FIVE WRITERS ROAD TRIP SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 25 JULY - Tweed Heads
12:00-13:00 Southern Cross University Nick Earls and Samuel Wagan Watson Lecture
13.30-14:30 Tweed Library Ashley Hay and Craig Sherborne Talk and Q&A
18:00-20:00 Salt Bar ALL, hosted by Kingscliff Library Panel & games

 

 

SATURDAY 26 JULY - Lismore
10:30-11:00 Lismore Library Zacharey Jane Talk to kinders
11:00-12:00 Lismore Library Nick Earls Word Hunt talk
12:30-14:00 SCU Campus Bar Craig Sherborne, Samuel Wagan Watson, Panel & Q&A
Ashley Hay, Chair: Zacharey Jane
19:00 Tatts Hotel Craig Sherborne, Samuel Wagan Watson, Panel & games
Ashley Hay, Nick Earls, Zacharey Jane

SUNDAY 27 JULY – Coffs Harbour
14:00-15:00 SCU Campus Samuel Wagan Watson, Ashley Hay Workshop
19:00-21:00 Coastal Hotel ALL Panel & games

MONDAY 28 JULY – Coffs Harbour and Grafton
09:20-10:00 Coffs Harbour High Zacharey Jane Workshop Year 11
10:00-11:00 SCU campus Ashley Hay Lecture
11:00-12:00 Coffs Harbour Library Craig Sherborne, Angela Meyer Talk & Q&A
13:50-15:00 Grafton High Craig Sherborne, Angela Meyer, Ashley Hay, Talk & Q&A
Nick Earls, Samuel Wagan Watson
16:00-17:00 Grafton Library Nick Earls, Samuel Wagan Watson Talk & Q&A
19:00-20:00 Roches Family Hotel Craig Sherborne, Angela Meyer, Ashley Hay, Panel & games
Nick Earls, Samuel Wagan Watson

TUESDAY 29 JULY - Lennox Head
10:30-11:30 Lennox Head Library Nick Earls Word Hunt
11:30-12:30 Lennox Head Library Samuel Wagan Watson, Zacharey Jane Interview & Q&A
18:30-20:00 Club Lennox ALL, hosted by the Rotary and View Clubs Panel & games

 

JOHN WEILEY RETROSPECTIVE - AN EXPLORER IN FILM

Film screening and conversation with Kerry O’Brien

John Weiley is a pioneer, explorer, and a leader in Australian cinema. His films, which range from drama and comedy to art and science, have received worldwide acclaim (and some controversy) In 2002 he was invited to become a member of the Amercian Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – a rare honour for an Australian film maker.

This exclusive event includes a selection of clips from Weiley's work, from the early 1960's to the present, curated by Screenworks Chair Lois Randall. Audiences will be treated to classic cinema moments including performances from young Weiley with Germaine Greer in 1960s student films, Bryan Brown in the 1970's Third Person Plural, the Opera House in the long suppressed Autopsy on a Dream (made in 1968 and recently screened on ABC TV), the slapstick musical comedy Dimboola, the experimental “lesbian feminist psychodrama” Journey Among Women, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 1977, and the feature films Dead Easy and Coolangatta Gold. Weiley's Imax films, which he wrote, produced and directed, will also feature:  Antarctica, described by Hollywood Reporter as "jaw droppingly beautiful" (still one of Australia's highest grossing films); the creative 3D art film imagine!; the environmental feature The Edge;  and science feature Solarmax with spectacular time lapse and satellite images of the surface of the sun.

The screening will be followed by John Weiley in conversation with Kerry O'Brien, drawing out stories from the colourful chapters in the career of this extraordinary film maker who grew up in a grand old Grafton pub, attended school in Lismore, was a founding member of Screenworks and is a loyal supporter of the Byron Bay Writers Festival.  

Please note:  This film contains excerpts of a R+18 rated movie containing nudity and violence and as such it is recommended for adults only.

