Will 2016 be your year

Aside from the wonderful learning outcomes that WriteFest attendees gain, some writers have entered the realm of Author as a result of the opportunities at WriteFest.

  1. Ali Ahearn and Ros Baxter gained a two-book contract as a result of an editor/writer interview at WriteFest 2010. Their first book, Sister Pact, was released in 2012.
  2. Katherine Battersby’s Squish Rabbit was published as a result of an agent/writer interview.
  3. Kathryn Apel’s This is the Mud is also a result of an agent/writer interview.
  4. Belinda Jeffrey published Brown Skin Blue after meeting an agent through her agent/writer interview.
  5. Dean J Anderson and Cheryse Durrant each scored a three-book contract with Clan Destine Press publisher/writer interview 2012.

Will 2016 be your year to succeed.


Losing Kate out in April 2014

2013 WriteFest Masterclass participant Kylie Kaden is thrilled that her first novel, Losing Kate, will be published by Random House in April 2014. In March 2013, Kylie undertook a Writer’s Surgery (through the Queensland Writers Centre) with Sandy Curtis, the Director of WriteFest, and encouraged by Sandy’s enthusiasm for the story, submitted a partial for the Masterclass with editor Deonie Fiford. 

Kylie said, ” I was signed up in July, not long after doing quite a few rejigs after WriteFest (and your Writer’s Surgery sessions with me) so I am very thankful for your contribution and encouragement.  I am still shocked it happened so quickly though!”

It’s wonderful news like this that can come about as a result of the great opportunities available at WriteFest.

We wish Kylie a happy and successful career. Details of her book can be found at
http://www.randomhouse.com.au/books/kylie-kaden/losing-kate-9780857983404.aspx and also on her website www.kyliekaden.com.au


So did Dean J Anderson!

Dean is not only our most enthusiastic club member, he is also our major sponsor, so it with great celebration that we welcome Dean’s debut novel, Unnaturals, into the literary world with just as much enthusiasm.

His dark urban fantasy was launched on 10 October in Brisbane alongside Bundy debut author Cheryse Durrant.


Check out his website here: http://deanjanderson.com.au and also https://www.facebook.com/deanjohnanderson

Check out his book trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ1bFFvLiKU

To purchase Unnaturals head to Dymocks Bundaberg and online www.clandestinepress.com.au

Congratulations, Dean, and we look forward to the next two books!


Cheryse Durrant did it!

Yes, she got published!

A huge congratulations to Bundaberg Writers’ Club member, Cheryse Durrant (aka Cherie Curtis) for publishing her debut novel, The Blood She Betrayed – book 1 in the Heart Hunters series.

Launched on 10 October in Brisbane and 16 October in Bundy, the new author is on a blazing trail of book signings and conventions.


TBSB HI RES poster front

Check out her website here: http://www.cherysedurrant.com

Check out her book trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb3h9PXn2aI&feature=youtu.be

To purchase her book check out Dymocks Bundaberg and also online www.clandestinepress.com.au

Congratulations Cherie!

Mark Norris gets his niece's book signed by Cheryse Durrant at Dymocks Carindale

Mark Norris gets his niece’s book signed by Cheryse Durrant at Dymocks Carindale


QWC Celebrates A State of Writing


Queensland Writers Centre has been supporting and promoting the art and business of writing for over 20 years! During the last two decades, QWC has engaged with over 1 million writers in Queensland.

In celebration of the wonderful literary culture in Queensland, QWC is hosting  an open festival, created and championed by individual writers, community groups, schools, libraries, and organisations.

Anyone passionate about writing, reading and ideas is encouraged to participate. Held from 7-13 October 2013, QWW aims to highlight the myriad of amazing writers, creative thinkers, readers and audiences that Queensland has to offer.

Karen Foxlee Workshop, 19 October

As part of the 2013 CRUSH festival, the Brisbane Writers Festival’s Write Across Queensland program would like to invite any interested writers to the following workshop:

 “Darkness and Light” – Writing YA with author Karen Foxlee

 Ever wanted to write for young adults?  This 3 hour workshop will show you how to develop compelling and complex teen characters, how to find a voice for them and how to keep your readers hooked through plot and structure.

