Our get together in August.

Our meeting last Saturday was great. We had a new face join us. Michelle, who is very talented. And she seems keen to join us which is great. Also Vincent joined us for a second time and we are hoping he will stick around too. I love it when we have some new voices, it makes life even more fun!

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The Ten Penners – Aug 2018

We did a 10 minute creative on the Coles Collectables (are you collecting them?).  There were some fun angles in the stories which had us in fits of laughter!

Jill and I are making plans for our forthcoming Surfers Paradise State School mini workshop at the end of the month. We will be talking about our stories and we’re going to have a craft session making funny face bookmarks!

Have a creative weekend!





Saturday 4th August …

The Ten Penners are meeting this morning at Broadbeach library 10am to noon.

Can’t wait to get together and share stories!

– Marion

Our June meeting at Broadbeach library was fun as always. We had a visitor, Vincent, who is quite a talented wordsmith. We had a fun ten minute creative exercise on this little cottage…

little cottage

It always amazes me, how many variations of prose we get from everyone. I think this is one of the reasons we have so much fun in our group, as we are entertained by our different stories.

Why not give yourself a challenge and see what you can make up within the ten minutes? We would love to hear your creations 🙂

Also, I want to do a quick recap from our Burleigh Heads State School visit that Jill and I did on the 2nd May. We read some of our stories from Mystery, Mayhem and Magic, which you can buy through our link here or from Big B Books at Burleigh Heads or Bookface at Pacific Fair (we are in the local author section).

Here are some more photo’s from my collection.

Special Thanks to Janina for organising our visit. And thanks to the children who came to see us and made our day special. – Have a great weekend, Marion.

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Plinko colouring comptetion Winner…

Plinko bedtimeOn the 2nd May, Marion and Jill went to Burleigh Heads Primary School and were delighted to be able to share our experience of being part of a group writing for children with such inquisitive minds. They asked great questions and were happy to see Plinko sitting in the corner of the room on the day.

Jenna 8 BHPS Plinko colouring comp winnerWe offered the students the opportunity to win a copy of our latest anthology through a colouring competition.

After Plinko took a look at all the entries, although she was flattered with all the very beautiful entries, this was her favourite.

Jenna aged 8 will be receiving a copy of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic from The Ten Penners.

Special thanks to Janina and all the wonderful support staff at Burleigh Heads Primary School for making the day a magical memory.   – Jill


PLINKO has arrived …

PLINKO 1May18Plinko has been preened and fixed up to look her beautiful best for The Ten Penners visit to Burleigh Heads Primary school tomorrow.

Marion and I will be talking to three different groups of children and we hope they’ll love PLINKO as much as we do.

Julie Baythorpe created PLINKO in two stories between the covers of The Ten Penners latest anthology Mystery, Mayhem & Magic. There will be a colouring competition and prizes for those children who answer our questions correctly. _ Jill

The Ten Penners next school visit…

PLINKO needing repairAs a member of The Ten Penners adults writing for children subgroup of Gold Coast Writers, we’ve been planning more school visits. We launched our children’s anthology called Mystery, Mayhem & Magic last year. Our next school visit is next Wednesday to Burleigh Heads Primary School.patched up PLINKO ears fixed

The day will be made more joyous with the presence of our mascot PLINKO. One of our members Julie created the PLINKO stories and her paper mache version of her little alien. She wore it to our book launch. I’m now resurrecting a slightly battered head and putting it on a stand with the clothes she wore, this mascot will stand at the front of the classroom when we do school visits. Above is broken PLINKO and right is patched PLINKO with straight ears.

I’ll be posting more about our school visit next week, and keeping you up to date on other schools we’ll be attending.   – Jill

The Ten Penners meet today…

ten penners school visit Oct17Onwards and upwards, today IS the first day of the rest of my life! There is life after 20 employment in one place. Watch out world, I’m on my way. The Ten Penners meet today and I’ve done my homework for March and April, taking a short story I wrote for a competition I entered recently. I’ve put together a pitch for my book that I’m working on for Camp NaNoWriMo this month. The sky’s the limit! Cheers all my friends.

_ Jill

More of The Ten Penners school visit 2017…

Hi friends and followers,

Just a heads up that this year The Ten Penners plan to do as many school visits as we can. The invitations have been sent and we have one already accepted, although the time and date is yet to be confirmed.

Here are a few more YouTube videos of our visit to St Joseph’s at Bracken Ridge, October 2017. Our book signing night and Jill’s talk.

I’ll post more during the week – Jill

Our February meeting …

We had a lovely meeting yesterday and to make it special we had someone new join us! Peter Boey popped in to take a look at what we do and said he would like to return to join us! We are very happy to have a boy join our all girl team. It will be nice to have a little balance. Originally, we had two men in our line up when there were ten of us. Another couple came and went, so we are hoping we don’t scare Peter away! He is already a published author and what he shared with us yesterday was wonderful.

