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March Newsletter 2023

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

Dear writers,

We trust you’ve been making progress with your writing in recent weeks and have signed up for one of the many courses and classes available to inspire and support you along the way.


Sunday Sessions March 19

A reminder that the popular Sunday Sessions is on Sunday, March 19 at Mattie Furphy House.

We have FOUR acclaimed Western Australian writers, including authors of international renown, to run 90-minute masterclasses at Mattie Furphy House in Swanbourne.

Each session is in a small group for more personalised teaching.

Don’t miss out! If you don’t already have tickets please be quick as sales have been strong and some of these sessions are nearly sold out.


Here are the details:

9am Natasha Lester on Writing Historical Fiction

New York Times bestseller Natasha Lester will offer a not-to-be-missed masterclass on researching and writing historical fiction. Natasha will share her tips to help you write (or rewrite) your historical novel so your story shines and isn’t lost beneath the factual details. She’ll also focus on how to manage and conduct research and incorporate that research into a story, as well as her favourite tools for writing historical fiction. Click here to purchase tickets.


11am AJ Betts on Writing for Young Adults

What makes a great novel for young adults? How do we, as adults, engage and captivate teenage readers? In this workshop, Amanda Betts will share tips for connecting authentically with young adults. She'll also offer practical advice on structure, tension, and pacing. To book your tickets please click here.


1pm Amanda Kendle on Social Media for Writers and Authors


Do you need to promote your work online and you're not sure where to start? Or are you worried your social media isn't as effective as it could be? Amanda Kendle will help you decide which social media platforms are right for you, to develop a content strategy of what to post and when, and give you all the tips and tricks you need to ensure you have plenty of time left to write. To book your tickets please click here.


3pm Amanda Bridgeman on Self-Publishing: A Step By Step Guide

Self-published works by Amanda Bridgeman include the best-selling space opera Aurora series (currently seven novels), grounded sci-fi novel The Time Of The Stripes, and the new release sci-fi novella Spud Compton trilogy.

In this workshop Amanda will walk participants through the process of self-publishing, from completing the work, through the editing process, to selling the work online and best marketing practices. Participants will complete an action plan tailored to their work.

Book your tickets now by clicking here.


5.30pm Tom Collins Poetry Prize Announcement of Winners

Please join us for a wine sundowner to hear judge Rose Van Son announce the winners of this long-running, prestigious and ever popular poetry prize.

The number and quality of entries blew our minds – we had more than four times the number of poems than last year.

Tickets for the award announcement are free, but bookings are essential for catering purposes. Join us for the celebration! We can't wait! To reserve your spot please go to eventbrite by clicking here.



Writing Sex with Holly Craig

Are you struggling to write a sex scene? Feeling awkward? Not sure who to ask for guidance? Ask Holly!

Join author Holly Craig in The Write Club for a series of six fortnightly online sessions from April 13. Holly will teach a different topic in each 90 minute class, after which writers start applying the lesson to their own writing.

Please click here to reserve your spot.





Tuesdays at Mattie’s with Kamille Roach from March 14

FAWWA is delighted to announce that acclaimed author Kamille Roach will continue the Tuesdays at Mattie’s classes every second Tuesday evening at Mattie Furphy House.

The aim is to provide a positive and encouraging environment in which to practise writing skills.

Write in response to a prompt and read your work aloud afterwards if you wish. Classes start March 14. For details and bookings please click here.




Congratulations to Andy Macleod


Our warm congratulations to Andy Macleod who has taken off the top prize in this year’s Lake Macquarie One Act Play Festival. His play, A Family Inheritance, was judged Best Written Script and will now be developed for performance later this year.

Well done to Andy for his achievement. We’ll look forward to hearing more about the production in coming months. Read more about the festival and Andy’s prize by clicking here.




Out of the Asylum classes at Mattie Furphy House

Join author Dr Bruce Russell at a series of monthly writing classes at Mattie Furphy House, run by the Out of the Asylum writers group. Classes are held on a Thursday morning and continue until June 1. They are for writers of fiction and non-fiction in short stories, novellas, or essay. To register please email ootawriters@gmail.com



Indian Ocean Write Nights

Join the crew at the Indian Ocean write night at Mattie Furphy House, on alternative Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm. The group is for writers of all genres in need of a little inspiration and the chance to write in a relaxed and supportive environment with others. The group meets fortnightly at Mattie Furphy House, 6pm to 8pm. Attendees are invited to work on their current project or write to the prompts provided. For details please phone Marshall Willan 0408 620 235.




Classes with Andrew Levett The Story Mentor

Are you working on a full length manuscript? Join Andrew Levett, aka The Story Mentor, at Mattie Furphy House on the first and third Saturdays every month 10am to midday. The group is suitable for writers at any stage, working in any genre. It offers time to write, to discuss your novel with other novelists, share your work, and receive feedback. For more information and bookings please click here.





Meuse Press calls for poetry submissions by July 15

Meuse Press is planning an edition of Australian Poetry Collaboration to celebrate South Asian and South Asian born Australian-resident contemporary poets. Submissions are invited up until 5pm on July 15. Up to three poems each with a maximum of 30 lines may be submitted. Send each as an attachment (doc file, single space, Times new Roman 12, entire submission in one file) along with a brief bio to meusepress@hotmail.com. Prior publication is fine so long as it is acknowledged. Submissions must be in English firstly, but every effort will also be made to publish a selected poem in the language in which it was first written so long as that is included in the submission. The editors will be Raj Nair and Les Wicks.


Daisy Utemorrah Award

Entries are now open for the 2023 Daisy Utemorrah Award.

This annual award is presented to an Indigenous writer for an unpublished manuscript of junior or YA fiction. It is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers currently living in Australia. The winner receives $15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books. Applications close 30 March 2023. For details please click here.


Marathon Writing Competition March 25

The Society of Women Writers WA is again running the popular Marathon Writing Competition on Saturday, March 25 from 12.30pm to 5pm. The marathon will be at Citiplace Community Centre and the cost is $35. Bookings are essential. Please email swwwabookingofficer@gmail.com


We look forward to seeing you at the Sunday Sessions and Tom Collins Poetry Prize winners’ announcement on March 19, or at a FAWWA class or event in the near future.


Happy writing,


The FAWWA Committee: Louise Allan

Emma Bladen

Holly Craig

Susan Cullen

Lynne Deperas

Anna Fursland


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