Free Feedback on Your Story

7 November 2019 Leave a comment

Free feedback on your free entry into our writing competition.

Spread the word.

We want you to write so we can publish you in our anthology.

Yes, it’s all free!!!!!

www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitions

#writingcompetition #freewriting

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Melbourne Writers Anthology 2019

29 October 2019 Leave a comment

Digital version of Melbourne Writers Anthology

A collection of short stories from the minds of the winners from the World Writers Collective short story competitions during the 2018-2019 years.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/950704

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Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 28-October-2019

28 October 2019 Leave a comment

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 28October-2019

 

Welcome to Writers Sauce.

Zubin, Adarsh, Amy and Deb are our newest subscribers. We now have 279 subscribers. You’ve joined a great group of writers 🙂

If anyone would like to invite friends to join us, just forward on this email to anyone anywhere.

We need more members. You get your own author profile page and freebies:

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/wwc

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.

Want to add to our NEWS section? Then send some info through.

Thank you,

Mat Clarke

www.worldwriterscollective.com/mat-carke

 

Contents:

(Look for the *NEW* stamp below for content you haven’t read yet)

 

  1. Book Review (more reviews on books wanted)
  2. Writing competition – FREE-we need you!

*3. Flash Fiction *NEW*

*4. What is involved in printing a book (novel) *NEW*

*5. Book launch for OUR anthology success *NEW*

  1. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events
  2. All Write! upcoming events
  3. We want to hear from you
  4. Editing your writing
  5. Essential Information for Writers
  6. Important links

 

 

  1. Review a book title – It will be posted on the WWC website

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

Are you someone who likes to review books (poems, short stories, movie scripts, blogs, non-fiction, etc.) and give honest feedback on content, interest, characters, structure, or if you think it was just really good reading? Submit your review via this email.

For the end of July please review any book or script or poetry you like (yes, you can submit a review done on your story if you like).

 

  1. Current Writing Competition(FREE)

Short story competition – World Writers Collective

Top five winners are published in our anthology: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com

We want you on our website. Check out the next writing competition with the theme THE SADDEST STORY. The word limit is 2,500 and the cost is free to enter.Become a World Writers Collective member, which helps support everyone in the group as indie writers and allows you to collect prizes if you win.

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 the website each year.

www.worldwriterscollective.com/writing-competitions

If you are one of the top winners of the competition, you will be included in the 2021 anthology. That’s just one of the great reasons to get involved with the anthology!

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

 

3. Flash Fiction (FREE)

Are you ready for the challenge? It’s true we all love to linger over a favourite novel but if it’s 50, 100, 200, 300 or up to 1000 words, a well-crafted story can pack a mighty punch. Even at 100 words a story can zing. It’s all in the showing (and telling), using the ABDCE structure: action, background/ inciting action, development/rising actions, climax, ending (the characters should be significantly different).

First prize is the inclusion within our anthology if you are a member.

See our previous entries on WWC. If you want to get involved with Magz and the members of WWC, join our group for a small cost of $20 a year.

Flash Fiction submission – August 2019 – 50 words

Topic : Tracked Down – in second person, poetry OR prose

Spacing: 1.5 Helvetica or Times Roman

Font: 12 Helvetica or Times New Roman

Deadline: 31 August

 

Please forward all stories to: melbournewriters@gmail.com

With the subject: Flash Fiction

Include these details within the email:

The title of your story and your name.

Include the word count of your story.

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/flash-fiction

 

 

  1. What is involved in printing a book (novel)

The following is for anyone who is thinking about printing their own book, either as a novel, self-help or non-fiction book. I used IngramSpark, but before deciding to use their process, I sourced other local printers as well to see how much they would charge.

I was in the printing industry for almost 20 years, so I understand the process quite well. Hopefully you can learn from my expertise and mistakes.

