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August Newsletter 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

Welcome to the August Newsletter. Thanks again to all those who have joined us, practising good hygiene and social distancing, as activities re-start at FAWWA. A number of interesting groups and workshops have been scheduled at FAWWA over the coming months. Details can be found below.

Immediate Past President Pat Johnson has taken over as Acting President for July and August,and will be followed by Sally Gaunt for September and October. This will take us through to the AGM on October 25th. All members should consider joining the Committee for 2021; it is a great opportunity to give your input into the future of our organisation. There will likely be the roles of President and Treasurer to fill this year, so any one with leadership aspirations, or an accounting background, please step forward!

Keep reading for more detail of the exciting events ahead.

Pat Johnson

Acting President

Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition

Entries are presently with the judge and we will announce the Date, Time and Location of the Prize Ceremony as soon as it has been determined, most likely in late August, so stay tuned to the Website for details.

Membership Renewal

Thank you to all those who have already renewed their membership, and to those of you who added a donation. Your support of FAWWA allows us to thrive and provide a vibrant program of events. The link to the Membership Page is below, where it is easy to renew on-line if you haven't already done so:

Mobile Phone donation

A very big thank you to Leigh Alver for the donation of an IPhone5. The new phone will be a big help at our events and workshops for those who wish to pay on the day by credit card.

Friday@Furphy's, Mattie Furphy House, August 14th, 5-7pm

Join us for our monthly get together at Friday@Furphy's on August 14th. This month we will have a discussion on children's literature with James Green and Sally Gaunt. Mulled wine and nibbles will be served. Members $5, all others $10.

More FAWWA Events...

A workshop for writers willing to explore a post Covid world by conducting experiments in creative community. A series of imaginal garments will guide an enquiry into alternative futures and the power of  the collective imagination to bring them about.

HORST KORNBERGER is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher into the field of imagination and creativity. He is the author of several books on creative writing and lectures internationally on creativity, education and the use of the imagination as a healing and community building tool. More at 

A. Levett, Creative Writing Course 2.

Our popular presenter Andrew Levett is commencing an on-line version of his Creative Writing Course, for those who would like to start mid-year.

Macramé Workshops

Local artist Fiona Buchanan runs Macramé Workshops at Mattie Furphy House, fortnightly Saturdays, 2-5pm. Next workshops are for the1st and 15th August so far. For more information or to book, email Fiona at:

Save the Date: 2020 Perth Poetry Festival

Friday 18th Sept - Sunday 27th Sept.

Writing Competitions...

KSP Writing Competitions

Entry deadlines in September and October

KSP is offering two writing competitions in the categories of Short Fiction and Poetry.

Entry costs for adults start at $10; youth can enter for free thanks to sponsorship from the Shire of Mundairing.

Cash prizes and certificates on offer.

For more details on any of these activities please visit the KSP website or email us on

National Science Week Monologue Competition

In partnership with ICRAR (International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research) and the West Australian Coordinating Committee for National Science Week.

Throughout July, writers can engage with research and researchers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research to compose a creative non-fiction monologue. The competition accepts over 10 languages, and performance styles like Auslan, song, dance, music, poetry and puppetry.

The winning monologues will be performed during National Science Week, which runs in a digital format from 15 to 23 August. There are six categories with cash prizes, and the monologues will also be performed at ICRAR’s popular Astrofest in 2021.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Closes: 31st August 2020

Query Letter Competition

$500 for the best Book Blurb

Competition closes September 15th 2020

For a comprehensive list of national writing competitions please visit the Australian Writers Resource:

Other Opportunities...

Creative Writing Online with Dr. Alan Hancock:

Zoom into Stories #2: First draft to final edit.

This course will recap the basics of freeflow writing and story-making.

Course now Zooming online.

Six Sundays 15.00 – 16.30 (WA time) Aug 2nd to Sept 6th

KSP Writer-in-Residence Applications, deadline in September.

The KSP Writers' Centre is proud to support the development of literary work by hosting a number of annual residencies and fellowships. Some positions offer a salary and opportunity to present workshops. For more details please visit the KSP website

Some might be interested in the Sisters in Crime Newsletter:

Sunspot Literary Journal amplifies multinational voices. Accepting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art; prose can range from 10 to 49,000 words. Pays stipends for select pieces.

Mundaring Arts Centre invites you to join us in supporting our arts community by purchasing a Blind Box as part of the Tied Up With String exhibition 7 November - 20 December 2020

Plug for a Local Writer

Feature writer this month long time member and author Horst Kornberger. He is an acclaimed author of four books: The Power of Stories, The Writer's Passage, Global Hive and The Delphi Project. In addition, he is the Co-director of Creativity Consultants Worldwide. His creative writing workshop will be returning on the 8th of August to share his extensive creativity and knowledge. For more information about his works and booking for this event, please see and

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