Projects and Resources

In this section you will find current projects directly below, scroll down for writers ‘resources’.


2015 Grassroots Writers’ Weekend Event:

Coffs Harbour Writers’ group is proud to be hosting this year’s annual ‘Grassroots Writers’ Weekend’ at the Coffs Harbour Community Village from 8th to 10th May, 2015.

The aim of this weekend is to provide an affordable, hands-on practical weekend of workshops for the beginning, the aspiring and the published author.  For further information go to the dedicated website for this event:


Anzac Centenary Year Project:

To assist in honouring our Digger’s some members of the Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group, established in 1986, is going to embark on a virtual written, including photos Anzac Centenary project, which will involve Digger’s family members who were affected and involved in some way by the First World War.


Our Great Uncle Mayson Penn

(contributing authors: Lorraine Penn & Deb Smith)

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War.

It was fascinating to find out through my sister Deb Smith that we actually have an Anzac Hero in our family heritage.

Thanks to Deb’s searching ability on where they recently released new information about World War 1 Anzacs that she managed to find a photo of our Great Uncle Mayson Penn who died at Gallipoli in 1915.

Great Uncle Mayson immigrated to Australia from England with our Dad’s father William Mossop Penn in 1912 and two years later war broke out in Europe. Similar to a lot of young men at that time, he enlisted at Liverpool in Sydney and joined the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) 19th Battalion.

Unfortunately he died whilst leaving the trenches to fight on Hill 60 on 25th August 1915 and is buried at Lone Pine War Memorial at Gallipoli (his photo and name is inscribed in the photos attached).

To imagine that he travelled from England all the way to Australia for a better life only to travel back to Europe and be killed fighting for Australia is a heartbreak, as it was for 60,000 who were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed or taken as prisoners’.

When we acknowledge ANZACS in years to come, we will be thinking of our Great Uncle Mayson Penn, a factual Anzac Hero.


2016 – 30th Year Anthology Book:

Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group is proud to be approaching our 30th year as a writers’ group in September 2016.

Members have contributed their works towards our 30th year anthology book titled ‘Writing Outside The Flags’   Books are for sale $20 for members and $25 for non members.



Coffs Harbour Writers Group is pleased to share ideas about suitable resources that have been tried and tested by our members, as below:

‘Scrivener Writing Software’ helps you grow your ideas in style.  It is a powerful content-generation tool for writers and it allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents.  The website below includes a tutorial video.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a online camp for writers who want a training forum for achieving a set word count within the month.  The online camp gives you encouragement to keep writing during the month.

For more information go to



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