Program

 

 

Day 1
17 Nov 2017
Day 2
18 Nov 2017
Day 3
19 Nov 2017

Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction

Creative non-fiction is a broad, exciting genre that includes such popular sub-genres as memoir, personal essay, travel writing and much more. In this session you will learn about the different...
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Dr Lee Kofman

Writing Essentials and Developing Creative Practice

Award-winning writer Angela Savage will lead this practical introduction to creative writing.  This full-day masterclass will cover ways to develop a sustained and reflective writing practice, including revision and editing. ...
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Angela Savage

Sifting truth: Fiction vs (Creative) Non-Fiction – Exploring the Interrogative Possibilities of Genre

How do you decide what is the best genre for your writing and is fiction always made up? Is the world really made of polarities between right and wrong, and...
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Harriet Gaffney

The Creative Possibilities of Non-Fiction

Non-fiction writing can be as creative as fiction. Robert Gott has been a professional writer for more than 25 years and is the author of more than 90 books. This...
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Robert Gott

Finding the Funny in Memoir

Learn how to write the stories in your life in an amusing and entertaining way. In this three-hour masterclass you will learn how to start and structure your stories and...
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Margaret Linley

The Elements of Craft in Poetry

Judith Beveridge is a contemporary Australian poet, editor and academic. Join her for this special masterclass session and explore the fundamentals of poetry including line, voice, music, tone, image, and...
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Judith Beveridge

How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Publishing

Every writer dreams of being published and now it is easier than ever. This masterclass session will explore the options for writers in an interactive and fun environment, and will...
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Ruth Wykes
Ruth Wykes

Writing Non-Fiction for the Discerning Reader

Join bestselling non-fiction author Greg Pyers for tips and strategies on writing to inform, engage and intrigue an audience. Tailoring text to readership, using an appropriate voice and writing with...
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Greg Pyers

Turning Non-Fiction into Fiction

Real events and experiences are great sources for fictional writing. But how do you turn fact into fiction while staying true to real events? In this masterclass explore a range...
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Sue Lawson

Opening Night: Peter Carey – A Long Way from Home

The 2017 festival opening night sets the scene for an exploration of the intersection between fiction and non-fiction with a rare opportunity to meet and hear internationally-acclaimed multi-award winning Australian...
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Peter Carey

Please Explain

John Safran and Anna Broinowski have immersed themselves and reported in detail on Australia’s transition from left-leaning multiculturalism to the divided landscape in which we now find ourselves. They share...
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Lisa Waller
Anna Broinowski
John Safran

The Good Girl Stripped Bare: from bogan to boned and beyond

In her frank and funny ‘femoir’ – part memoir, part manifesto – Tracey Spicer recounts her journey from Brisbane ‘bogan’ to her dream role as national news anchor for a...
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Tracey Spicer

Reality Check: Sea-ing our Future

In her recent Quarterly Essay, The Long Goodbye, Anna Krien explores the psychology and politics of a warming world. She joins acclaimed scientist Tim Flannery who is investigating exciting new...
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Brett Bryan
Tim Flannery
Anna Krien

The Truth of the Matter: Exploring Creative Non-Fiction

Panel discussion with Lee Kofman, Alice Pung, Maria Tumarkin. Creative non-fiction is one of the fastest growing literary genres in its appeal to readers, writers and publishers alike. Audiences, it...
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Maria Tumarkin
Dr Lee Kofman
Alice Pung

Only: A Memoir

Caroline Baum has had a distinguished career in arts journalism and broadcasting working for the BBC, ABC radio and television, Vogue magazine (in the UK and Australia), and as founding...
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Caroline Baum
Angela Savage

Watching Out: reflections on justice and injustice

Noted barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside QC will discuss Watching Out, a successor volume to his best-selling Watching Brief. Referencing fascinating case studies, Julian explores the origins of...
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Sue Noonan
Julian Burnside QC

