Supporting writers is a responsibility

5 October 2018 Leave a comment

Supporting writers is a responsibility.
The arts can not survive without money.

Do you enjoy reading, or watching movies, TV series, seeing plays, hearing poetry, getting the newspaper or magazines and listening to songs?

Creative people can not live on your gratitude alone. Instead they need your help.
Writers’ Symposium 6-7 Otcober 2018

No one is making money from this event, not even the writers. The venue is the only winner. Although they discounted everything to help our cause.

If you think you can help us by paying to come to the writers symposium, then please get your ticket now.
BUY NOW

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This is an urgent message

28 September 2018 Leave a comment
Hi, thanks for reading the following.
This is an urgent message to gain support from you.
 
Quick summary why:
 
1) We have an event on 6-7 October (in a week) that offers so much and costs so little. The presenters are writers from this group.
 
2) Publishers are coming to our event to listen to your pitch for your manuscript! It is rarely done in Australia.
 
3) No one is making money from this event. However, we have put $5,000 into providing lunch for both days. So we do need to sell tickets right now.
 
4) If this event does not get enough numbers, we can’t have it next year. So we really need your help!
 
 
 
PLEASE SHARE TO OTHERS
 
 
 

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 16-Sep-2018

22 September 2018 Leave a comment
Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 16-Sep-2018
Welcome to Writers Sauce.
Holly, Sam, Annie and Jack are our newest subscribers. We now have over 180 subscribers. You’ve joined a great group of writers 🙂 Welcome!
If anyone would like to invite friends to join, just forward this email on to anyone anywhere.
If there is anything you would like to know or learn more about, reply to this email and we’ll either discuss it at our next event, or provide some information within our next email-out.
Contents:
1. Pitching to literary agents and publishers
2. Current writing competition
3. Is writing the loneliest possible thing?
4. Your BLOG promotion – takes 5 minutes
5. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events
6. Ticket to your writing career (or hobby)
7. Editing your writing
8. Important links
1. Pitching to literary agents and publishers
We have some workshops from Mat Clarke, Solene Anglaret, Aden MacAllister, Suraya Dewing, Lazaros Zigomanis, Nishant Kaushik, Shriram Iyer, Clare Dea, Jessica Anwyl and Tahnee Hopman designed to help you pitch your manuscript.
Here’s a few things from Mat Clarke:
It is important to not have a manuscript that is too different from what is already in circulation. This also goes for your pitch. Don’t add pictures to your pitch letter or email, or say: This is the next newest thing that everyone will want to read (it’s been done before, it’s tired).
You’re not a name-selling author yet, so reinventing the wheel when you write your novel is not the best idea. Stick to formulas that have worked for other authors.
Yes, you’re right, you need to be a little different, but agents and publishers want to sell your book alongside something that is similar. And they will actually ask you what your book is similar to, so they can market it. If they can’t market your book, they won’t want it.

