I’m proud to be one of the Ambassadors for this year’s Emerging Writers Festival (EWF) in Melbourne, which starts today. It’s a great festival if you can get along, with lots of industry tips for aspiring and emerging writers. Weekend tickets are really good value.
This year’s ambassadors were apparently selected for “telling stories others won’t.”
“Our ambassadors are women who change things. They break barriers. We’re thrilled for them to mentor the next generation of writers,” says Artistic Director Izzy Roberts-Orr.
I’m looking forward to all of the sessions, but particularly talking about Writing the Environment with Anna Krien, Tony Birch and Sally Abbott.
10am Sat 17 June
5×5 Rules of Writing
EWF Ambassadors (Anna Krien, Melina Marchetta, Rebecca Do Rozario, Michelle Law and I) share the tips and tricks we wish we’d had when we started out. More here
3pm Sat 17 June
Control Room: Inga Simpson
Ask me the big questions, the little questions, the good questions. Now’s your chance! Details here
11am Sun 18 June
Writing the Environment
With: Anna Krien, Sally Abbott, Tony Birch and me
In a world on the brink of ecological collapse, what responsibility do storytellers have to speak for the planet? What role (if any) can good nature and science-focussed writing (both fiction and non-fiction) play in pulling us back from the edge? Panelists discuss the writer’s role in educating, provoking conversation and changing attitudes through storytelling. Details here
4pm Sun 18 June
Hachette case Study: Writer, Editor and Publisher – Inga Simpson with Kate Stevens, Robert Watkins.
I’m in conversation with my editor and publisher, which is an opportunity to hear about all aspects and perspectives of the publishing process. (And possibly how difficult I am!) More info here