After a brief overview of what Young Adult Fiction is, workshop attendees will get practical and hands-on, focussing on the following three important components of writing YA.

1.    Creating believable and compelling young adult characters:  Character basics / what matters to your character / embracing your inner teen / using emotion in your writing (writing activity)

2.    Finding your voice:  Matters of POV/ voice /dialogue (writing activity)

3.    Keeping  them keen: Conflict, plotting and structure.  How to keep your story/novel moving and how to ensure your YA reader stays with you.  (writing activity)

This 3 hour workshop explores some basics of writing for Young Adults

Expected Learning Outcomes:

The workshop attendee will gain a basic knowledge of YA fiction and the YA fiction market, as well as practical writing tools for character development, finding a voice and story structuring.

Karen Foxlee is the author of The Anatomy of Wings (UQP 2007) and The Midnight Dress (UQP 2013). The Anatomy of Wings won the Queensland Premiers Literary Award for Emerging Queensland author in 2006, the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book 2008 (South Asia/Pacific) and the Dobbie Award 2008. Both novels are published internationally. Her first children’s book, Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy, is set to be published in the US/UK in 2014. Karen lives and writes in Gympie, Queensland.

The workshop will be held in the ground floor, front room of the U3A building, on Saturday 19 October at 10.30am from 2.00pm. as part of the Bundaberg Writers’ Club monthly meeting activities. This is a free event, morning tea will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

Karen Foxlee

Karen Foxlee

Hustling Hinkler

Dr Darryl Dymock shares his story of publication in a blog on the Queensland Writers Centre website.

One of his milestones was attending WriteFest and scoring an interview with senior agent, Sophie Hamley, based on his 30 page submission. Her advice and guidance led Darryl on the path to re-write his young adult novel into the non-fiction narrative Hustling Hinkler: the short tumultuous life of a trail-blazing Australian aviator.

Hustling Hinkler will be published by Hachette Australia on 30 July, and will be launched at River Bend Books in Brisbane on 9 August.

Darryl has been invited to talk about Hustling Hinkler at the Bundaberg Library at 11am on Saturday, 24 August.

Congratulations to Darryl from all at the Bundaberg Writers’ Club and the WriteFest committee. It’s inspiring to learn that a prior WriteFest attendee has gone on to attain publication.

Check out Hustling Hinkler on the Hachette Australia website.


2013 WriteFest Review by Kez (Kerrie) Salaün

This was my first attendance at WriteFest in Bundaberg. I was excited before I arrived, and doubly so after the evening with author Sulari Gentill on the Thursday night at the (recently refurbished) Bundaberg Library.

Sulari’s talk was both intimate and instructive and we laughed along with her reflections on a writer’s life. To capture an audience personally and professionally is not a skill all speakers achieve easily. I noted the well-coordinated nods of most attendees’ heads agreeing with Sulari. All of us appeared to have experienced similar frustration and joy as writers, or even as family of a writer.

Sulari convinced us that if we dare, if we have the desire, we will certainly achieve. Writing is not just a passion; it is life for most of us. So it is fantastic to find people who live to help writers.

… I was fortunate to be part of Deonie Fiford’s Masterclass on the Saturday.  Having only ever sat anonymously amongst two hundred or more people at one other festival, this expected interaction excited and frightened me. How wrong I was to be afraid.

People in my class had published their writing, some more than once. Others had entered and won contests or, like myself, had little experience as writers. Every single person offered their wisdom with valid personal points of view, sharing the bond of writing.

Deonie Fiford is a woman of many talents. As an editor and publisher she presented her workshops professionally and with humour by affirming and constituting what we all hope to achieve.  In easy terms and with great examples, Deonie showed us how to make our work more dynamic. She used informative written and group exercises that were fun to do. Class sizes were such that everyone’s questions were answered because she spent enough time with each person.

… For me these were four days of communication, connection and learning. The passion for writing IS a drug. My passion for WriteFest is now an addiction.

… Thank you to all the people involved in producing such a brilliant one-day writers extravaganza, that became so much more. I will be there next year, with more ‘bells on’ and less shoes and clothes – so there is more room in my bag for books!

– Kez Salaün