2018 Eurobodalla Shire Council Literary Salons

2018 Eurobodalla Shire Council Literary Salons

Following on from the two very successful Salons in 2016 and 2017, we’re gearing up for an even bigger and better series in October 2018. This time we have 14 writers paired with 14 artists, who have chosen a sample of writing each to interpret in painting or print.

In conjunction with Eurobodalla Libraries, we’re holding 3 events in which the writers will read their works and the artists will display theirs, plus time for discussion of both works –

Moruya Library: October 11, 5.30 – 7 pm (5 writers and artists)

Batemans Bay Library: October 18, 5.30 -7 pm (5 writers and artists)

Narooma Library: October 25, 5.30 – 7 pm (4 writers and artists)

All the artworks will be on display in the libraries 8 October – 26 October.

Refreshments included. So come along and bring your friends for one, two or three entertaining evenings!

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Young writers celebrated in Mayor’s Writing Competition

Young writers celebrated in Mayor’s Writing Competition (3rd August 2018)

Moruya High School student Bonnie Rouch has picked up the major prize in this year’s Mayor’s Writing Competition. The finalists for the competition were celebrated at a special morning tea at the Eurobodalla Shire Council Chambers on Thursday.

Bonnie was the winning finalist in the 13-15 age category and also picked up the Syd Hayes Creative Writing Award for her thoughtful story told from the perspective of a turtle, who gets caught in a plastic bag. She received a beautiful pen handcrafted from local coastal wood by Richard Turley and her name features on the award’s perpetual trophy, which now moves to its new home at Moruya High School.

The Mayor’s Writing Competition, in its 10th year this year, was initiated by former Mayor, the late Fergus Thomson OAM to encourage and celebrate the literary talents of Eurobodalla children and young adults. On Thursday Mayor Liz Innes congratulated all the finalists, who were chosen from more than 200 entries across five age groups. “To become a finalist is a huge achievement and I would like to congratulate all of the finalists here today – well done,” she said. “This is an important competition that allows children and young adults the freedom and confidence to creatively express themselves through writing stories. “We are looking forward to the competition continuing to grow and offering an opportunity for the children in the shire to exercise their creative literary talents.”

Entries were judged on creativity and their ability to captivate the reader. The judges noted the stories were entertaining, imaginative, insightful and thoughtful. Rosie Toth, from the Eurobodalla Writers Group, told the students writing was like a sport in which “we need to train by practising”. “Writing isn’t always easy… the reward is there when it all comes together,” she said. “Who doesn’t love a good story? All the cultures in the world have great stories. They allow us to use our imagination, but also to explore ideas about ourselves and the world around us.”

Each winner and runner-up received a certificate and book voucher. All finalists received a professionally-bound anthology that includes their own story and illustrations.

 

Mayor Writing Competition 2018 finalists

 5-6 age group: Encouragement award Hudson Longstaff, runner-up Noah McCarthy, winner Ella Douros.

7-9 age group: Encouragement award Sean Peard, runner-up Fletcher Cobden, winner Iona Kelly.

10-12 age group: Encouragement award Samara Ellis, runner-up Zahlia Kelly, winner Tayah Boyd.

13-15 age group: Encouragement award Rosie Shorter, runner-up Teagan Moses, winner Bonnie Rouch.

16- 18 age group: Encouragement award Leora Kelly, runner-up Hugh Tuckwell, winner Pippi Sparrius

Winner of the Syd Hayes Award and the Eurobodalla Writers’ Perpetual Shield Trophy: Bonnie Rouch

https://www.beagleweekly.com.au/single-post/2018/08/03/Young-writers-celebrated-in-Mayors-Writing-Competition

EWG program Mar to Dec 2018

7 Feb*            Open topic

21 Feb**        Footsteps  or This was the tropics

7 Mar*           On the spot writing: bring a photo for someone else to write about.

21 Mar           AGM
Taste  or  Waiting

4 Apr*            Confessions  or  The Monster
Whichever topic you choose, write from a child’s point of view

18 Apr            Workshop

2 May*           With Sword and Shield  or  Don’t Stop

16 May**       Fourth Floor  or  The Big Divide

6 Jun              Visit to member’s home

20 Jun*          Take cover!  or  The elephant in the room
Whichever topic you choose, do not use any adverbs.

4 Jul**            Sporting Life Blues  or  December came like a blow to the back of the head

18 Jul*            Poem: Solitude  or  prose: Locked In

1 Aug              Workshop

15 Aug*          The Nest  or  Highway

5 Sep**           Complaints Department  or  Dead End
Whichever topic you choose, write the entire piece in dialogue.

19 Sep             Visit to member’s home

3 Oct*             Dad took me hunting  or  There were three of them on the bridge

17 Oct**         The Squatter  or  If Only

7 Nov*            The trees gushed blood  or  How perfect!

21 Nov**        The Bookshop  or  Vincent slowly removed the cover
Whichever topic you choose, describe an everyday scene that has a disturbing element.

5 Dec              Xmas Party
Present something that you have developed from a piece or pieces written earlier in the year

*   includes 10-15 minute admin meeting
** ‘short burst’ writing

Drabble/poetry topics, undated this year: choose anything you like from this list –

(Drabble: exactly 100 words, in prose or poetry. For half the topics there is an emotion that must be incorporated)

 Paint/anger

So what?

Leaves/abandonment

Harbour

Socks/defeat

Transported

Glasses/hilarity

Nobody told me

Termite/joy

Look away

Cupboard/boredom

Chrysalis

Skin/laughter

Mountain

2018 Program

Happy New Year and welcome to the 2018 Program for the Eurobodalla Writers Daytime group.

7th February   free topic, or bring along your favourite prose (max words 1000) or poem to read

The remaining 2018 program, which includes set topics, workshops, excursions, and ‘on-the-spot’ writing has been updated. For more information please go to: https://eurobodallawriters.org/2018/03/22/eurofaw-program-mar-dec-2018-2/

Are you interested in joining the day or evening group? Please contact via https://eurobodallawriters.org/contact-us/

Venue, times and other information https://eurobodallawriters.org/

Welcome to 2017

Eurobodalla Writers Group’s first daytime meeting of the year trialed a new format, especially reducing the amount of time spent on admin. After reading our stories on the day’s theme and comments given, we even managed (with optional participation) a new aspect – what inspired your writing.

What’s ahead for the day-time Group (1st & 3rd Wed)? A big year of writing is planned including a group project, along with workshops, excursions. New members are always welcome.

You’d like to come along but can’t write, or you’re not sure if you can write but you’ve always wanted to do so? Don’t worry no writing experience necessary. The year’s topics are given in advance. Short stories – all genre. Differing styles – some humorous, others sombre, some mainly dialogue, fact or fiction, 100 words or up to 1000 it’s your choice; or you might be drawn to poetry – topics are given for those also.

The night-time Group (3rd Tuesday) will recommence in February. This Group is mainly for people who are writing or wish to write a book and constructive comment (critique) is a major part of this group. Encouragement, motivation, ideas, and much more has been the hallmark of the productive group since 2013. Proficiency varies from learning to write a novel (fact or fiction), collating notes and putting them into a readable format to multi-published authors. All different genre. Interested? New people are welcome.

Please contact us for further detail on either group.

Happy writing … and reading.