5 Tips to take your writing to the next level

Margaret Jackson is the founding member of the Hunter Story Creators. She has shared some great tips to enhance your writing experience. This is published on the ABC Open website. 

Sharing in a group not only has social benefits but can also improve your writing and take it to a new level.

Happy writing!



Hunter Story Creators on the radio

At a suburban house in Newcastle, the Hunter Story Creators welcomed Anthony Scully with open arms. His enthusiasm and genuine passion for meeting people and sharing their stories is inspiring. Here’s what he created!

Jessie Ansons

Our lovely writers group have been lucky enough to have a short radio documentary made about us by ABC Open Producer Anthony Scully.

Anthony came along to the Hunter Story Creators group last night and asked questions about writing, writing groups and sharing successes (yes, there was champagne). Anthony has been an incredible supporter of our writers group since the beginning, and he plays a key role in getting local stories heard from all across the Hunter.

It aired this morning at 9:50am, and you can listen to the full SoundCloud piece here:

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The Newcastle Writers Festival 2016


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Mental note to self … Keep 1st-3rd April completely free to indulge in the NWF16!

This is the 4th year of the NWF thanks to organiser Rosmarie Milsom. Each year it gets bigger and better spanning over 3 days. There’s something for everyone; successful and established authors such as Carmel Bird, Tim Flannery, Michael Sala, local authors Zeny Giles and Magelena Ball and local writers groups just to name a few events. Check out the program here .

I’m part of the Hunter Story Creators. We’re a small successful writing group in Newcastle who are keen to share some writing tips that have helped us develop our winning and published short stories. I’ll be joined by Diana Threlfo, Anna Lundmark and host Jessie Ansons. We would love to see you at our event! You can find the details here.


Hunter Story Creators website launched!

I’ve come to realise more and more the importance of belonging to a writers group. Apart from having a laugh, sharing stories and ideas, each of us are able to contribute valuable life/writing skills to help each other develop our stories. During our discussions and critiquing sessions we agonise over words (hence the amount of time it took to name the group), find missing links, make connections, fire off neurons and create stories. We’d like to share some of our tips so if you’re interested come along to our session at the Newcastle Writers Festival to ‘Make your writing pop!’ Hope to see you there.

Jessie Ansons

I’ve been part of a writing group for a few years now and, despite being very creative with our writing, we’d struggled coming up with something to call our group.

sIMG_20140619_202023.jpg Our writers group critiquing stories for an upcoming competition

Until now! Yes, we finally committed half an hour to brainstorm some ideas and after considering everything from the ‘Newcastle Writing Collective’ to the ‘Hunter’s Story Gatherers’ we have decided on a name:


The name represents our across-the-Hunter location (not just Newcastle, our members are from Lake Macquarie and the Upper Hunter too), the idea that we don’t write books we tell stories, and that over anything else, we create.

Along with our new name, we have launched a website, where we will re-blog posts from our own websites and let you know about upcoming events and presentations.

To visit our new site, go to www.hunterstorycreators.com

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