Thursday, 23 February 2017

Share Your Voice Poetry Competition

Share Your Voice Poetry Competition




All children are great storytellers, regardless of their unique abilities.
The “Share Your Voice” Poetry Competition has been established in order to provide school age children with disabilities the opportunity to be published in a professionally produced poetry anthology and gain an introduction into the world of creative writing.

The competition is designed to discover the writing talents of school-aged children with a disability and may use alternative forms of communication in order to develop their skills and enable them to find their unique voice through poetry. Children can submit a poem that they have either written, spoken to a scribe or created using any means of communication open to them. There is no entry fee, no prescriptive theme or topic, and the poetry may be incorporated as part of a school’s writing program or pursued by individual children working with an adult mentor or alone. The competition can be entered by individuals, or by schools as part of their writing programs.
Award winning international children’s author, Michelle Worthington, is available for author visits to facilitate workshops designed to meet the specific needs of children with disabilities learn about poetry and write their own poems for entry into the competition. Michelle is not one of the judges and all works will be in the children’s words. To contact Michelle to make a time for her to visit your school and for an outline of workshop fees, please find her contact details online at www.michelleworthington.com.

Winning poems will be published in a book titled” Can You Hear Me Calling?” which is due for release in October 2017. The winner will receive a cash prize of $50, second prize $25 and third prize $15 along with a copy of the anthology and a certificate.
Note: other poets will not receive payment or a cash award and will have the opportunity to purchase a pre-release copy of the anthology at a discounted price. The anthology will be available to purchase after the release date by the general public at the full RRP.

The judging panel is made up of poets and experts from the publishing sector. All published authors will be invited to a book launch to be held at the Wellington Point Community Hall on Saturday 21st October from 1pm to 3pm, where the winners will be presented with their cheque, book and certificate if they are able to attend. All published poets will receive a personal invitation to this event to celebrate their achievements. 


HOW TO ENTER

Enter the competition by uploading your original poem in a Word file at the online entry form below. Be sure to include your first name, last name, age, postal and e-mail address. Contest is open to school age students with a disability. Click here to read the official rules.



Thursday, 16 February 2017

Cover Letter and Submissions Masterclass

Join internationally published award winning author and Director of Share Your Story, Michelle Worthington, in a Masterclass designed to get your story the best chance of being published. Topics include understanding submission guidelines and standard practices, researching potential publishers, what to include in the cover letter and how to sell yourself as an author. Publishers use a cover letter to quickly make a decision about whether an applicant demonstrates the background and professional experience they are looking for and it can make the difference between whether your manuscript gets the attention it deserves or even if it is read by the people who make the decisions. All printed resources are included in the price of the workshop, including a sample cover letter and a template to write your own. This practical workshop will give you the skills you need to feel confident in submitting your manuscript to publishers for consideration.
Tea, coffee and light refreshements will be served, and of course...chocolate biscuits.
Bookings essential


Date and Time


Location

Redlands Healing Centre
557 Mount Cotton Road
Sheldon, QLD 4157

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cover-letter-and-submissions-masterclass-tickets-31768737148

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Writing Romance, Memoirs and Historical Fiction



Share your Story is for aspiring authors who would like to learn from industry professionals and established writers about the publishing industry and the process of getting a book published. Join international award winning author Michelle Worthington and her amazing guest speakers as they share the story behind writing romance novels, memoirs and historical fiction. Special guests include self publishing historical fiction superman Warwick O'neill, the inspirational memoir rockstar Caylie Jeffrie and romance writing diva Tina Clark. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Tea and coffee and refreshments provided, and of course...chocolate biscuits!

Date and Time

Location

Wynnum Library
145 Florence Street
Wynnum, QLD 4178

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/writing-romance-memoirs-and-historical-fiction-tickets-29603691438

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

LinkedIn Masterclass with Julie Mason


Businesses large or small that want more referrals, leads and sales with quality prospects and clients using LinkedIn have a powerful ally – Julie Mason. The highly-motivated businesswoman, keynote speaker and author loves nothing more than demystifying LinkedIn and sales strategy.

These days, Julie is known as ‘The Social Media Princess’ a name aptly bestowed upon her by her clients for her ability to make the confusing world of social media simple to understand and use, strategic, profitable and fun!

Through her coaching programs, speaking events and online webinars, Julie has helped and inspired thousands of people to make a significant difference in their business using social media and LinkedIn.

Julie is a passionate LinkedIn expert and specialises in creating strategies that promote your brand, enhance your reputation and generate big money leads for your business.
Julie’s message is simple – “With over 80% of B2B conversions coming from LinkedIn, can you afford not to use it correctly?”

