I owe so much to that first small group I ever became a member of Australian Christian Writers Fellowship but again that was only minimal because of distance to travel to meetings and a young family as well as ministry responsibilities. Then Romance Writers of Australia commenced but again still in the days before the internet! However, we were able to commence a local group of writers in our town and so my love of face to face fellowship with other writers began in earnest.
They left the green isle on the ferry
Ray and his awesome wife Mary
Car filled with books
They farewelled the docks
We met them at Brissy’s Word Fair.
The notes on our books didn’t vary:
Girls! Your POV is just scary
Show! Don’t tell
Show, don’t tell
Pleaded our amazing mentor, Mary.
We sat at our keyboards more wary
Every page we now read was hairy.
Change this, change that
No! Delete that word ‘that”.
“Ah! That’s getting better,” sighed Mary.
Our books need so much work it is scary
Our confidence, now extraordinary
We’ve learned so much
Thanks a bunch
To our amazing mentor, Mary!
© Jo Wanmer 2010
It was an awesome time with plenty of hard work but fun and fellowship too. We all owe so much to Omega Writers, the sponsor, Even Before Publishing and Rochelle Manners and Anne Hamilton - also in the first photo. At this relatively early stage after the programmes, since then two writers have had their manuscripts accepted.
Omega Writers are again organising more mentorship programmes, including hopefully here in Tasmania as well as other states. Do check out the EBP website by clicking on their name above and the details about future mentorship events across Australia on the Omega site HERE to be informed about this kind of opportunity.
If there are any writers in Tasmania targeting the Christian publishing market (especially fiction), or if you know of any who may be interested, we really do need you to contact either myself or Omega Writers as soon as possible.