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3 months ago
Write Night
This year Write Night is in South Perth on November 24th. You can find out more about that here: http://nanowrimo.org/forums/australia-perth-south/threads/401647 Write Ins
Write ins are a great opportunity to carve out time to write. Being around the productive energy of other writers can give your own motivation an amazing boost and connecting with others gives you an opportunity to nut out any challenges you may be facing. Check out the WATH Calendar to find our upcoming Write Ins.

WATH Calendar
For a full line up of the events we still have coming for the rest of November, check out our official Write Along The Highway calendar of events here: http://www.oznowrimo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/WATH-2016-Event-Calendar_FINAL.pdf
5 months ago
WATH Calendar
I'm thrilled to share the Write Along The Highway official calendar of events with about 40 events in libraries across Perth :: South. Download it here: http://www.oznowrimo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/WATH-2016-Event-Calendar_FINAL.pdf

NaNo Prep
I'm running a NaNo Prep session at Armadale Library on Sunday the 23rd. It's like a Write In but for developing character and outlining plot and brainstorming, etc. It's a follow up to the shorter 1hr talk I'll give about it on Monday 17th. You can find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1095746547129927/

And Kick Off
And this year our official Kick Off is in Fremantle on November 1st. You can find out more about that here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1055358917906655/
6 months ago
Gearing Up For NaNoWriMo 2016

Can you believe November is just 60 days away?! Even more astounding than that, the Write Along The Highway Writers Festival kicks off in September this year, giving us two months to learn and plan and think writing before we knuckle down into our novels on November 1st.

I'm hoping to have access to the WATH calendar of events very soon, in the meantime, check out our Facebook group and stay tuned on the forums. We're gearing up for our best NaNoWriMo and WATH ever! I hope you're excited!

Write on!
Rebecca
12 months ago
CAMP NANO IS COMING!

Our first Camp for 2016 kicks off April 1st. It's another fantastic opportunity to write your opus! Join us here of the forums, ask about our W.A. cabin, or if you're working with young writers ask about our YWP virtual classroom.

Happy writing!
about 1 year ago
Don't forget to VALIDATE

With only today to go, make sure you officially validate as many words as you have achieved. Even if you didn't get the full 50K, run your words through the validation tool to update your final total for the month. Every word counts and deserves to be recognised, and every word helps us in our friendly word-war against USA :: Florida :: Northwest. :-) Lets bring those numbers home people!!!
over 1 year ago
WRITE NIGHT!
November 28, 2015: 6pm to 10pm
South Perth Community Halls

Great prizes, games, writing, and a fascinating panel of authors and publishers. This is one not to miss. If you can only come along to one of our events, make sure it's this one!
Book Now!
over 1 year ago
Coming Up November 22 to 30

Write Ins: Rockingham, State Library, Manning, Belmont, Victoria Park, and Perth.
As usual, do click here to check out all our Write Ins and book for the ones you'll attend so we know who to expect.

David Whish-Wilson @ Armadale Library
November 25, 2015: 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Click here for more information. Bookings essential!
over 1 year ago
Coming Up November 15 to 21

Write Ins: Rockingham, Fremantle, State Library, Manning, Belmont, Perth, and Victoria Park. Hopefully there are a few at times and locations that suit you.
Click here to view them all and book online to save your seat!

Brooke Davis @ South Perth Library
Click here to find out more. Bookings essential!

Back Up Your Novel Day - November 18th!
Don't forget to back up your novel regularly.

Validation begins November 20th!
over 1 year ago
Coming Up November 8 to 14

Write Ins: Again, we have a whole host of Write Ins so do head over to the website to check those out and book your places at the ones you'd like to attend: http://www.writealongthehighway.org/events/categories/write-in/

Sioban Timmer @ Mundijong Public Library
Click here to find out more.