So, this year is shaping up to be interesting. Our creative activities have been fun and stimulating. Keep watching this space as we share some of our happy times and special pieces.

Have a beautiful week.

Marion 🙂



The Ten Penners meet today – yay!

IMG_1670The Ten Penners have our monthly meeting this morning and I’m looking forward to a dose of inspiration from my friends. Lots of creative ideas will be sparked as we talk about writing, do some creative writing exercises and plan the year ahead. We hope to submit to many writing competitions this year and the first will be the Gold Coast Writers Short Story Competition.

After attending last months Gold Coast Writers meeting, I’m glad to say I was inspired by the buzz in the room and the way the new President Ocean Reeve has embraced technology to showcase audiobooks. The Gold Coast Writers facebook page in full of videos and inspirational messages. Featured authors each month and competition links. The website links to an equally motivational blog. Well done!

_ Jill

New Year plan…

anthologies by the ten penners picAfter a massive year in 2017 where we wrote, edited and compiled our latest anthology Mystery, Mayhem & Magic!

2018 is promising to be another great year.

With our regular monthly meetings returning to creative writing exercises and stimulation, we’ll be endeavouring to grow in our craft, along with working on presenting our books to the world.

We started the year on a sad note with Julie Baythorpe losing her husband. Our heartfelt condolences go to Julie at this sad time. Marion attended the funeral as did several representatives of Gold Coast Writers Association,  Gavin Fisher, Joan Songaila and Penny Ivory.

On a happier note, we are planning to visits several schools this year to promote our books. The Ten Penners are currently preparing to contact schools so that we can go out and show the world what a fun group of dedicated writers for children we are!




Happy Christmas everyone…

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, closeupWhat a wonderful year it’s been for The Ten Penners.

I just wanted to wish each of our members who are my valued friends: Marion Martineer, coordinator extraordinaire, Kate Russell amazing editor and techno whizz, Elli Housden for her editing eagle eye, Lindy Standage for her continued participation in our group now having been in all three of our anthologies, Julie Baythorpe for her great stories and creating Plinko, to Sharon Alexiou for her artwork and devotion to creating fun stories for children, and Louisa Wright who continues to grow her writing craft.

I wish you and our readers and followers may you travel safely over the holiday season, and have a Christmas filled with joy and love.

– Jill

A fun book launch and announcing our winners!

For your enjoyment, here are some more photo’s from our fun book launch today.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Plinko colouring-in competitions.

For St. Joseph’s Year 2 – the winner is Harper age 8 …Plinko winner Y2 Harper

For St. Joseph’s Year 3 – the winner is Vania age 9 …

Plinko winner Y3 Vania

And for our book launch competition the winner is Paige age 5 …

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And here are a few more highlights of the morning. Thank you to GC Libraries Broadbeach for the venue and refreshments.

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Book launch day is here!!

ten penners book launch picWe are all ready for the big launch of Mystery, Mayhem & Magic!

We’ll be announcing the winners of the ‘Plinko’ colouring competition, sharing our journey into the creation of our book, and enjoying refreshments.

You might meet a Pirate, a Witch, a Highland dancer, a Dragon, and Ted Bear Esquire will be watching over proceedings. We only hope that Baby will sleep quietly throughout, but then again, Baby may need to save the day! (again!!)


It’s time to launch!

Only one more day and we will be at Broadbeach library to launch our third anthology, Mystery, Mayhem & Magic. A lovely paperback novel size, that’s jam packed with thirty six stories, poems and novellas, for children aged 8 to 12, and early readers. Though mums and dads c20171019_192841an read the stories to younger children too.

Featuring amazing adventures and magical creatures with a little bit of mayhem thrown in!

To say we are excited is an understatement! We are ecstatic! So, please come along to Broadbeach library on Saturday 4th November, 2017, 10.15am to 11.15am for a sublime celebration of an exceptional team effort in producing our third book.

Book on line or phone 5581 1555.  Bookings are for catering purposes as the wonderful library staff supply tea, coffee, cordial and biscuits. We will be bringing along some treats too! – Marion

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic blog tour giveaway…

Mystery, Mayhem & Magic blog tour giveaway…

MMM coverThese people all entered and were in the draw and will all receive a bookmark consolation prize.

Maud Finch – (the very first post on Dimity’s blog )

Mary Preston – (who commented briefly on 5 different blogs)

Artelle – (fellow host commented on multiple blogs)

Gretchen – (fellow host commented on multiple blogs)

Taryn Gale – (beautifully written post – she’s my boss!)

Michelle Sergeant – (another Foxtel worker)

Jeanene French – (Foxtel co-worker and grandmother)

Desertsand – (on Gretchen’s blog)

Dot H – (on Gretchen’s blog)

Cecilia Adam – (who was prompted by Gretchen to comment for the chance to win – lovely comment)

and the winner is…

drum roll…

Michelle Sergent 1Michelle Sergeant!!

Who is thrilled and collected her signed copy of the book today!


 – Jill