Songs that Strike a Chord

Panel Discussion with Neil Murray, Rob Snarski, Charles Jenkins. At a minimum, a song lyric is working if it connects to the listener on an emotional level. Join three of...
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Charles Jenkins
Andrew Nette
Neil Murray
Rob Snarski

Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea

Delivered on the banks of the Mainoru River by her two full-blood grandmothers, acclaimed author Marie Munkara was born with light skin which meant one thing – it would only...
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Harriet Gaffney
Marie Munkara

Writing an Icon

Frank Moorhouse is one of Australia’s most celebrated literary figures. Academic and writer Catharine Lumby is his biographer. In this session they will discuss both the pleasures and pitfalls of...
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Catharine Lumby
Frank Moorhouse
Maria Takolander

The Footy Ladies

Join biographer, writer and speaker Stephanie Asher as she discusses the journey to publishing the remarkable life story of Susan Alberti AC, The Footy Lady: The Trailblazing Story of Susan Alberti with...
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Stephanie Asher
Angela Pippos
Alicia Sometimes

Not Just a Bluff: Victory at Beersheba

Paul Daley and David Cameron in conversation This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Australian victory at Beersheba, secured by the Australian Light Horse — marking one of the...
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Paul Daley
Mark Beasley
David W. Cameron

Wordplay Powwow with David Astle

Join the wordplay wizard from Letters and Numbers, in one big alphabet party to celebrate David Astle’s new Gargantuan Book of Words. Ideal for late primary, this is a powwow...
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David Astle

Shaping the World: Readings and Spoken Word

Omar Musa, Penny Drysdale and Judith Beveridge in conversation with David McCooey. Meet and hear from three intriguing poets with diverging styles and works who nonetheless all draw inspiration from...
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Judith Beveridge
Penny Drysdale
David McCooey
Omar Musa

Burke and Wills: the triumph and tragedy of Australia’s most famous explorers

Peter FitzSimons is Australia’s best-selling non-fiction writer and through his storytelling, he ‘makes the skeletons dance.’ Join Peter as he reveals the stirring story of the ambitious quest of Burke...
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Peter FitzSimons

Good Government?

Panel discussion with Andrew P Street, Laura Tingle, Rebecca Huntley. Three of the nation’s most astute observers of Australia’s political scene; journalist, columnist Andrew P Street, political editor for The...
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Rebecca Huntley
Rebecca Huntley
Tony Wilson
Laura Tingle
Laura Tingle
Andrew P Street
Andrew P Street

Crossing the Line: Australia’s Secret History in the Timor Sea

With explosive new research and access to never-before-seen documents, Kim McGrath will discuss her powerful exposé of Australia’s secret agenda in the Timor Sea.  She will discuss her compelling story...
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Damien Kingsbury
Damien Kingsbury
Kim McGrath

The Great Debate – Fiction is just a fancy word for lying

The Great Debate is back with a more controversial and more intriguing topic than ever! From Plato to Eminem, debate has raged as to where the line lies in determining...
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David Astle
Margaret Linley
Angela Pippos
Tracey Spicer
Alicia Sometimes
Tony Wilson
Andrew P Street
Andrew P Street

Word for Word Up Late: Salon Session

In a Word for Word Festival first, we wrap up the Saturday program with a very special Salon Session featuring two of the nation’s most talented and distinctive songwriters and...
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Charles Jenkins
Rob Snarski

Writers on Writers

John Marsden and Alice Pung in conversation. In the Writers on Writers series, leading authors reflect on an Australian writer who has inspired and fascinated them. Award-winning writer Alice Pung...
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John Marsden
Sue Lawson
Alice Pung

The Vandemonian Wars

The Vandemonian War is an answer to posterity’s forgetfulness. This is the story of the war fought between the British Empire and the Aboriginal peoples of Van Diemen’s Land as...
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Paul Daley
Nick Brodie