A.J. Betts @ City of Perth Library
Click here to find out more.
over 1 year ago
Coming Up November 1 to 7

Write Ins: Lots and lots of Write Ins.
Full information here: http://www.writealongthehighway.org/events/categories/write-in/

Passionate Writing with Tiffany Barton @ Thornlie Library
Click here to find out more.
over 1 year ago
KICK OFF PARTY! - Don't miss it!

When: Sunday, November 1st 2015: 10am to 1pm (3pm)
Where: Gary Holland Community Centre, 19 Kent Street, Rockingham
Bring: Your awesome self, your writing tools, and any noms/drinks you'd like to share.
Do: Book your place! (And also let me know if you have dietary requirements in the comments below or by shooting me an email to rebecca@writealongthehighway.org or nanomail.)

More info and to book, click here: http://www.writealongthehighway.org/events/kick-off-party/
over 1 year ago
Coming Up October 24 to 31

Saturday, Oct. 24: Rockingham Writing Expo (10am to 4pm)

Sunday, Oct. 25: Write In @ Armadale Public Library (1pm to 3pm)
Click here to RSVP

Monday, Oct. 26: Creative Writing @ Mundijong Public Library (11am to 1pm)
Click here to find out more.

Tuesday, Oct. 27: Isobelle Carmody @ South Perth Library (6.30pm to 7.30pm)
Click here for more info.

Thursday, Oct. 29: Intro. to Scrivener @ Victoria Park Library (5pm to 8pm)
Click here to find out more.
over 1 year ago
Coming Up October 18 to 24

Sunday, Oct. 18: Write In @ San Churros, Fremantle (10am to 12pm)
Click here for more info.

Sunday, Oct. 18: Character Development Through Role Play @ Fremantle City Library (12.30pm to 3.30pm)
Click here for more info.

Monday, Oct. 19: Writing Effective Dialogue @ Mundijong Public Library (11am to 12pm)
Click here for more info.

Wednesday, Oct. 21: Making Every Word Count @ Manning Library (5.30pm to 6.30pm)
Click here for more info.

Thursday, Oct. 22: Creating Characters @ Thornlie Public Library (6pm to 7.30pm)
Click here for more info.

Saturday, Oct. 24: Rockingham Writing Expo @ Gary Holland Community Centre (10am to 4pm)
Click here for more info.
over 1 year ago
Coming Up October 11 to 17

Sunday, Oct. 11: Write In @ State Library (12.30pm to 3.30pm)
Click here for more info.

Monday, Oct. 12: Scrivener for Novelists @ Ruth Faulkner, Belmont (6pm to 8pm)
Click here for more info.

Thursday, Oct. 15: Plot Storming and The Hero's Journey @ Thornlie Library (6pm to 7.30pm)
Click here for more info.

Saturday, Oct. 17: Plot Your Story with John Harman @ Armadale Library (10am to 11.30am)
Click here for more info.
over 1 year ago
Come Along To An Information Session!

Thursday, October 1 – 6 to 7pm @ The State Library of Western Australia, Perth
Sunday, October 4 – 1.30 to 2.30pm @ Rockingham Arts Centre, Rockingham
Monday, October 5 – 6.30 to 7.30pm @ Ruth Faulkner Public Library, Belmont
Tuesday, October 6 – 4 to 5pm @ Fremantle City Library, Fremantle
Wednesday, October 7 – 10 to 11am @ Armadale Public Library, Armadale
Thursday, October 8 – 6 to 7pm @ Thornlie Library, Thornlie
over 1 year ago
Full Write Along The Highway Calendar for 2015 Now Live!

Hey all! I'm excited! The 2015 calendar of events is now available on the writealongthehighway.org website. Check out our massive line up and book your places at any of our 100% free events.

I can't wait to get to know you better, hear about your writing project, and work along-side you as we pull our stories together. Write on!
over 1 year ago
Event Planning for NaNo 2015 In Full Swing

Got to see a draft of our Write Along The Highway program and went over it doing edits today. It's so exciting to see it all coming together. We've got such a packed three months of events and I'm really proud of the whole team who have been working so hard to make it all possible.

