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Award-winning authors, industry professionals, writers and book lovers converge in Bundaberg for WriteFest 2017

WriteFest is a creative feast this year. With an impressive line-up of award-winning and best-selling authors, including acclaimed writer, novelist and human rights advocate Arnold Zable. WriteFest is one of the many exciting events on offer as part of Crush Festival 2017.

Zable’s keynote address The Power of Story, will take place at CQUniversity on Saturday 7 October and will tie together his roles as a widely respected author and recipient of the Voltaire Prize for human rights advocacy and the promotion of freedom of speech.

Following the keynote, Zable will join the panel, What You Dare Not Say, with Helena Pastor and Madonna Chesham, for an engaging examination of the power stories have to provoke, stir, and enthral, to explore uncomfortable subjects, and to speak the unspeakable.

Saturday afternoon offers four workshops. Author Aleesah Darlison will open the doorway to children’s writing with industry and genre guidelines, and author Edwina Shaw will show writers how to build suspense through structure and secret keeping. Helena Pastor will reveal how to give your memoir heart with valuable lessons, and Cindi Drennan of Illuminart will show storytellers how they can expand across media platforms through theatre, sculpture and virtual reality.

WriteFest continues on Sunday with four workshops, two masterclasses and an author book chat. Helena Pastor shares more of her skills through a song writing workshop, and author Amanda Hampson will inspire by sharing the process and journey of writing a historical novel. Edwina Shaw has insider tricks to make your dialogue sing, and if you missed Cindi Drennan’s Transmedia Storytelling workshop on Saturday it is on again Sunday morning.

Want something more intensive? Two masterclasses will run from 9 till 4 on Sunday. What is the best way to tell and structure your story? Should it be fiction or non-fiction? Novel or memoir? Arnold Zable will unravel the answers to these questions through scene construction, place and character. His masterclass will develop your idea into fruition through discussion, feedback and writing exercises. What if you already have a story written but want to flesh it out and bring the characters to life? Rachel Bailey’s interactive masterclass focuses on the creation of complex and original characters. The writing exercises and worksheets will give you the opportunity to apply the learnings to your work-in-progress.

“From the funny and family-friendly author talk with Aleesah Darlison and the mind-and-body bending workshop on dialogue with Edwina Shaw, to our outdoor Text as Art exhibition along Bourbong Street, and Zable’s timely address on the humanity of storytelling, this year’s WriteFest has something for everyone who loves a story,” Ms Pisani said.

Writers in the Regions is a free book chat that will share insight into the writing and stories of three local authors, J.L. Addicoat, Kathryn Apel and Sandy Curtis. Lunch can be enjoyed during the café style panel while the authors share their inspirations, writing journey and answer questions about being a published author.

When you arrive at WriteFest you’ll find they’re a friendly bunch with coffee and cake on hand to nourish the travellers, and encouragement for first time attendees. Have a punt in the book raffle, check out the book shop, and enjoy meeting like-minded folk.

Crush Festival is a Bundaberg Regional Council event managed by Creative Regions and supported by Tourism and Events Queensland.

For further information on the program and tickets to Crush Festival, please visit


Event starts
Saturday 7 October, 2017
Event Ends
Sunday 8 October, 2017
CQUniversity Bundaberg
Venue Address
University Dr

Queensland, Bungundarra

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