Sponsored by Northern Rivers Screenworks

locationCommunity Centre Theatre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
date and time7.00pm-8.30pm (Wednesday 30 July) ticket price$20

Conversations: Richard Fidler with Poe Ballantine

Join Richard Fidler for a recorded broadcast of his ABC Radio program Conversations. Richard’s guest is the gifted iconoclastic US author Poe Ballantine, best described by author Tom Robbins:
‘Poe Ballantine’s prose cuts right to the bone (the one that’s stuck in America’s throat), but manages to preserve not only the sweetest meat but the barbecue sauce, as well.  Mark Twain would have admired his wit, and had Oscar Wilde read him, he would have bought an old Ford pickup and moved to Nebraska the day he got out of the slammer, hoping that some of his style rubbed off on him.  A book without style is like a swan without feathers—it’s just another plucked chicken—but this new one of Ballantine’s
(Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere) is in its funky way majestic as it zigzags downstream. Poe Ballantine is the most soulful, insightful, funny, and altogether luminous “under-known” writer in America. He knocks my socks off, even when I’m barefoot.’

 

 

Byron Community Centre Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Baylocation
date and time5.00pm - 6.00pm (Friday 1 August) ticket price$10.00

An Evening with John Safran and Fr Bob Maguire Hosted by Jenny Burgess

Join two men who have made a difference – award-winning documentary maker and author John Safran and social activist, Catholic priest Father Bob Maguire in consecutive conversations with journalist Jenny Burgess, followed by a lively Q&A session with the popular co-hosts of Triple J’s Sunday Night with Safran. Relish John Safran’s provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other poignant social issues and the true story of the genesis of his first book, Murder in Mississippi that tells how he met a white supremacist and befriended his black killer. 

A man of passion, creativity and humour, Father Bob is part Billy Connolly, part angry Old Testament prophet and part compassionate Mother Theresa (he would hate this categorisation) – his story is told in Father Bob, The Larrikin Priest. The Father Bob Maguire Foundation is focused on growing social capital and supporting cohesive communities based on a philosophy of Care Without Borders.
John Safran photo credit Germain McMicking

 

 

locationLennox Head Cultural & Community Centre Cnr Mackney & Park Lanes, Lennox Head
date and time7.00pm - 8.15pm (Friday 1 August) ticket price$25

John Safran Murder in Mississippi Live on Stage

Saturday 2 August, 6.00pm– 7.00pm Safran John- web
Byron Community Centre Theatre Jonson Street, Byron Bay
Cost: $25  BOOK
MC: Mick O’Regan

This is the true story of how John Safran met a white supremacist, befriended his black killer and wrote a book.
If you were John Safran you might find yourself cruising American white supremacist websites one night only to stumble upon the news of the violent murder of a lifelong southern racist who you not only know personally but have been sued by. You would then get on a plane, live in Jackson, Mississippi for the best part of six months, plunge into FBI files, earn a killer's trust and write a true crime novel.
In this live event Safran will take you deeper into his time in the South, telling the story on stage with film and photography from his six-month immersion below the Mason Dixon Line.  Murder In Mississippi is a tale of race, poverty, incarceration and the cultural fault lines that have defined the South since they found themselves on the losing side of the Civil War. John Safran is Australia's peerless exponent of gonzo film-making and has added author to his bio with the release of his first book, a true crime novel, Murder in Mississippi.

Photo credit Germain McMicking

locationByron Community Centre Theatre, Jonson St Byron Bay
date and time6.00pm - 7.00pm (Saturday 2 August) ticket price$25

Richard Clapton in conversation with David Leser

Clapton Richard - webRichard Clapton is a much-loved legend of Australian music, the performer and songwriter of many iconic Australian hit songs including Deep Water, Best Years of Our Lives, Goodbye Tiger, Glory Road, Lucky Country, I am An Island, Trust Somebody, Capricorn Dancer and Girls on the Avenue. As a producer Richard worked on the second INXS album, Underneath the Colours, which saw the beginning of their rise to fame in the shape of their first two hit singles. He also joined The Party Boys for a period before resuming his solo career. Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane described Clapton as "one of the most important Australian songwriters".  In 1999 Clapton was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame. Clapton’s memoir, The Best Years of Our Lives, celebrates 40 years in the music industry. He is in conversation with award winning journalist and author, David Leser.

