Topic archives: EWF

Typecasting and narrative voice at the 2011 Emerging Writers’ Festival

Typecasting and narrative voice at the 2011 Emerging Writers’ Festival

May 30, 2011 4

The Emerging Writers’ Festival, in its usual form, has thus far been about tequila shots and one long drunken conversation about The Wall. Yesterday I went to some actual sessions. Here’s a write-up of two of those. Typecast The first session I attended yesterday was all about ‘typecasting’. Do the authors on the panel agree with […]

Never surrender! (But do read the submission guidelines) – EWF 2010

Never surrender! (But do read the submission guidelines) – EWF 2010

May 30, 2010 2

So first of all, I had too many wines at the Emerging Writers’ Festival artist party on Friday, so I didn’t roll up until about 1pm yesterday. The Town Hall was PACKED with moleskine-carrying, tweeting, emerging writer-types of all ages. Pictured: Tiggy Johnson and I at the EWF artist par-tay. Before I go into the […]

2010 Emerging Writers’ Festival in full swing

2010 Emerging Writers’ Festival in full swing

May 28, 2010 1

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 – […]

Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog?

Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog?

June 12, 2009 36

The following article is a slightly amended version of the speech I gave during the Emerging Writers’ Festival panel The Revolution Will Be Downloaded, May 2009. In my reading of cultural blogs (particularly literary blogs), and through a growing audience for LiteraryMinded, I have found that some recurring elements exist in blogs which could be deemed successful. My measure of […]

Big fat round-up post + May haiku comp winners

Big fat round-up post + May haiku comp winners

June 7, 2009 5

Hey gang. Are you cool? Be cool. Only got about a quarter of the response to this month’s haiku comp – doh! The them was ‘the richness of the internet’. Thinking I might have to do it only every two months, or perhaps the topic was hard? Nonetheless, there were a few good’uns. The winner […]

Emerging Writers’ Festival photo journal

Emerging Writers’ Festival photo journal

June 2, 2009 4

Chris Currie, myself, Krissy Kneen Please view my Emerging Writers’ Festival 2009 photo journal in a public album on Facebook, complete with commentary and links to books and authors (from the 15 Minutes of Fame sessions). I will be posting my talk on cultural blogging from The Revolution Will be Downloaded panel sometime soon.

Liveblogging @ the Emerging Writers’ Festival Page Parlour

Liveblogging @ the Emerging Writers’ Festival Page Parlour

May 31, 2009 11

I am invincible.   I have survived 11 days of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, from which I am currently liveblogging, on its final day. Around me are indie publishers, zinesters, perusers, cupcakes, hot chips, Lisa Demster (hello!), Sean Whelan’s cool skeleton badge, and a spiderweb roof. A man just explained of my liveblogging to his wife as […]

Emerging Writers’ Festival 2009 is on!

Emerging Writers’ Festival 2009 is on!

May 24, 2009 6

Friday was the opening night of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, called The First Word. There were performances by Josephine Rowe (spellbinding, as usual), Maxine Clarke (powerful) and The List Operators (hilarious), plus more. There was a ‘Call to Arms’ by comic book writer Shane McCarthy – in which he basically said: if you’re a writer, you’re a […]

Annette Viesseux’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #5

Annette Viesseux’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #5

May 19, 2009

Welcome to my desk. If it looks suspiciously like an office desk, that’s because it is one. Hardly glamorous, but certainly functional. This is part of the office the Emerging Writers’ Festival occupies in Arts House in North Melbourne until we move to our new home at the Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. Most of […]

Nathan Shepherdson’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #4

Nathan Shepherdson’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #4

May 12, 2009 2

  Nathan Shepherdson says… I don’t really have a particular place to write.  I’ve lived at the Glass House Mountains since 1991. It’s about one hour north of Brisbane. It is farming community (parts semi-rural/residential) with a collection of small national parks. The main crops are strawberries, pineapples, macadamias, avocados and custard apples. (Pineapples used to […]

