July 2020 WAVERLEY WRITERS’ REPORT to FOWL (Friends of Waverley Library)

Dear All: Due to the current inactivity of our sponsor, FOWL, I will continue to present this report on a sporadic basis. Note that my last report was written in April, after the library shutdown began. The reason for this one, after a break of 3 months, is that there are good things happening.

Because Waverley Writers was unable to access the library in April, May and June, for what would have been our 55th, 56th and 57th meetings, we could not meet face to face. Many in the group felt reluctant to Zoom. Instead, we devised a system in which we would email chapters/pieces to each other for feedback. We wondered if it would work.

Well, work it did. In April, 7 of us participated, and in May and in June, there were 9 participants. The numbers were similar to our face-to-face meetings over the years. Providing feedback in an email has been an exhilarating and rewarding experience. One is bound to provide more detail and therefore to pay more attention to another’s work. Hopefully, when we get back to the library, we will use this experience to bolster our round-the-table feedback skills.

All comments received about the experience were positive. One member found the input from others ‘helpful, kind and supportive’. Another experienced ‘a huge learning curve’. One of us has written, ‘I’ve found the email exchange of work and feedback extremely good…It has been better than face to face as there’s more time to consider other people’s work…I’ve found it valuable to receive corrected versions, especially for the typos and grammar.’

Nevertheless, we are hoping that the July session will return us to the library. It would be good to be together again, including those members who have not yet participated in the email exchange.

Other news is that our newest member, Gabrielle Lord, participated in a Zoom Webinar session on June 23rd. Those of us who tuned in would have found it enjoyable and also revealing and helpful for writers. The session was called ‘Ask the Author: Gabrielle Lord – Australia’s Queen of Crime Fiction’. Gabrielle introduced her latest novel, Sisters. You can catch it and her on Randwick Library’s Facebook page.

Capriccio: A Novel by Waverley Writers’ member Dina Davis was selected as a finalist for the state-wide NT Chief Minister’s Book Awards 2020. Bravo, Dina! This award is held every two years, and this year had a record number of entries. Dina will be in conversation with Helene Grover in a webinar from Randwick Library on Tuesday 7 July from 4-5 p.m. They will be discussing the writing of Capriccio: A Novel. You can register for this event on:

https://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/library/library-events/library-calendar/events/home/ask-the-author-dina-davis-with-helene-grover

Sharing Writing Skills by Randwick Writers’ Group is on sale through Ginninderra Press. The Waverley Writers who are represented in its authorship are grateful to those members who have purchased a copy. Hopefully they will find it useful. You can find this book at:

https://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/store.php?catalog/search/randwick/date/1

The future: Anne will let us know when Waverley Writers can return to the library.  If that cannot happen in July, she will be in touch about continuing our email exchange.

Regards

Susan Beinart (Liaison Waverley Writers of FOWL)

 

 

 

 

Creating My Novel Karrana

It seems like I’ve only just published and launched my novel Karrana, and uploaded a new cover, when another book I’ve been involved in creating is about to be launched. So I’ll  finish this post on the novel before publicising our new shared book on this site.

Self publishing Karrana was a steep learning curve for me, but one that I had to take. I started the publishing process in March 2019, and had the eBook published by May, and the paperback by September of last year. I paid nothing for these services, apart from a cover photo from Shutterstock where you get 5 quality photos for $49. After that, it cost me only my own blood, sweat and tears, as I followed the steps laid out on the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) website. And I had a successful Book Launch at Gleebooks at the end of last year, 6 months after having started the process. Thanks to my friends and colleagues from Waverley and Randwick Writers for their support.

One of the advantages of self publishing with KDP is that you can edit the manuscript online, while it is in the ebook stage, and have it perfected by the time you publish the paperback.

The cover was changed recently,  to reflect more the lyrical, poetic quality as well as the darker aspects underlying the themes of the novel.  My daughter, an artistic type, suggested this, and assisted me greatly here.

Here is a model for the proposed changes that still needed to be perfected at this stage.

Bringing a novel to publication is no small task. In some way, it’s akin to giving birth: there’s pain and hard labour on the way to fulfilment. But the finished product, if you’ve planned well and have a creative bent, as well as a practical one, is well worth the effort, and you can be very proud.