Photo credit Brendan Read 

locationByron Community Centre Theatre, Jonson St, Byron Bay
date and time8.00pm - 9.15pm (Saturday 2 August) ticket price$25

Screening of the acclaimed documentary: Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

(Directed by Dave Jannetta)
Introduced by Poe Ballantine

Orson Welles once said “I don't think history can possibly be true.” This is surely the case in the dozens of speculative accounts presented in Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere. In 2006, Steven Haataja, a brilliant mathematics professor in the isolated community of Chadron, Nebraska, disappears without a trace. When his body is discovered three months later, the cause of death sends the community reeling with questions, conspiracy theories and misplaced suspicions. As the unusual cast of characters inhabiting the town weighs in on Haataja’s final days, a vortex of esoteric theories, tawdry innuendos and illogical scenarios unravel. Celebrated author Poe Ballantine, whose acclaimed memoir inspired the film, leads us through the maze, offering insights into Chadron and his own life of wanderlust.
Love and Terror had its world premiere at the esteemed Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival earlier this year where it was screened to much acclaim.
Don't miss out on the first opportunity to see it in Australia at this special screening introduced by Poe Ballantine. More information on the film at: www.loveandterrorthemovie.com

Cavvanbah Room, upstairs at the Byron Community Centrelocation
date and time6.15pm - 8.00pm (Friday 1 August) ticket priceSOLD OUT

Liner Notes presents David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust

A Spoken Word Tribute

For the first time, the Festival turns up the volume as the literary cabaret Liner Notes hits town. One of Melbourne’s best-loved spoken word events, this is a poetic tribute to a classic album, song by song. A stellar line-up of writers, poets and musicians explore their personal connection to that glam ham of wham, bam and thank-you-ma’am – David Bowie. Join us as we salute Bowie’s masterpiece of Sturm und Drag, on which he introduced the world to the leper Messiah from outer space, Ziggy Stardust. Featuring special guests Andrew Denton, Missy Higgins, Andy Griffiths and Benjamin Law with Maxine Beneba-Clarke, Asphyxia, Omar Musa, Luka Lesson, Emilie Zoey Baker and Sean M Whelan.

MC Michael Nolan will deliver a potted history of Bowie and his flame-haired alter-ego, and the live Liner Notes band will rip through the hits like a stiletto caught on satin flares. Yes, they’ll likely take it all too far, but in their defence, boy can they play guitar...

Come for an unforgettable night of stories, spoken word and songs, as we celebrate a starman surely even Richard Dawkins believes in.

Sponsored by Christopher and Lynda Dean 

 

 

locationByron Community Centre Theatre, 69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay
date and time 8.00pm-10.30pm, including a 30 minute interval (Friday 1 August) ticket priceSOLD OUT

Australian Slam Champions on Heat

MC: Miles Merrill With Jesse John Brand, Maxine Benenba Clarke, Omar Musa and… you! It’s the Australian Poetry Slam, Byron Heat. With just two minutes each, local spoken-wordsmiths ignite the audience with poetry, hip hip, monologues, stories...whatever they can do with mind, mouth and mic. Judges are chosen from the audience. Top two scorers head to a NSW final in Sydney. Hosted by Miles Merrill with special guests Maxine Beneba Clarke and Australian Slam Champions Jesse John Brand (pictured below) and Omar Musa. No need to register interest before hand: simply turn up at 4.30pm, ready to roar. Win this heat and you’re on your way to Sydney to compete in the State Final. The national Australian Slam champion will publish a book with Pitt Street Poetry and tour to the China Bookworm International Literary Festival, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali, Sydney Writers’ Festival and return to Byron Writers Festival a published author. This slam is co-presented by Word Travels, Byron Bay Writers Festival and The Byron Bay Library. 
A GOLD coin donation at the library entrance will get you a ticket for the lucky door prizes.

Come on, give it your all: we want to hear your voice. All work presented must be of your own composition, written within the last 12 months. Fresh! For further rules and context, visit www.australianpoetryslam.com Two minutes that could change your life!

To get ready for the championship, book into Luka Lesson’s Performance Poetry Workshop.  

