Just a quick reminder that Writers' Corner is this Wednesday (18th) as the following Wednesday is ANZAC Day and the Library is closed. 5-6:30pm (I had forgotten, so I figure other people might have too :-D)
We'll talk about the exercises from Dear Writer. Feel free to share some writing from one of the prompts sent out last month or something else you are working on.
Next Writers' Corner is on the 3rd Wednesday as the 4th is ANZAC Day and the Library is closed. At our last Writers' Corner I raised the possibility of us doing a "writing course" using Carmel Bird's book 'Dear Writer...revisited...' Originally published in 1988 while this edition is 2013. A quote by the author from the intro -
'When it comes down to it, the principal thing a writer has to do is write, to sit down at the desk and make up stories. You can actually guess and glean for yourself all the info about the so-called world of writing; you can work out how to present a manuscript to a publisher, if you want to. You can pick up some ideas from books such as this one. In classes and at festivals I have sometimes felt that students and members of the audience were hoping to be given the secret to a magic formula that was supposed to be in the possession of the tutor or speaker. The secret is that there is no magic formula.
Writing students have sometimes told me they wish for a book that will not only provide advice about skills, but will somehow urge and inspire the reader to write and continue to write. I hope that 'Dear Writer' will fulfill the students' wishes and answer the needs of both new and experienced writers.'
Leading Edge Books can get 'Dear Writer...revisited...' in for us. Retails for $25 but they will do them for $20 if we order more than 2 copies. I will definitely be getting a copy and am wondering if BRW should purchase a copy. Thoughts anyone? If you want to participate in this exercise I would strongly recommend getting yourself a copy so you can read and reread the entirety of each letter we are working through. I will include a few quotes, but it won't be as good.
"..Learn the ingredients that will set up a tight plot right from the beginning, then apply those concepts to your story as a whole. By the end of the workshop participants will have a basic plan and opening lines for a short story that will keep readers hooked from beginning to end."
NEA, 122 Bridge St East, Benalla Friday February 9 6 to 9 pm.
Please make sure you RSVP to email@example.com for catering purposes and to let Carla know if you have any dietary requirements.
Introducing the Broken River Writers Library...
it's upstairs at North East Artisans.
The “Library” has come about as BRW were generously donated over 200 books from the estate of Tricia Veale, a local parasitologist and poet,who passed away early in 2017.
BRW now has an extensive range of poetry, some “how to” writing books, books by local authors, anthologies and collections, and even some of Tricia's own poetry books.
A desk has also been donated and sits in one corner, soon to be outfitted with a supply of notepads and pens. It promises to be a cozy little nook in which to read and write.
We’re also looking for half height bookshelves (to fit under the paintings on the walls),
bean bags & floor cushions for this space.
If you know of any that need a new home, contact Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 is looking like an exciting year for putting pen to paper.
Put Friday 9th February into your diary for a fun filled and informative writing evening
with the delightful Thalia Kalkipsakis.
“Thalia is a freelance writer and editor who has published 20 books for children and teenagers. Her books have been sold around the world, including Brazil, the USA, Canada, Turkey, Italy, Germany and China. Currently, she is working on the final instalment of the
Lifespan of Starlight trilogy, where three teenagers discover the secret to travelling through time.”
Carla from Broken River Writers and Michaela from Gallery Gigs have put together a festive creative program for the Benalla Festival featuring the Sugar Fed Leopards.
"Come and learn how to craft words into songs with the absolutely brilliant Sugar Fed Leopards on Friday, 10th November, 4-6pm. Don't forget $5 for supper.
And then, stick around for their Gallery Gig, 7-10 pm, $10 tix, which is an incredibly low price for an amazing musical experience"
Broken River Writers--October's intriguing workshop with Killer Pig Productions' Jake and Sam Bowtell
On Friday 13th November local writers met at NEA for the second of the Broken River Writers Discovery Workshop series, this time with Jake and Sam Bowtell of Killer Pig Productions. The focus in this workshop was to discover more about writing for film. Having immersed themselves in film production since 2009, if not before, Jake and Sam proved to have much to share with the group.
Jake and Sam introduced us to the story behind, then screened their film 'Slope'. It proved to be a wonderful springboard for a rich and vibrant discussion during which we seemed to switch seamlessly between responding as viewers and responding as writers. While the session included a rich 'film appreciation' element, the writers' process was regularly interspersed and explored by Jake and Sam.
We left Jake and Sam's thought provoking discovery workshop with an understanding that writing for film includes writing for silence; that the excitement of film making relates to its many facets - with considerations about the use of particular actors; sound; lighting and so much more involved in film production.
Thank you Jake and Sam!
Watch out for Carla Gardner's writing about this event on the Broken River Writers' Facebook Page!
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NEA member and Broken River Writers' convenor Carla Gardner's short story, The Long Winter, has just been published in Wolves - A Short Story Needle in the Hay Collaboration. "Howl at the moon with eight of the best stories by award winning authors from Needle In The Hay". Congratulations, Carla
Broken River Writers very first Discovery Workshop with playwright Gabriel Bergmoser was even better than expected. Gabe is young and full of energy, on the go the entire time, vibrant and funny.
Discovery Workshops have been set up for local writers and the broader community to enjoy and learn from a variety of Guest Speakers who come, share their story-telling journey, inspire and impart some of their knowledge through a variety of short exercises.
Gabe chose a variety of exercises to illustrate the plot and character dynamic of conflict. The first exercise was for one half of the room to come up with reasons as to why he should drink the bottle of scotch, while the other side of the room had to come up with reasons for why he shouldn’t drink it. Immediately there was conflict.
