Free year-long Olvar Wood mentorship

enter site Next year begins today.

go to site Yesterday I overheard someone say it was only eight fridays until Christmas. I tried to ignore it, block it out, but all dreaminess was ripped right out of my morning.

zithromax 500mg pills Throughout the day, I found myself thinking about all the ideas and plans I’ve had for next year – and realised that some of them need to begin right now.

http://www.faeganspub.com/?f=doxycycline-antibiotics-for-sale We’ve decided to change – or perhaps more correctly, augment – the way we offer mentorships in 2014.

taking ciprofloxacin while breastfeeding In memory of the (rather rewarding and successful) Olvar Wood Fellowship and the Manuscript Development Programs, we’re going to offer one free twelve-month mentorship each year, with a view to helping an emerging writer develop a manuscript to a publishable standard.

price for tetracycline 500mg If interested, you will need to have the beginnings of a book-length manuscript – fiction, poetry or non-fiction, short stories, novel or novella – and submit the first 30 pages,  a synopsis, and a brief bio by 1 December, 2013.

http://www.faeganspub.com/?f=buy-cheap-bactrim-online The strongest application we receive will be awarded the prize. (This is a highly subjective process, and will be based, in part, on the writer/work we think we are best equipped to support – so please do not be discouraged if you are unsuccessful this time).

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http://actiononaccess.org/?c=cost-of-generic-augmentin The winner will be informed 15 December and announced 16 December, 2013.

follow url Up to four other year-long mentorships will be offered to ‘runners up’ at a reduced rate of $4000. See our mentorships page for more information.

Manuscript Triage

http://0ark.se/?k=kan-man-k%C3%B6pa-antibiotika-utan-recept After some thought (and a visit to a hospital emergency department during a recent writers festival!) we have introduced a medical term to Olvar Wood: http://www.faeganspub.com/?f=ampicillin-prices-NZ Manuscript Triage.

buy ciprofloxacin in UK online It’s an addition to our Manuscript Appraisal service for those not sure if they are ready for a full appraisal, but nonetheless seeking professional feedback on their work. It’s very much like the triage process at a hospital emergency centre: an initial professional assessment before full admission.

Olvar Wood’s Manuscript Triage service allows you to submit the first 50 pages of your manuscript, and a synopsis, for assessment. You will receive a short report (3-5 pages), and the option of a face-to-face or phone meeting.

And, if you return to Olvar Wood for a full appraisal or mentorship within 12 months, we’ll deduct the cost of the Triage from your invoice.

You can find more information on our Appraisals page.

P.S. If you can think of a better name – please let us know!

Krista Fuller’s The Outside Inn

We always love to hear how former clients are doing. Today a lovely email arrived from Krista Fuller about the publication of her book The Outsider’s Inn . The book deals with some heavy stuff, but it’s handled with such a deft touch. We could probably all do with a little more conscious living …

A sample of some of the testimonials coming in below. With the best one last 🙂

“Krista’s treatment of this sensitive subject matter is inspired. To complement her exhaustive research, she writes with great wit and a deep compassion that is informed by her own trials and tribulations, giving her an empathy and understanding for the subject that is hard to equal.”

Dr George Blair-West: Psychiatrist, Author of The Way of The Quest

“Krista is a brave and insightful writer who draws on her own personal story that makes her book a powerful resource for her reader. I believe her heartfelt words will help many individuals, couples, families and those working in the field of emotional health and wellbeing look at these complex life issues from a refreshingly new perspective. Congratulations Krista, your book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the wonderful resilience of the human spirit, even in the most seemingly dire of consequences.”

Cynthia Morton: Author, Australian of the Year, Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence, Pride of Australia Medal

“Hi Krista. I’m 14 and I was given your book as a random act of kindness. The Outsider’s Inn has helped me understand the tougher subjects of today’s society. I would like to thank you for the helpful guide your book has been. You seem like a wonderful and very inspiring woman. An amazing book – everyone should read this, especially teens.”

Student: Newcastle, New South Wales

 

Autumn light

April lightThe summery rains have almost ended and we can begin enjoy autumn. This is the time of year that we moved to the Wood, six years ago, and partly for this reason – honouring that first sense of wonder – my favourite. Clear sunny days, still warm enough for swimming, and nights cool enough to enjoy an open fire. The light, too, is softer, somehow accentuating the green of the leaves and the blue of the sky. The black cockatoos return, flying overhead in unevenly-numbered groups, or perching nearby, screeching and squawking. In late April and May, heaven is Olvar Wood.

In the mornings, the sun has swung around such that the first light over the ridge shafts through the trees and onto the deck right around breakfast.

Stella Bella: Carrie Tiffany

Congratulations to the inaugural winner of the Stella Prize: antibiotics price Canada Carrie Tiffany.

In a moving (and fitting) gesture, Carrie shared part of her prize with the other shortlisted writers.  What a woman.

You can listen to Carrie’s gracious acceptance speech here.

Ravin’ about the Raven: What the Raven Saw

Congratulations this month to Samantha-Ellen Bound. Her book, What the Raven Saw, has been published by Woolshed Press. It is a fabulous old-fashioned adventure story, full of laughter and tears, and one to be enjoyed as much by adults as children.

Sam’s story, ‘Jim’, was one of the winners of the 2010 Perilous Adventures short story competition – so it’s lovely to see Sam’s writing journey really taking flight. I had the pleasure of reading draft chapters from What the Raven Saw, and the grumpy but lovable Raven is a character I have never forgotten – and knew I would see in print. Destined to be a classic!!

Rupetta

Nike’s wonderful novel, Rupetta, about a partly mechanical woman who lives four hundred years, hits the stands next month, published by Tartarus Press, in the UK.

If you don’t know Tartarus, they publish beautifully bound books in the specualtive fiction genre. (Angela Slatter’s short story collection, Sourdough, is also on their list). Get your hands on a hard copy of Rupetta if you can.

The book is beautifully written – sentences to die for – and the story rich with wisdom, historical texture, and gorgeous detail. I have to warn you, though; it’s a little heartbreaking.

Rupetta will be launched at the The Golden Fleece in York, on 9 February, if you are mobile or in the neighbourhood.

You can read an extract here:

And some background about the novel from nike’s website here:

 

 

 

New Year – new look

There have been some changes in the Wood, not least a holiday period without rain. It’s the driest summer so far, with some of the Wood’s inhabitants somewhat worse for wear, and everything tending to brown – a colour we are unfamilar with up here!

Tourist operators and beach-goers are happy though, after a string of disaster-sodden summers, which is a plus. And there is much less mowing to do.

To mark the new year, we’ve revamped the website. It’s still a bit of a work in progress – so do let us know what you think.

May this year, 2013, be the Year of Writing, and writing success, for all of you.

 

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Felicity Castagna

Another Olvar Wood alumni is enjoying enormous success with the publication of her collection of short fiction, Small Indiscretions: stories of travelling in Asia.

A traveller becomes a Monroe impersonator in the casinos of Macau. An obsessive son of Australians living in Jakarta confronts his strange rituals. A young woman is trapped in the boredom of her father’s ministry in exotic Borneo. A daughter defies her mother and travels to Bali. Castagna’s twenty stories range across countries: including Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and China, deftly exploring the relationships of parents and children, lovers and enemies, the transient and the resident. In the spirit of Rattawatt Lapacharoensap’s  go to site Sightseeing, Castagna’s fiction powerfully captures the landscapes and cultures of Asia and the intriguing interactions of Westerners with it.