Still a heap of things to get done this month and crunch time is really upon us with promotions getting started early September and our first events launching the first week of October. I can't believe how little time there is left especially when thinking about what still needs to be done but it's also really exciting to have it all culminating after the months of prep and planning we've already put in. :-)

I'm looking forward to being able to share it all with you and I hope you'll be thrilled by what we've got on offer for Western Australian writers.
about 2 years ago
Congratulations to our 45 Winners!

And for all 227 participants in 2014, it was awesome to share this experience with you. I hope you're thrilled with the words you've contributed toward your novel and will continue to write through December and into 2015.

Stay tuned as we'll continue to meet and gather through the year and as we build toward NaNoWriMo 2015!
over 2 years ago
Week Four Events!
November 26th - 6pm to 10pm
Write Night! @ South Perth Community Halls

November 28th - 6.30pm
Brooke Davis @ Victoria Park Library
over 2 years ago
Week Three Events!
November 18th - 10am
Lee Battersby Workshop @ Mundijong Library

November 22nd - 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Rosanne Dingli Workshop @ Success Library
over 2 years ago
Week Two Events!
November 12th - 6.30pm
David Whish-Wilson Author Talk @ Manning Library

November 15th - 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Rosanne Dingli Workshop @ Success Library
over 2 years ago
Week One Events!
November 1st - 10.30am to 11.30am
Sioban Timmer Book Launch @ Gosnells Knowledge Center


November 3rd - 7pm to 8pm
Shane McCarthy Author Talk @ Willagee Library


November 5th - 7pm to 8pm
Rebecca Laffar-Smith Book Launch @ Armadale Library

over 2 years ago
Kick Off! - Saturday, November 1st - 12pm to 4pm @ Gosnells Knowledge Centre

We'll be having our Kick Off Party as part of our Saturday Write In at Gosnells Knowledge Centre on November 1st. Join us at 10.30am for Sioban Timmer's Book Launch and then lunch in the park before heading back to the library for the 12pm to 4pm writing frenzy. We'll do a few word wars, play a few games, and give away a few goodies.

Please RSVP in the forum or on Facebook so that I have an idea of the numbers to expect and can plan accordingly. Thanks!
over 2 years ago
October Information Sessions
Tuesday 14 October - 6 to 7pm @ Willagee Library
Wednesday 15 October - 7 to 8pm @ Victoria Park Library
Thursday 16 October - 6 to 7pm @ Success Library
Saturday 18 October - 10.30 to 11.30am @ Gosnells Knowledge Centre
Tuesday 21 October - 7 to 8pm @ Armadale Library
Wednesday 22 October - 10 to 11am @ Mundijong Library
Thursday 23 October - 1 to 2pm @ Manning Library
over 2 years ago
Sunday Roaming Write In

Rather than get entrenched in any one location, I thought we'd make the Sunday Write In tradition a Roaming Write In. Every week we'll have a write in on Sunday but the location is determined week by week. If you'd like to have a write in closer to you, post a suggestion for a location on the "Sunday Roaming Write In" thread on the forum and we can plan to meet there in an upcoming week.
almost 3 years ago
Join us for April Camp NaNo!

If you’re keen to gather with other writers we’ll be “Writing @ San Churros” in East Victoria Park (848 Albany Highway) 12-3pm on Sunday April 6th. Look for the collection of laptops, I’ll be on my purple Macbook.
about 3 years ago
43 winners! And almost 4 million words for our region in 2013. Congratulations and great writing everyone!!!
over 3 years ago
Did you know we're at war with Northwest Florida? We need your help to get those words piling up so we can bury them in our word counts. I'll be at Armadale Library this weekend 1pm to 4pm Saturday and Sunday powering down those words in the hopes of bringing my own word count back to respectable levels and I hope you'll join me. Don't let Northwest Florida take the crown this year, lets beat them!
over 3 years ago
We've got three great author events in Week 3, not to mention our big event for the year, Write Night. So make sure you reach out to the libraries to register your intention to attend.

