Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Anthology Workshop.

Here is an invite from the seriously overworked but extremely appreciated Carla Huchinson-Read from the TWPC

Dear all,

For any WITS members or people interested in submitting a piece to the Anthology you may like to come to:
Lit Hub on Wednesday 27 February with guest speaker Dr Ariella Van Luyn

For Artful Life Stories: Collecting and Exploring Oral Histories in Fiction and Nonfiction

This one hour presentation will help writers to know how best to 'capture' true stories and write them engagingly and accurately. This is a great opportunity for writers of military history, sporting clubs, the history of companies/organisations and family stories. Starts 6pm at the Townsville Writers Centre Inc, Riverway Arts Centre 20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa Central. carla@twpc.org

More about Ariella

She is newly appointed Professor of the Masters of Creative Writing program at JCU. In 2012 as President of the Oral History Association of Australia - Queensland, Ariella Van Luyn was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards for her unpublished manuscript Hidden Objects which is based on oral histories recorded in Brisbane.
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 27 February at 5:30 for a 6pm start. There will be an opportunity to give a gold coin donation as you arrive.

Best wishes,


If you don't go then you're...

...Not gunna be there. 

(for more info on the Anthology check out the page for all the details)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Time is running out on this one

I only just got this info myself... we're running out of time here and the notice is short but...

 Manuscript Assessment workshop... $20 to join in with light lunch provided... Aitkenvale library meeting room 10.00am -4.00pm... Sunday 3rd of Feb.... To register email:        witsanthology@gmail.com

Why are you still reading this?

Register before its too late!!!

You're still reading aren't you?


All entries must be non-fiction.

This gives us a very broad scope. Biographies, interviews, anecdotes, poetry-
must be recognizable as an account of an interview or an event & not obviously creative fiction.
You are only limited by your imagination here. We are surrounded by interesting characters & local celebrities all with stories to tell. 
Annual events, sporting activities, natural attractions- leisure areas unique to our region & unnatural events or at least unwelcome ones in the form of cyclones, floods & droughts.

What are we aiming for here? To encompass our lifestyle. We want to know what’s out there- capture it & weave your story around it. Our final presentation will incorporate a blending of the arts through diversity of material.

Humorous, (bit whacky even), contemporary, historical, sense of the past- enduring.

Articles-I nterviews

Cultural diversity
What stands out for you? Someone’s perspective on the importance or Spirituality or religion, Multiculturalism, indigenous perspective.


·         All submissions must be emailed as an attachment to: witsanthology@gmail.com
·         Submissions may be accompanied by a relevant photograph.
·         All photos must be scanned at 300 dpi –in order to fit onto page size.
·         Smaller photos will be included to fit with short pieces, poems etc.
·         Poetry is limited to one page -30 lines maximum
·         The majority of submissions will be limited to one page -500words
·         Longer pieces up to 1000-1200 words will be considered.
·         Including photographs the anthology will consist of approx.190 pages
·         The number of submissions included will depend on space available.
·         We are hoping to have space to include a short bio & small photo of the authors included in the anthology.
·         All content will be assessed on suitability for inclusion.
·         Accepted contributions may be edited.
·         Editor’s decision will be final.
·         All queries to above email address.

Submissions included in the anthology will receive a free copy


Including annual events, local activities, sporting events, local identities, iconic images, areas of interest local to the region, cultural perspectives on life in Townsville & regions & more……

- a cane toad
- Steve ``Pricey" Price
- Magnetic Island
- Cotter's Markets
- A NQ Cowboys football
- The Crystal Creek bridge
- Bob Katter's cowboy hat
- Perc Tucker Gallery
- A stinger suit
- An ice cream from Frosty Mango
- A dress worn in the Goldfield Ashes
- A cane train
- The Burdekin River
- Palm Island ferry
- The Red Baron
- David ``Crusty'' Herron
- The Great Northern Hotel
- The Rockpool
- Skin cancer
- Tony Mooney's moustache
- The marina
- Townsville to Cairns bike ride (raising money for kids with cancer)
- V8s
- Chamber of music festival
- Shakespeare in the park
- Strand Ephemera
- The Burdekin Water festival
- Billabong Sanctuary
- Crystal creek/ Alligator Creek falls
- Castle Hill
- Cowboys/ Crocs
-Walking Castle Hill - Roller skating - Ice skating

The list is endless. Please don’t be offended if something dear to your heart is not included.
This is just a bit of brain storming activity.