Margaret River Readers and Writers

2018 Program

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Festival Workshops

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

Festival Workshop

Global Book Distribution

Friday | 1 June | 9:30am-11am

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

After a sell-out workshop at last year’s festival, IngramSpark and Pick-a-Woo-Woo Publishing join us again to show self-published authors how to plug in to one of the industry’s largest global book distribution networks – so your book can be readily available online, in-store and around the world.
Cost: $25 (Bookings essential)


Festival Workshop

Everything You Need to Know About Publishing

Friday | 1 June | 4pm-5pm

Venue: South Regional TAFE  |  Sponsor: Margaret River Press

Join the Director of Margaret River Press, Caroline Wood, for an interactive session on Everything You Need to Know About Publishing. How do you get started? How do you overcome the obstacles? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

Cost: $25 (Bookings essential)


Festival Workshop

Creative Writing with A.S. Patric

Saturday | 2 June | 9.30am-12:30m

Venue: South Regional TAFE  |  Sponsor: South Regional TAFE
Here is your chance to learn creative writing from a Miles Franklin award-winning author. Don’t miss out on this workshop with A.S. Patric who will work with you to kick start your creative writing with confidence, stucture and passion.

Cost: $80 (Bookings essential)

Festival Workshop

Drawing a Story

Saturday | 2 June | 12:30pm-2pm

Venue: South Regional TAFE   |  Sponsor: Summerstar Tourist Parks
Join illustrator, designer and creative director Chris Nixon for a fun, creative and hands-on session to start you on your drawing journey. Whether you want to illustrate your story for a book, art or other media, Chris will provide you with tips and techniques to get you going.

Cost: $50 (Bookings essential)


Festival Workshop Series

Write to Speak with Perth SLAM

Saturday | 2 June | 2:30pm-4:30pm

Venue: South Regional TAFE   |  Sponsor: Perth SLAM
Join Allan Boyd from Perth SLAM in this hands-on workshop where you can discover how to write your story and perform your words with crowd-pleasing confidence. Show off your skills in the Margies Poetry SLAM on Sunday.

FREE (Bookings essential)

Festival Workshop

Writing Crime Fiction

Sunday | 3 June | 9.30am-11am

Venue: Margaret River Distilling Co.   |  Sponsor: Margaret River Distilling Co.
Join award-winning crime thriller author Garry Disher for an introductory workshop on creating gripping crime fiction. If you have a passion for writing and an interest in the darker side of creativity, this workshop is for you.

Cost: $35 |  $30 Arts Hub member  (Bookings essential)


Festival Workshop

Creating Complex Characters

Sunday | 3 June | 3pm-4:30pm

Venue: South Regional TAFE   |  Sponsor: Bettenays Margaret River
This workshop with Miles Franklin award-winning author Josephine Wilson will show you strategies for creating complex, well developed characters covering idea generation, background stories, motives, personality and voice.

Cost: $50 (Bookings essential)


Useful information

The 2018 Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival will be based at Voyager Estate in a once-off celebration of storytelling. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the picturesque surroundings while also making the most of Feature Events and Workshops at other festival venues in and around Margaret River.



For more information about festival venues, please click on the link below.

Festival Venues

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The 2018 Festival Program explores the stories that shape our lives and celebrates the importance of literature and storytelling in changing perspectives and creating change.

Find out about other Events and Talks in the 2018 Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival