June Newsletter 2022

Hello everyone. I hope you’ve been enjoying reaching your writing goals in recent weeks.


Sunday Sessions at FAWWA


It’s less than two weeks until our first day of Sunday Sessions at FAWWA masterclasses at Mattie Furphy House. Tickets are selling well and places are limited so to secure your spot please click here.


On Day One, June 12 three internationally bestselling authors will share their expertise in three joyful and entertaining sessions about writing women’s fiction: Rachael Johns, Fleur McDonald, and Sasha Wasley.


On Day Two, June 19 established authors and leading professionals in the publishing industry will share their expertise in the craft of writing. Join author and journalist Barry Divola, Fremantle Press publisher Georgia Richter, poet and educator Raihanaty A Jalil, and writer, historian, and academic Cindy Solonec for a rewarding day of creative and intellectual upskilling.


Writing Multicultural Australia


Are you writing about characters whose culture is different to your own? I’d particularly recommend our masterclass on Day Two with Raihanaty A Jalil and Cindy Solonec. It’s about Writing Multicultural Australia and the importance of infusing your work with authenticity. It starts at 12.45pm.


Cost for each masterclass is $60 with a discount for FAWWA members. For further details and to secure your tickets please click here.


FAWWA Memberships


Have you renewed your membership for the new financial year? Renewals are now available on Eventbrite. All who renew their membership before July 1 will be in the running to win a collection of four fabulous books by FAWWA authors (ahem).


At FAWWA we offer regular writing classes and groups on evenings, weekdays and weekends, plus special events. All are held at the historic Mattie Furphy House in peaceful, natural surrounds in Swanbourne. There are discounts for FAWWA members and reciprocal benefits with other Four Centres members. For details please click here.


Stuart and Hadow Short Story Competition


Have you entered your work in the 2022 Stuart and Hadow Short Story Competition? The deadline for submissions has been moved to July 1, so we’ll look forward to receiving your entry by then if you haven’t already submitted. Those who were diligent and managed to send their story by June 1 are welcome to revise and resubmit by the new deadline. The theme is open, word limit is 3,000, and first prize is $1,000. Enter now for your chance to be recognised among Australia’s most talented literary writers in this prestigious national award. For details please click here.


Congratulations to Sally Gaunt


We are excited to celebrate Sally’s second poetry collection Blue Moon Over Moorea which has just been released in London by Austen MacCauley. Sally says her anthology has been two years in the making and much hard work with covid delays. Sally’s first collection, Poems of Passion and Praise was published by Access Press, Bassendean. A very big congratulations to Sally for her achievement. For details please click here.


Congratulations to Louise Helfgott


All are invited to celebrate the publication of Louise Helfgott’s Thistledown Seed with an ‘In Conversation’ between Louise Helfgott and Geraldine Mellet at St Albans Hall, 423 Beaufort Street, Highgate, on Friday 22 July, 2022. Doors open at 6.15 pm for a 6.30 pm start. For details please click here.



2022 Boroondara Literary Awards

Boroondara in Victoria invites writers of all ages from around the country to enter their open short story competition. Literary pieces between 1,500 and 3,000 words will be accepted until Friday, July 29, 2022. Entry is free. For details please click here.


Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival

Last but not least I’d like to thank the organisers of this busy and well attended event – and commend all our FAWWA authors who were featured. It was a fun, rewarding and energising few days for readers and writers, and an extraordinary showcase of Western Australian, national, and international writing talent.


Happy writing, and hope to see you at a FAWWA event soon.







Karen Herbert

FAWWA President


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