My first writers’ festival

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?! πŸ˜€

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:

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… πŸ™‚

How about you? Have you attended any writing workshops/events/seminarsΒ  lately? If so, what did you get from it?



Filed under Competitions, Professional development, Publishing, Writers, Writing, YA fiction

17 responses to “My first writers’ festival

  1. T.F.Walsh

    Sounds awesome… can’t wait to hear what you thought of it:)

  2. What a great opportunity! And how awesome that you got picked from an “overwhelming number of applicants”!!! I hope the editor is full of helpful tips and also says she wished to acquire your ms πŸ™‚

  3. I would give anything to get away and focus entirely on writing with other writers. Afraid that’s not happening soon. I do plan on going to the SCBWI Regional in Feb, so that’s something to look forward to.

    Have great workshops and classes. I look forward to hearing what happens.

  4. I’ve never been to any writing events, although I would love to. I’ll content myself with hearing all about yours.

    Very best of luck with your 20 pages session, hope you get lots out of it, and congratulations on being picked πŸ™‚

  5. Have fun fun fun – come back with a head full of info and mind full of fizzing ideas – looking foward to hearing all about it

  6. Enjoy the festival! Sounds like it will be really enlightening πŸ™‚

  7. Jen

    I am jealous, Cally! I tried to get leave to fly down to Brisbane for this, but couldn’t manage it. Damn day job! I’d love to hear how it goes, and whether or not I should put in for leave for next year!

    • That’s a shame you couldn’t get time off. Would’ve been great to meet you! I’ll definitely let you know how it goes so you can decide if it’s worth it for next year. πŸ™‚

  8. Sounds great Cally – have a super week!

  9. Wow! Congratulations on being chosen. Good luck!

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