What is covered:

  • How much I spent
  • Why I chose IngramSpark
  • How they deliver
  • The steep learning curve

The first thing I need to mention is that I use Indesign, not MS Word. If I am publishing digitally to Smashwords then I will use MS WORD because that is the application they prefer. And it works very well – but that’s another story. If you do use MS WORD, and I am pretty sure you will, bear in mind that there is no support by IngramSpark if you do.

 

How much did I spend?

I decided to go with a regular sized book. B Format, which is 129×198 mm.

100gsm

132 pages of black text – no pictures

4 page 4 colour cover with spine.

50 books

Delivered

Cost: $280

 

Why did I choose IngramSpark?

Simple, it was the cost. I went to approximately five other printers and there were only a couple coming close, although still $200 off. They are the cheapest by far!

READ MORE

 

  1. Book launch for OUR anthology success

At this momentous occasion we had our first prize winners reading their stories, a raffle to win great prizes and some other fun extras along the way.

This was everyone’s opportunity to not only listen to an amazing story being read, but also to learn how the story was created and their creative process.

Saturday 12 October 2019, Belgian Beer Café, Southbank at 2.50pm.

More pictures and comments via the link HERE

 

  1. Melbourne Writers Social upcoming events

Eastern suburbs meetup: The first Sunday of the month we are running writing Games in Ferntree Gully. This event will be centred on 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.

 

Social Chat Q&A: The second Tuesday of the month we chat about getting published, what is involved, and our experiences. No matter what stage of writing you are in, come along. If you want to read out your work and have it critiqued, please bring a few copies so we can read along with you.

 

South Bank Write Now: Second Saturday of the month. The venue is generally 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.

 

There are many other Writing groups in Melbourne that you may be interested as well. Go to them all and see what interests you . . . but then come back to MWS and bring more great people with you. Haha 😉

 

Links below

 

  1. All Write! upcoming events

A place where you can write in North Melbourne. That’s it. All you do is turn up and write with others. You can chat to other writers as well if you like and grab a bite or a cuppa.

Most of all enjoy yourself.

 

Links below

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Essential Information

Sites Authors Should Know

 

This is an unofficial list I have created as a useful writer’s tool. I receive no royalties, or kickbacks from any sites below. Use as advice only.

-(Dean MacAllister)

 

SELFPUBLISHINGADVICE.ORG– Before submitting to a publisher or self-publishing I highly recommend you check out the ‘Writers Beware’ section of this site! It has lists of scams to look out for and lists the less-than-reputable companies that have ripped writers off globally. Learn from the mistakes of others.

 

Smashwords- Creates and publishes E-books in all formats for free.

Takes some getting used to and has to be done properly. For a small fee people on site will convert your file through the “meat-grinder” converter for you.

 

Kindlepreneur- Writer who joined most author sites to compare.

Links to the best author friendly tools. Marketing advice included. Free website with free manuals. (Highly recommended!)

 

Goodreads- Author/Reader site. Many discussion forums. Very popular. Good place to find fans, create an author profile and source reviews.

 

Librarything- Poor-man’s version of Goodreads, but much less commercial.

 

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

 

  1. 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 who 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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Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 25-September-2019

25 September 2019 Leave a comment

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 25September-2019

 

Welcome to Writers Sauce.

Mariam, Athene, Jo-Anne, Ivan Pamela and Annelise are our newest subscribers. We now have 277 subscribers. You’ve joined a great group of writers 🙂

If anyone would like to invite friends to join us, just forward on this email to anyone anywhere.

We need more members. You get your own author profile page and freebies: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/wwc

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.

Thank you,

Mat Clarke

www.worldwriterscollective.com/mat-carke

 

Contents:

(Look for the *NEW* stamp below for content you haven’t read yet)

 

  1. Book Review (more reviews on books wanted)
  2. Writing competition – FREE-we need you!

*3. Flash Fiction *NEW*

*4. Interactive Fiction *NEW*

*5. Book launch for OUR anthology 12 October 2.50pm *NEW*

  1. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events
  2. All Write! upcoming events
  3. We want to hear from you
  4. Editing your writing
  5. Essential Information for Writers
  6. Important links

 

 

  1. Review a book title – It will be posted on the WWC website

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

Are you someone who likes to review books (poems, short stories, movie scripts, blogs, non-fiction, etc.) and give honest feedback on content, interest, characters, structure, or if you think it was just really good reading? Submit your review via this email.