 

locationByron Bay Library, Lawson Street, Byron Bay
date and time5.00pm (Saturday 2 August) ticket priceFree, but booking recommended

War and Remembrance Mike Carlton and Geoff Dyer in conversation with Chris Hanley

Literary Dinner

Mike Carlton is one of Australia's icon broadcasters and journalists. His life-long passion for naval history is self-evident in Cruiser and in his most recent book, First Victory, which tells the stirring Naval story of the perilous opening months of the Great War. Geoff Dyer has been described by the Daily Telegraph (UK) as ‘Possibly the best living writer in Britain.’ His many books have been translated into 24 languages and include But Beautiful, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and The Missing of the Somme, which the Observer described as ‘The great Great War book of our time.' 

Join them as Chris Hanley leads a delicious dinner-time conversation and reflection upon war and remembrance, 100 years on.

Wine generously supplied by Red + White

Byron Beach Café Clarkes Beach, Lawson Street, Byron Baylocation
date and time6.30pm-9.00pm (Friday 1 August) ticket priceSOLD OUT

National Treasures Julian Burnside and Frank Moorhouse in conversation with Sian Prior

Literary Dinner

Julian Burnside, recipient of the 2014 Sydney Peace Prize, is a barrister specialising in human rights and commercial litigation. He is the author of Wordwatching, Watching Brief and On Privilege and is a National Trust Living Treasure. Throughout his illustrious career Frank Moorhouse has won every major national prize for novels, short stories, essays and film scripts. Best known for his Edith Campbell-Berry trilogy led by Grand Days, Frank was awarded the 2013 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Enjoy the freshest locally-sourced food as journalist, author and broadcaster Sian Prior hosts what promises to be one of the most engrossing conversations of the Festival.

Wine generously supplied by Robert Oatley Vineyards. 

 

 

locationFishheads Restaurant Jonson Street at Main Beach, Byron Bay 
date and time6.30pm - 9.00pm (Saturday 2 August) ticket priceSOLD OUT

Passage to India: Travelling the Spice Route with Christine Manfield

Literary Lunch
The Restaurant, Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

Christine Manfield in conversation with Simon Marnie
India is not a destination, it is an experience. Celebrated chef, author and gastronomic traveller Christine Manfield creates an exotic lunch embracing some of her favourite dishes from her extensive travels through India. Tasting India is her culinary story of the sub-continent garnered from many visits, myriad passionate cooks and their shared love of food. The recipes she collected along the way reflect the stories of countless mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sons of daughters, brothers, sisters and aunts, as told to her during her travels. Christine’s evocative menu will be overseen by the Byron at Byron’s head chef Gavin Hughes, and the journey interpreted by ABC broadcaster and committed foodie, Simon Marnie. Be transported in the resort’s sumptuous and spectacular rain forest setting.

Christine is an ambassador for Room to Read.

 

 

locationByron at Byron, Broken Head Road, Byron Bay
date and time12.00pm - 2.30pm (Sunday 3 August) ticket priceSOLD OUT

Writers at the Rails

Hosted by David Hallet and featuring Omar Musa and Christine Strelan
22nd Anniversary with invited readings and Poetry Slam

locationRailway Friendly Bar, Jonson Street, Byron Bay
date and time2pm  (Sunday 3 August) ticket priceFREE

They’re off and running!

Youth Day is introduced by Maddie & POSSUM, Co-hosts of POSSUM’S CLUB, Saturday Mornings on PRIME7
Sponsored by Prime7

possumclub_web possum_maddie_web
locationWomankind Marquee
date and time9.15am - 9.30am (Sunday 3 August) ticket priceIncluded in festival pass

Sally Rippin

 

locationWomankind Marquee
date and time9.30am - 10.00am (Sunday 3 August) ticket priceIncluded in festival pass

Mem Fox

 

locationWomankind Marquee
date and time10.10am - 10.40am (Sunday 3 August) ticket priceIncluded in festival pass

Asphyxia

 

locationWomankind Marquee
date and time10.50am - 11.20am (Sunday 3 August) ticket priceIncluded in festival pass

Tristan Bancks

 

locationWomankind Marquee
date and time11.30am - 12.00pm (Sunday 3 August) ticket priceIncluded in festival pass

Nick Earls

 

locationWomankind Marquee
date and time12.10pm - 12.40pm (Sunday 3 August) ticket priceIncluded in festival pass

Jesse Blackadder

 

locationWomankind Marquee
date and time12.50pm - 1.20pm (Sunday 3 August) ticket priceIncluded in festival pass

Andy Griffiths

 

locationWomankind Marquee
date and time1.30pm - 2.00pm (Sunday 3 August) ticket priceIncluded in festival pass

Download Full Program for 2014

Click on the link below to download an online version of the full festival program for 2014. 

