Dimity Powell Writing Edventure

Dimity Powell Writing Edventure

Our prominent member and published writer Dimity Powell recently has been embarked on a writing adventure. Her aim is to create a story suitable for the digital format. Have you heard about the new mobile application or rather the new free app Story City App ? It is where your are the hero of your own story. Yes, it is true! You are given the chance to be a part of your own adventure across several locations – Brisbane, Adelaide and the Gold Coast. This application enables you to ‘quite literally smell the roses, or tread the pavement or in some harrowing cases, stave off mutant zombie cockroaches‘, giving you a lot of freedom of how to explore desirable location.

Dimity Powell has joined a team of highly creative professionals who are giving the users of the Story City App an opportunity to see the world differently. The group is quite diverse but nevertheless highly professional: Surfing Guru Tim Baker, Comic Artist  Ken Best, Verbal Disc Jockey Ben Brown, Cool tunes maestro Jed Walters and Obligatory female kids author Dimity Powell.

Read the latest publications via Dimity PowellStory City or from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Story City free Mobile App

Story City Gold Coast Launch – Emily Craven, Ken Best, Dimity Powell and Jed A. Wølters.

From Dimity Powell: “Over the next month or so, I hope to divulge more of the hows, whys and whos behind my Story City Creation. You can follow those posts at Dim’s Write Stuff. Visit the Story City website to register your interest as a future contributor or simply learn more about the team behind the stories behind the adventures!”

Helensvale Writers’ Group is very proud of our prominent member, Dimity Powell, and her significant contribution to promote love for reading and writing books over the years.


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Workshop with Deb Shearer

Workshop with Deb Shearer

On the 17th of March we had a very special workshop with Deb Shearer who is a Certified Raw Food Chef, Workshop facilitator, Teacher and Writer. Deb shared her experience in writing and publishing her recent recipe book – Delicious Raw Food. Deb shared her passion for row food and demonstrated how to cook her recipes, giving us opportunity to taste her creations. This was unusual workshop with a very unconventional approach of how to write, publish and market a recipe book.

Thank you Deb Shearer!

We really enjoyed your unique workshop.

Debbie Shearer

“Row food is a matter of taste. However, it is proven to be a great enabler of health and well-being” – Deb Shearer


Delicious Row Food Workshop

Helensvale Writers’ Group was taken by surprise of a very unusual approach for book promotion techniques.

A moment to say thank you.

Deb Shearer and Joan Small. Thank you Deb!

Book promotion techniques

Fed with delicious row food and happy to gain new knowledge about book promotion techniques.

If you would like to find more about Deb Shearer books, recipes and workshops – check a few links below:

Raw Food Basic Essentials Workshop

Deb Shearer on Facebook

Deb Shearer’s short practicing biography.

Debbie has been a passionate raw and vegetarian ‘foody’ for over 25 years. From the heady world of Marketing to her humble beginnings as a Permaculture Farmer her curiosity started a journey exploring holistic health and nutrition through vegetarian, vegan and ultimately Raw Cuisine. Growing her own food, working as a chef at Camp Eden, creating a vegetarian lifestyle cafe and becoming a Massage Therapist, Reiki Healer, Oneness Blesser, Yoga Teacher and Raw Food Chef along the way. Deb is passionate about real food and loves sharing this through her workshops. Deb is available for workshops, demonstrations, teaching and gives tuition on shopping and pantry restocking for a raw food lifestyle.



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2015 in review

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2015 Christmas Celebration

2015 Christmas Celebration

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ” Norman Vincent Peale.

What a great party

The Helensvale Writers Group is Celebrating Christmas at Paradise Point Park, at the Gold Coast

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home.

Together at Christmas party

“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” Eric Sevareid.

Christmas at Paradise Point

“Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. ” Washington Irving.


“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” Margaret Thatcher.


Writers and Friends

“Christmas works like glue, it keeps us all sticking together.” Rosie Thomas, Iris And Ruby.

Christmas Time

“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” Harlan Miller.

Christmas Spirit

“Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today’s Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday.” Gladys Taber.

Creating Happy Hours


“What do you think of Christmas?”
“I like it,” she said. “I think we should have it every year.” Liz Flaherty, One More Summer.

Thinking of Christmas

“My stomach rumbles.
Plates of cookies, cake, and fudge.
Christmastime is here.” Richelle E. Goodrich.


“The season of Christmas brings joy, hope and peace.” Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind.

Joy of Christmas



Posted by on December 10, 2015 in Events


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Big B Books

Big B Books

Celebrating the most fabulous day at Big B Books with Vacen Taylor, Kate Foster, Dimity Powell, Angela Sunde, Lucia Masciullo and Candice Lemon-Scott.

