ASPIRING local writers had the chance to mix and mingle with representatives from a leading WA publishing house during Networking Night hosted by Rockingham Writers Centre.
Publishing officer Charlotte Guest and authors Susan Midalia and Ian Reid shared information and insights about UWA Publishing, including tips to help local writers maximise the potential for a manuscript to be accepted for publishing.
Rockingham Writers Centre convener Mike Murphy said the event at Rockingham Arts Centre was well worthwhile for those who attended.
“Publishing officer Charlotte Guest gave us a clear insight into how manuscripts are selected for publishing, and authors Susan Midalia and Ian Reid were forthcoming with advice on how to prepare a manuscript to give it the best chance of being selected to be published,” Mr Murphy said.
“UWA Publishing representatives will return for the Rockingham Writers Centre’s inaugural Book Fair in November,” he said.
Since its launch in April, Rockingham Writers Centre has established several groups to address the needs of local writers, from beginners to experienced writers and published authors.
“We have two meetings of advanced writers each month – one during the day and one in the evening – plus a group for beginners and a new poetry group,” Mr Murphy said.
“We also have a number of events lined up for the coming months, and have applied for funding for a series of professional development workshops for writers in 2016.”
The next Networking Night will be at Rockingham Arts Centre, in Kent Street, from 7pm on Thursday, October 15.