Please note that this verison is not printable.

FULL PROGRAM

You will need a pdf viewer to view this file.
You can download the latest Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer here.

Faber Writing Academy Getting Published: Insiders reveal how to get your foot in the door

Annette Barlow, Publisher, Allen & Unwin. 

$120/$100*  SOLD OUT
Wednesday 30 July, 10am-4pm
Byron Community College, Jonson Street, Byron Bay East Point Arcade located in Jonson Street (across from Woolworths)

A one-day course offering aspiring writers the opportunity to find out what really goes on inside a publishing house, how publishers make their choices and how to improve one’s chances of publication. The program will include sessions on sure-fire proposals, editing your first page, opening chapters, how to write a great covering letter and the top 10 reasons manuscripts are rejected.

The day will include group sessions along with individual feedback – for this you are required to please send in the first two pages of your manuscript  (double-spaced, Times New Roman, Size 12) with your name, the title and the genre in the header or footer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 15 July.

Please note that Getting Published is targeted at participants who have manuscripts written for the adult market; either fiction or non-fiction.

Annette Barlow has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years and for over 10 years as a publisher. Annette is the publisher in charge of The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award. 

Flash Fiction

Angela Meyer
$100/$85*  BOOK
Wednesday 30 July, 10am-4pm
SAE Institute, 373 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay

Very short stories have been around a long time. Franz Kafka, Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway all have stories that can be read in a matter of minutes. Australian authors such as Rodney Hall, Josephine Rowe and Paddy O’Reilly have published very short stories. This form, of stories under 1000 words, is now commonly referred to as ‘flash fiction’. Other terms include ‘microfiction’ and ‘sudden fiction’. The publication of flash fiction in both print and online has expanded in recent years, as has the amount of competitions accepting flash fiction submissions.
Angela Meyer, whose debut collection of flash fiction Captives was released in May, provides an introduction to the form through lessons, examples, and activities. Angela will encourage you to delight in brevity, and allow you to experiment with notions of character, conflict and resolution, and evocation of place and mood, in few words. She will also show you how to polish your short pieces to make them the best they can be.

Read more: Flash Fiction

Writing the Story of My Life

Benjamin Law
$100/$85*  SOLD OUT
Wednesday 30 July, 10.00am-4.00pm
Byron Sports & Cultural Complex, Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay

If you’ve ever considered writing about your life – in columns, personal essays or as a memoir – but weren’t sure where (or how) to start, then join this in-depth exploration of writing the most important story you’ll ever tell: your own. Learn key techniques for writing about not only yourself, but the people, places, and experiences of your life in a way that remains true to memory and excites readers.
Learning Outcomes
• how to identify the elements of your life that are most interesting to readers
• how to refine and distill your storytelling voice
• how to find the comedy in tragedy, and tragedy in comedy
• how to stay on task and time-manage the epic task of writing your life on the page
• how to write over 15,000 words about your life in a single month – the start of a good memoir, or a collection of magazine columns

Read more: Writing the Story of My Life

Secrets of Travel Writing

Claire Scobie
$100/$85*  BOOK
Wednesday 30 July, 10.00am-4.00pm
Green Building Centre, 1 Brigantine St, Arts & Industry Park, Byron Bay
Please note that the Green Building Centre is upstairs and doesnt have disabled access. 