For the end of July please review any book or script or poetry you like (yes, you can submit a review done on your story if you like).

 

  1. Current Writing Competition(FREE)

Short story competition – World Writers Collective

Top five winners are published in our anthology.

We want you on our website. Check out the next writing competition with the theme THE SADDEST STORY. The word limit is 2,500 and the cost is free to enter.Become a World Writers Collective member, which helps support everyone in the group as indie writers and allows you to collect prizes if you win.

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 the website each year.

If you are one of the top winners of the competition, you will be included in the 2021 anthology. That’s just one of the great reasons to get involved with the anthology!

We also 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 section? Then send some info through.

 

 

3.Flash Fiction (FREE)

Are you ready for the challenge? It’s true we all love to linger over a favourite novel but if it’s 50, 100, 200, 300 or up to 1000 words, a well-crafted story can pack a mighty punch. Even at 100 words a story can zing. It’s all in the showing (and telling), using the ABDCE structure: action, background/ inciting action, development/rising actions, climax, ending (the characters should be significantly different).

First prize is the inclusion within our anthology if you are a member.

See our previous entries on WWC. If you want to get involved with Magz and the members of WWC, join our group for a small cost of $20 a year.

Flash Fiction submission – August 2019 – 50 words

Topic : Tracked Down – in second person, poetry OR prose

Spacing: 1.5 Helvetica or Times Roman

Font: 12 Helvetica or Times New Roman

Deadline: 31 August

 

Please forward all stories to: melbournewriters@gmail.com

With the subject: Flash Fiction

Include these details within the email:

The title of your story and your name.

Include the word count of your story.

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/flash-fiction

 

 

  1. Interactive Fiction

What is interactive fiction?

It’s a work of text-based fiction that you, the reader/player, can interact with. I use the term “work” because interactive fiction sits in the purgatory between a “regular” literary narrative and a video game, and terms like “book” and “game” don’t quite apply to it.

The two main types of interactive fiction are parser and choice-based interactive fiction.

What is parser interactive fiction?

Parser IF is the oldest type of IF. Works of parser IF are digital text adventures through which you progress by inputting (typing in) commands. A passage in a work of parser IF might look like Example 1.

Example 1: A made-up example of a passage in a work of parser IF.

South of Manor

Through the twisted bars of an iron gate to the north, you behold a manor, its towers carving trails through the clouds. Against the gate’s right-side post leans a broken carriage wheel, and behind you, boring south through a forest, there’s a road.

>_

In Example 1, the “>_” is a text prompt indicating where you can type a command. You might type “open gate” or “go south,” and the work will hopefully recognise your command and forward you to the appropriate passage. Part of the challenge of parser IF is learning the commands.

I’ll be using the term “passage” a fair bit. In the context of IF, I like to think of a passage as a body of text — be it a single word, a paragraph, or multiple paragraphs — which is separated from other bodies of text by at least one command or link.

What is choice-based interactive fiction?

I create digital works of choice-based IF, so they will be the focus of this post.

You progress through digital works of choice-based IF by selecting (clicking on) a hyperlink-styled word or group of words, or just a “link.” Many works of choice-based IF have links below a passage, often in a list. If the work of parser IF in Example 1 was a work of choice-based IF instead, it might look like Example 2.

Example 2: A made-up example of a passage in a work of choice-based IF.

Through the twisted bars of an iron gate to the north, you behold a manor, its towers carving trails through the clouds. Against the gate’s right-side post leans a broken carriage wheel, and behind you, boring south through a forest, there’s a road.

I’ll try to open the gate.