2. Current writing competition
We want you on our website. Check out the next writing competition with the theme STRANGER. The word limit is 2,000 and the cost is $5 to enter. And FREE if you become a World Writers Collective member, which helps support everyone in the group as indie writers. Want to get published or publish your own works and have our members spread the word about your works, book launch, or other? It’s only $20 a year to join which helps pay the few hundred dollars it costs for the domain and host website each year.
We want to promote you. All you have to do is say the word.
There is a new NEWS section on WWC at the top that will be updated every few days. Hopefully with your help. So check it out. https://www.worldwriterscollective.com
Want to add to our NEWS? Then send some info through.
3. Is writing the loneliest possible thing?
Before I started writing my first book, I thought writers were loners who enjoyed their own company above all else. As a very sociable and outgoing person, that was one of my biggest fears. Who was I kidding? I thought to myself every single day. However, the burning desire to share my story was greater than my imposter syndrome and so my writingjourney began.
After a few months, I realised that my preconception wasn’t exactly true. There are many stages to the process of writing and publishing a book and with each of them comes the opportunity to involve people as contributors, mentors or advisors. Here are some of the other professionals you might be working with along the way depending on the path and approach you choose: editor, graphic designer, typesetter, web developer, publicist, etc.
From my experience, the more people you involve, the more input you get, the better your book will become. For example, I asked 13 family members and friends to give me feedback on the first version of my memoir Where to Next? Based on their comments, I changed 20 to 25% of my manuscript… even the end! One thing to remember though is that you are the one in the driver’s seat. This is your book, your story, your legacy so make sure to voice your opinions throughout the process. It is absolutely crucial that the work you are about to publish aligns with your vision and core values. Otherwise you won’t believe in it and thus will struggle to promote it.
So where can you find these people? Writers meetups are a great place to start! So far, the most wonderful people I have had the chance to work with have been recommended by fellow writers and creatives. For example, meetup goer and director extraordinaire Noel is the one who introduced me to the illustrator who brought my children’s book Where Are You From? to life.
See… Writing doesn’t have to be lonely! On that note, I shall hope to see you at the next event in the city 😉
Solène Anglaret
Author of travel memoir Where to Next? and children’s book Where Are You From?
World traveller and storyteller passionate about the topics of home, identity and diversity.
@bebeyondborders
4. Your BLOG promotion – takes 5 minutes
It’s that time again to help your fellow writers out and make it so they can be noticed by readers around the world. The way we do this is by making one small comment on a writer’s blog or website or Facebook or other online platform.
How?
Reply to this email with a link to your recent blog post, Facebook post, Twitter post, website post, Instagram post, etc.
Then on the next Writers Sauce all the links you mentioned will be included in the email. After that everyone will click on as many links as they can for 5 minutes (make sure you all click on just one link for each author), read their post, and then make a comment.
5. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events
Eastern suburbs meetup: The first Sunday of the month we are running writing Games in Ferntree Gully. This event will be centred around enjoyment. If you enjoy writing, then you should come along. If you haven’t written for a while, then these writing games will help spark you back to life. No experience or skill necessary.
Getting published, eastern suburbs: The second Tuesday of the month we chat about getting published, what is involved, and our experiences. No matter what stage of writingyou are in, then come along.
South Bank, Write Now: Second Saturday of the month. The venue is quiet, opens early, free wifi, good coffee, food, and then drinks if you need them for later 😉 There is music, and it is a cafe-bar, so bear this in mind and wear head phones if you need them while you write.
City Writer Group: Third Tuesday of the month we have our general friendly chatting and reading out of our work sessions – but only if you would like to read out your work, there is no pressure. Also, we  talk about giving feedback on writing, book launches, fun writing tips, and other entertainment industry interests.
As with all our events, please get in touch if you would like to help with helping us run things. Any help you can offer is appreciated. The best way to do this is to come to one of our events and chat to the current event hosts about what you would like to do. We prefer to have two event hosts at each event, so where there is an opening we are happy for you to get involved.
6. Ticket to your writing career (or hobby)
We recently launched the Writers Symposium with us as hosts: World Writers Collective, and: The Story Mint. It’s going to be amazing! However, we need you to buy a ticket so that there is a future for writing in Melbourne (there is no profit in this undertaking, just lots of hard work).
So many exciting sessions to attend over the two days. Includes free membership with World Writers Collective as well as The Story Mint.
Lots of free stuff to give away as well.
Tickets: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/symposium Follow the link to Eventbrite.
We want to hear from you!
Yes, we really do.
We want feedback in any way shape or form. Even if it is to tell us you love us.
Stuff you may wish to reply about for our next Writers Sauce:
1) A few sentences on what writing means to you.
2) A paragraph or two about how you became a writer (or want to).
3) A great skill you picked up regarding editing, writing, publishing, etc.
4) The best place to write.
5) How chatting to others about writing made you a better writer.
7. Editing your writing
Free: Put your bio, query letter, or other writing into the Dropbox for people to check over.
Read the Read Me file in the Dropbox for instructions to upload your story (you will need to join Dropbox and supply your email to Mat Clarke to enable upload). Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0
We also have professional editors on hand to help with editing and evaluation of your writing at very competitive (low) prices. Check them out here: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/editing-services
8. Important links
Post news about your writing, book launch, events, or event just a link to your latest blog/post/tweet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629658520414716
Important information about writing in general, and the Melbourne Writers Group: https://www.facebook.com/MelbWriters
Discuss anything you like that’s creative: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169777419779168
For people that want to discuss writing on a forum that is for everyone around the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/570847673015529
Your work edited for free by other writers. Give feedback to other writers to gain more practice editing your own work: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0
Information on writingwriting competitions, professional editing, getting published, and more. Become a member for discounts: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com
Near Melbourne? Come to our group and meet other writers and chat. Everyone is welcome: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers
Previous email-outs with great information. https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writerssauce
The Story Mint newsletter for even more information. Subscribe here: http://www.thestorymint.com
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Your Guide To Creating a Sustainable Writing Career

