EuroFAW day group program 2022

Topics for February to December 2022

Write a short story up to 1000 words; poetry; or Drabble which is a story or poem that is exactly 100 words and uses the month’s topic with the supplied emotion.

2 Feb:              After the Storm  or  Write from the POV of planet earth; Drabble – hurt

2 Mar:             If you could turn back time: Choose an earlier version of yourself – any age you like – and write him/her a letter that would have been helpful at the time  or Write a memoir centred on one or more items of clothing;  Drabble – furious

6 April:            Story with a non-linear plot starting with: ‘Nancy looked down at the body and considered what to do with it…’ or The Fireplace; Drabble – boastful

4 May:             A monologue, on any topic or The Newcomer: a dialogue-only story for 2-3 characters (before writing, do a character profile for each character); Drabble – cautious

1 June:            Proposed Excursion to Moruya Historical Museum, then write a story or poem inspired by something in the exhibition; Drabble – enthusiastic

6 July:              A ballad in the style of Banjo Patterson. Topic: ‘Badger’ Lee or The bike is still in its usual space; Drabble – deflated

3 Aug:              Workshop: Describe a person, starting with physical characteristics and mannerisms, then moving on to character, using the topic: Evie was going to miss her flight

7 Sept:             Pick the opening line of any novel and write a story that begins with it but is completely different from the original or A random Act; Drabble – indifferent

5 Oct:              Write a story in which food plays an important part or Stillness; Drabble – agreeable

2 Nov:             Don’t tell the neighbours or At Sea; Drabble – gentle

7 Dec:              Xmas party and lunch: On-the-spot writing to a given topic. Every couple of minutes a random word, provided by a committee member, has to be incorporated in a meaningful way

Congratulations – Literary Salon another success

2021 Literary Salon was a fabulous two nights of stories, poems, and artwork. Congratulations to writers, artists, and the Council’s organising team of Indi, Sue, and Sharon. Looking forward to 2022 Literary Salon. The Eurobodalla Fellowship of Australian Writers welcomes everyone whether a complete writing novice through to multi-published authors. For the times gatherings at venues are restricted we write, read, and give feedback via Zoom meetings. Contact Eurobodalla Writers to attend a meeting and find out more about this creative group.

https://www.beagleweekly.com.au/post/literary-salons-2021

2021 Literary Salon

Some good news after the unfortunate 2020 cancellation due to Covid-19-restrictions the Eurobodalla Literary Salon returns! Artworks, from The Basil Sellers Art Prize Retrospective exhibition (26 June to 8 August) showcasing that event’s history, are the inspiration for short stories and poems featured in this year’s Literary Salon. The Bas, exhibition space attached to the Moruya Library, will be the venue for the 2021 Literary Salon. The Salon has been part of the Eurobodalla literary scene since 2016 and members from the Eurobodalla Writers Group are excited to once again be participating in the event. Bookings for the Literary Salon on either Wednesday 4th August or Friday 6th August are essential. Ticket numbers are limited due to Covid-venue-restrictions. https://thebas.com.au/public-programs scroll down to The Eurobodalla Literary Salons

EWG Meetings 2021

Eurobodalla Writers Day Group Program 2021 3 February to December


Eurobodalla Writers day and night meetings: Members and visitors please note that meetings via Zoom may be substituted, or the venue cancelled at short notice, during Eurobodalla Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings. Covid sign-in, hand sanitiser, bring your own tea/coffee mug protocols, bring a mask if required. Do not attend if unwell. Members please advise via email if you are not attending a meeting.

Night group meetings are in private venues around the Moruya area on the first Tuesday of every month (6.30-8.30pm) – bookings for all meetings essential. Writing for works towards publication, to develop stories & memoirs, group novella, writing experience. If you’re not writing a story and wish to attend the night group please choose topics from the day group program or submit your own topic.

Day group meetings are on the first Wednesday of every month in the Red Door Hall next to Anglican Church Page St Moruya – bookings for all meetings essential. Meetings are from 10.30am to 1.30pm. See topics for day-time meetings. Note: please email of stories and poems prior as per Committee’s new guidelines (see EWG secretary’s emails for further information).

New enquiries for both groups welcome

Topics for July to December day-time meetings

Topics are open to writer’s interpretation. Short story to 1000 words, Drabble is a complete story in exactly 100 words, poetry

07 July:                 Come Away with Me OR Spring; Summer; Autumn; Winter. (4 separate tasks, using a different style or genre for each.) See doc – list of genres. Drabble: Puzzlement.

04 Aug:                View from a Train OR Falling. Drabble: Either topic.

01 Sep:                Excursion: Either Moruya Historical Museum or Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens. Fall back topics: Trees OR Sandshoes.

06 Oct:                 Write about a place you used to go to as a childOR I Was Born at the Wrong Time. Drabble: Patience.

03 Nov:               Begin a story with these words: ‘In the vine-shadows on the veranda…’ OR Moving.  Drabble: either topic

01 Dec:                Christmas party.

Topics for February to June day-time meetings

Topics are open to writer’s interpretation. A Drabble is a complete story in exactly 100 words

03 Feb:                 Position Doubtful OR Late Nights on Air. Drabble:  Laziness (for either topic)

03 Mar:                Traveller’s Tale OR Ruby Drabble: either topic

07 Apr:                 Across the Valley: Write a story or poetry with the eye of a cinematographer (background noise, weather, colour, texture, detail, angle of view, scene opening)                      

A workshop, if meeting in person

05 May:                Free topic, but you MUST:

1. Begin the story at sunrise.

2. You must use the following words somewhere in your story: SIGNATURE, PATIENT and BICYCLE.

3. Your story must include a character who has to make a CHOICE.

Drabble: either topic.

02 June:               Crossroads OR Research a famous person from NSW 1788-1838. Create a fictional side-character and build a story mixing fact and fiction. Drabble: Fear.

Dark Days

Dark Days

The dragon breathes out

Spits tongues crimson, tangerine, gold

Devours brittle bush

Black spumes spew forth

Demonic, hellish, apocalyptic

It is 2 am

 

The eye sees, the ear hears nothing

No power no phone no internet

 

Embers tossed high spat up like fire crackers

The dragon gorging morphing

Acrid smoke punctures lungs, curdling

Blackened leaves rain down

Strewn like seaweed along the sand

 

Preparation protection packing

Decision indecision

The little brown suitcase – quick!

Precious link to the past

Rattled minds raw hearts stunned

Huddling on beaches, backs to the water

Holding each other in the 2 pm dark

 

Plugged in again

Information double-edged

Too little

Some lost everything

Who?

Others spared

Stopped at the gate, took next door

Who, who?

Too much

Wildlife incinerated, forests blackened sticks

How to process so much loss

 

And yet… courage, community and hope

Exhausted fireys return to the fray

Helicopters hammer close by, scoop up water, taming the beast

Homes and pockets open

New shoots spring fluoro green, bright fuzz on scorched trees

A chicken lays its first egg

A wallaby, nursed back to health, returns each evening in thanks

A firey cradles water dragon eggs, from the rubble of a gutted home

 

© Rosie Toth March 2020