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Fremantle Press at Perth Writers Festival 2014

January 28, 2014

Don’t miss meeting the makers behind your favourite Fremantle Press books at this year’s Perth Writers Festival. Here are some of the highlights.

CEO Jane Fraser said she looks forward to finding out what the audience wants to hear about when the entire Fremantle Press team takes to the stage for the Publishing Seminar.

‘I’m bringing everyone from the manuscript assessor, publishers, editor and designer to the whole sales and marketing team and an author,’ said Fraser.

‘If you’ve ever wanted to know what happens to a manuscript once it gets past the front desk, this is your chance,’ she said.

PUBLISHING SEMINAR: THE NOVEL APPROACH: THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Tracy Farr (The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt) is over the moon to be back at the University of Western Australia where she spent many years studying and working before moving to New Zealand.

‘It seems somehow right that this is my first festival as an invited guest – the first time I’ll be on stage rather than in the audience. UWA feels like home,’ said Farr.

‘In my writing workshop, I’ll explore the liberating power of writing what you don’t know; of leaping off the solid ground of real experiences and events, and shaping your true stories into narrative fiction.’

DW Wilson, Jordi Puntì and I will talk with Bruce Russell about our debut novels and the road to publication while Inga Simpson and I will talk with Liz Byrski about the artistic lives of the older characters in our debut novels, and we’ll discuss whether it’s ever too late to connect with our creative selves,’ said Farr.

LEAP OF FAITH: FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY
NOT ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS: SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY
TILL DEATH WE MAKE ART: SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY

Nandi Chinna (Swamp: Walking the Wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain) will feature alongside Fremantle Press poets Danijela Kambaskovic (Internal Monologues) and John Mateer (Emptiness: Asian Poems 1998–2012) in Poets Corner.

’I’m looking forward to a discussion with the other poets about history, place and poetics. I’m also looking forward to talking about walking, poetry and wetlands, and sharing some of the stories that have arisen from my ambulations through the swampy history of Perth’s disappeared (and disappearing) wetlands,’ said Chinna.

POETS CORNER: SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY

Sarah Drummond (Salt Story) says she’s looking forward to the juxtaposition between Anthony Lowenstein’s work and her own.

‘I’m writing about being a deckhand on a fishing boat whereas he’s writing about war zones. I am interested in finding the common ground between the two,’ said Drummond.

‘It’s also good to be in the Perth Writers Festival in the Great Southern program. It’s in my hometown of Albany where I’ve had such a lot of support. I’m looking forward to meeting some local aspiring authors in my workshop and having some great panel discussions about nonfiction and short stories with visiting authors,’ said Drummond.

EMBEDDED: SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY
PERTH WRITERS FESTIVAL IN THE GREAT SOUTHERN
GETTING YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT: MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY
FASHIONABLY SHORT: TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY
THE ART OF OBSERVATION: NONFICTION: TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY

Julienne van Loon (Harmless) said Buddhist mythology and Indigenous storytelling are the topic of a discussion between herself, Geordie Williamson and Alexis Wright (The Swan Book) on Sunday 23 February.

‘Later on the same day, I will talk through the challenges of short forms – novella, short story and flash fiction – with Annabel Smith, Ron Elliott and Angela Meyer. I’m chairing a panel discussion, ‘Of Beauty Rich and Rare’, focussing on the influence of the natural world in the work of three talented Australian fiction writers: Carrie Tiffany, Inga Simpson and Evie Wyld. I’ll also be in conversation with debut Canadian novelist DW Wilson, whose distinctive and confident novel Ballistics depicts characters in desperate circumstances in the Canadian rockies,’ said van Loon.

BALLISTICS: FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY
OF BEAUTY RICH AND RARE: FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY
SMALL AND PERFECTLY FORMED: SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY
MYTHIC BEINGS: SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY

Deb Fitzpatrick (The Amazing Spencer Gray) is the author who is going to make sure we ‘keep it real’ when she participates in the Fremantle Press ‘Meet the Press’ panel for the publishing seminar. Fitzpatrick is also thrilled to have two sessions for kids as part of the Schools Day.

‘In ‘Scarier, Darker, Faster!’ (ages 7–12) I will share how I get my stories off the ground. I’ll answer all your questions, including ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’, ‘Are you famous?’ and even ’Are you rich?’,’ said Fitzpatrick.

‘I am also running a writing workshop for older kids (ages 11–14). ‘Unleash your creativity’ aims to get young writers started, via a series of fun and whacky writing exercises,’ said Fitzpatrick.

PUBLISHING SEMINAR: THE NOVEL APPROACH: THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY
PERTH WRITERS FESTIVAL SCHOOLS DAY: SCARIER, DARKER, FASTER: THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY
UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY: SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY

Ron Elliott (Now Showing) said his three-hour screenwriting workshop will be covering the vital basics for anyone interested in this form of writing.

‘I have decades of experience in writing and directing for television as well as teaching Script Writing at Curtin University,’ said Elliott.

‘On Sunday the 23rd I will be part of the discussion called ‘Small and Perfectly Formed’. Led by Annabel Smith with myself, Julienne van Loon and Angela Meyer, the focus of the session will be the return of the novella,’ he said.

INTRODUCTION TO SCREEN WRITING: SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY
SMALL AND PERFECTLY FORMED: SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY

Alan Carter (Getting Warmer) said he will be discussing why WA is such an inspirational setting for crime fiction with David Whish-Wilson and Rob Schofield.

‘How do you come up with a bunch of characters you’d want to hang around with over several books? I’ll be conducting a writer’s workshop [on] some tricks of the trade for developing sustainable imaginary friendships,’ said Carter.

BOOMTOWN RATS: FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY
LONG-TERM IMAGINARY FRIENDS: SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY

Check out the Perth Writers Festival website for more information.