Blogs, online travel sites and social media have changed the game for professional travel writers. While writers for print media hone new skills to stand out among the virtual crowd, bloggers are learning the craft of traditional journalists. Meanwhile everyone is thinking about their brand, their content & their writers’ platform. But award-winning author Claire Scobie (Last Seen in Lhasa and The Pagoda Tree) emphasises that the aim remains the same: write compelling stories. 
This one day workshop will teach aspiring travel writers – or writing travellers – how to navigate through this new world. Whether you're writing for newspapers, magazines or online, you will learn how to craft an idea into a polished story and how to evoke a sense of place. We will also cover: the range of online options and how to build a following; the use of eye candy; how to hook your reader and how to pitch, revise and structure your work for different media. Filled with plenty of practical exercises, Claire will give you the tools to stay ahead of the game.

Read more: Secrets of Travel Writing

Writing for Children

Sally Rippin
$60/$50*  SOLD OUT
Thursday 31 July, 9.30am-12.30pm
Green Building Centre, 1 Brigantine St, Arts & Industry Park, Byron Bay
Please note that the Green Building Centre is upstairs and doesnt have disabled access.
 

Join prolific children's author Sally Rippin for a fun and practical workshop on writing for children aged 6-12 years. Discover what it takes to hook your young reader in, keep them turning the pages and make them fall in love with your characters. Find out how to write with authenticity by remembering who you were as a child, and make sure you target the right age-group for the story you want to tell.

Read more: Writing for Children

Writing & Place

Sophie Cunningham
$60/$50*   BOOK
Thursday 31 July, 9.30am-12.30pm
Byron Community College, East Point Arcade located in Jonson Street (across from Woolworths)

For most writers, 'where?' is the very first question they must ask themselves before they begin. A sense of place—of landscapes both external and internal—is everything, intrinsically linked to voice, story and character. But creating these textures is no easy task.  How do you write about places far away without falling back on travel writing? Why is writing about home the hardest thing of all? How can you use history to inform your sense of place? How do you write a place from the inside out? How does using place in fiction and nonfiction differ? This workshop will involve writing exercises, workshopping and discussion of these issues.

Read more: Writing & Place

Writing Imaginatively about the Past

Masterclass with Robin Hemley
$100  SOLD OUT
Thursday 31 July, 9.30am-12.30pm
SAE Institute, 373 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay

Few people have photographic memories or the aural equivalent, and so it’s a given that when we write about the past we’re going to be recreating and even recreating large swaths of experience.  Many writers approach this with trepidation — others pretend that they have full recall.  But we know better.  In this workshop, we’ll discuss the ways in which we must reinvent the past in order to be true to our experiences. 
Please submit up to 12 pages of double-spaced work about a past event (this may be part of a longer work), and while he might not choose your piece to discuss in this brief three-hour workshop, Robin will try to touch on issues that arise in your work, as well as the work of other workshop participants. 
Robin Hemley directs the Writing Program at Yale-NUS College in Singapore and is the author of eleven books of nonfiction and fiction. He is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and directed the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa from 2004-2013.

Read more: Writing Imaginatively about the Past

Getting the Crime “Right”

P.M. Newton
$100/$85*  BOOK 
Thursday 31 July, 10.00am-4.00pm
Byron Sports & Cultural Complex, Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay

For many writers getting the crime “right” is an intimidating prospect. This workshop will look at the opportunities that a crime provides. It can work as a framing device for the spine of the plot as well a way to develop character and setting. This workshop will explore three questions:
What would be needed to solve this crime? This involves thinking about the elements or legal proofs of the crime – clues, evidence, witnesses, physical material, alibis, motives, means etc? It requires a little research and assembling the ingredients.
How will my characters solve this crime? This involves making decisions about who knows what, who did what, who will discover what, and how they will discover it? We consider what obstacles the characters will face in solving the crime and how to weave the crime into a story and a plot.
Why tell the story of this crime? What does the choice of crime tell you about the characters, about the setting of the story? This involves thinking about the crime as more than just a plot device that pushes your characters around a chessboard. The crime should arise out of the characters and the place and be intrinsic to them.

 

Participants will need to select a crime novel of your choice - or you can use your own Work In Progress - and write a one sentence summary of the story. Then using no more than 6 bullet points, list the major plot points.