Their Brilliant Careers: Telling Tall Tales

Shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award, Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers, is an hilarious novel in the guise of sixteen biographies of...
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Catharine Lumby
Ryan O’Neill

No Front Line

In an extraordinary investigation undertaken over ten years, Australia’s foremost investigative journalist goes deep into the heart of our Special Forces long war in Afghanistan. Giving voice to the soldiers,...
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Jennifer Martin
Dr Jennifer Martin
Chris Masters

On Death and Dying

Panel discussion with Leah Kaminsky, Steven Amsterdam, Rodney Syme. Formerly taboo conversations about death and dying have been encouraged by recent memoirs on the subject (including Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath...
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Steven Amsterdam
Harriet Gaffney
Leah Kaminsky
Dr Rodney Syme

Moral Panic 101: Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal

In 2016 the Safe Schools Program became the centre of an ideological firestorm. In his recent Quarterly Essay, writer and columnist Benjamin Law explores how and why this happened. Benjamin...
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Benjamin Law
Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Everyday Ethics

Every day our lives are punctuated by points of decision. Some of these decisions will be momentous, remembered for decades: most will go unnoticed, by us and by others. Yet...
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Dr Simon Longstaff
Matthew Sharpe

Things My Father Taught Me

Things My Father Taught Me is an intriguing collection of very different stories about how fathers have helped to shape lives and the profound impact fathers can have on their...
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Ann Peacock
Claire Halliday
Darryn Lyons

Choose Your Own Adventures

Businessman and owner of Yarraville’s Sun Theatre, Michael Smith, recently circumnavigated the globe in his tiny Searey amphibian aeroplane.  Adventurer, speaker, entrepreneur and environmentalist Huw Kingston completed a year long,...
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Robert Gott
Huw Kingston
Michael Smith

The Last Man In Europe

Political speechwriter and academic Dennis Glover’s debut novel, The Last Man in Europe, examines the life of George Orwell from 1936, through his fighting in Spain, to his death in...
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David Astle
Dennis Glover
Dennis Glover

Thirty Days: A Journey to the End of Love

In the days after his beloved wife of more than 30 years died of cancer only ten months after diagnosis, Mark Raphael Baker explored their life seeking understanding and a...
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Mark Raphael Baker
Tali Lavi
Tali Lavi

Listening In: Exploring Culture, Identity and Connection to Country

Panel Discussion with Kim Mahood, Aunty Fay Muir, Marie Munkara. Writer and artist Kim Mahood, author and academic Marie Munkara join local indigenous elder Aunty Fay Muir to discuss their...
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Kim Mahood
Aunty Fay Muir
Marie Munkara
Heather Threadgold
Heather Threadgold

Facing the Facts: Feminism, Faith and Finding Your Voice

In Fighting Hislam, Dr Susan Carland speaks with Muslim women about how they are making a stand for their gender, while holding fast to their faith. Jamila Rizvi’s Not Just...
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Dr Susan Carland
Jennifer Martin
Dr Jennifer Martin
Jamila Rizvi

Through these words we swoon, we dream, we fall in love

Join Classic FM favourite Christopher Lawrence as he discusses the human emotions as expressed by our greatest composers. He will take us on a journey through the listening experience, from...
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Christopher Lawrence
Christopher Lawrence
David McCooey

What to Say, How Much to Tell?

Acclaimed biographer Brenda Niall has turned her gaze to a personal subject—her fiercely independent and formidable grandmother, Aggie.  Academic and writer Caroline van de Pol has written the story of...
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Tali Lavi
Tali Lavi
Brenda Niall
Brenda Niall
Caroline van de Pol

Unbreakable: the Story of Jelena Dokic, In Her Words

Jelena has not told a soul her incredible, explosive story in full – until now. From war-torn Yugoslavia to Sydney to Wimbledon, Jelena will revisit her hellish ascent to becoming...
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Lisa Waller
Jelena Dokic