Our first Facebook-based Writing Race was a hit last week! Race Captain Jodi Cleghorn got us off to a wonderful start by asking Racers to list: their writing session essentials; what project they were working on; and their big, amazing, audacious intention/dream/wish for their writing over the next year.

A quick browse through the answers soon revealed that Writing Race participants are nearly all tea drinkers, and most of us went through a few cups over the hour! There were a variety of projects that Racers were working on, including: a play for children, young adult urban fantasy, romance, and Jodi’s own project Piper’s Reach. Racer’s amazing and audacious intentions emphasised that most of us are hoping 2013 will be the year to finish a manuscript and send it out into the universe before 2014 dawns.

Last week’s race included a lot of conversation between Racers too, and it was great to read people’s comments to and encouragement of their fellow Racers.

This week I will be heading the Writing Race solo, so come along and keep me company tonight at 8:00pm. The Race will take the form of a comment stream within the Writing Race Event created on the AWM Facebook page. Just ‘join’ the event and then comment in the stream on the ‘AWM Writing Race’ Page.

We hope to see our writing community grow, so invite your friends and remember that we are here every week!

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Next week we will be joined by special guest Race Captain Alan Baxter. Alan describes himself this way ‘Author of horror, dark fantasy & sci-fi. Kung Fu instructor. Motorcyclist. Dog lover. Gamer. Heavy metal fan. Britstralian. Misanthrope.’ Alan’s latest book (co-authored with David Wood) ‘Dark Rite’ comes out today! Find out more Alan on his website, Facebook page, or Twitter.


Amy Chatwin is a currently undertaking her Masters in Writing, Editing, and Publishing at The University of Queensland. She has also attained a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) from Queensland University of Technology. She is based in Brisbane and blogs about food, books, running, and everyday abundance at Thoroughly Nourished Life.

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