After completing Creative Writing Studies at The University Of Technology in 2005, I gradually became fascinated with the concept of ‘blogging’, digital marketing and self-publishing. My own blog The Craft of Writing, journals the past ten years of my educational experience, beginning as a complete Internet newbie, to a digital practitioner in the field of publishing and creative writing.

Karrana is based loosely on my parents’ love story and the aftermath of pregnancy and marriage, in country New South Wales during the forties and fifties. The narrative examines issues in an extended family, focusing on ironic polarities through the prism of the post-war years in country Australia and in Sydney. It’s about love, passion and the search for real fulfilment within a relationship. The themes are still relevant in society today.

It’s a story of how it might have been, if I’d been in charge of our destinies. Freud or Jung might have called it a transcendent story.

I like to think that the novel parallels that of Australia at the end of the forties, moving forward, through conflict and passion, towards a more tolerant and liberated society.

April 2020 Report by Susan Beinart

WAVERLEY WRITERS OF FOWL REPORT to FOWL (Friends of Waverley Library) COMMITTEE, April 2020

Dear all: Due to recent (ongoing?) changes to the FOWL schedule, I intend to continue to present this report bi-monthly. Please note that because of the temporary closure of Waverley library and the resultant delay of the Friends’ 2020 AGM, FOWL is not presently active.

Waverley Writers of FOWL held its 53rd and 54th meetings on the 3rd Sundays of February and March from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. There were 5 participants at the February meeting, and 8 at the March meeting, both of which were convened by Anne Skyvington.

During these sessions, all participants presented writing. Throughout our total of 4 hours together, we shared 8 novel excerpts, 4 memoir pieces and 1 poem. As always, we offered positive and constructive feedback.

We held our second meeting, which was on Sunday 15th of March, under the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic. At that stage, Randwick Writers’ Sharing Writing Skills, just published by Ginninderra Press, had been booked in at Waverley Library for an April launch. Some Waverley Writers, having co-authored this book, wishfully publicised the launch, despite already feeling that it might not go ahead. (Note: Sharing Writing Skills by Randwick Writers’ Group is available on the Ginninderra website and also via online booksellers such as Amazon. A virtual launch is being planned.)

Realising, too, that our Waverley Writers’ meetings could also close down, we asked members how they wished to proceed. Most said they would like to exchange pieces of writing via email. Though Zoom and Skype were mentioned, some felt that they didn’t have the technical know-how required for these tools.

This view was further corroborated via emails from members. So we worked out a modus operandi to accommodate everyone. Here is what we—Anne and Susan—have committed to do:

For those of you who wish to participate, please send, as an attachment, the poetry or prose that you are working on—of up to no more than one thousand words if possible—to Anne’s email address by Friday10th April. Susan and Anne will divide these email addresses and the excerpts into two groups for more manageable feedback. We will then both send on attachments to participants in each of the two groups. (Note Anne’s email address: anne.skyvington@gmail.com)

So this is where we are. Like most of the world, Waverley Library has shut. But we can keep going in a different way. If you wish to participate in our excerpt-sharing effort, please email your piece to Anne by Friday10th April. We aim to get back to you in time for you to submit your feedback before Sunday19th April, our next ‘meeting’ date.

Regards and STAY WELL,

Susan Beinart (Liaison Waverley Writers of FOWL)

Thanks for this detailed—compiled under exceptional circumstances—report, Susan.

Anne Skyvington (Convenor)

January 2020 Report

WAVERLEY WRITERS OF FOWL REPORT to FOWL (Friends of Waverley Library) COMMITTEE, January 2020

Dear all: Please note that, due to changes to the FOWL schedule, I intend to present this report bi-monthly from now on.

Waverley Writers of FOWL held its 51st and 52nd meetings on the 3rd Sundays of November and December from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. There were 7 of us present at the November meeting, and 9 at the December meeting, both of which were convened by Anne Skyvington.

During these November and December meetings, all presented writing, except for one new member, who preferred to listen and observe during her first visit (in December). The group welcomed this new member. During our total of 4 hours together, we shared 2 poems, 2 short stories, 5 novel excerpts and 7 memoir pieces. We endeavoured to give positive and constructive feedback, which is always encouraged, to fellow members.

