Upcoming Workshop – Love to Travel? Love to Write?

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Calling all travel junkies! Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group is putting on a Travel Writing workshop which is sure to get your taste buds twittering, your feet itching and your fingers poised on the keyboard…and the credit card out to book that next ticket!

When:     Wednesday 2 November 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Where:    Cavanbah Centre, Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour

Bookings essential: 0412668315

Cost: Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group members $7.50; Non-Members $15

Presenter: Leonie Henschke.

Everybody likes to travel – to get away from day to day routines – whether it is to exotic locations or to a B&B up in the hills. In every one of those settings there is a story. It is up to the writer to capture the sights, smells, sounds, and, most particularly, personal stories to make that special place come alive for the reader. In this relaxed session, journalist and writer (and adventure traveller), Leonie Henschke, facilitates group conversation to share, inspire, amuse and challenge other travel junkie writers! Bring along your memories! Leonie will ensure a practical, hands-on workshop with take home messages and inspiration for new scribblers and experienced writers alike!


My Chair Is Still There

Tribute poem to our member’s by Sally Ross

My chair is still there but where am I

It’s been four months since I said goodbye

I’ve missed the meetings and morning teas

The poems, the stories the camaraderie


Gentle James, artistic Suzanne.

Enquiring Janice’s, Estelle with a plan

Roger’s stories of his sisters the witches, on seat of his pants,

car races in ditches.


Ron with his interesting editorial quotes,

Danielle with her snip-its and off the wall jokes

Les with his school days a teacher to boot

Yvonne with a laugh, our meetings a hoot.


Rhonda had stories about a small fish

Lorraine is the President she always look swish


Leonie writes newsletters our editor in chief

Rosalie writes her books, which feature Caleath


There are more in our group it grows everyday

And where am I?

I’m home but away!

Upcoming Workshop – How To Present Your Story And The Art Of Story Telling To Capture Your Audience

This workshop will include breathing exercises to loosen up presentation nerves, joint story telling exercises using emotions and music to capture the passion of your story and interactive presentations.

Facilitator:        Yvonne Kachel

When:              7th September

Time:               1.30pm to 3.30pm

Where:             Cavanbah Hall, Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour

Cost:                $7.50 for members and $15.00 for non-members

Five Writers Road Trip 2016

Word warriors hit the road again on their way to Byron Writers Festival 2016

According to numerologists the number five is the most dynamic and energetic of all single digit numbers. That is undoubtedly why the 2016 Byron Writers Festival is again hosting the Five Writers Road Trip. Five writers will head to five towns in five days, talking writing and reading at pubs, clubs, cafes, galleries, schools, libraries, service stations, bus stops…wherever there are readers, the fearless 555 will go.

This year’s Fab Five are Luke Carman, Kate Forsyth, GJ Stroud, Jesse Blackadder and Miles Merrill, captained by evil genius and holder of an unblemished van license, Zacharey Jane.

They will be beaming in to Coffs Harbour, Mullumbimby, Ballina, Brunswick and Lennox Head.

Coffs Harbour, Friday 29 July

Coffs Harbour Library  12.00-1.00pm
27 Duke St, Coffs Harbour
PH: 6648 4900

Latitude 30 Bookings essential:  7.00-9.00pm 8/1 Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour 6651 6888

‘Word has spread since last year’s fantastic ‘Five Writers’ tour, sparking requests from readers throughout northern NSW for the 555 creative crew to visit their town. The Fab Five have a full coastal itinerary planned that’s bound to enthrall and entertain,’ said Festival Director, Edwina Johnson.

‘The 555 tour is tasked with carrying good books and fine writers to places no writers’ festival has ever gone before’

Saturday 30th – Coffs Central 11am to 12noon

Writers’ workshop from Luke Carman and spoken word artist Miles Merrill, talking about quick-fixes and their writing process.  Bookings essential for this workshop at zjfivewritersroadtrip@gmail.com

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Upcoming Workshop – Creating Compelling Characters

Make Your Readers Care!

Characters drive your story. Creating real characters makes your reader turn the page.

This interactive workshop, for the aspiring or emerging writer of fiction or memoir, looks at techniques for creating characters that will live on in your readers’ minds after they close the book.

We use some basic psychological insights to discover how you can create memorable characters that leap off the page and hook your readers from the beginning.

We draw on examples from modern fiction, memoir and film to see how the experts did it!

When:                          1st June, 2016

Time:                           1.30pm to 3.30pm

Where:                        Cavanbah Hall, Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour

Cost:                            $7.50 for members and $15.00 for non-members

Creating Compelling Characters Workshop

Local Author Launches – Girl on the Edge

It was with great pleasure to have had the opportunity of attending the Official Book Launch ‘Girl on the Edge’ by local author Kim Hodges.

Girl of the Edge is Kim’s first memoir book and it certainly won’t be her last.

Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight officially launched this outstanding book on 13th February, at Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club.

For further information go to: http://www.kimhodges.id.au

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A New Home for Gatherings in 2016

Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group has an established core of dedicated writers, some published, some writing memoirs, some poetry and screenplays, others into science fiction, romance and young adult, and whatever they are interested in that day! It’s a very encouraging setting for anyone who loves to craft the written word for any media.

After more than five years’ meeting every month at the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club, 30 year old Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group has a new home for gatherings! Cavanbah Hall, Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, on the first Wednesday of the month from 10 am to 12 noon commencing 3rd February 2016 and afterwards for lunch in the nearby scrumptious Chill Out Café in the Community Village. It’s a lovely new venue with lots of space for inspiration and group work. Invited guest speakers also bring in other skills and ideas and links to community groups.

Social Coffee Gatherings are held in between on the third Thursday of the month at 10.00 am at local cafes and members’ homes.

New members and guests are welcome at all times. Just come along and have a look and maybe take part in our readings or in a skills workshop held bi monthly on meeting days after lunch.


Upcoming Workshop – Planning Your Plot

Calling all plotters out there!

You might not be plotting the next challenge for political leadership but as a writer you do want to have an engaging plot for your next story. You want the reader to keep turning the pages! So if plotting is your thing (or your challenge) come along to the next Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group Workshop, Planning your Plot, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm Wednesday, 7 October, Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club. Facilitated by local author, Rosalie Skinner, this workshop will teach you the essential elements of plotting, how to avoid plot distractions, how to develop characters and advance your story. Rosalie says: “Every genre has guidelines. Following them will ensure your story follows the rules. Recognising each element will simplify your writing process and help create clear, compulsive storytelling.”

Planning Your Plot

Facilitator: Local author, Rosalie Skinner

When: Wednesday 7th October, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm

Where: Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club

Cost: $7.50 Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group members and $15.00 non-members

More information and reservations: Leonie on 0412668315

Rosalie can be contacted through Rosalie Skinner or her blog Ramblings from Lady Rosalie http://rosalieskinner.blogspot.com.au