Program

 
Day 1
16 Nov 2018
Day 2
17 Nov 2018
Day 3
18 Nov 2018

Greg Pyers – What fact means for fiction

Join prolific writer Greg Pyers for insights into how an examination of non-fiction can improve your craft, making the best...
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Greg Pyers

David Astle – Rewording the brain

Interested in the nuts and bolts of writing? Word nerd David Astle teaches the science behind word choice, the tricks...
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David Astle

Toni Jordan – Introduction to editing your own work

How do you improve your work once it’s on the page? Melbourne-based novelist Toni Jordan covers a range of self-editing...
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Toni Jordon

Lee Kofman – Writing the self in non-fiction

Writing teacher and mentor Lee Kofman tackles the ‘I’ of non-fiction and how to stay true to your narrator-self. Adult...
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Lee Kofman

Jo Case – Memoir Writing Essentials

How do you tell your own story? Writer and editor Jo Case takes you step by step through what you...
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Jo Case

Bonny Cassidy – Ekphrasis

Learn firsthand the art of description from renowned poet Bonny Cassidy. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on...
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Bonny Cassidy

Opening Night: Helen Garner in Conversation

Word for Word 2018 Opening Night features critically acclaimed author Helen Garner in conversation with Deakin University’s Associate Professor Maria...
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Maria Takolander
Helen Garner

Peter Cochrane – Best We Forget: The War for White Australia

Renowned historian and award-winner Peter Cochrane, in conversation with Deakin’s own Bart Ziino, illuminates Australia’s historical racism and how these...
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Bart Ziino
Peter Cochrane

Anita Heiss – Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

This powerful anthology compiled by Anita Heiss hands a microphone to diverse voices as they testify their personal and honest...
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Anita Heiss

Hugh Mackay – Australia Reimagined

Australia’s leading social researcher Hugh Mackay takes an unflinching look at income equality and social disparity, offering some compelling proposals...
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Hugh Mackay

Sonya Voumard – Skin in the Game

Journalist and author Sonya Voumard offers her professional take on the nonfiction genre, from memoir to interview, from pleasure to...
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Sonya Voumard
Astrid Edwards

Gillian Triggs – Speaking Up

Join indomitable advocate of human rights Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs in conversation with Deakin University’s Associate Professor Lisa Waller at...
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Lisa Waller
Gillian Triggs

Tim Flannery – Europe: A Natural History

Europe is the cultural engine of the world, a diverse continent full of surprises. In Europe: A Natural History, Australia’s...
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Tim Flannery

Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre – Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats

Hailed as  “one of the most uniquely international looks at pulp fiction and staggeringly good” editors Andrew Nette and Iain...
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Andrew Nette
Iain McIntyre
Robert Gott

Majok Tulba and Emma Adams – Refuge

Coming from two unique perspectives, Majok Tulba and Emma Adams shine a light into detention, condemning Australia’s treatment of asylum...
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Majok Tulba
Sue Lawson
Emma Adams

Kon Karapanagiotidis – The Power of Hope

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Kon Karapanagiotidis, CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, in conversation with...
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Tresa LeClerc
Kon Karapanagiotidis

Bob Carr – Run for Your Life

Since leaving politics, former NSW Premier and Australian Foreign Minister Professor the Hon Bob Carr has led a distinguished career...
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Damien Kingsbury
Bob Carr

Ellen Broad and Toby Walsh – AI: The Rise of the Machines

Hear from the experts: Professor Toby Walsh, data ethics guru Ellen Broad, and UX designer and Codeacious founder Ian Priddle...
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Toby Walsh
Ian Priddle
Ellen Broad

Panel Discussion – The Next Wave: Women Writers Today

Despite ongoing challenges, women writers keep going, fuelled by new opportunities such as The Stella Prize. In this panel, join...
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Sonya Voumard
Angela Savage
Toni Jordon
Anita Heiss

Clementine Ford – Boys will be Boys

Instead of teaching your daughter to be safe, teach your son not to threaten her. Uncompromising feminist Clementine Ford tackles...
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Camilla Nelson
Clementine Ford

Peter Phelps – The Bulldog Track

Join award-winning Australian actor and writer Peter Phelps as he shares with Andrew Nette his insight into the mateship, resilience,...
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Peter Phelps
Andrew Nette

Vikki Petraitis and Robin Bowles – Truth is Stranger than Fiction

Leading true crime writers Vikki Petraitis, Robin Bowles (Australia’s True Crime Queen), and Clan Destine Press founder Lindy Cameron make...
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Vikki Petraitis
Lindy Cameron
Robin Bowles

Christopher Lawrence and Michael Atherton – The Meaning of Music

Poet, sound artist, and Geelong’s own David McCooey joins Australian musicians Christopher Lawrence and Michael Atherton to muse on the...
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David McCooey
Christopher Lawrence
Michael Atherton

Mikey Robins – Seven Deadly Sins and One Very Naughty Fruit

Join beloved Australian comedian Mikey Robins for an irreverent romp through the history of food via the Seven Deadly Sins. In...
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Mikey Robins
Margaret Linley