Some good news: Long-time member Pam Trustrum’s article about Susannah Fullerton’s talk on Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca was published in the December 2019 edition of FOWL Deeds. The talk took place at Waverley Library in September 2019. Congratulations to Pam for entertaining FOWL members with her article.

If you wish to contribute to future editions of FOWL Deeds, please speak to either Anne Skyvington or Susan Beinart for submission details.

Finally, here is some news about member Anne Skyvington’s successful book launch. As you know, Anne has published her first novel, Karrana, a love story set in the aftermath of the Second World War in a fictional Australian country town. Karrana was unveiled at Gleebooks on the 29th of November last year. Professor Mark Onslow launched the book against a background of illuminating slides, and there was an interesting question-and-answer section involving Anne and fellow writer Geraldine Star.

We have always supported our members at their book launches, and we did not disappoint this time. We did indeed turn up in droves to support Anne. Many Waverley Writers attended and Anne certainly appreciated our support. The launch also provided a good opportunity for present and past Waverley Writers and their writerly friends to catch up with each other.

Karrana can be ordered online through Amazon Australia and Booktopia. Eventually, it will be available through bookstores via the Australian distributor IngramSpark’s  Lightning Source  print-on-demand facility.

As always, there is no meeting in January. Waverley Writers’ next meeting will take place on Sunday 16 February 2020, from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. We are hoping to see you there.

Regards

Susan Beinart (Liaison Waverley Writers of FOWL)

 

 

 

Sunday 20th October 2019 Report

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

Waverley Writers of FOWL held its 50th meeting on the 3rd Sunday of October from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. There were 7 of us present at the meeting, which Anne Skyvington convened.

During this meeting, all 7 writers presented work, and all 7 of us shared hard copies with the group. This helped pave the way to a very successful meeting. We were presented with 2 memoir pieces, 2 short stories and 3 novel excerpts. There was spirited feedback and some of us mentioned how helpful the generous feedback in these sessions has been.

After the session, some of us discussed Susannah Fullerton’s talk on Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, which took place on Sunday 22nd September in the Waverley Library Theatrette. There was a good showing of FOWL members there; it was generally agreed that the presentation by the entertaining Susannah Fullerton was, as expected, excellent. One of our members, Pamela Trustrum, was enthused enough to write an article on the talk for the forthcoming edition of FOWL Deeds. This will be her first submission to our FOWL newsletter.

Before the presentation, Lorna Graham paid tribute to long-serving president Marie Curtis who, sadly, passed away three weeks before.

As we have mentioned earlier, we hope that some more of us will contribute to future editions of FOWL Deeds. If you wish to do so, please speak to either Anne Skyvington or Susan Beinart for submission details.

Finally, some great news. Most of you will already know that member Anne Skyvington has self-published her novel, Karrana. It’s a love story set in the aftermath of the Second World War in a fictional country town. The issues, especially for women, are still relevant today. Anne is launching Karrana at Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe at 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm on FRIDAY 29th NOVEMBER. Professor Mark Onslow will be launching the book, and champagne and snacks will be served. All Waverley Writers and FOWL members are welcome. Hopefully, we will have received invitations by now.

As we have enthusiastically supported other members at their book launches before, we will surely turn up in droves to support Anne. You can RSVP her event at WWW.KARRANA.COM.

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

Regards

Susan Beinart (Liaison Waverley Writers of FOWL)

 

 

August 2019 Meeting Report by Susan Beinart

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

Waverley Writers of FOWL held its 48th meeting on the 3rd Sunday of August from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. There were 10 of us in the room. We had 2 new members at the meeting, which Anne Skyvington convened.

During this session, all 10 writers presented interesting work. Most of us managed to share hard copies with the group. We listened to 2 pieces of short fiction, 2 poems, 3 novel excerpts, a memoir piece and two excerpts of non-fiction. Although there were ten of us there, we managed to give each person a chance to share work. Note: More than 10 participants could be a future challenge if our membership continues to grow. However, new members are always welcome.

