Writing Memoir with Goldie Alexander

    10am–4pm Saturday 13 September

    In this workshop, Goldie will guide participants through the process of writing a memoir. She will demonstrate and discuss writing techniques as they apply to memoirs, including research, characters, plotting, shaping your story, dialogue, endings, and editing. This workshop is ideal for the writer who has an idea for a memoir, has done a bit of research, but isn't sure how to get started.

    For full workshop details, visit our Upcoming Events page.

    ACT Writing and Publishing Awards now open!

    The closing date for the awards is 5pm Friday 19 September 2014. Winners will be announced at the 2014 ACT Writers Centre Annual Awards Night in December. 


    17th Annual Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award

    For an emerging ACT region writer (ie without a novel or a collection of short stories published or accepted for publication by a publisher with national distribution, at the closing date for submissions to the award. 
    More Information: The Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award


    Michael Thwaites Poetry Award

    For an emerging ACT region poet (ie without a collection of poems published or accepted for publication by a publisher with national distribution, at the closing date for submissions to the award. 
    More Information: The Michael Thwaites Poetry Award


    ACT Publishing Awards

    Recognising, rewarding and promoting writing by ACT region authors that has been published by small publishers or self-published. 
    More Information: The ACT Publishing Awards

    Sponsored by Paperchain Bookstore


    Information coming soon about the Z4 Review Writing Award and the Anne Edgeworth award.


Events & Workshops

Scott Baker

Seminar: Book Trailers that Buzz

11am–1pm Sunday 14 September

So you have a book that you want the world to know about? You’ve heard of book trailers, or maybe you’ve even seen one or two. In this talk, Scott Baker will look at what book trailers are and the different ways in which authors use them. He’ll talk you through the basic theories and concepts of creating a book trailer.

Scott Baker is a writer and film-maker who has recently returned from middle earth, working with Peter Jackson on his epic trilogy, ‘The Hobbit’. Scott grew up learning martial arts, reading fantasy novels and watching movies at every opportunity.  The Rule of Knowledge is Scott’s first novel. He is currently working on the development of two feature films and his second novel.

Jack Heath

Weaving Taut Plots with Jack Heath

10am–4pm Saturday 20 September

This workshop will show you how to set up and execute a shocking twist, how to develop character and setting without slowing down the story and how to build tension without straining credibility. By the end of the session, you should have completed three thrilling works of flash fiction, with at least one approaching publishable standard.

Jack Heath is the author of seven action-packed thrillers. He started writing his first book at age 13, found a publisher for it at 18 and now has fans all over the world. He's been shortlisted for Young Australian of the Year, the Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Award, two Aurealis Awards and the National Year of Reading 'Our Story' Collection.

Mark Tredinnick

The Rules for Paradise: a Masterclass on Grammar with Mark Tredinnick

10am–4pm Sunday September 21

What really goes on inside a sentence? What is your subject, and where is your verb, and what is its tense, and where is your modifier, and why does it matter? Where do you put the commas and why? Why are dashes and semicolons so misunderstood? When is it which and when is it then? How can you be sure your sentence is as sound and sassy as you’d like it to be?

Mark Tredinnick , acclaimed poet and author of The Little Red Writing Book, has been teaching grammar to writers for many years, drawing on what he learned as a book editor and writing teacher, and what he’s taught himself since as a writer.

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