So you want to be a writer. Bukowski said that if the words don’t “come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it”. We take a slightly more supportive approach: if the words don’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, seek help. Writing’s a craft to be honed, after all.
The folks at the Emerging Writers’ Festival seem to agree with us. The annual event, which takes place in Melbourne from June 14 to June 23, is a heady cocktail of panels, parties, launches and masterclasses designed to encourage, coax and refine the best writing out of those new to the trade.
The 2017 program has just been announced, and it’s a doozy. To help you wade through it, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite events, including – ahem – one we're speaking at. Oh, and we have some tickets to give away, too (details below).
National Writers’ Conference
The centrepiece of the festival is the National Writers’ Conference, which runs from Saturday 17 June to Sunday 18 June. It’s a chance to rub shoulders with successful writers from across the country, who’ll be discussing their perspectives on the industry and dissecting the art, craft and business of writing words for a living (or a passion). A one-day pass is $60, or $95 for the full weekend.
Crafting a good pitch can be the difference between turning your manuscript into an actual book, or having it languish unread in your desk drawer. The Pitching in Publishing masterclass is a full-day event covering everything you need to know about crafting the perfect pitch.
Want to know how to survive as a freelancer? Then come to the Freelancing for Life masterclass. Hosted by a slew of people who’ve made working for themselves work for themselves, the day-long event will cover the ins and outs of this precarious yet fulfilling occupation.
There’s no shortage of podcasts out there. But what separates your Serials and Radiolabs from your three-blokes-shooting-the-shit-into-a-laptop-mic? Find out at the Writers’ Night School: Podcasting class, hosted by podcaster Honor Eastly.
Writing is one thing, but what exactly does it take to become an editor? Come to the Industry Insiders: Emerging Editors event and find out. Presented by four editors from across the publishing field (including Smith's own Jo Walker), this session will provide you with everything you need to know about working on the other side of the page.
Great writing can inspire. But it can also trick you into thinking you’re the only one turning out purple prose. In truth, all writers write badly – until they don’t. In Bad Writing, seven writers read what they consider to be their worst works. The night promises to be funny, cringe-inducing, and a little enlightening.
We have five double passes to EWF events to give away (excluding the National Writers’ Conference and Writers’ Night School events). To enter, email your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org – and remember to tell us which event you wish to attend!
The Emerging Writers Festival takes place in Melbourne from 14 June – 23 June.