Sandy Curtis – Writers’ Festival Organiser Interview

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You are the Director of WriteFest, a writers’ festival held annually in Bundaberg, Queensland. For those unfamiliar, what is WriteFest and who will be presenting at the festival (to be held on May 16-17) in 2015?

Unlike most writers’ festivals, which are aimed mainly at readers, WriteFest is for writers, with workshops and masterclasses covering all aspects of the writing and publishing industry. This year’s presenters are Graeme Simsion, Professor Anne Buist, Dr Lindsay Simpson, Shannon Curtis, Kat Apel, Cathleen Ross, Kandy Shepherd, Jason Nahrung and Peter Ball. All are multi-published authors, in a wide spectrum of genres. Editor Liz Filleul is conducting a masterclass for advanced writers on both days, and these have a limit of 10 participants.

Each year we also have an agent, editor or publisher who interviews writers based on the quality of their submissions. In seven years this has resulted in eight writers being…

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