This week, I’ll be spending five days at the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) — my first-ever writing festival. Naturally, I’m pretty excited about it. I’m taking three days holiday from my full time job (and devoting two weekend days) to immerse myself in workshops and masterclasses on writing, editing and publishing, and to network with Brisbane’s literary community.
When I tell people this is the first time I’ll be attending the BWF, they’re usually surprised that I haven’t been before. So why haven’t I? Mainly because I haven’t been organised enough! In previous years, by the time I realised the festival was approaching, it was too late to organise time off work etc. Perhaps this year I’ve also been more focused on my writing and determined to become the best writer I can be.
The session I’m most looking forward to is 20 pages in 20 minutes. In this session, I’ll be receiving personalised feedback on Tangled (the first 20 pages and synopsis) from an editorial director of HarperCollins who focuses on contemporary teen fiction. Isn’t that awesome?! 😀
I had to apply for the session and was one of about 30 chosen from an ‘overwhelming number’ of applicants, so that’s exciting in itself. Plus, the editor’s area of expertise just so happens to be my exact genre. So I will be hanging off her every word on how I can improve my chances of publication with Tangled. I’m a bit nervous about what she’ll have to say, but I figure that’s only natural. I’ll keep you posted on the feedback I receive!
I’ll also be attending:
- Turning Where into Who: Character as Place
- Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards: Meet the 2011 Winners
- Festival First Night Networking Event
- Australian Writers’ Marketplace – Industry Masterclass
- Books to Box Office
- Writers on the Make
- Publishing in the Young Adult and Children’s Market
- The Digital Revolution: Who Pays?
- Meet Kate Morton
- First Time Around
I have no doubt that I’m going to learn an absolute truckload from all of those sessions, and of course, I plan to share the best bits with you! So, stay tuned… 🙂
How about you? Have you attended any writing workshops/events/seminars lately? If so, what did you get from it?