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Brian Falkner Loves Telling Stories

Brian Falkner Loves Telling Stories

Who better to tell us than Brian Falkner?

Brian Falkner

Brian Falkner loves telling stories and this time he was telling us about writing stories.  This award-winning and bestselling author conducted a workshop for the Helensvale Writers’ Group in October, 2017.

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We all understand what a story is but do we appreciate the knowledge, techniques and time that it takes to weave settings, characters, actions, triggers and turning points into a good story? With 17 books for children and young adults and as the winner of the New Zealand’s Children’s Book Award for Young Adults, who better to tell us than Brian Falkner?

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That “Stories come from anywhere,” may not be a surprising conclusion but it is profound. Regardless of where a story originates, it is an idea; an idea that is to be transformed into a story. That is not a simple transition. The story will need a structure. A structure or basic outline is however not a blueprint, it simply provides guidance. Guidance that should indicate or trigger desired actions, present problems or challenges, lead to some climax or key event and ultimately point to closure and resolution.

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Mastering the writing of a story is not just about characters and their relationships. Can you convince readers that everything is real? Is there an underlying theme, an important message or is there a wakeup call or it is about hope? Like the hope that Brian had mastered in his book of stories – “That Stubborn Seed of Hope.”

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Brian Falkner’s workshop was highly informative with many valuable “what and how” insights. His presentation was relaxing and entertaining. He showed us all a non-threatening path to write good stories. The Helensvale Writers’ Group was pleased that Brian was able to so competently answer numerous and specific questions after the workshop.

We thank Brian for his generous insights and wish him well.

We thank Brian Falkner for his generous insights

Elena Ornig and Brian Falkner

 

To know more about Brian Falkner, go to his website:

http://www.brianfalkner.com/

Find his page on the Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/brianfalknerwrites/

Check out his books:

http://www.brianfalkner.com/books.asp

Watch his video about writing process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfo7hLkcp4U

Follow Brian Falkner on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/brianfalkner

 

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Posted by on November 27, 2017 in Events

 

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Fantasy fiction and real life of Kylie Chan

Fantasy fiction and real life of Kylie Chan

Helensvale Writers Group meeting in October

A bestselling Australian author – Kylie Chan

 

 

 

A bestselling Australian author, Kylie Chan shared her experience in writing and publishing with Helensvale Writers Group.

 

 

 

Her first novel in the trilogy, White Tiger, about “a world of martial arts and magic where gods and demons walk the streets” was published 11 years ago. Since then, about a dozen of new books were published and Kylie is still writing. Not surprisingly, before she became a writer, she felt that her creativity was locked away. Everything changed when she made a drastic decision returning to Australia from Hong Kong. Her next book – Scales of Empire, about the mission of a lifetime to colonise a distant planet, has been scheduled for release in March 2018.

Great conversation with Kylie Chan

Thank you, Kylie Chan !!!

The writers from Helensvale Writers Group were pleased to absorb her passion for writing and life. Her openness and sincerity were greatly appreciated and well received. “It felt like a conversation with a friend rather than a speech delivery”.  “It was balanced and yet, inspiring.”  “It was great!”

Thank you very much, Kylie Chan!

Great stories from Kylie Chan

Listening to Kylie Chan life stories.

To find out more about Kylie Chan and her books, please follow the links below:

Kylie Chan website – http://kyliechan.com/

Kylie Chan – Goodreads

Kylie Chan – Facebook

Kylie Chan – Amazon

Kylie Chan – Twitter

 

 
 

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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

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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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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 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.

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“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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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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