Feeling a little drawn…

May 10, 2009 2

N.B. I chose a British accent simply because the Australian one could not pronounce some of the words. And cheers to Overland and Meanjin for bringing this site to my attention. Now, to some links for the week… Happy Mother’s Day! My Mum is amazing and I love her to bits, but for something humorous […]

Stu Hatton’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival Special #3

Stu Hatton’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival Special #3

May 5, 2009 3

Stu Hatton says… Where do I write? Pretty much everywhere. Quite often I’ll be sitting in the study in our apartment. Desk, computer, chaotic piles of paper, the to-do list that never gets done. This is where ‘serious’ writing and editing happens. But I try to get away from the computer as much as I […]

The Independent Type + other bobs

The Independent Type + other bobs

May 3, 2009 14

‘Ello Guvna! * Yesterday I checked out The Independent Type exhibition at the State Library of Victoria. If you’re a word-nerd you will probably enjoy it as much as I did. Highlights were Marcus Clarke’s notebook (c. 1853) where I could make out the line ‘A great deal of middling intellect’; Henry Handel Richardson’s gorgeous […]

Stephanie Convery’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #2

Stephanie Convery’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #2

April 28, 2009 2

Stephanie Convery says… The picture you see of my study was taken standing at the window looking in. It’s on the detached side of a semi-detached terrace, and the window looks out onto a fence, a gate, a tiny path, a garden bed full of succulents and a lot of sky. It lets in the […]

Peace, EWF & ‘Helloooo, my name is Number One…’

Peace, EWF & ‘Helloooo, my name is Number One…’

April 25, 2009 16

First of all, happy ANZAC Day. It’s great to take some time to think about the young soldiers who have been sacrificed for our country, and the sadness of war – conflict, power, greed. I know that books and films have been beneficial to my knowledge and understanding of war, and of nationalism, patriotism (the genuine, the […]

Kirk Marshall’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #1

Kirk Marshall’s Literary Space – Emerging Writers’ Festival special #1

April 21, 2009 1

Kirk Marshall says… For my part – and in this forum for intimate, writerly expression – I’ve got to openly submit here to conceding that for the longest time I’ve resented the contention that a tactile, geographical environment impacts on the quality of an author’s work. I do, however, freely and cordially embrace the notion […]

Creative flaccidity

Creative flaccidity

April 4, 2009 11

It doesn’t happen often, but I’m feeling a bit that way today. And it’s frustrating. Because I only really have a few hours on the weekend to work on fiction. I tapped out about 1000 words of 90s novel, but they weren’t very inspired. They were limp and floppy. Hopefully next weekend will be better. […]

The silver set and the beautiful people

The silver set and the beautiful people

March 21, 2009 15

(Yes, I’ve changed the format of my titles, it’s not a boo-boo). I attended the Summer Read Awards at the State Library yesterday afternoon (winner I am Melba, Ann Blainey), and was still surprised (but shouldn’t be) to hear that most of the voters were of the silver set – and voted by snail mail […]

Let’s Have a Conversation

Let’s Have a Conversation

February 28, 2009 16

Good-weekend lit-lovelies, Check out the crowd in the reading room! You can view some more pictures from The Death Mook launch here. This was absolutely the highlight of my week. I had to have a few wines before reading to deal with the nerves, damn them, and because there was such a big crowd! Dion and Lisa […]

I’ve Joined the Twits, the Dead (or Undead) and More Festivals!

I’ve Joined the Twits, the Dead (or Undead) and More Festivals!

February 21, 2009 10

I’m spending my Saturday making bookmarks for the blog to give out at the Format Festival next month (as it’s a DIY festival, I thought crafty-collage-style bookmarks would be apt). They’ll be on different colour cardboards with words, little images I like, and gel-pen artwork! It’s so much fun – I haven’t done craft for […]