Big B Books Meet the Creators

Big B Books

From left to right: Dimity Powell, Vacen Taylor and Kate Foster

Christmas signing at Big B Books 2015 (1)

From left to right: Candice Lemon-Scott, Dimity Powell, Angela Sunde and Lucia Masciullo.


Book signing event

Dimity Powell

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Posted by on December 6, 2015 in Events


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This is your time to succeed

In July 2014, Vacen Taylor – author of the Starchild Series, writer and storyteller was our guest speaker at Helensvale Writers’ Group.

Book Series by Vacen Taylor

Published by Odyssey Books

“What is the first thing that a baby does when it’s born?” asked Vacen Taylor. After a few wrong answers the right one was found, “Breathe,” confirmed Vacen, “A baby will take its first breath from 10 to 14 seconds after birth… “What is the last thing that we do?” she asked again; and the answer didn’t require the revelation. “We inhale at birth and we exhale at death. That is how important breath is. What we are going to do first is a breathing exercise. It is really simple. I say to the writers – it is the first thing to do to remove tension when you sit in front of the computer; and I would really like you to learn that.”

Vance’s workshops are based on the belief that any theory can be solidified by interactive exercises and we couldn’t agree more, gradually relaxing our shoulders, muscles of the neck, closing our eyes and deeply breathing in and out. In a few minutes we were ready for the next six steps of learning how to maintain determination and a positive attitude for writing.

Gold Coast  Writers

Vacen Taylor and Helensvale Writers’ Group

Vacen Taylor’s six steps:

  1. Determination and focus, aiming to keep our energy constant in order to maintain our original intention to complete a story;
  2. Goal setting, aiming to visualize the intended completion in order to successfully accomplish a project.
  3. Avoiding negative talk, aiming to think and believe in positive results.
  4. Take time to understand your reason for writing, aiming to identify the reason and to keep sight of it.
  5. Take good care of you, aiming to not be critical about the successes and failures; enjoying what we do.
  6. Victory, aiming to measure victories and successes because successful people have four traits in common: focus, determination, resilience and perseverance.

After explaining every step, Vacen Taylor advised: “Be in tune with yourself to find your own writing voice. Have experience in centeredness and solidness. Being centered will give you the ability to write something that is worthy. Find the sense of personal power which has nothing to do with being powerful. Personal power is self-efficacy, commitment and self-assurance. Self-efficacy is producing results. To get confidence, you need to have self-efficacy. Know your limitations in your writing. If you know your limitations, you can grow out of your limits.”

She was as confident as many of us would like to be in her special performance for us which she called ‘High Impact Performance Reading”.

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‘High Impact Performance Reading” by Vacen Taylor

She came up with this technique by writing screen plays, drawing herself into her characters and making sure the dialogues are correct. “This works very well for writers and especially when you are communicating with kids. It correlates well with their drama curriculum, bringing literature and drama together. It is a great tool to get their energy up. Maybe not every book can be presented that way but I would challenge that because a writer can arrange it so that it is possible. It’s all about practice and believing in your characters.”  Her performance was powerful, supporting her argument of bringing new breath in the engagement between a writer and the audience.

At the end she said something very incisive: “The world has a pulse. It is pulsing innovation all the time. Somebody is coming up with something new all the time. I want to be in that pulse. I want to be known as a person who started something new and good.”

Profoundly, she has already done exactly what she is wishing for.  She was in the pulse. We learned new and good techniques from Vacen, and we will definitely remember her ‘High Impact Performance Reading’ for a very long time.”

Writers from the Gold Coast

Thank you very much, Vacen Taylor!


If you wish to contact Vacen Taylor, click these links below:

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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Events


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Helensvale Writers’ Group Christmas Party

Merry Christmas Everybody!!!

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ― Charles Dickens

Christmas Party

Dimity, Sharon and Elena

Dimity Powell: “In between wind, hair in the face and too much sugar, it was most enjoyable!!! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!”

Christmas in the Park

“Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.” ― Jo Brand

Joan Small: ” Another wonderful – and informal – Christmas party for the Helensvale Writers’ Group in the park at Paradise Point. Here are some windswept but happy photos thanks to the inimitable Dimity Powell.”

Writers from the Gold Coast

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”― Mark Twain

Helensvale Writers

“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler

Elena Ornig: “John Paul Warren said: ‘True leaders bring out your personal best. They ignite your human potential’. I believe that our diverse group has exactly what he meant, the great leader – Beryl Carney. She is never loud like me but she has a gift to quietly ignite my human potential. Thank you, Beryl for being wiser.”

Beryl Carney group facilitator

From the left to the right: Sharon Doidge, Beryl Carney and Elena Ornig

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” ― Calvin Coolidge

Great time with collegues

“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” ― Conrad Hilton


Christmas present, and Christmas past, both help create precious memories that last.

Merry Christmas Everybody!!!

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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Events


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