Starting her first foray into cold-calling at the tender age of 5 years old, Julie was on a mission to raise money for the poor people through selling her crayola and paddle-pop stick masterpieces. She returned home to her shocked mother rattling her bag full of coins with great success! This was the start of Julie’s love affair with sales.

Julie has over 25 years experience in traditional sales and 15 years in door-to-door cold calling prior to discovering social media and starting to use those tools to build two successful businesses herself using the methods she now teaches others.

In the past 12 months Julie’s clients have generated over $1,000,000 using simple strategies that are proven to work. Whether to position yourself as an Authority in your niche or to generate quality leads and sales, Julie has a strategy that will be tailored for your business needs.
For more details, follow Julie on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/GuruJules/
Tea and Coffee Provided. Bookings essential.

The Colmslie Hotel
Wynnum Road
Brisbane, QLD 4170
Australia

Saturday, 22 April 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (AEST)

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/linkedin-masterclass-with-julie-mason-tickets-31020262440

                          



Monday, 13 February 2017

Goal Setting for Creatives

Share your Story is for aspiring authors, illustrators, musicians and creatives who would like to learn from industry professionals and established artists about the publishing industry and the process of getting published. Join international award winning author Michelle Worthington and her amazing guest speakers and panellists as they explore best practice on Time Management and Goal Setting for the Creative Industries. Special guests include self publishing guru Martii Maclean, anxiety coach and Daddy Daycare extraordinaire Reece Anderson, the inspiring Susan Bradley, children's author Michel Deverall , award winning screen writer Vacen Taylor and romance rockstar/event management diva Tina Clark. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Tea and coffee and refreshments provided, and of course...chocolate biscuits!

Date and Time


Location

Wynnum Library
145 Florence Street
Wynnum, QLD 4178

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/goal-setting-for-creatives-tickets-29603528952

Friday, 10 February 2017

Website Design, SEO and Content Creation for Creatives


If you're like most small business, your website will be your primary marketing tool. It is your business 'shop window', open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, showcasing your products and services. If you are a creative business, this becomes even more important.
Join award winning international author Michelle Worthington, Wild Cat Design CEO Cath Koch and Digital Content Creator and Photographer Kerrin Smith for a masterclass discussing all aspects of web design, SEO optimisation and creating organic and effective content.

Cath Koch is passionate about small business web design. She enjoys seeing her clients vision become a reality and will be giving advice to start ups to get them up and running with a professional website, logo & business cards. She will be sharing her journey and discussing how most of her time is spent working with established business to improve their website content, website style or functionality. She will be providing practical advice to help your business grow thanks to a professional web presence and excellent Google Search Ranking.
Cath has over 15 years’ experience creating websites, having spent years working in digital image manipulation and graphic design prior to that. As a business owner, web designer and graphic designer, she offers a boutique service, providing individual time and attention to each client project.
Kerrin is a videographer and photographer and has worked with hundreds of clients to create visual marketing content. She is passionate about making quality multimedia products for her clients that are creative and interesting, as well as being powerful online marketing tools. She will be discussing how business owners should recognise the importance of creating video content for their businesses and will provide practical advice on where to start. She will be providing tips to overcome common barriers to making DIY videos including a lack of time, confusion about what equipment and software to use and a lack of confidence on camera.
Share your Story is for aspiring authors, illustrators, musicians and creatives who would like to learn from industry professionals and established artists about how to move forward in their chosen industry and the process of marketing their unique brand.

Tea and Coffee provided..and of course chocolate biscuits.
Bookings essential.

Date and Time

Location

Redlands Healing Centre
557 Mount Cotton Road
Sheldon, QLD 4157


Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/website-design-seo-and-content-creation-tickets-31622739465

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Picture Book Masterclass

Discover the principles of writing for children and learn to create dynamic and vibrant picture books in this exclusive masterclass with international award winning author of empowering picture book author, Michelle Worthington. Two time winner of the International Book Award for Children's Hardcover Fiction and finalist in the USA Best Book Awards and Book Excellence Awards, Michelle also received a Gellett Burgess Award for Children's Literature and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in Picture Books. Her goal is to inspire children to believe in themselves and encourage reluctant and special needs readers to fall in love with books. She will share with you her extensive industry knowledge, the basic principles behind writing for children, picture book publishing guidelines and updates on the current market and publishing environment. This masterclass is for anyone who is wanting to publish a picture book but places are limited as Michelle's expertise in this area is sort after all over Australia. Bookings essential as places are limited to ensure each participant gets one-on-one time with Michelle to discuss their picture book idea. Tea and coffee provided...and of course, chocolate biscuits!

Date and Time

Location

Wellington Point Community Hall
347 Birkdale road
Birkdale, QLD 4159

Book Now https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/picture-book-masterclass-tickets-29603340388