Grassroots Writers’ Weekend Event – Writing Workshops Open to all Storytellers!


Authors from our region and the very best teachers of writing and publishing are gathering on the weekend of the 17 – 19 May 2019 for the Grassroots Writers’ Weekend at Coffs Harbour Community Village and Cavanbah Centre, hosted by Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group. Starting on Friday afternoon and finishing on Sunday afternoon, it’s a festival of workshops, hands-on, ‘doing’ sessions, available to everyone from school students to seniors; everyone who loves storytelling​.

The aim of this weekend is to provide affordable, practical workshops for the beginning, the aspiring, ​and the published writer. It’s only $25 for the whole weekend with a barbecue and dinner optional paid extras.

There are sessions on memoir and short story writing , writing for children and young adults, using your travel experiences to write for profit and pleasure, interviewing for and writing personal profiles for magazines and novels, writing and performing poetry, getting a little magic into your creations and researching the facts (for that family memoir or novel) and using online tools. And there are sessions on editing and the final polish, and how to get published, pitching, marketing and social media.

The Grassroots Writers Weekend at the Community Village and Cavanbah Centre 17-19 May 2019 has something for everybody, is affordable and practical.

For further information phone Leonie on 0412668315

Feel free to join the Grassroots Writers Weekend Facebook Group, go to:

A Salute to Our Pioneers

Coffs Harbour Writer’s Group (CHWG) has a proud 32-year history of nurturing the writing skills of its members. On​ Monday 5th November 2018, we had the pleasure of presenting a tribute to those who laid the foundation stones of this valued community service.

Members and guests had the pleasure of meeting some of our honored members from yesteryear; like our Life Members: Rosemary Nisted, Carrolline Rhodes, and Lorraine Penn.

Both Rosemary and Carrolline took us on a journey of early days of CHWG and the benefits of belonging to an ​aspiring writers​ ​group.

Lorraine​ spoke about the group’s achievements over the past several years, including the highly successful Grassroots Writers Weekend Event held in 2015 and to be hosted again by Coffs Harbour Writers Group 17 to 19 May 2019.

Tom Strickland



Making the Most out of Microsoft Word

Coffs Harbour Writers Group will be holding a ‘hands-on’ practical workshop using Microsoft Word and your own laptop or tablet as a tool for preparing your written works.

In this workshop you will learn the basics of formatting, working with ‘track changes’ and finding answers to the most common problems associated with Word documents.

Facilitator: Rosalie Skinner

When: Monday 3rd September

Time: 1.30 to 3.30pm

Where: CeX Club, Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour.

Cost: Members free, non-members $7.50.

Congratulations Les and James

Two of our long-standing members Les Farey and James Hall were awarded a 20-year Acknowledgement Certificate during the 7th August​ 2018 general meeting by the outgoing President Roger Harris.

These two gentlemen have been wonderful supporters of our writers’ group for the past twenty years, which was formed in 1986.

Congratulations Les and James, you are both legends.


Presentation of the research facilities of Trove at Coffs Harbour Library 7/3/2018

Members and guests were given an overview by Debbie Campbell into Coffs Harbour Library’s research facility of the interactive Trove, a revolutionary new free search engine resource for researching historical archives for books, images, maps and music, especially historic newspapers from 1803 to 1954. It includes voice recordings made in 1988 of individuals telling their stories.