I’ll take the forest road south.

Though a link can also be inside a passage, like in Example 3.

Example 3: A made-up example of a passage in a work of choice-based IF (with hypertext).

Through the twisted bars of an iron gate to the north, you behold a manor, its towers carving trails through the clouds. Against the gate’s right-side post leans a broken carriage wheel, and behind you, boring south through a forest, there’s a road.

I’ll try to open the gate.

I’ll take the forest road south.

In Example 3, selecting “manor” might forward you to a passage in which you inspect the manor through the iron bars. There would then, in the passage in which you inspect the manor, be a link to return to the “South of the Manor” passage.

When a link is inside a passage, rather than below it, it’s called “hypertext.” Technically, I could make a work of choice-based IF with or without hypertext or entirely with hypertext. As there is so much hypertext in Fein’s Deluge — one of my own works of IF, which I’ll discuss later — I refer to it as a work of “hypertext IF” or a work of “hypertext-based IF.”

Printed works of choice-based IF are different from digital works. You progress in a printed work of choice-based IF by following the instructions at the bottom of a passage, like in Example 4.

Example 4: A made-up example of a passage in a printed work of choice-based IF.

Through the twisted bars of an iron gate to the north, you behold a manor, its towers carving trails through the clouds. Against the gate’s right-side post leans a broken carriage wheel, and behind you, boring south through a forest, there’s a road.

To try to open the gate, go to page 5.

To take the forest road south, go to page 10.

Page 3

Fun fact — people often refer to printed works of choice-based IF as “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, though that phrase “Choose Your Own Adventure” is actually the title of a trademarked series of IF.

Choice-based interactive fiction — structure

Many works of choice-based IF have a branching structure and are sometimes referred to as “branching narratives.” In branching narratives, the choices you make split or branch the narrative, and you continue to make choices until you’re forwarded an ending, often one of many.

Here’s the original blog if you want to learn more: https://nickpetrouauthor.com/2019/09/18/i-gave-a-talk-on-interactive-fiction-to-the-melbourne-writers-group/

 

  1. Book launch for our anthology

Come along for a fun and interesting book launch.

Saturday 12 October 2019, Belgian Beer Café, Southbank at 2.50pm.

At this momentous occasion we’ll have our first prize winners reading their stories, a raffle to win great prizes and some other fun extras along the way.

This will be your opportunity to not only listen to an amazing story being read, but also to learn how the story was created and their creative process.

See you all there.

Details: https://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-Writers/events/264953215/

 

  1. Melbourne Writers Social upcoming events

Eastern suburbs meetup: The first Sunday of the month we are running writing Games in Ferntree Gully. This event will be centred on 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.

 

Social Chat Q&A: The second Tuesday of the month we chat about getting published, what is involved, and our experiences. No matter what stage of writing you are in, come along. If you want to read out your work and have it critiqued, please bring a few copies so we can read along with you.

 

South Bank Write Now: Second Saturday of the month. The venue is generally 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.

 

There are many other Writing groups in Melbourne that you may be interested as well. Go to them all and see what interests you . . . but then come back to MWS and bring more great people with you. Haha 😉

 

  1. All Write! upcoming events

A place where you can write in North Melbourne. That’s it. All you do is turn up and write with others. You can chat to other writers as well if you like and grab a bite or a cuppa.

Most of all enjoy yourself.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Essential Information

Sites Authors Should Know

 

This is an unofficial list I have created as a useful writer’s tool. I receive no royalties, or kickbacks from any sites below. Use as advice only.

-(Dean MacAllister)

 

SELFPUBLISHINGADVICE.ORG– Before submitting to a publisher or self-publishing I highly recommend you check out the ‘Writers Beware’ section of this site! It has lists of scams to look out for and lists the less-than-reputable companies that have ripped writers off globally. Learn from the mistakes of others.

 

Smashwords- Creates and publishes E-books in all formats for free.

