2017 Program

Festival Workshop Series

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Festival Workshop Series

For full access to some of the festival’s top writing talents, immerse yourself in the Festival Workshop Series to gain friendly tips and practical experience, whatever your writing passion may be. Bookings essential.

Festival Workshop Series

Self Publishing in the Digital Age

Friday | 2 June | 9:30am-11am

Venue: South Regional TAFE
Sponsors: Ingram Content Group & Pick-a-WooWoo Publishing Group
Facilitators: Debbie Lee and Julie-Ann Harper

Cost: $20




Join Debbie Lee from Ingram Content Group and Julie-Ann Harper from Pick-a-WooWoo Publishing Group as they facilitate an information session on the latest options for authors who wish to self-publish their books.
Topics include:
Self publishing, shifting the focus from publisher to writer; the world of digital publishing and print on demand; Ingram, the top digital print on demand and distribution platform worldwide; How to get your manuscript print ready; Oops, blunders and common mistakes of self-publishers; Developing an Author Platform and the all-important marketing plan; Why Metadata matters in a digital environment; Creating bestsellers, fluke or flair.

Festival Workshop Series

Pitch to Margaret River Press

Friday | 2 June | 1:30pm-3pm

Venue: South Regional TAFE  |  Sponsor: Margaret River Press

Bookings essential – limited to eight manuscripts.
Cost: $100




At this session you will receive feedback that covers pace, writing style, structure, characters and next step towards publication.

Open to creative adult fiction writers, poets and short story writers.

Writers in the above categories must meet at least two of the following criteria:
(i) has been a member of a writing group for at least two years
(ii) had a story published online, in a magazine or journal
(iii) attended a writing workshop.
Creative adult fiction writers to submit no more than eight thousand words, a short bio and a detailed synopsis.
Poets to submit ten poems, a short bio and a synopsis.
Short story writers to submit three stories of no more than than six thousand words, a short bio and a detailed synopsis.

All manuscripts must be submitted by Friday, April 28th to info@margaretriverpress.com Late submissions will not be accepted. Each participant will receive feedback in a 10 minute session.


Festival Workshop Series

Picture Book Illustration

Saturday | 3 June | 9.30am-11am

Venue: South Regional TAFE  |  Sponsor: South Regional TAFE
Join award winning children’s author and illustrator James Foley as he explains what goes into illustrating a story, including the techniques that are used and the secrets of character design. You will then get to try your hand at illustration.

Cost: $50 |  Arts Hub Member: $45

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Festival Workshop Series

Surf & Travel Writing

Saturday | 3 June | 11:30am-1pm

Venue: South Regional TAFE   |  Sponsor: Mainbreak Travel Margaret River
Learn how to capture your surfing and travel stories with biographer, author and editor Tim Baker as he introduces exercises to get you started and explains the processes of writing and editing, whether it be for publication or pleasure.

Cost: $50 |  Arts Hub Member: $45

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Festival Workshop Series

SLAM Poetry

Saturday | 3 June | 1:30pm-3pm

Venue: South Regional TAFE   |  Sponsor: Perth SLAM
Join Allan Boyd from Perth SLAM in this hands-on and practical workshop to learn how to share your story and get your message across. Discover how to write and perform your words with crowd-pleasing confidence then put it into practice in the Margies SLAM on Sunday.

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Festival Workshop Series

Juicy Writing

Sunday | 4 June | 9.30am-11am

Venue: South Regional TAFE   |  Sponsor: Yalgardup Creek Accomodation
In this workshop with Brigid Lowry you will be guided through a number of creative exercises designed to improve your writing. It is suitable for writers of all ages and stages, providing inspiration, information and insight in a playful yet purposeful way.

Cost: $50 |  Arts Hub Member: $45





Festival Workshop Series

A Garam Masala God

Sunday | 4 June | 11:30am-1pm

Venue: South Regional TAFE   |  Sponsor: The Good Olive
In this workshop Sarina Lewis will take you on a guided tour of what makes food writing original, captivating and deeply personal. Discover your own ‘food language’, how to understand that language, and how to create a fertile environment that seeds inspiration.

Cost: $50 |  Arts Hub Member: $45

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Beautifully Mad Song Writing

Sunday | 4 June 11.30am–12.30pm

Venue: Cultural Centre Storytelling Tent Sponsor: Chic Rustique
Join Tony King, 2009 Australian Songwriter of the Year for a free song writing workshop for Under 25’s. Over his 25 year career, Tony has composed music for many hundreds of hours of television, including drama, children’s animation, documentaries, and feature films. With a background in blues, folk and jazz, Tony will guide you on your song writing journey to explore the art of storytelling through music. Bookings essential.

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Useful information

The Margaret River Cultural Centre is the main venue for the Readers and Writers Festival. Many of our exciting feature events and workshops are held at a number of locations in and around Margaret River.



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The 2017 Festival Program explores the art of storytelling in many forms and illustrates the importance of literature, discussion and critical thinking in shaping lives and perspectives.

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