With the beaming Lisa Dempster at its helm, the 2010 Emerging Writers’ Festival, here in Melbourne, is in full swing. So far I’ve attended The First Word (the opening night), one of the Fifteen Minutes of Fame Sessions (which received a great write-up here by Thuy-Linh Nguyen), the Page Parlour, and last night’s Wordstock performance – lively, funny, bold and very entertaining.
I haven’t had any time to blog any of the sessions thus far, but I’m looking forward to the Town Hall program this weekend. My panel ‘Writing About Place’ is 3pm on Sunday, featuring Patrick Cullen, Leanne Hall, Sean Riley and Jenny Sinclair. The writers each have a distinct style and voice – from lit fic, to YA, nonfiction, and play/screenwriting. Do come along.
I’m also going to catch panels on writers’ rejections, mining the personal for your work, going physically or emotionally to a dark place for/in your work, and the perils of promoting your published work.
The full program is here.
I’m also heading to the artist par-tay tonight… Adventures possibly relayed via Twitter.
A general update: 2 1/2 months into my doctorate, it’s a MONSTER but it’s going well. I start the fiction component on Tuesday. I’m excited and nervous. I have a three month residency at Glenfern, so I’ll be spending 2 – 3 days a week there writing fiction. The doctorate has been taking up so much more of my time and headspace than I ever imagined. But I’m really enjoying it so far. I’m also preparing for another country Vic workshop, the Australian Booksellers Association Conference and two writers festivals (I’ll announce more about those when the programs are released). I’ll blog about another local event, and my interview with Colm Toibin, soon.
I’m getting NEW GLASSES. Two pairs.
Don’t forget to support Team LiteraryMinded in The Novel Challenge, raising $ for folks affected by Multiple Sclerosis. And THANKS so much to those who already have. Good on you.