Programme 2015

Booking Forms available here.

Dear WriteFest Attendee:
Just thought you’d like to know You’re Invited  to a Meet-and-Greet Dinner at the Bargara Golf Club, Miller Street, on Friday May 15 at 6.00pm. Meals and drinks are available for purchase from the Bistro menu and bar. Come along and enjoy a fun evening meeting fellow writers.

Programme

Saturday, May 16

Building 5, CQUniversity Bundaberg Campus 9am – 4.15pm

* Agent/Writer Interviews Alex Adsett 

Download Submission details – Interview


*MasterClassEssential Self-editing – Liz Filleul

Download Submission details – Masterclass


*Dr Lindsay Simpson
– academic, teacher of life writing  and writer of true crime

1. Writing Your Own Life: Memoir and how to tell a good story

By completing writing exercises to tap into your past, you learn how to connect with your inner voice. Skills from the literary toolbox include helping you to craft your writing in an engaging and readable way. The class exercises will also help you tackle writer’s block. The workshop is aimed at providing you with the skills to tackle your own life story and is for beginners and intermediate writers, for doodlers, the committed and to those in between.

2. Research – Don’t Let the Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story…

Writing true stories means you need to get your facts right. Where do you begin if you are researching a nonfiction story? This workshop introduces you to how to research some of the primary and secondary sources you might need to tell factual stories. It will also introduce you to interviewing skills needed when tackling stories from real life. Bring along an outline of the story you are working on and develop a research plan to tackle your work.


*Kat Apel
– teacher, writer of Aussie stories for Aussie kids from picture book to verse novel.

1.When words aren’t enough

Writing picture books for all ages. From idea to publication and everything you need to consider in between – including the illustrator.

2.Writing verse novels: Letting the words speak for themselves

Writing verse novels for kids that engage and empower. Join poet and children’s author Kathryn Apel in a creative play with words and whitespace, looking at the art of writing in verse. Let your words speak for themselves.


*Cathleen Ross and Kandy Shepherd
How to Self Publish.

What is self publishing?

  • Information on selling platforms available : Smashwords, Amazon, itunes etc.
  • Explanation of what premium status means
  • Steps involved in uploading a story
  • Writing your blurb/ What makes a good Bio?

Formatting for Smashwords or Draft to Digital Attendees may bring laptops and wifi dongles.
(Note: presenter may instruct on Draft to Digital if this is a simpler process.)

  • What are the elements of a good cover?  Where to find covers for a reasonable price.
  • Uploading to Amazon. The steps involved.
  • The best places to market your book.

*Shannon Curtis

After a successful WriteFest 2014, so many WriteFest attendees begged us to try to secure Shannon again for 2015 that we thought we might try. So here we are,  privileged to welcome Shannon back to Bundaberg, this time with three workshops developed specially for WriteFest 2015 attendees.

Plotting using the Six-Stage Story Structure

Some books become movies. Others never make it. Ever wonder why not!
Shannon Curtis will introduce you to a six-stage structure developed and used by studio consultant, Michael Hauge. You’ll learn how to plot a page turner of a novel that will draw readers in, help build a loyal fan base and have screen potential .

Character Relationships that Work

No man is an island. Nor are characters.
The way characters interact can show characterisation and conflict and help story development.
No matter what genre you write in, strong characters and the relationships they develop are key to a compelling read.
Join Shannon Curtis as she discusses tips and techniques for developing strong character relationships.

See Pacing and Tension below (Sunday)


 Saturday Morning only

* Anne Buist

Putting the Thrill into Thriller

All writers know the importance of tension and conflict to a developing plot, but how do you move beyond that, into the realm of the thriller, where a hold-your-breath plot set against a chillingly authentic scenario creates an intensity of emotion that leaves the reader breathless.

*Peter Ball

Introduction to screenwriting 

Writing for television and film relies on your ability to exploit visual and auditory cues, to use images, props and dialogue to build a story.
Peter reveals the fundamentals of screenwriting, from script formatting to scene directions, through showing, not telling, and on to three act structure, characters and more.

Saturday Afternoon Only

* Graeme Simsion

What Novelists can Learn from Screenwriters

A screenplay is a masterwork of efficiency, but a novel is more leisurely in its approach to story. Graeme Simsion will help you understand how you can complete your next manuscript using all the rich story telling choices of the novel filtered through the lens of a screen writer’s discipline.

* Jason Nahrung

An Open Door to Horror:

Examine key points of the Gothic and the evolving horror genre and engage in short exercises to apply and subvert tropes to add chills and thrills to your fiction.



 Programme  SofArts

Sunday May 17

Upper Floor, School of Arts Bldg, 184 Bourbong Street 9am – 11.30am

That’s across Bourbong Street from the Post Office.


*Shannon Curtis

After a successful WriteFest 2014, so many WriteFest attendees begged us to try to secure Shannon again for 2015 that we thought we might try. So here we are,  privileged to welcome Shannon back to Bundaberg, this time with three workshops developed specially for WriteFest 2015 attendees.

Pacing and Tension

Is your middle sagging? Do you run out of momentum somewhere after chapter four? Have you reached a stage where nothing seems to be happening?
Shannon Curtis looks at pacing and tension, and ways to tighten your manuscript so it’s trim, taut and terrific – exactly what an editor (and a reader) is looking for.


*Cathleen Ross and Kandy Shepherd   

CANCELLED

We’re sorry to announce that the Sunday morning session with Cathleen Ross and Kandy Shepherd has been cancelled due to circumstance quite beyond our control.

We can think how very lucky we all are that the Saturday afternoon session is still available for anyone wanting advice on the ins and outs of self-publishing websites.

Formatting for Smashwords or Draft to Digital
(Note: presenter may instruct on Draft to Digital if this is a simpler process.)

  • What are the elements of a good cover?  Where to find covers for a reasonable price.
  • Uploading to Amazon. The steps involved.
  • The best places to market your book.


Lower Floor, School of Arts Bldg, 184 Bourbong Street   9am-4pm 

*MasterClass – Essential Self-editing – Liz Filleul 

Download Submission details – Masterclass


Literary Luncheon –  12noon – 3pm 

Across the Waves Sports Club 1 Miller Street, Bundaberg

Book: bundabergtickets.com.au

or contact Kris Sheather, Treasurer, (kasheather @ hotmail.com) direct.