An all-star line-up of guests will join Fremantle Press CEO Jane Fraser, Publisher Georgia Richter and Marketing and Communications Manager Claire Miller for an afternoon designed to introduce new and emerging writers to the business side of being a professional writer.
Taking place on Saturday 23 February at Perth Writers Week, The Business of Being a Writer will focus on where to find the money to write books, how to raise your author profile and writing for multiple mediums.
CEO Jane Fraser said the seminar was a wonderful opportunity for local Western Australian writers to meet and learn from colleagues and industry professionals hailing from both Western Australia and the Eastern States.
Fraser said, ‘We have a great line-up of bestselling and award-winning authors Liz Byrski, Gail Jones and Alice Nelson, as well as Australia Council Director of Literature Wenona Byrne, Hancock Creative social media mentor Lisa Shearon, Small Press Network General Manager Tim Coronel, award-winning screen director Alison James, Black Swan State Theatre Company Literary Director Polly Low and Red Room Poetry Director Tamryn Bennett. There will be three informative and unique sessions designed to give authors an overview of the opportunities available to them to help kick-start their careers as professional writers.’
The first panel will highlight which literary awards, grants and residencies are available for authors to apply for. Panel two will focus on the tools authors need to develop an author profile through networking and social media as well as how to get media-ready. A final panel will take participants beyond books into the world of stage plays, screenplays, merchandise and inventive ways to get work out into the world.
The Business of Being a Writer is part of the Four Centres Emerging Writers Program, which is funded by the Western Australian Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The program aims to give Western Australian emerging writers the tools and information they need to be published. The program sees, with The Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia, Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre, Peter Cowan Writers Centre and WA Poets Inc coming together to provide them with the opportunity to refine their work and prepare a manuscript for publication. All four centres will have representatives available at the seminar to talk to any writers looking for further information on developing their writing.
Date: Saturday 23 February 2019
Time: 12.30 pm to 4 pm
Location: UWA Boat Shed, 9 Hackett Drive, Crawley
Cost: $25.50 general admission, $20.00 Four Centres members
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