Self-Publishing Series: Preface

So, you’ve finished your manuscript. The very first thing you need to do is also the most important: celebrate! Huzzah! Whether you publish it or not, finishing a manuscript is a remarkable achievement comprised of 50% caffeine, 50% dogged “ye shall not defeat me” tenacity, and 50% screaming frustration. It’s one thing to have a […]

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Post-Brisbane Writers Festival 2017

Well, that was fantastic. There’s something exhilarating about being behind the scenes of an enormous event, seeing the cogs and dramas behind the smooth presentations. Fortunately 2017 was a relatively drama-less year with the exception of a few walk-outs and one small fire (literal, not figurative), and some visitors called it “the best BWF ever!” […]

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Why We Need Writers Festivals

In workshops this week, I asked my students why they should attend Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF). It was a sad attempt at some sneaky reverse psychology, because I had been vaunting BWF for weeks, and now I wanted the validation of them telling me how keen they were for the festival. It backfired, as reverse […]

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