After the feedback session, members were again encouraged to attend Susannah Fullerton’s talk on Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca on Sunday 22nd September ($10), at 2pm in the Waverley Library Theatrette. This presentation by the entertaining Susannah Fullerton is expected to be excellent.

Not long after the meeting, we received the latest, long-awaited edition of FOWL Deeds in our inboxes. Two Waverley Writers, Margie Yen and Susan Beinart, were published in this latest FOWL newsletter. Margie’s review covered Lorenzo Montesini’s Who’s Really Who in Hollywood presentation in the Waverley Library Theatrette earlier this year. Susan’s piece was about the Dina Davis/Susannah Fullerton author talk, also in the Theatrette a few months ago – Capriccio by member Dina Davis was the book discussed.

Hopefully more of us will contribute to FOWL Deeds in future. If you wish to do so, please speak to either Anne Skyvington or Susan Beinart for submission details.

Finally, some sad news. Some of you will already know that Marie Curtis, the President of FOWL, has passed away. Waverley Writers, fostered by Marie and other members of the FOWL Committee, expresses its condolences to Marie’s family on this sad occasion. Marie will be sorely missed.

Waverley Writers’ next meeting will take place on Sunday 15 September 2019, from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. We are hoping to see you there.

Regards

Susan Beinart (Liaison Waverley Writers of FOWL)

July 2019 Meeting Report by Susan Beinart

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

Waverley Writers of FOWL held its 47th meeting on the 3rd Sunday of July from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. There were 6 of us there. We were pleased to welcome another new member to the meeting, which Anne Skyvington convened.

During this session, all 6 members presented writing. The pieces were, as usual, of a high standard. Printed copies for the group to read while listening are always helpful for comprehension and feedback. We heard 3 novel excerpts, a short story, the start of a memoir and a poem. We also enjoyed a second presentation by Anne Skyvington aimed at those who are considering self-publishing. Feedback was consistently positive.

At the start of the meeting, we discussed the importance of supporting FOWL functions. It is via FOWL, after all, that we receive a free room for our monthly meetings. Members were therefore encouraged to attend the Walter Mason talk on Dickens’s Oliver Twist on Sunday 28th July ($5), and, in addition, Susannah Fullerton’s talk on Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca on Sunday 22nd September ($10), both at 2pm in the Waverley Library Theatrette. Both presentations are expected to be excellent.

Members were encouraged to check that their FOWL membership, renewable at the start of each calendar year, is up to date.

The second publishing presentation by Anne Skyvington looked at self-publishing via Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). During her earlier presentation (last month), she had outlined her personal journey to self-publication, which included the danger of pitching your manuscript to publishers before it is ready. In this talk, she focused only on self-publishing via KDP. This included details about the KDP website and how to go about using this method, which Anne did successfully when she published her novel Karrana as an ebook. Her presentation also included details such as royalties, establishing an ISBN, plus how to go about pricing eBooks and paperbacks via this method.

If you missed Anne’s talk at this July meeting, you will have another opportunity to hear it when she presents an Author/Self-publishing book talk at a future session at Waverley Library. We will keep you posted.

Waverley Writers’ next meeting will take place on Sunday 18 August 2019, from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. We are hoping to see you there.

Regards

Susan Beinart (Liaison Waverley Writers of FOWL)

 

 

 

 

The June 2019 Report for FOWL

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

Waverley Writers of FOWL held its 46th meeting on the 3rd Sunday of June from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. There were 9 writers present in the room. We were pleased to welcome a new member to the meeting, which Anne Skyvington convened.

During our June session, all 9 participants presented writing. The pieces were, as usual, enjoyable and polished. We considered a suite of 4 sparkling poems; a poignant, yet amusing article about power outages in the new South Africa; an intriguing short story, plus 4 high-value novel excerpts. We also enjoyed a helpful presentation aimed at those who are considering their publishing options. Feedback in all cases was positive.

The publishing options presentation, given by Anne Skyvington, provoked much interest. She outlined her personal journey to self-publication, which included the danger of pitching your manuscript to publishers before it is ready. Anne did not initially realise that she required more overall direction in order to successfully complete her novel, Karrana. She needed help with her structure. Eventually she found the right person to guide her. In her case, this was a manuscript assessor at Writing NSW. After this expert guidance, it took Anne another 6 months ‘to fill in the missing gaps and to cut out unnecessary bits of the manuscript’.