 

 

Read more: Getting the Crime “Right”

The Situation vs The Story: Getting to the heart of the matter in non fiction writing

Sian Prior
$60/$50*  SOLD OUT
Thursday 31 July, 1.30pm-4.30pm
Green Building Centre, 1 Brigantine St, Arts & Industry Park, Byron Bay
Please note that the Green Building Centre is upstairs and doesnt have disabled access.

If you want to craft an authentic, engaging piece of non-fiction writing, you need to do so much more than produce a faithful description of  ‘what happened’. But how do you find the ‘story’ at the heart of the ‘situation’ you’re exploring?
Leaving stuff out can be even more important than putting stuff in. Whether you call it finding an angle, offering an insight, or arriving at a poetic truth, it’s a task that requires structure, discipline, a clear voice and an empathy with your readers. In this workshop we’ll look at how to convert a bunch of facts into a gripping tale.
Sian Prior has been a writer and broadcaster for over twenty years. Her memoir, Shy, was published by Text in May. She teaches non-fiction and journalism at RMIT University and for writers centres around the country.

Read more: The Situation vs The Story: Getting to the heart of the matter in non fiction writing

Nature Writing

Inga Simpson
$60/$50*  BOOK
Thursday 31 July, 1.30pm-4.30pm
Byron Community College, East Point Arcade located in Jonson Street (across from Woolworths)

“When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world” ~ John Muir.

This workshop is ideal for fiction and non-fiction writers with a passion for the natural world, as well as professional writers in environmental fields.
You’ll focus on techniques for bringing landscapes, flora and fauna to life for your audience, including: evocative description, effective use of emotion, and the importance of story. You’ll also consider issues such as anthropomorphism, culture versus nature, and the challenges faced when writing with an environmental message.
The workshop uses a combination of instruction, inspiring examples of nature writing, practical writing exercises, and plenty of opportunity for group discussion. You’ll come away with a stronger understanding of nature writing – past and contemporary, Australian and international – and a practical toolkit for sharing your love of nature on the page.

Read more: Nature Writing

Schools dates 2014

Primary Schools Days

Tuesday 29 July
Murwillumbah Civic Hall 9.30am - 11.30am
Byron Sports & Cultural Complex Byron Bay  12.45pm - 2.45pm

Wednesday 31 July
Southern Cross University, Lismore  9.30am - 11.30am
Ballina RSL Auditorium 12.45pm - 2.45pm

Secondary Schools Day

Thursday 31 July at the Festival site, Bayshore Drive Byron Bay

PRINTABLE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS DAY

Northern Rivers Stories

Tristan Bancks, Diana Sweeney
Chair:  Jonathan Atkins

locationSCU Marquee
date and time9.45am - 10.30am (Thursday 31 July) ticket priceSchool students only

Tales from the Green Room: Surfers on Surfing

Gary ‘Kong’ Elkerton and Bob McTavish
Chair: Anneli Knight

locationMacquarie Marquee
date and time9.45am - 10.30am (Thursday 31 July) ticket priceSchool students only

Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

Poe Ballantine in conversation with Jim Hearn

locationSCU Marquee
date and time10.45am - 11.30am (Thursday 31 July) ticket priceSchool students only

Discovery: Travel, Curiosity and Wonder

Robyn Davidson, Claire Scobie
Chair: William Lane

locationMacquarie Marquee
date and time10.45am - 11.30am (Thursday 31 July) ticket priceSchool students only

Music and words with Darren Hanlon

with Anneli Knight 

locationNear the food marquee
date and time11.45am - 12.15pm (Thursday 1 August) ticket priceSchool students only

Bob Brown

in conversation with Mick O’Regan

locationSCU Marquee
date and time12.30pm - 1.30pm (Thursday 2 August) ticket priceSchool students only

Discovery: Sudden and Unexpected

Tasneem Chopra, Benjamin Law, Michelle Law
Chair: Janet Steele

locationSCU Marquee
date and time1.45pm - 2.30pm (Thursday 31 July) ticket priceSchool students only

Poets in Performance

Omar Musa and Luka Lesson 

locationMacquarie Marquee
date and time1.45pm - 2.30pm (Thursday 31 July) ticket priceSchool students only