Creative Writing

We have a creative writing group that meets 9.00 am – 11.00 am every Friday at CQU, Ooralea and you’ll learn all the ins and outs of writing. Members have, in the past, had books published. We are a self-help group and do not have actual tutors.

Creative writers still have vacancies. It is definitely not a boring chore and the different slants on subjects chosen by the person whose turn it is to run the sessions, are diverse and interesting, as are the small activities that we undertake after each one of us has read out our stories.
We offer a cup of tea or coffee and biscuit to help the flow. We welcome people to sit in or participate with a view to joining our group. There is no weekly fee and the time is 9.00 am to 11.00 am in the meeting room of the CQU Ooralea Campus library.

We need more members interested in joining our group, or to sit in and listen to our very productive sessions, which are held in the conference room CQ University library, at Ooralea, from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. on Friday mornings. I realise at this time of year, members drop in attendance, however with (should I say it..) aging attendees, health problems and inclement weather, this is to be expected. We do not help people write their autobiographies or delve into family heritage, we write stories for enjoyment and to share with each other. We have lots of laughs and interaction. Our group is very interested in notifications of competitions and have in the past submitted entries into the Mackay writer’s festival achieving a top ten rating.
CWA Melbourne Cup Day
By Beryl Edwards, member of Creative Writers
They’re racing in the Melbourne Cup,
I hope I’ve backed a winner.
For if my gee-gee doesn’t win
My wallet will be thinner.
This day of days, this race each year
The one that stops the nation
Is watched by people far and near.
It holds our rapt attention.
The ladies come to see the race
Decked out in highest fashion.
Dressed so, I would be out of place,
But it’s their greatest passion.
Though thousands flock to Flemington
Or to the local courses
Our little group will party on
Using our own resources.
A lunch for all, that’s brought by all
To share some time together
At our Country Women’s Hall
Regardless of the weather.
There’s competitions for the hat,
The smartest or the oddest,
And those of us who’ve placed a bet
Will thrill at winnings modest.
Oh, don’t we have a lot of fun
Though those few minutes soon are up
While all those neddys swifly run
Their hearts out in the Melbourne Cup.

As I may not be in town when the newsletter is due, please let readers of the newsletter that we are having a break-up for creative writing on 29th November at Harrup Park for lunch.
We will not resume until the first Friday after the “Give It A Go Day” in 2020. Times will remain the same as will the venue. Our numbers have been down a little due to the flu and family (nice ring to that, could be a subject for a story!)


Numbers have been fluctuating, but enthusiasm is still high. I was lucky enough to attend a writers seminar with romance author Annie Seaton. This was a two day event hosted by Mackay writers at Dolphin Heads, and delved into the competitive world of publishing and the traps to be found and avoided. It was also a wonderful insight into the life of an author, which I must say is full on with marketing, meeting commitments, what publishing houses do and Amazon digital and overall publishing. Annie has written over 40 books and is extremely highly regarded in the industry. It also made me appreciate our creative writers, who , with no pressure write for shear enjoyment. Some of the challenges this month were to write a play and change the ending, discussing a story at our meeting and finish it at home, write a funny story, descriptive passage of a garden or how to kill a plant, fateful romance and homecoming. Our activities still keep our brains buzzing. Our break up lunch is at Harrup Park twelve noon on Friday November 29 and we will not resume again until the New Year. RAE HALPIN

If you would like to join the Creative Writers Group, please phone Rae Halpin 0407639356


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