Anne revealed that, though she has been keeping a craft writing blog for many years (Anne Skyvington: The Craft of Writing), in which she researches and posts on the strategies required for writing longer works, she had to discover through ‘costly experience’ the error of showing one’s work too soon.

As we’ve mentioned before, Anne has published Karrana in the form of an e-book. We will let you know when and where Karrana will be available when Anne has finalised current corrections. Anne has also been asked to give an Author/Self-publishing book talk in the library to take place at a later date. We will let you know.

Waverley Writers’ next meeting will take place on Sunday 21 July 2019, from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. We are hoping to see you there.

Regards

Susan Beinart (Liaison Waverley Writers of FOWL)

 

 

 

 

May 2019 Report

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

Waverley Writers of FOWL held its 45th meeting on the 3rd Sunday of May from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. Many members were away on the day, so we were pleased to welcome 6 people to the meeting, which Dina Davis (in lieu of Anne Skyvington) convened.

Owing to the Easter weekend public holiday, we did not hold a meeting in April.

During our May session, all 6 participants presented writing. As usual, the pieces were of a high standard. We heard 5 fine novel excerpts and one amusing article about a procrastinating writer. Feedback was spirited and positive.

We also discussed a new publication that has occurred in our group. Anne Skyvington has just self-published her novel Karrana in the form of an e-book. Hopefully there will be paperbacks available later on. Many of us will recall the excerpts from this novel that Anne presented for feedback during our meetings. The latest on Karrana is that Anne is planning to make minor corrections to the book and then to re-upload it to Amazon. It will be unavailable for a short time during this process. Anne has been asked to give an Author/Self-publishing book talk in the library to take place at a later date. We will keep you posted.

One and a half months ago, in March, some of us attended member Di Alperstein’s launch of her collaborative book, Languages of Sydney: The People and the Passion, published by Candlin and Mynard and aimed at multicultural classrooms. The launch took place at the State Library and consisted of a workshop in which participants filled in silhouettes to denote aspects of their own cultures. It was great that so many of us – 6 – turned up to support Di. Some of us also brought along friends and family members. Di’s workshop, as well as being educational, proved to be great fun.

Waverley Writers’ next meeting will take place on Sunday 16th June 2019, from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library. We are hoping to see you there. Until then, keep writing!

Regards

Susan Beinart (Liaison Waverley Writers of FOWL)

 

 

MARCH 2019 Report to Friends of Waverley Library Committe, March 17, 2019

Waverley Writers of FOWL held its 44th meeting on the 3rd Sunday of March from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library.

Although we had a strong storm event on that day, we were delighted that 8 people managed to turn up for the meeting, which Anne Skyvington convened.

As is customary, all 8 participants presented writing during our session. The pieces were excellent. We heard 6 novel and 2 biographical excerpts. Once again, feedback was deservedly positive.

We kept telling each other afterwards, what a wonderful meeting it had been, a sure sign of success! Congrats to all members present for contributing to this.

We were too busy reading and debating our work to discuss other recent publishing events linked to our writers. However, we did confirm member Di Alperstein’s CHANGE OF DATE re the launch of her collaborative book, Languages of Sydney: The People and the Passion. Published by Candlin and Mynard, this book is aimed at multicultural classrooms. It will enable teachers to incorporate their students’ backgrounds into programming, with the aid of silhouettes of relevant cultural information.

Di’s launch, which will present in the form of a workshop, will take place at the State Library on SATURDAY 30TH MARCH from 3-4 pm, in the seminar room downstairs.

We hope to see many of us there to support Di. It should be a lot of fun.

Finally, owing to the Easter weekend and the resulting closure of the library, there will be NO MEETING IN APRIL. This is unfortunate but unavoidable.

Therefore, Waverley Writers’ next meeting will take place on Sunday 19th May 2019, from 2-4 pm in the Theory Room in Waverley Library.

We are hoping to see you then. In the meantime, keep writing!

Regards

Susan Beinart (Liaison Waverley Writers of FOWL)