May 2022

Rocky River ‘Riters’ reading for May was personal choice reading. The reading for June is Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales. Members choose new words and phrases from readings they do in the month. Words included coddiwomple, dillycrimple, Spiracle, Kamerade, Entropy, Hussar, Oxtern, Santios, Badacious, innefable  and Throughput.   Quotes included “… and in the silence, Vianne found herself thinking too loudly..”

Rocky River ‘Riters’ newest book, Reflections, is available by contacting our secretary, or from Reflections in Crystal Brook, the Information Centre in Laura, or SFDC in Gladstone, for $15.

Each month there is a writing challenge to members to write about the topic for the following month’s meeting. This challenge is open to anyone who wishes to enter. The topic is given and a piece needs to be written to that topic before next meeting. If you wish to enter, please write a short piece of prose or poetry to the topic and send to our secretary at ruby_08@bigpond.com before July 7th. The challenge for June is to write about “Time Travel”.

South Australian war historian, Peter Brune, recently ran a workshop on editing for RRRs with 15 members attending. He offered many tips on formatting manuscripts, editing, research techniques and publisher’s expectations. Writings from two members were used to comment on these areas with suggestions as to taking them further. Members have been inspired to dust off lapsed manuscripts and get them going again.

We are planning another editing workshop as part of our programme for 2022 to take place in August. We are looking forward to our speaker from the Laura Literary Awards, Dr Annette Marner, running this for us.

Two of our members have been mentioned in the local paper – Jo Piggott, Monty Smith and Jan Weldon-Veitch. Jan has plays being produced in the eastern states and at St. Mary’s College in Adelaide. She is now writing a screenplay.

The Laura Literary Awards book of winners and runners up for 2021 is available from Rocky River ‘Riters, or the above shops, for $15.

Entries have been judged for the 2022 Laura Literary Awards. Winners will be announced at the Laura Literary Awards presentation at the Diocesan Hall in Gladstone on the 13th of August from 2:30 pm.

Rocky River ‘Riters’ meetings are held in Gladstone the second Friday of every month. Please contact us for meeting information.

The creative writing meetings are being held in Crystal Brook. Please contact us for meeting information. The next session is Saturday June 25th.

Our next meeting will be on July 9th.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining our group – jhhc@bigpond.com.       Phone 0417849441   Go to Rocky River ‘Riters’ website:    https://rockyriverriters.club