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Five Emerging Writers’ Festival Events to Advance Your Career

Gain some valuable industry insights, learn to craft creative non-fiction or revisit the basics of writing.

Short n Sweet

This workshop teaches participants how to write compelling short stories. Author Alice Bishop will show you how to say more with less, stick to word counts and make the most of limited time and space to create. They say restriction breeds creativity, and this workshop will help you master that mantra.

Short n Sweet is on Thursday June 17 at Dandenong Library, 225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

4 x 4 Rules for Writing

In this candid panel discussion, four writers (Sisonke Msimang, Tony Birch, Elena Gomez and Claire G Coleman) share four rules they each follow (or break) during the writing process. There’s plenty of great pointers to help inspire your own creative process and learn how some of the pros work day-to-day. Plus it’s on Zoom, so you can always watch from bed.

4 x 4 Rules for Writing is on Saturday June 19 online from 9.45am to 10.45am.

Industry Insight

Presented in partnership with the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), this online discussion will tell you all you need to know about entering into the writing industry. Writing, and freelancing in particular, can feel isolating and many young writers feel like they don’t have a support network. Here, you’ll learn about your rights as a writer, how much can you expect to make from your words and how you go about advocating for yourself as a freelancer.

Industry Insight is on Monday June 21, online from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

Masterclass: Creative Non-Fiction

This full-day course will cover everything you need to know about writing creative non-fiction. Learn to tell stories through memoir, forge personal essays or create your own genre-bending narratives, all with the aim of telling the truth in an engaging way. You’ll learn about personal, ethical and stylistic decisions and barriers to consider, as well as what it takes to get the most out of your writing.

Masterclass: Creative Non-Fiction is on Tuesday June 22, online from 10am to 4pm.

Masterclass: Language and Writing

Another full-day course, this time covering the relationship between writing and language. You’ll learn how to write about other languages, incorporate foreign terms in a respectful and understandable manner and how to preserve language in modern literature.

Masterclass: Language and Writing is on Wednesday June 23, online from 10am to 4pm.

You can view the full 2021 Emerging Writers’ Festival Program here. There are plenty of events both in-person and online in 2021, so the festival is accessible to anyone.

Photography: Patrick Rodriguez

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