16 August 2018 Leave a comment

Over Two BIG Days in Melbourne

Price From $60 a Day (includes lunch)

$115 For Both Days
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Covers fiction & non-fiction writing with expert speakers in various fields. Get your ticket now so you can learn from and mingle with writers, editors, publishers, directors, and branding experts.

Starts 6 October 2018

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Project Manager Job – PAID – part time – Manager of Writer Symposium in Melbourne

27 July 2018 Leave a comment
Project Manager Job – PAID – part time – Manager of Writer Symposium in Melbourne. Start immediately.
-Event or Project Management Skills.
-Familiarity with an online collaborative project management tool like Asana would be helpful.
-Above average organizational skills
-Strong interpersonal skills
(Intern welcome to apply)
Contact Suraya at suraya@thestorymint.com Full details will be emailed back to you.
Thank you
Categories: Writing Groups

2000 word short story themed STRANGER.

27 July 2018 Leave a comment

Deadline is 28 October at midnight 2018.

2000 word story based around the theme STRANGER. Which means it could be about almost anything, and any genre. Open to all countries, but must be written in English.

You can write your story in third or first person. These different ways to write will be judged separately. Which means we will have two first prizes, and four honorable mentions. Six winners in total.

All six winners will be posted at the top of the WWC website to ensure you get exposure. For only $5 you may as well give it a go. We also only get a few entries, so there is a big chance you will be one of the winners.

www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitions

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Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 16-July-2018

19 July 2018 Leave a comment

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Welcome everyone to our Writers Sauce. We want to hear from you!

Yes, we really do.

We want feedback in any way shape or form. Even if it is to tell us you love us.

Other possible stuff you may wish to reply about for our next Writers Sauce:

1) A few sentences on what writing means to you.

2) A paragraph or two about how you became a writer (or want to).

3) A great skill you picked up regarding editing, writing, publishing, etc.

4) The best place to write.

5) How chatting to others about writing made you a better writer.

If there is anything you would like to know or learn more about, reply to this email and we’ll either discuss it at our next event, or provide some information within our next email-out.

Do you have something interesting you want to add for the next email-out? Get in touch and we will add it in.

Want to help write the next one? Let us know.

Contents:

  • Getting your writing and profile noticed on social media and publishing
  • New writing competition
  • Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events
  • An international forum focusing on writers becoming financially secure
  • Editing your writing
  • Important links

Getting your writing and profile noticed on social media – advertising & publishing

One view is that you should start before your work is even finished. Start by posting up information about yourself on Facebook. More importantly, use photos of your work on Instagram. Book cover, titles, illustrations. Add hashtags and encourage people to share.

You don’t want to annoy your audience, so ensure you don’t flood your followers with the same thing over and over. Make sure what you are showing people is something they actually want to see.

This preparing to be published can be bad for the creative side of your brain. If you think too much about publishing and editing and writing for a particular audience, you’ll never write anything. If you find yourself worrying too much about the above, then wait until you have your first draft written before you worry about advertising and logistics. Also, it could be many years before someone says: yes I want to publish you. So really, time is not your biggest enemy.