Takes some getting used to and has to be done properly. For a small fee people on site will convert your file through the “meat-grinder” converter for you.

 

Kindlepreneur- Writer who joined most author sites to compare.

Links to the best author friendly tools. Marketing advice included. Free website with free manuals. (Highly recommended!)

 

Goodreads- Author/Reader site. Many discussion forums. Very popular. Good place to find fans, create an author profile and source reviews.

 

Librarything- Poor-man’s version of Goodreads, but much less commercial.

 

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

 

  1. 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 who 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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Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 30-August-2019

1 September 2019 Leave a comment


Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 30-August-2019

 

Welcome to Writers Sauce.

Anji, Sue, Dave, Devina, Yolunda, Nick, Stacey, Peter, Ken, Megan and Jay are our newest subscribers. We now have 272 subscribers. You’ve joined a great group of writers 🙂

If anyone would like to invite friends to join us, just forward on this email to anyone anywhere.

You can also become a member and have your own page on the website: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/wwc

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.

Thank you,

Mat Clarke

www.worldwriterscollective.com/mat-carke

 

Contents:

(Look for the *NEW* stamp below for content you haven’t read yet)

 

  1. Book Review (more reviews on books wanted)
  2. Writing competition – we need you!

*3. Flash Fiction *NEW*

*4. Writer Retreat in Olinda BnB 2019 REVIEW *NEW*

*5. Book launch for OUR anthology *NEW*

  1. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events
  2. All Write! upcoming events
  3. We want to hear from you
  4. Editing your writing
  5. Essential Information for Writers
  6. Important links

 

 

  1. Review a book title – It will be posted on the WWC website

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

Are you someone who likes to review books (poems, short stories, movie scripts, blogs, non-fiction, etc.) and give honest feedback on content, interest, characters, structure, or if you think it was just really good reading? Submit your review via this email.

For the end of July please review any book or script or poetry you like (yes, you can submit a review done on your story if you like).

 

  1. Current Writing Competition

Short story competition – World Writers Collective

We want you on our website. Check out the next writing competition with the theme THE SADDEST STORY. The word limit is 2,500 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 the website each year.

If you are one of the top winners of the competition, you will be included in the 2021 anthology. That’s just one of the great reasons to get involved with the anthology!

We also 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 section? Then send some info through.

 

 

3.Flash Fiction

Are you ready for the challenge? It’s true we all love to linger over a favourite novel but if it’s 50, 100, 200, 300 or up to 1000 words, a well-crafted story can pack a mighty punch. Even at 100 words a story can zing. It’s all in the showing (and telling), using the ABDCE structure: action, background/ inciting action, development/rising actions, climax, ending (the characters should be significantly different).

See our previous entries on WWC. If you want to get involved with Magz and the members of WWC, join our group for a small cost of $20 a year.

Flash Fiction submission – August 2019 – 50 words

Topic : Tracked Down – in second person, poetry OR prose

Spacing: 1.5 Helvetica or Times Roman

Font: 12 Helvetica or Times New Roman

Deadline: 31 August

 

Please forward all stories to: melbournewriters@gmail.com

With the subject: Flash Fiction

Include these details within the email:

The title of your story and your name.

Include the word count of your story.

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/flash-fiction

 

 

  1. Writer Retreat in Olinda BnB

It was a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle. Lots of trees and a magical house better than the Far Away Tree.

There was writing and discussions by the large open fireplace. Helpful feedback and support from all attendees.

David Collis, owner of the Treehouse was kind enough to offer up his BnB to a great group of writers so they could spend their time writing and discovering this home away from home.

Mat Clarke hosted the activities and discussions giving everyone a good schedule to follow so that there was very little procrastination, but still time to admire the amazing view and chat to everyone in attendance.

Here is what some of the attendees said:

 

Janelle Sheen

I really enjoyed it!

