February 2019 Meeting Report

WAVERLEY WRITERS OF FOWL REPORT to FOWL (Friends of Waverley Library) COMMITTEE, February 2019

Waverley Writers of FOWL held its 43rd meeting on the 3rd Sunday of February from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. 8 people were present at the meeting, which Anne Skyvington convened. This was our first get-together for 2019.

All 8 participants presented writing during our session. We heard 5 novel excerpts, 2 poems, 1 memoir piece and 1 short story. Feedback was as energetic as usual.

Waverley Writers are currently involved in several publishing events:

Member Maureen Mendelowitz’s launch of her heartrending second novel, Alone not lonely, was held at JewishCare in December 2018. Waverley Writers were well represented and, according to reports, the event was popular and a great success.

Moving to this year, Anne Skyvington and Maureen Mendelowitz have each published a piece in the summer edition of FOWL Deeds. Congratulations to you, and let us continue to support this newsletter, which reaches more than a hundred readers. Pieces should be 200 to 300 words. Ask Anne or Susan for further info, if required.

In February, member Dina Davis held a conversation about her recently published first novel, Capriccio, with the esteemed and knowledgeable Susannah Fullerton in the Waverley Library Theatrette. The venue was packed and the conversation flowed. Dina and Susannah were articulate, their interaction riveting. Attendees asked several questions at the end, proving their enjoyment of both book and event. Waverley Writers, past and present, turned up to celebrate Dina’s highly readable book.

Three current Waverley Writers, Anne Skyvington, Dina Davis and Susan Beinart, have just learned that their collaborative book, which they compiled with three other writers, is to be published by Ginninderra Press. The book is called Sharing Writing Skills. It shows how belonging to a writers’ group (in this case, Randwick Writers’ Group), helped them improve their writing. Samples from their own manuscripts form a substantial part of the book. Publication could take up to 10 months.

And lastly, so that you can remember the date, member Di Alperstein has just been published in (another) collaborative book, Languages of Sydney: The People and the Passion, published by Candlin and Mynard. This book is aimed at multicultural classrooms. It will help teachers incorporate the linguistic and cultural heritages of their students by asking them to fill in body silhouettes with their relevant information. Di’s launch will take place at the State Library on 23 March from 3-4 pm, in the seminar room downstairs. Hopefully Waverley Writers will turn up to Di’s launch in droves.

Waverley Writers’ next meeting will take place on Sunday 17 March 2019, from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. We are hoping to see you then.

Regards

Susan Beinart (Liaison Waverley Writers of FOWL)

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