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Overcoming Writer’s Block with Carolyn Martinez


This month, the Helensvale Writers’ Group had a productive workshop with Carolyn Martinez.

Brisbane Book Authors co-ordinator

Carolyn Martinez

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Martinez is a former newspaper editor/owner and the author of two non-fiction books – ‘Finding Love Again’ and ‘Inspiring IVF Stories’. She is an Author’s Coach offering manuscript structural assessments, editing, proofreading and book production services. In her spare time, she co-ordinates Brisbane Book Authors, a not-for-profit social networking group for published authors.

The Helensvale writers were delighted to learn how to overcome Writer’s Block with Carolyn Martinez because she does not believe in Writer’s Block. How refreshing!

Workshop with Carolyn Martinez

Helensvale Writers Group is getting ready

 

 

 

Deep Point of View (DPV)

Learning and gaining new knowledge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, Carolyn shared her understanding on Deep Point of View (DPV) – “a technique that strips the author voice out of the prose” and allows us “to dig deeper into the mental state of the character”. This technique is currently in favour with editors and publishers. How did we miss that one?

For the members of the Helensvale Writers Group it was not easy to grasp the insights of DPV from the initial introduction by Carolyn Luckily, as soon as Carolyn took us through her workshop-based exercises, enlightenment filled the room. We are very grateful to Carolyn Martinez for the opportunity to learn from her.

Thank you very much!

Mrs Holman & Mrs Martinez

Melissa Holman & Carolyn Martinez

The Most Popular Facebook Posts on Finding Love Again by Carolyn Martinez

Inspiring IVF Stories: 24 Men And Women With Strength, Commitment And A Dream by Carolyn Martinez

Read more about Carolyn Martinez

 

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2017 in Events

 

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Author Platform workshop with Karen Tyrrell


Workshop by Karen Tyrrell

Author Karen Tyrrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the 15th of June 2017, the Helensvale Writers’ Group welcomed author Karen Tyrrell to share her knowledge on the significance of an authentic author platform.  The concept of an author platform is considered to be one of the most difficult to explain. The reason for complexity in the explanation is simple – everyone defines it differently and new definitions are emerging.

If Jane Friedman described it as “an ability to sell books because of who you can reach”, Forbes offered a more detailed explanation for what it used to be – “the writer’s public visibility and reputation that the publisher’s publicity department used to promote and sell the book.” Furthermore, Forbes outlines the difference from the past – “Now it’s the author, not a publicist, who inspires readers to buy the book. The New Author Platform allows not only well-established authors, but unknown, first-time beginners to do an end run around the conservative gate-keepers and reach readers directly.” The elements of the new author platform include: personality, authenticity and expertise.  In great detail, these elements were described to the Helensvale Writers’ Group by Karen Tyrrell during her workshop – “Memoir Writing tips and How to build an Author Platform.”

According to Karen it is important for authors to convey to readers why they write in order to connect. It is important to authors to disclose what they stand for. It is important for authors to show what they create and to demonstrate clearly to whom their creations are addressed. Karen is an award-winning author of eight empowering books. She is passionate about self-improvement and well-being. Why does she write about it? She writes because she is a survivor of bullying and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Not surprisingly, she is the winner of three Regional Arts Development Funds (RADFs). On 24th of June (Saturday), at 11 pm she is launching her new book “The Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2)” at the Logan North Library.  Her own author platform helped her to create her public face. It allowed her to build trust with her current readers, attract potential new readers and established her reputation and expertise.

Images of Jackie Moore and Karen Tyrrell

Jackie Moore & Karen Tyrrell

The workshop with Karen Tyrrell was productive and entertaining. Some members of the Helensvale Writers’ Group found some new ways of thinking about their writing; some called it an excellent workshop because it was professional and insightful – absolutely outstanding!

Thank you very much Karen!

To find more about Karen Tyrrell visit these links:

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-tyrrell-resilience-author-011a3b18/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/karen.tyrrell

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Karen_Tyrrell

Website – http://www.karentyrrell.com/

 

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Events

 

COMPETITIVE, DRIVEN, AND PASSIONATE EMILY TOXWARD


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Journalist, writer and blogger – Emily Toxward

 

 

 

 

 

 

In April, cheerful Emily Toxward, a former chief-sub-editor for the Sun Newspaper, spent her time to educate the Helensvale Writer’s Group about blogging and writing styling.  As an experienced journalist and passionate blogger, Emily shared her experience in grabbing reader’s attention and driving traffic to writer’s blogs.

She explained how to serve up a healthy content mix, how to unearth good blog fodder and repurpose content, how to mix up writing style and tone and how to tackle headline writing. She also revealed how to develop, unlock, and embrace a unique writing style, including tricks of the trade in avoiding clichés.

In addition, Emily advised on how to boost writer’s chances of having their work published. She disclosed several useful links and resources and discussed how to improve readability and structure of their blogs/websites with the group.

Photo of Emily Toxward and Mel Holman

Emily Toxward & Mel Holman

The Helensvale Writer’s Group members were delighted to receive a substantial amount of printed information, provided by Emily Toxward. They were thankful for Emily’s determination to share, teach and demonstrate her knowledge with comprehensive examples.

Thank you very much Emily Toxward!

Website: http://writestyling.com.au/

Blog: http://havealaughonme.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/emilyhavealaugh

FB: https://www.facebook.com/emilytoxwardwriter/

 

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Events

 

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.

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“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.

Christmastime

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

Joy of Christmas

 

 
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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.

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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:

http://www.starchildseries.com/contact/

Or find Vacen Taylor on:

Twitter

Facebook

Quora

Goodreads

Pinterest

 
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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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