Sunday, December 31, 2006

2006 Year in Review:December

In December, we held a Monologue Writing workshop in preparation for the 2007 group project. We watched and listened to some of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads monologues, discussed why and how they worked, and then went to the local RSL to lunch for 'research.' After that we went to the Sports Club for more research. Monologues are due at our March meeting - it will be interesting to hear the results.

And I slacked off and didn't take any photos on the day.

2006: Year in Review: November

November was the month we were all anticipating and working towards: the launch of our RANSOM NOTES COLLAGE POETRY DIARY for 2007.

Lyn can hardly see over the box office door.
Gill prepares to sell raffle tickets
The launch was held at the Bowraville Theatre on Saturday 18th November, and featured a recital by the Bowraville Singers, and a performance of Carrolline Rhode's one act play Making Allowances.

Carrolline and Roby ready to sell the diary

The collation of the diary proved to be more difficult than anticipated and took three days work, with every member of the group pitching in.

Our MC and group member Noel introduces Jennifer

But finally we had a product we were all proud of: a 2007 Diary featuring pieces from almost every member of the group including 12 full colour collage poems, ransom notes, haiku, flash fiction, 'Pass the Story' excercises and quotations about writing from authors.

Jennifer launches the diary

The diary was launched by Jennifer Gordon, current president and Collage Poetry Queen, who was the person who introduced the group to the collage poetry concept.

Another successful collaborative project by the Nambucca Valley Writers Group.

2006: Year in Review: September

Through the Mid North Coast Writers' Association, many of our members attend a Writing Funny workshop facilitated by Aussie author Bruno Bouchet.

We spend the day making up words, fracturing fairytales and having a good laugh.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

2006 Year in Review: August - Byron Bay

In August, ten members of Nambucca Valley Writers Group made the annual trek to the Byron Bay Writers Festival.

Our carload stops at Ulmarra Pub for lunch.

When we arrive at the Byron Bay Beach Resort, Roby discovers that she has missed numerous mobile calls from her husband. She has sent her fantasy novel to a publisher, and the publisher has left a message on her answering machine to find the head of the company at the Festival. This news is overwhelming:

And has to be repeated to the next arrivals.

Things settle down as we attend festival events. Time for nerves to settle and conversations to be rehearsed.

Quiet time at the cabin as we discuss some of the session we have seen.

Roby has her first unofficial meeting with the publisher.

Closing night, and a big farewell to outgoing director, Jill Eddington. Everyone is ready to party.

We get stuck into the collage poetry, as the deadline for our Collage Poetry diary project is looming before us.

Another successful and inspiring festival, and we left with bated breath, waiting for Roby's next news installment.

2006 Year in Review: July

In July, Lisa conducted a workshop on running a workshop.

Even Sue's cat was impressed.

2006 Year in Review: May

At the AGM in May, the winner of the inaugural Nambucca Valley Writers' Group Writing Competition was announced and Diane Curran took out both first and second prize with two collage poems, and took possession of the beautiful Foundation President's Trophy for a year. The trophy was donated by Anne Holgate (pictured) who was the founding president and is now a Life Member of the group.

Jennifer Gordon won third prize with a conventional poem (although she is the group's Collage Poetry Queen).

This is the winning poem:

Yesterday, her brain was dead


- Nothing unusual.

Today, the boss is yelling

On the nose

Out of control

A real tyrant.


haunted by





the power clique.

Everyone has had their say.

Blah blah blah.

She's a mess

hiding behind

the nightmare

One mistake could ruin your life.


after a month of psychotherapy

she's brainwashed.

Diane Curran 2006

The 2007 Writing Competition is for an essay of 1500 words or less and entries will close at the meeting in January.

2006 Year in Review: March

In March, the Writers' Group held a Writing Retreat at Smoky Cape Lighthouse, Arakoon, South West Rocks.

Members conducted workshops for each other, and we were all inspired by the company and the spectacular scenery.

On the Saturday evening, Lisa cooked up a Persian feast, assisted by the other gals, and we all dressed up in exotic garb to celebrate.

The weekend was such a hit, we agreed to do it all again in 2007.