Writers Festival Program


8.00 - 9.00
Registration, Tea & Coffee

9.00 - 9.15
Welcome by Graeme Crouch - President of the Boonah Cultural Foundation and Mayor Greg Christensen of the Scenic Rim Regional Counci

9.15 - 9.45
Mary-Rose MacColl will give the Opening Address on the the writing process, "How hard it is to write no matter where you are on the journey, yet how rewarding". Lighthearted, a bit serious.

9.45 - 10.45
Angela Slatter - Short Stories and Horror. Angela will be talking about the psychology of horror writing and how to scare the pants off your readers.
Nigel Munro-Wallis - Playwright.  What makes a good play? Is it foremost characterisation, plot, or dialogue. Are all three of equal importance? When is it time to stop tweaking your work? When is enough, enough?

10.45 - 11.15
Tea and Coffee

11.15 - 12.15
The Same sessions, as at 10.15, by Angela Slatter and Nigel Munro-Wallis allowing every one to attend each session.

12.15 - 1.30
Lunch - Sandwiches, Fruit, Tea & Coffee.

1.30 - 2.30
Amy Andrews - Romance.  So you want to write a romance novel but don’t know where to start?

2.30 - 3.00
Tea & Coffee

3.00 - 4.00
Angela Sunde - Not sure how to kick start your story.  How to how to grab the attention of your reader from the very first sentence and keep them turning the pages.

7pm for 7.30
Dinner Three-course meal with guest speaker Nick Earles.  The bar will be open.


08.30 - .9.00
Tea & Coffee

09.00 - 9.30
Det Sgt Tracey Pelling - Crime.  Anecdotes, and the common mistakes authors make in their novels. Plots, technicals and other fun things. Followed by a Q&A session.

9.30 - 10.00
Andy McDermot - Contract Publishing.  Self-publishing process and the many possibilities now available to those authors who are considering this option."

10.00 - 10.30
Tea & Coffee

10.30 - 11.00
Alex Adsett
- Agent.  The role of the agent. What does an agent do? Do you actually need one? When is it better to consider going it alone?

11.00 - 11.30
Kerry McDuling – Marketing.  Some easy-to-follow instructions on how to reach your target reader audience, some of the tricks of the trade, and how to launch your book (and author status) into the stratosphere.

11.30 - 12.30
Q&A with Andy McDermot, Alex Adsett, and Kerry McDuling

Please Note that the program may be subject to change at short notice.

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