The environment was wonderful. The writing opportunity fantastic. Sharing writing was insightful. I loved the opportunity to be away from my normal desk so I could focus on my writing in such a beautiful and nourishing environment, not to mention the welcoming, encouraging and supportive company. I really enjoyed the writing games and listening to others’ writing. It was very inspiring to hear the different styles and approaches. The only not so wonderful thing was the distance I had to travel, but it just added to the pleasure of the weekend. Putting effort in brings more rewards. I will definitely travel the distance again for another such opportunity. I am already looking forward to the next event.

 

janellesheen.wordpress.com/

linkedin.com/in/janelle-sheen-033215b3/

 

Yolunda Walker

I came to the retreat not knowing what to expect and I would like to say a big thank you.

I enjoyed meeting such talented people and listening to their projects along with their informative information and most of all support. As Mat knew, I was nervous when reading out some of my work but I was overwhelmed with the positive feedback. It was so appreciated and has confirmed that I need to continue my dream of writing my book so no more procrastinating – and that I can do this! Even though I only came for the day it was so worth the trip.

 

linkedin.com/in/yolunda-walker-71806417

 

Anji Bignell

The retreat was really helpful for me to feel relaxed and get some writing done.

I enjoyed the LinkedIn session we had with Sue, so I think that for future retreats, it would be nice to have one part of a day set aside for a little ‘marketing’ session or brain-storm sharing and using each other’s knowledge in the group. And possibly a word game or creative writing prompt per day (but not too many of course, as some people just want to get writing). So pretty much what you did anyway! I love Dave’s house too. That was a very special part of the whole experience. Look forward to the next one.

 

linkedin.com/in/anjibignell/

anjibignell.com/

 

Sue Ellson

The Writer’s Retreat at The Treehouse in Olinda was a great opportunity to focus on the structure and format of my fifth book and to continue writing without the distractions of everyday life. It was wonderful to feel a part of a community of writers and have a few prompts for discussion and feedback. I managed to compile all of my existing content and complete 20 poems! I also had a great time on the Saturday evening when we went out for dinner at a local pub and enjoyed hearing some great stories – after all, every writer is usually a very good storyteller! I would like to personally thank Mat Clarke for his excellent facilitation and coordination skills and David Collis for his superb hospitality and welcoming skills. The fresh air and country vibe were very calming on the mind and allowed me to explore various aspects of my creativity. A very worthwhile experience.

 

sueellson.com/

 

  1. Book launch for our anthology

Our top five writers from the last four writing competitions have brought their winning stories together to entertain you. How nice are they, right!

We have the book launch coming up in October 2019. Stay tuned for the upcoming launch date to take place in Melbourne.

At this momentous occasion we’ll have our first prize winners reading their stories, a raffle to win great prizes and some other fun extras along the way.

There will also be writers reading a story out at our other events leading up to the launch. This will be your opportunity to not only listen to an amazing story being read, but also to learn how the story was created and their creative process.

See you all there.

 

  1. Melbourne Writers Social upcoming events

Eastern suburbs meetup: The first Sunday of the month we are running writing Games in Ferntree Gully. This event will be centred on 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.

 

Social Chat Q&A: The second Tuesday of the month we chat about getting published, what is involved, and our experiences. No matter what stage of writing you are in, come along. If you want to read out your work and have it critiqued, please bring a few copies so we can read along with you.

 

South Bank Write Now: Second Saturday of the month. The venue is generally 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.

 

There are many other Writing groups in Melbourne that you may be interested as well. Go to them all and see what interests you . . . but then come back to MWS and bring more great people with you. Haha 😉

 

  1. All Write! upcoming events

A place where you can write in North Melbourne. That’s it. All you do is turn up and write with others. You can chat to other writers as well if you like and grab a bite or a cuppa.

Most of all enjoy yourself.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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

 

  1. Essential Information

Sites Authors Should Know

 

This is an unofficial list I have created as a useful writer’s tool. I receive no royalties, or kickbacks from any sites below. Use as advice only.

