The Barefoot Editor Workshop

Another exciting workshop is planned for May 3rd.  Participants will learn how to turn your pasture into lawn.

The workshop will cover identifying and culling weeds like; words to avoid (and discuss why), repetition, redundancies, time stream, cliche’s, passive and active voice, showing versus telling, and much more.  We will not worry about spelling and simple grammar.  Hopefully, those prickles have already been dealt with.  If you can present your work to an editor (or discerning reader) as an inviting, painless ‘walk’ you story is more likely to be considered.

Facilitator:         Rosalie Skinner

When:                Wednesday 3rd May

Time:                 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Where:               Cavanbah Centre, Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour

Cost:                   $7.50 for members and $15 for non-members

Workshop 1st March


Industry or Indie?

It’s never too early or late for aspiring writers to consider how to get their work out there.

This workshop will explore the promise and perils of different publishing pathways; traditional publishing, vanity press and self-publishing or “indie publishing”.

We’ll answer such questions as:

  • Who are the major publishers and are they interested in me?
  • What is an Agent and do I need one?
  • How do I present my manuscript?
  • I’ve got my advance, I’m going on a cruise. Right?
  • Is “vanity press” always the villain?
  • Self-publishing an e-book: how hard can it be?
  • Self-publishing a paperback: how costly will it be?
  • I’m published: can I quit the day job?

The presenter, Margaret Penhall-Jones is a local writer and editor.

Invitation to 30th Year Anniversary Book Launch


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Members of the Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group have reason to celebrate. A book of short stories and poems by 22 of its members has just been published. And it has a fabulous picture of the Coffs Harbour marina on the cover taken by avid photographer and member, Roger Harris.

The Anthology of stories, entitled Writing Outside the Flags, is commemorating thirty years of continuous operation of the Writers’ Group, perhaps the oldest in NSW. Most of the pieces include the word ‘beach’ to mark the location but they range from stories of first dips in the sea, sand-castles and mysterious cottages in the woods to concepts of ‘freedom’ and saving the world. There’s also a glimpse of World War II coming to our town and a mysterious dragon-filled dream. ‘Why I Hate Bananas’ is probably the catchiest title but there is something in the collection for everyone.

The Writers’ Group will be launching the book on Friday 18 November from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library in Coffs Harbour and light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. Come along and hear the stories and find out what the Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group has to offer. More information on 041 266 8315.

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

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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