and notes on how to present your work when submitting it.
(Please note, sometimes unforeseen circumstance can lead to a need to adjust the programme content)
February 1 Entries for Pauline Walsh Award due today
What moment in nature recently surprised you? Please write three lines only.
Workshop: Beverley George – ‘Haiku: Ikigai Living in the Moment’
Assignment due in March: To be advised
Warm-up: FAW Warm-Up:
Read to the group a paragraph from a crime thriller describing either: the antagonist, the protagonist or a fight scene.
Workshop: Sally Lewry ‘Crime Part 2 – The Usual Suspects
In Crime Workshop Part 2 we’ll focus on the antagonist (the baddy) and the protagonist (the goody). Working through some exercises and discussions we’ll gain ideas of how to create empathy for the antagonist, even though they may be sociopathic, psychopathic and just plain bad. We’ll look at ways to help the protagonist be interesting enough for a reader to want to know more. Finally, we’ll consider how to create fight scenes between the antagonist and protagonist that don’t bore the reader.
Assignment due in April: To be advised
Warm-up: No Warm-up (guest speaker)
Workshop: Priscilla Rosenberg of Rosenberg Press, a local non-fiction publisher.
‘Aspects of Publishing’
Assignment due in May: To be advised
Choose a fairy tale. In one sentence tell us how the female/s is/are treated. In one or two sentences tell us what you would have like to see happen instead.
Workshop: Laura Davis – ‘Feminist Fairy Tales’
Fairy tales are extremely violent and most (though certainly not all) of the victims are female (but some females are perpetrators, though not many by comparison). Females are raped, murdered, neglected, locked in towers, mutilated, abandoned, married off, and so on. Imagine rewriting a fairy tale were the heroine is triumphant – many such retellings have been written.
Assignment due in June: To be Advised.
Write a short rhyming poem to 10 lines on an aspect of nature. Try to draw on some of the five senses and include/touch on your emotional response to the scene or subject.
Workshop: Anne Howard – ‘The Romantic Poets’
Assignment due in July: To be advised
July 4 Book Sale 1: Bring your unwanted books and buy someone else’s.
Imagine you are a resident of the Colony of New South Wales in the first fifty years since
26th January, 1788. Write three sentences describing an encounter with a famous person in
Workshop: Frances Moon – ‘Historical Short Story’
Assignment due in August: To be advised
August 1 Book Sale 2: Bring your unwanted books and buy someone else’s
1.30pm Normal business meeting and set up for Annual Literary Competition
2.30pm Presentation Afternoon for Annual Literary Competition
Assignment due in September: To be advised
September 5 Entries for John Kelly Award due today
Note: 1.30pm start for monthly meeting business and reports
Annual General Meeting
Warm-up: No Warm-up (guest speaker)
Workshop: Christine Sykes: A talk on her debut novel ‘The Changing Room’ followed by critiquing.
Assignment due in October: To be advised.
Magical realism contains an implicit criticism of Society, particularly the elite. What is one aspect of Society that you would choose for implicit criticism and why? Write three to four sentences only.
Workshop: Elizabeth Collins – ‘Magical Realism – when realism is invaded by something too strange to believe’
Assignment due in November: To be advised
Imaginatively summarise who you are in just six words
Workshop: Carolyn Alfonzetti – ‘Microlit: The art of writing postcard fiction, drabbles, twitteratue and other tiny tales.’
Assignment due in December: Write a piece of postcard fiction (maximum 500 words excluding title) that includes the word ‘miniature’.
* Christmas Party at a venue and time to be announced.
Please note that although as much care as possible has been taken in compiling the programme, alterations may occur. In this event every effort will be made to notify members in advance.
Full printable .PDF of the programme can be accessed here: 2020 EH FAW Programme