-(Dean MacAllister)

 

SELFPUBLISHINGADVICE.ORG– Before submitting to a publisher or self-publishing I highly recommend you check out the ‘Writers Beware’ section of this site! It has lists of scams to look out for and lists the less-than-reputable companies that have ripped writers off globally. Learn from the mistakes of others.

 

Smashwords- Creates and publishes E-books in all formats for free.

Takes some getting used to and has to be done properly. For a small fee people on site will convert your file through the “meat-grinder” converter for you.

 

Kindlepreneur- Writer who joined most author sites to compare.

Links to the best author friendly tools. Marketing advice included. Free website with free manuals. (Highly recommended!)

 

Goodreads- Author/Reader site. Many discussion forums. Very popular. Good place to find fans, create an author profile and source reviews.

 

Librarything- Poor-man’s version of Goodreads, but much less commercial.

 

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

 

  1. 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 who 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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Last chance 🙂 Go on, write it now!
Topic: Revenge – written in 1st person
WORDS: 600
Spacing: 1.5
Font: 12 Helvetica or Times New Roman
Deadline: 31 July
Categories: Writing Groups

Writers Sauce – WWC – MWSG 24-June-2019

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Writers Sauce – WWC – MWS 24June-2019

Welcome to Writers Sauce.

Melissa, Tracey, Jasmine, Calista, Geoff and Tim are our newest subscribers. We now have 256 subscribers. You’ve joined a great group of writers 🙂

If anyone would like to invite friends to join us, just forward on this email to anyone anywhere.

You can also become a member and have your own page on the website: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/wwc

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. Book Review (more reviews on books wanted)
  2. Writing competition forOctober 2019 *NEW*
  3. Flash Fiction*NEW*
  4. Writer Retreat in Olinda B&B 2019 TBA (limited places available)
  5. Writing and publishing children’s books *NEW*
  6. 6. Melbourne Writers Social Group upcoming events
  7. 7. All Write! upcoming events
  8. 8. We want to hear from you
  9. 9. Editing your writing
  10. 10.Essential Information for Writers
  11. 11. Important links

  1. Review a book title –It will be posted on the WWC website

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

Are you someone who likes to review books (poems, short stories, movie scripts, blogs, non-fiction, etc.) and give honest feedback on content, interest, characters, structure, or if you think it was just really good reading? Submit your review via this email.

For the end of July please review any book or script or poetry you like (yes, you can submit a review done on your story if you like).

  1. Current Writing Competition

Short story competition – World Writers Collective

We want you on our website. Check out the next writing competition with the theme THE SADDEST STORY. The word limit is 2,500 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 the website each year.

If you are one of the top winners of the competition, you will be included in the 2021 anthology. That’s just one of the great reasons to get involved with the anthology!

We also 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 section? Then send some info through.

  1. Flash Fiction

Are you ready for the challenge? It’s true we all love to linger over a favourite novel  but if it’s 50, 100, 200, 300 or up to 1000 words, a well-crafted story can pack a mighty punch.  Even at  100 words a story can zing. It’s all in the showing (and telling), using the ABDCE structure:  action, background/ inciting action, development/rising actions, climax, ending (the characters should be significantly different).

See our previous entries on WWC. If you want to get involved with Magz and the members of WWC, join our group for a small cost of $20 a year.

Current submission:

Topic:  A fleeting moment – written in 2nd person

WORDS: 50

Spacing: 1.5

Font: 12 Helvetica or Times New Roman

Deadline: 30 June

Please forward all stories to: melbournewriters@gmail.com

With the subject: Flash Fiction

Include these details within the email:

The title of your story and your name.

Include the word count of your story.

https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/flash-fiction

  1. Writer Retreat in Olinda B&B (limited places available)

Want to get away from everything and write in the hills?

A sanctuary away from everything, lots of trees and a magical house even better than the Far Away Tree (never heard of the Far Away Tree books? So, so good!).

To talk writing by the large open fireplace?

Yes!

Mat Clarke will be in attendance at various times to assist over the weekend, and David Collis is your host.

