10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
CWA Hall

WORKSHOP - Fiction Fundamentals

This one-day intensive course with Emily Maguire provides an introduction to the elements of fiction including character, point of view, voice, setting and plot. Each element will be discussed using examples from contemporary and classic works of fiction and reinforced through short writing exercises.

By the end of the day you can expect to have a deeper understanding of the elements of fiction and a strong grasp on how they interact. You should also come away with lots of new ideas to apply to your own fiction writing.

This course is ideal for beginners and those wanting to kick-start a new project. You will get the most out of the discussions and exercises if you have a specific work-in-progress or idea for a novel or story.

Limited to 20 participants. Includes light lunch and afternoon tea.


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Emily Maguire is proudly sponsored by The Dairy Shed.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
House of Jules

WORKSHOP - A Thousand Words with Julie Sydenham

This workshop will give participants an insight into the illustration process; from initial inception through to final production. Drawing on Julie Sydenham’s experience as an illustrator, each person will be taken through the steps of drafting their ideas (storyboarding) character development, layout considerations, media choices, formats and provisions for text. Participants will need to bring along a short story (no more than 1,000 words) or a story synopsis.

Limited to 9 participants. All materials supplied. Light lunch provided.


FRIDAY 21 JUNE 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Tallwood Eatery

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tallwood Eatery

DINNER + PANEL - Historical Inspirations

Natasha Lester and Lauren Chater are bestselling authors of historical fiction who write stories with a modern resonance. They discuss what it is about setting stories in the past that draws them and how they uncover the rich detail that enriches their tales. Hosted by Pamela Cook.

Bar opens 6.30pm. Price includes two course dinner and complimentary glass of wine.



7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Milton Theatre

PANEL - Criminal Minds

What does go on inside the mind of a crime writer? Perhaps they are constantly murdering people in their sleep. Or maybe they trawl the internet for hours on end searching for the most despicable inspirations. Who better to ask than three of Australia's bestselling crime writers as they reveal what draws them to write crime, the dark and the funny, with Candice Fox, Michael Robotham and Christian White. Hosted by Meredith Jaffè.

Bar opens 7pm.


Candice Fox is proudly sponsored by Legacy Wills & Estates

Michael Robotham is proudly sponsored by The Old Schoolhouse