Other workshop activities built on this theme of conflict, setting the scene for the performance of Gabe’s one act play, Heroes, performed brilliantly by Matt Phillips & Blake Stringer. Heroes illustrated the issue of conflict between characters, and the conflict within themselves between what they want and what they need.
After Heroes there was a discussion with Gabe, Matt & Blake about the play, from inception to recent performances across Victoria and nominations and presentations of a range of awards in the Geelong One Act Play Festival. “Heroes is a complex, extremely well written play by an exceptionally gifted young playwright,” said Bev Lee, who was absolutely rapt she’d decided to come to Broken River Writers first Discovery Workshop.
The next day Matt & Blake performed in Mansfield in the One Act Play Festival where they won Best Production, Best Writing and runner up Best Actor. And since then they’ve also won Best Production and Best Playwright at the Foster One Act Play Festival, with nominations for Best Actor and Best Director!
Big thank you to the Broken River Writers volunteers for coming in early, setting up, preparing supper and packing up after everyone went home. Big thank you also to NEA for hosting the event and auspicing Broken River Writers, and Tomorrow Today for providing the funding.
Details of the next Broken River Writers Discovery Workshop to be announced once they are finalised.
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Gabriel Bergmoser and the cast of his one act play 'Heroes' certainly set a high bar at the first of the Broken River Writers' Discovery Workshops at NEA this evening! The audience felt so privileged to have been there! Workshop activities with Gabe helped to set the scene for a performance of 'Heroes by Matt Phillips (Jake) and Blake Stringer (Nick). This was followed by a discussion of the play, from inception to recent performances across Victoria and nominations and presentations of a range of awards. . 'Heroes' is a complex, extremely well written play by an exceptionally gifted young playwright - it is also being performed in the Mansfield 2017 Festival of One-Act Plays this weekend.
Carla Gardner, commenting on FB.... "It was absolutely brilliant, so glad I was there. Heroes was such a fantastic example of conflict not only between characters, but of the conflict within themselves of what they want and what they actually need. Thank you Gabriel Bergmoser, Matt & Blake for a fantastic night. And thank you Broken River Writers, North East Artisans and Tomorrow Today for the first of many Discovery Workshops.' and...
Carla writing on Broken River Writers FB post....'Our first Discovery Workshop was awesome. Big thank you to everyone for coming, to Gabriel Bergmoser for great writing advice and exercises, and Blake & Matt for a fantastic performance of Heroes, which illustrated the exercises on conflict perfectly. And a big thank you to Broken River Writersfor making it happen and those volunteers who came early to set up and stayed late to pack up, North East Artisans for hosting the event and Tomorrow Today for the funding''
Writers' Corner meeting at Benalla Library, July 26, 2017
Broken River Writers are a group of passionate story tellers from the Benalla region seeking to broaden and enrich our story telling horizons and make a difference in our community. To do this we are working under the umbrella of North East Artisans and with the Benalla Library. It doesn’t matter what your preferred genre is, all writers are welcome – among our number there are people who write poetry, science fiction, fantasy, memoirs, romance, horror so on and so forth.
We meet together on the last Wednesday of the month for Writers’ Corner at the Benalla Library, 5-6:30pm, where we chat about life and writing, share what we’re working on, ideas, ask questions, inspire each other, sometimes even learning something new.
Each month we set a theme or prompt of some kind and encourage people to have a go, which you can find on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BrokenRiverWrtiers/ This month we have three different prompts to choose from. It is hoped that through this exercise we can each choose a piece we’ve written to include in our very own Broken River Writers book of short stories which we hope to publish some time in 2018.
Discovery Workshops are our new project. These supplement Writers’ Corner meetings by bringing in a variety of Guest Speakers on the 2nd Friday of the month to share their expertise in the art of story-telling, and stretch writers of all levels through a variety of skill building exercises. During a Discovery Workshop, Guest Speakers will share their journey, inspire and inform, share from their wealth of knowledge and help us improve our story telling skills.
A Discovery Workshop will run for 2-3 hours and look something like this:
If you know of any story-tellers who might be interested (local or otherwise), or, if you have any particular story-tellers you’d like to hear from, let us know and we’ll add them to our list. Thanks to the Tomorrow Today Foundation we have some funding to pay a small fee and contribute towards travel costs.
Our first Discovery Workshop is on Friday 11th August, 6-9pm with playwright Gabriel Bergmoser at North East Artisans, 122 Bridge St, Benalla.
A Writers’ Corner for younger writers (under 15) and three Discovery Workshops catering specifically for Children, Teens and Young Adults are also under development.
Discovery Workshops are sponsored by Broken River Writers, North East Artisans and the Tomorrow Today Foundation.
Please contact Carla Gardner, NE.A Secretary and Events Coordinator/Broken River Writers Coordinator on 57666453 or email email@example.com subject heading ‘Broken River Writers Discovery Workshops’ if you would like to be involved and for additional information.
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Broken River Writers' first of five Discovery Workshops will be held on August 11th, 6-9pm at North East Artisans, featuring Gabriel Bergmoser, Bitten By Productions and the one act play, Heroes. Discovery Workshops bring you Guest Speakers who have a passion for telling stories. They'll share their journey and skills throughout the night, so bring paper and pens and get ready to be inspired. Brought to you by Broken River Writers, North East Artisans & the Tomorrow Today Foundation
Discovery Workshop is free, but bring $5 for a scrumptious supper.
Bald Archy Exhibition
Benalla Street Art Wall to Wall Festival
Benalla Street Art Map
Benalla Youth Action Committee
Juddy Roller Wall to Wall
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Table Top Games at NEA