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FREE EVENT: Live reading of 500-word stories – ABC Open, 11:15am Sun 6th April (Newcastle Writers Festival)

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Date: Sunday 6th April 2014

Time: 11:15am to 12:45pm

Where: Mulubinba Room – Newcastle City Hall, 290 King Street Newcastle

Cost: FREE

This Sunday I’ll be doing a live reading of one of my ABC Open 500 word short stories from 2013-14, along with a whole bunch of local talented authors. Me? Performing at the Newcastle Writers Festival? Now, this is exciting!

It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun. ABC Open has been running the 500 word projects for a while now, and I’ve been contributing stories for the last year. ABC Open chooses inspirational topics each month and writers from all over Australia send their stories in. The range of contributors is fantastic: from young budding writers talking about their complicated lives to 90-somethings reminiscing about the old days. They are all true stories and all written in first person.

I’ve found you can learn a lot about someone in just 500 words.

Here’s some of last year’s topics that stood out for me:

An act of rebellion – I wrote about how every Friday night my parents would play loud music, drink beer and consider getting tattoos when I wanted to do was study for my HSC

Failure – I wrote about how I thought my partner would love a bright blue ukulele for Christmas

The things we do for love – I wrote about the pain of having to drink a litre of water before an ultrasound but how it was all worth it when I saw what was on the black and white screen

If you’re in the Newcastle area on Sunday make sure you come along. The short stories you’ll hear are quirky, funny, heart-warming, heart-wrenching and absolutely unique.

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A load of rubbish: teaching students respect (ABC Open 500 words)

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How do you make high school students respect their school grounds?
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This is my March 2014 contribution to ABC Open 500 words (topic: CRINGE). Read about my leadership attempt in high school that (almost) achieved brilliant results.

Here’s the link:

https://open.abc.net.au/projects/500-words-cringe-86xi6pd/contributions/a-load-of-rubbish-teaching-students-respect-well-almost-33tq3oo#credits

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Personal challenge: more than 30 engaging stories in 2014 (ABC Open 500 words)

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How quickly do you write?
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This is my February 2014 contribution to ABC Open 500 words (topic: PERSONAL CHALLENGE). I talk about my personal goal to write a blog piece every fortnight and submit to ABC Open every month in 2014.

Here’s the link:

https://open.abc.net.au/projects/500-words-personal-challenge-56xt3jr/contributions/it-s-writing-time-more-than-30-engaging-stories-in-2014-53oi2bd

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A free breakfast in New York

Kindness from strangers can turn up in all places – including on a chilly autumn morning in New York.

Here’s the link:

https://open.abc.net.au/projects/the-kindness-of-strangers-26nr0uy/contributions/a-free-breakfast-in-new-york-28jm9rj

ABC Open 500 words project: The kindness of strangers

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