Amanda Kendle - Victoria Park Library - Tuesday Nov. 19th @ 6.30 to 7.30pm
Shane McCarthy - Victoria Park Library - Wednesday Nov. 20th @ 6.30 to 7.30pm
Cristy Burne - Victoria Park Library - Thursday Nov. 21 @ 6.30 to 7.30pm

Contact Victoria Park Library to register

Phone: 9373 5500 Email: vicparklibrary@vicpark.wa.gov.au

Write Night! Friday November 22nd -7pm to 11pm
Lyal Richardson Hall, The Agonis, Gosnells

Call Gosnells Library today on 9391 6000
or register online http://bit.ly/19pN7DT right now.
over 3 years ago
Write Night! Friday November 22nd -7pm to 11pm
Lyal Richardson Hall, The Agonis, Gosnells

Our big event for the year is coming up next week but you need to reserve your place before Thursday so we can confirm enough numbers to go ahead. We have an exciting line up for the night . There will be writing, games, prizes, and a panel of literary experts including authors, publishers, and a writing coach. It's an event not to be missed so please call Gosnells Library today on 9391 6000 or register online http://bit.ly/19pN7DT right now.
over 3 years ago
Don't forget about two great events for writers this Thursday.

Coffee Cup Conversation on Creative Writing
is from 2pm to 3pm at Mundijong Public Library

and Alan Hancock on Creativity and Innovation
is from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Gosnells Knowledge Centre.

Bookings are essential so be sure to call:
Mundijong Public Library on 9526 1133
Gosnells Knowledge Centre on 9391 6000
over 3 years ago
Kick Off Party - Friday November 1st - 5.00pm til Late

Where: The park on the corner of Harvey Street and Albany Highway, Victoria Park
When: Friday November 1st 2013 - 5.00pm til Late
Contact: Rebecca Laffar-Smith - 0423 037 054

For full details see: http://nanowrimo.org/forum_comments/3545615
over 3 years ago
This weekend the City of Gosnells has two authors visiting. Elizabeth Bezant will be at Thornlie Library talking about how to get started as a writer and with your writing when you don't know how or where to start. Alan Hancock will be at Kenwick Library with a talk on writing a life story.

Saturday, October 19 at Kenwick Library (10am-11am) Alan Hancock
Saturday, October 19 at Thornlie Library (10am-11.30am) Elizabeth Bezant

Alas, they are both on at the same time and we can't be in two places at once so you'll need to decide which is the best option for you. I'll be at Thornlie if anyone wants to find me in person to ask any NaNo-related questions. I'm happy to hang around for a while afterwards (so if you go to see Alan at Kenwick I'll still be available afterward if you want to make the trip over to Thornlie). Feel free to bring along a friend if you know anyone still on the fence about joining us for NaNoWriMo this year.
over 3 years ago
Want to know more about NaNoWriMo and the events coming up in November near you? There are four one-hour NaNo Information Sessions at the beginning of October:

Tuesday, October 1st at Mundijong Public Library (6pm),
Thursday, October 3rd at Armadale Library (7pm),
Tuesday, October 8th at Victoria Park Library (6.30pm), and
Thursday, October 10th at Gosnells Knowledge Centre (6.30pm).

It would be great to see some newcomers so if you have a friend who might be interested in National Novel Writing Month, but isn't quite sure if it's for them yet, bring them along. I'll be available at all four events if you have any questions or would like to meet. Facilities are available in all four libraries so newcomers can register on the night and get assistance with the online aspect where needed.

Contact details and locations of the libraries are available here: http://oznowrimo.org/contact/. Please register your interest with the library hosting the Info Night you'd like to attend.

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  • Joined October 27, 2005
  • Role Municipal Liaison
  • Location Byford, Perth, Western Australia
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Welcome to NaNoWriMo's Australia :: Perth :: South region!

We support writers across all of Western Australia so join us, hang out, and find out about all the fabulous local and online events we have over the Write Along The Highway and NaNoWriMo season.
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