Writers' Connect Winter 2014 Welcome to our latest issue of Writers' Connect with the theme 'Writing in Short Form'. Are you a 'flasher'? Or a 'poetical tweep'? Short form writing has moved into the digital age. Fiona Campbell takes us into the twittersphere, while Bronwyn Mehan reveals tips for writing Flash fiction. Alyssa Critchley paints her impressions of the poetry of Mark Mordue'; and includes a poignant poem from his latest book, Things That Year. Also in this issue, details of Writers' Events and Book Launches; New Books and News from our Writers' Alumni.If you feel the urge to take up the challenge of creating flash fiction or micro poetry, follow the link to submit the results to one of the competitions or publications listed. To encourage you, we are running a UTS Writers' Alumni Short Form Competition. Details under Competitions and in our Writers' Alumni Anniversary Celebration item listed under Events.Our Exclusive Writers' Alumni 10th Anniversary Event at UTS will be held at the UTS Ariel Function Centre Room on September 4. Yes, it's been ten years and we've grown from twelve to over three hundred in our writers' alumni membership. We've plenty of reasons to celebrate and we plan to do it in style. Click here to register.Don't miss Barnados Australia 'The Great Aussie Book Prize' which has been launched to support children in need of safe and stable Australian homes and families, and to recognise great stories about real-life homes and families. More in our competitions page.Heartfelt thanks to Tara McLennan for editing our previous issue. Tara compiled and edited the entire issue while I was in India and often out of contact. She did it with such style and grace! I don't know where I'd be without our guest editors over the years, including more recently Roz Bellamy and Nicola Garvey who also produced exciting and innovative issues of Writers Connect. Special thanks to our contributors to this issue: Fiona Campbell Alyssa Critchley, Bronwyn Mehan, and Mark Mordue.Next issue will focus on writing and publishing – and the new UTS Library Retrieval System due to start in July, with the loading of books completed in late August. See you at the UTS Writers' Alumni Event on September 4.Sharon RundleChair, UTS Writers' Alumni. Editor – Writers Connect Flash Fiction If you've ever wondered about Flash Fiction or thought about writing some short-short stories, Bronwyn Mehan from Spineless Wonders press can give you the inside information about what it is, who is writing it and who is publishing it. Find out the latest about Flash Fiction and try it yourself. Impressions of the poems of Mark Mordue Rather than write a review, Alyssa Critchley takes a refreshing approach and offers her impressions of what Mordue's poems do and her thoughts on how poetry allows us to perform memories; the recognition that 'the world and life itself is a composition of matter poem' - with reference to Mordue's poems. UTS Writers' Alumni 10th Anniversary An exclusive UTS Writers' Alumni Event at the UTS Aerial Function Centre to celebrate our 10th Anniversary! Make sure you read the details and RSVP when your personal invitation hits your inbox. It's free, it's exclusive to UTS Writers' Alumni! It's to give you all an opportunity to meet and network, to thank our contributors, sub-editors and editors and our fantastic contacts at the UTS Alumni Relations and Communications office – and to celebrate ten years of continuing growth. We have a panel of notable speakers to discuss writing, publishing and creative intelligence, and a short form writing competition with winning entries read out at the event. Do join us for the celebration and fun. Twitter poetry Rather than write a review, Alyssa Critchley takes a refreshing approach and offers her impressions of what Mordue's poems do and her thoughts on how poetry allows us to perform memories; the recognition that 'the world and life itself is a composition of matter poem' - with reference to Mordue's poems.