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Dear Members and Friends,

Welcome to the November Newsletter and thank you to the members who attended the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 25th October. It was lovely to see a good turn-out of eighteen members. Nominations were considered and the new committee elected. Congratulations to the following members who were elected to the Committee for the next twelve months:

Karen Whittle-Herbert (President)

Machiel van der Stelt (Co-Vice President)

Sally Gaunt (Co-Vice President)

Helena Studdert (Secretary)

John Sun (Treasurer)

Peter Bibby

Lynne Deperas

Patsy Millet

Yeeda Topham

Tracey Gregory

It is especially pleasing to have all office bearer positions filled. Thank you to the outgoing committee members and to the members who shared the President's duties for the past year.

After the meeting, we were were treated to a talk by Amanda Curtin, the recipient of the 2020 Western Australian Writers' Fellowship and author of Elemental, which was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards and published in the United Kingdom in 2016. Amanda talked about her writing practice and her interest and commitment to bringing the threads of the past into the stories of the present. I was left a little awed by her understanding of her own writing and hope one day I have the same level of insight myself.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with FAWWA over the next twelve months and look forward to meeting you at our events and workshops.

Karen Whittle-Herbert


Fellowship of Australian Writers WA

Tom Collins Poetry Prize

The Tom Collins Poetry Prize is now open, closing on 15th December 2020.

Prizes: First $1000, Second $300, Third $100.

Entry Fees: $12/poem, $10 for members. Maximum 5 poems.

For Terms and Conditions and Entry Details visit:

FAWWA Events for November

Tuesday 3rd Smash Writing, Louise Allan, TCH 6 - 9 pm

Friday 6th A.Levett, Creative Writing Workshop, TCH, 10 - 12pm

Firday 6th Oota Poetry, S. MacCauley, MFH, 10 - 12 pm

Friday 6th Oota Prose, C. Millner, MFH, 1 -3 pm

Tuesday 10th November Indian Ocean Writers, MFH, 6 - 8 pm

Friday 13th A. Levett Creative Writing Workshop, TCH 10 - 12 am

Friday 13th Friday at Furphy's; Glen Phillips will launch his latest work, "Trees In My Life"

introduced by Patsy Millet, 5 - 8 p.m MFH.

Saturday 14th Mike Greenacre Poetry Workshop "Poetry as a vehicle that drives your life"

MFH, 10-1pm.

Sunday 15th Book Length Project Group, MFH, 10-12.30pm

Tuesday 17th Smash Writing, Louise Allan, TCH 6 - 9 pm

Friday 20th A. Levett Creative Writing Workshop, TCH 10 - 12 am

Friday 20th Oota Poetry, S. MacCauley, MFH, 10 - 12 pm

Friday 20th Oota Prose, C. Millner, MFH, 1 -3 pm

Tuesday 24th November Indian Ocean Writers, MFH, 6 - 8 pm

Friday 27th A. Levett Creative Writing Workshop, TCH 10 - 12 am

Other Notices for November

Writing your Life Story, The Society of Women's Writers WA

Saturday 14 November 2020

Venue: Citiplace Community Centre Perth Railway Station Concourse,

opposite top of Platform 9 ; 1 p.m to 5 p.m

Helen Iles, award winning writer and poet, invites you to learn about structure and focus in your writing. Bring your manuscript along. She will examine it with suggestions as to completion. Capture the poignancy, history and uniqueness of writing memoir. Men and women welcome. Cost : $25.00 per head. Bookings are essential.

Contact Society of Women Writers WA: or telephone 0429 116 395.

Double Book Launch - WAPI Emerging Poets 2020 Anthology - 'Becoming Known'

plus the 2020 Poetry D'Amour Anthology

Readings by the poets and books on sale.

Sat 21st November, Queens Building (upstairs), 4.30 - 6.30pm

Corner Williams St and Murray St, Perth City. (entrance from William St)

Dorothy Hewett Award 2021

Open for Submission, closing November 30th.

The work mus be fiction, narrative nonfiction or poetry, inclusive of hybrid genres such as verse novels or memoir. The winner receives a Cash Prize of $10,000 courtesy of Copyright Agency, and a publishing contract by UWA Pulishing.

For more information visit the UWAP website:

Mike Greenacre's Poetry Book Launch  

'Nocturnal House' will be launched by Peter Jeffery OAM and Shane McCauley at the Fremantle Park Sport and Community Centre, Ellen Street, Fremantle

Saturday 5th December 2020, between 1:00 and 3:00pm

For catering please RSVP:

Visit Perth's Short Story Dispenser!

Raine Square in the Perth CBD now boasts the first Short Story Dispenser in Australia. 

An initiative of Writing WA and France's Short Edition, the funky little machine will print you off a free story! Just go to the top of the first escalator, hover your hand over the button of your choice (it's very COVID safe) and be rewarded with a long print out of one of thousands of stories from WA and across the world. 

News from the Parliamentary Inquiry into

Australia's Creative and Cultural Industries

Writing WA have made a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Australia's Creative and Cultural Industries on behalf of the writers of Western Australia. The report provides much useful material for those of you interested in further lobbying your local MP or MLA for additional funding for the WA Writing sector. If you would like a copy of the Writing WA submission please call Carol at the office on 9384 4771 (Tues and Thurs 10 - 3pm). Public Hearings to the Inquiry will be held on 13 November and 4 December in Canberra. The Inquiry is expected to report back in the new year.

Save the Date for the FAWWA Christmas Party!

An early reminder to mark the FAWWA Chritstmas Party on your Calendar.

Friday December 11th 2020, Mattie Furphy House, 5-8pm.

The theme is a Barbecue and Books galore.

Guest speakers to include:

Vivienne Glance, promoting Letters to our Home, a collaboration of poetry and art to illustrate a vision for a more sustainable WA.

Mike Greenacre, Writer in Residence and 2019 Tom Collins Poetry Prize Winner, will speak of his journey and latest anthology.

Members Carol Millner, Glen Phillips, Christine Eyres and others will have copies of their latest works available for Xmas Present purchases. A date not to be missed!

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