As for publishing, we spoke again about Amazon and that they want you to exclusively sell through them. They do this by taking a larger commission from sales if you do not exclusively sell with them. It makes it look like your choice, but they are in control.

When sending to a traditional publisher they will often want to see a query letter and a small sample of your writing within the body of the actual email. You can send as many of these out as you like. However, once they say they want to see the first 3 chapters of your manuscript or more, they often don’t want you to send it to anyone else. This can be annoying, but you should follow their rules or risk getting a black mark against your name. Read the full rules on their submit page.

New short story competition with the World Writers Collective

We want you on our website. Check out the next writing competition with the theme STRANGER. The word limit is 2,500 and the cost is $5 to enter. And FREE you become a World Writers Collective member, which helps support everyone in the group as indie writers. Want to get published or publish your own works and have our members spread the word about your works, book launch, or other? It’s only $20 a year to join which helps pay the few hundred dollars it costs for the domain and host website each year.

We want to promote you. All you have to do is say the word.

There is a new NEWS section on WWC at the top that will be updated each day. . . hopefully with your help. So check it out.

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Want to add to it? Then send some info through.

Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events

Eastern suburbs meetup: The first Sunday of the month we are running writing Games in Ferntree Gully. This event will be centred around enjoyment. If you enjoy writing, then you should come along. If you haven’t written for a while, then these writing games will help spark you back to life. No experience or skill necessary.

Getting published, eastern suburbs: The second Sunday of the month we chat about getting published, what is involved, and our experiences. No matter what stage of writing you are in, then come along.

South Bank Write Now: Select Saturdays where the venue is quiet, opens early, free wifi, good coffee, food, and drinks if you need them for later 😉 There is music, and it is a cafe, so bear this in mind and wear head phones if you need them while you write.

City Writer Group: Third Tuesday of the month we have our general friendly chatting and reading out of our work sessions – but only if you would like to read out your work, there is no pressure. Also, we  talk about giving feedback on writing, book launches, fun writing tips, and other entertainment industry interests.

As with all our events, please get in touch if you would like to help with running events. The best way to do this is to come to one of our events and chat to the current event hosts about what you would like to do. We prefer to have two event hosts at each event, so where there is an opening we are happy for you to get involved.

An international forum focusing on writers becoming financially secure at the Writers Symposium

We recently launched the Writers Symposium with us as hosts: World Writers Collective, and: The Story Mint. It’s going to be amazing!

So many exciting sessions to attend over the two days at the Wheeler Centre. Includes free membership with World Writers Collective as well as The Story Mint.

Lots of free stuff to give away as well.

Tickets: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/symposium Follow the link to Eventbrite.

Editing Your Writing

Free: Put your bio, query letter, or other writing into the Dropbox for people to check over.

Read the Read Me file in the Dropbox for instructions to upload your story (you will need to join Dropbox and supply your email to Mat Clarke to enable upload). Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

We also have professional editors on hand to help with editing and evaluation of your writing at very competitive (low) prices. Check them out here: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/editing-services

Important Links

Post news about your writing, book launch, events, or event just a link to your latest blog/post/tweet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1629658520414716

Important information about writing in general, and the Melbourne Writers Group: https://www.facebook.com/MelbWriters

Discuss anything you like that’s creative: https://www.facebook.com/groups/169777419779168

For people that want to discuss writing on a forum that is for everyone around the world: https://www.facebook.com/groups/570847673015529

Your work edited for free by other writers. Give feedback to other writers to gain more practice editing your own work: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mx9e9m43ljweh11/AAD3I7-VKOT5XSL8As6k1UOxa?dl=0

Information on writing, writing competitions, professional editing, getting published, and more. Become a member for discounts: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

Near Melbourne? Come to our group and meet other writers and chat. Everyone is welcome: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers

Previous email-outs with great information. https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

The Story Mint newsletter for even more information. Subscribe here: http://www.thestorymint.com

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