March 2018 reblog: The many benefits of a writing group

At the Newcastle Writers Festival 2015, Margaret Jackson from our writers group wrote an article for ABC Open entitled ‘Top 5 tips for taking your  writing further in a group’.

Here is the link to the full article:

Copied below are some key points from the article.

Photo of group by Anthony Scully
Our writers group in 2015 (a big thanks to Anthony Scully for snapping this shot –

1. Build confidence in your writing.

One of the hardest things to do when you first start out is to share your work with others. A good compatible writers group can provide a safe place to take those first tentative steps and put your writing out there…

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GIVE YOUR STORIES A FUTURE: Sunday 8th April, 10am – Newcastle Writers Festival – FREE session

Margaret Jackson, Maree Gallop and Aidan Walsh with Jessie Ansons as host at the 2015 Newcastle Writers Festival

This weekend is the Newcastle Writers Festival, and our group will be hosting a free session at 10am on Sunday morning, in Newcastle City Hall. It’s called ‘Give your stories a future: How three local writers bring their writing to life‘.

You’ll hear from three members of Hunter Story Creators talk about their published pieces and the process they went through to get to that point. You’ll get practical advice, similar to previous sessions our group has run, but this year we’re doing it in casual conversation style to give you a deeper insight into what makes our three authors tick.

At the end of the session, we’ll be launching Aidan R Walsh’s very first novel, The Game Bird.

What makes our session unique?

Our three panelists – Maree Gallop, Sally Egan and Aidan R Walsh – are local emerging writers. There are no major book deals under their belts (not yet at least!) and they truly write for the love of writing.

That’s not to say they haven’t had their successes: all three have had short stories published and been shortlisted or won writing competitions. At our session on Sunday, you’ll hear how they got to the point of publishing and you’ll have the opportunity to ask your own questions too.

Who is on the panel? (click each name for detail)

Jessie Ansons (host)

Maree Gallop

Sally Egan

Aidan R Walsh

Where can I get more info?

For details of the event, go to one of the following pages:

Facebook event

Newcastle Writers Festival 2018 program