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October General Meeting:Editorial criticism, strategic dating and commercial flair

Our guest-speaker for October is Anne-Maree Britton, former director of the ACT Writers Centre, literary festival director and current Qld Literary Awards (QLA) volunteer.

Anne-Maree's directorship of the ACT Writers Centre spanned 16 years, during which time she programmed the Centre's offering of more than 40 annual literary events and directed the Canberra Readers and Writers Festival on eight occasions. After moving to Queensland in 2011, Anne-Maree volunteered for the QLA, offering her knowhow in digital marketing by designing the QLA's website and managing its Facebook and Twitter presence. As an author, Anne-Maree has had a collection of short stories published – Wicked Women (2003) – and has had other short stories, articles and poems appear in various publications since 1984.

Drawing upon her experiences, Anne-Maree will focus on three areas of importance to editors. Firstly, how do authors respond to editorial criticism? Is it all smiles on the surface while digesting unsettling feedback that could wreak havoc in the gut? Secondly, what kind of dating games are played when writers and editors hook up, and how can a writers centre smooth the process and eliminate potential embarrassment? Thirdly, what avenues are available in the commercial world for editors to strut their stuff and add value to businesses that rely on advertising copy to win contracts, make ends meet and pay their staff?

Wednesday 2 October 2013

TIME: 6pm for 6:30pm start; meeting ends 8pm
VENUE: The Gabba Ward Office, Corner of Annerley Rd & Crown St, Woolloongabba (ENTRY is via the rear door)
COVER CHARGE: members $10, non-members $15, includes drinks and nibbles on arrival
PARKING: Ample spaces available in car park behind office, and in the street
RSVP: Email your acceptance to the Speaker by Monday 30 September 2013


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