There will be activities to assist you as well as set times to catch-up and review what we have done and reevaluate what we want to accomplish.

Information and booking: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writer-retreat-2019

Expressions of interest are now being sought.

Only 3 rooms available. However, you may only wish to attend for the day, and then it is only $25. Or $45 for 2 days.

One to two night stay available:

Queen bed with ensuite $155 for one night or $295 for two nights

Double bed with nearby bathroom $130 for one night or $250 for two nights

Single bed sofa style $85 for one night or $160 for two nights

If you are a couple or want to share a bed with a good friend, there is a discount of $35 per person per night.
Information and booking: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writer-retreat-2019

  1. 5Writing and publishing children’s books

Mat Clarke:

Looking to write a children’s book? Maybe you’ve already written one and you’re now looking for an illustrator. Well guess what, there’s other parts to this little story that are just as important as writing the story, and in some publisher’s eyes they are even more important than the actual book.

One of the first things a publisher will ask you is:

1) Do you have a qualification in working with children?

2) Do you have an education background with children and/or teaching children?

3) Do you have children of your own?

READ MORE at: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

Louise Crossley:

Before I put pen and illustrations to paper, it would have been helpful to have a few pointers on the logistics of children’s writing.

Given I am formally trained with a BA in Professional Writing, I assumed I was equipped to write 32 pages of short sentences using one to two syllable words. Sure, my degree taught me how to write for my audience. What I didn’t learn was the significance of ensuring that the illustrator releases the copyright of illustrations after payment. Or, that the book size, page thickness and colour choices not only comfortably fit into the small hands of my audience but also stand well and stand out on a shelf.
READ MORE at: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

Solène Anglaret:
There are as many ways to create a book as there are books out there… but I would say there are three essential elements to consider when it comes to children’s books:

  1. Audience: Children at different ages will respond to and be interested in totally different stories so you need to make sure that you know which age group you are writing for and adapt the language you use, the length of your story, the size of your physical book, the style of your illustrations, etc. to your chosen audience.
    READ MORE at: https://www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

  1. 6. 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 on 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.

Social Chat Q&A: The second Tuesday of the month we chat about getting published, what is involved, and our experiences. No matter what stage of writing you are in, come along. If you want to read out your work and have it critiqued, please bring a few copies so we can read along with you.

South Bank Write Now: Second Saturday of the month. The venue is generally 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.

There are many other Writing groups in Melbourne that you may be interested as well. Go to them all and see what interests you . . . but then come back to MWSG and bring more great people with you. Haha 😉

  1. 7. All Write! upcoming events

A place where you can write in North Melbourne. That’s it. All you do is turn up and write with others. You can chat to other writers as well if you like and grab a bite or a cuppa.

Most of all enjoy yourself.

  1. 8. 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.

  1. 9. 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

  1. 10Essential Information

Sites Authors Should Know

This is an unofficial list I have created as a useful writer’s tool. I receive no royalties, or kickbacks from any sites below. Use as advice only.

-(Dean MacAllister)

SELFPUBLISHINGADVICE.ORG- Before submitting to a publisher or self-publishing I highly recommend you check out the ‘Writers Beware’ section of this site! It has lists of scams to look out for and lists the less-than-reputable companies that have ripped writers off globally. Learn from the mistakes of others.

Smashwords- Creates and publishes E-books in all formats for free.

Takes some getting used to and has to be done properly. For a small fee people on site will convert your file through the “meat-grinder” converter for you.

Kindlepreneur- Writer who joined most author sites to compare.

Links to the best author friendly tools. Marketing advice included. Free website with free manuals. (Highly recommended!)

Goodreads- Author/Reader site. Many discussion forums. Very popular. Good place to find fans, create an author profile and source reviews.

Librarything- Poor-man’s version of Goodreads, but much less commercial.

READ MORE HERE: www.worldwriterscollective.com/writers-sauce

  1. 11. 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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