Haiku Poetry with Craig Lincoln
8.30am-9.15am in the Austral Room
Crime fiction with Robin Hillard
9.30am till 10.15am in the Studio Room
Robin grew up in the Western Australian goldfields and has spent many years living in provincial cities and country towns of varying sizes during a career spent teaching in Australia,England, and Canada. She has now settled, with her husband, in Toowoomba, also known as the “Garden City” of Queensland. It is well served with antique shops, and these provided the inspiration for the problems that bedevil the customers and staff of Archie’s Antiques.
Toowoomba also provides the basis for the Australian town of Ridgeway, the setting for Robin’s mystery novel Ridgeway Murder mysteries originally appeared in the ezine Bonzer! and Robin was very fortunate to have them picked up by Cyberworld Publishing, where they were first presented as ebooks then collected into a paperback edition.
11am till 12 midday in the Studio RoomFinding Your Tribe: Marketing your Author Brand with Qld Writers' Centre
Write & Publish a Memoir with Karen Tyrrell
12 midday till 12.45pm in the Studio Room
Write & Publish a Memoir Workshop
Join award winning author teacher Karen Tyrrell as she share her pro-active steps in writing and publishing a memoir. Karen will guide you on how to write the story of your life, to hook in your reader and inspire the world. Karen will share secrets on writing a strong opening page, a powerful emotive voice and a cinematic story.
Karen has published five books including two successful memoirs: Me & Her: A Memoir of Madness and Me & Him: a Guide to Recovery winning two awards, three grants, a mentorship with the Society of Editors and *5 STAR reviews.
Writing a Novel with Sally Breen (Griffith University/Harper Collins)
1pm-2pm in the Austral room
Sally Breen is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, her short form work has appeared in many national and international journals and papers including Review of Australian Fiction, Best Australian Stories, the Age, the Australian and Griffith Review.
In 2010 she won the Varuna Harper Collins manuscript prize for her memoir THE CASUALS released in 2011
THE CASUALS is the story of the life and times of one young woman’s journey through the last two decades of the 20th century; from her pop-fuelled adolescence in the 1980s to a full-blown grunge ride in the 1990s, Sally Breen is the girl your mother warned you about. A charged and heady exploration of sex, drugs and pop culture, it is also a meditation on loss, death and grief as the author struggles to reconcile her place in a chaotic world. Sally Breen gives voice to her generation; those somehow smashed in between all the Xers and Ys – maybe lost, maybe beat, but most of all casual.
Writing for Children with Yvonne Winer
2-3pm in the Studio Room