Clare Wright – You Daughters of Freedom

Writers Victoria Director Angela Savage hosts ground-breaking historian Clare Wright as she speaks on the inspirational role of Australia’s suffrage...
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Clare Wright
Angela Savage

Meg Mundell and Robert Hillman – The Ghost Writer

Deakin University research fellow Dr Meg Mundell and prolific biographer and author, Robert Hillman debate the demanding ethics of ghost-writing...
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Matthew Ricketson
Meg Mundell
Robert Hillman

Panel discussion – Holding Our Ground

Join Geelong AFLW player Phoebe McWilliams, Geelong Cats Board Member Diana Taylor, acclaimed sports journalist Angela Pippos, and AFL broadcaster...
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Diana Taylor
Angela Pippos
Phoebe McWilliams
Sam Lane
Nicole Hayes

The Great Debate

The Novel is Dead: Long Live the Novel! Are novels ‘alive’ compared to television, social media and fan-fiction? In our...
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Mikey Robins
Angela Pippos
Vikki Petraitis
Margaret Linley
Robert Gott
Sean Dooley
David Astle

Kerry O’Brien – A Memoir

Six-time Walkley Award winner and ABC paragon Kerry O’Brien will discuss in conversation with Matthew Ricketson his intimate and ground-breaking...
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Matthew Ricketson
Kerry O’Brien

Chloe Hooper – The Arsonist

Black Saturday consumed over one million acres of Australian land. In conversation with Lisa Waller from Deakin University, Chloe Hooper...
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Lisa Waller
Chloe Hooper

Billy Griffiths – Deep Time Dreaming

Dr Billy Griffiths discusses with Writers Victoria’s Harriet Gaffney the deep Aboriginal history of our settler nation and investigates a...
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Billy Griffiths
Harriet Gaffney

Panel Discussion – Dangerous Ideas About Mothers

Listen in as host Lee Kofman, together with academics and experts Anne Manne, Camilla Nelson and Rachel Robertson tackle big...
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Camilla Nelson
Anne Manne
Lee Kofman

George Megalogenis – The Football Solution

Walkley Award winner George Megalogenis uses the nation’s obsession with sport as a vehicle to discuss society and culture, politics,...
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George Megalogenis
Cheryl Critchley

Marcia Langton – Welcome to Country

In conversation with Deakin University’s Professor Liz Cameron, one of Australia’s most important voices for Indigenous Australia, Professor Marcia Langton...
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Marcia Langton
Liz Cameron

Rachael Brown and Maryrose Cuskelly – Cold Hearts

Join host Astrid Edwards from The Garret podcast, as Walkley Award winning journalist Rachael Brown (Trace) debates with Maryrose Cuskelly...
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Astrid Edwards
Maryrose Cuskelly
Rachael Brown

Peter Mares and Gabrielle Chan – The Great Australian Dream?

In this unique double feature, join long-term political correspondent Gabrielle Chan and ABC Radio National’s Peter Mares as they discuss...
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Bernadette Nunn
Peter Mares
Gabrielle Chan

Eddie Ayres – Sonam and the Silence

Free Event! Read along with the author: In this interactive children’s picture-book reading for the little ones, Eddie Ayres presents...
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Eddie Ayres

Robert Manne – On Borrowed Time

Emeritus Professor Robert Manne responds to former journalist and academic Matthew Ricketson and answers the personal and political questions raised...
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Matthew Ricketson
Robert Manne

Gabbie Stroud – Teacher

Former primary teacher Gabbie Stroud speaks out about the dedicated teachers let down by a failing educations system in conversation...
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Gabbie Stroud
Sue Lawson

Jessie Cole and Rick Morton – Despite the Dark

In this harrowing, down-to-earth discussion, critically acclaimed author Jessie Cole, and social affairs reporter Rick Morton dissect and discuss the...
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Rick Morton
Jessie Cole
Jo Case

Eddie Ayres – Danger Music

Hear writer and Classic FM favourite Eddie Ayres in conversation with Harriet Gaffney on the deep influence of music in...
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Harriet Gaffney
Eddie Ayres

William McInnes – Fatherhood

Larrikin storyteller William McInnes divulges hilarious and poignant insights into his latest memoir, a potent recollection of family and parenthood....
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William McInnes

Helen McGrath and Cheryl Critchley – The Mind Behind the Crime

In conversation with Jennifer Kloester, investigative journalist Cheryl Critchley and psychologist Professor Helen McGrath take a scalpel to the inner...
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Helen McGrath
Jennifer Kloester
Cheryl Critchley

Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan – Mirka & Georges: A Culinary Affair

For the first time in Geelong, Heide Museum of Modern Art’s Kendrah Morgan and Lesley Harding discuss with Charlotte Guest...
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Kendrah Morgan
Lesley Harding
Charlotte Guest

Bad Diaries Salon

In a Word for Word Festival first, we wrap up this year’s Festival with a very special event. The Bad...
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William McInnes
Sue Lawson
Jo Case
Joel Carnegie
Jenny Ackland