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Seven new online events and workshops to help you stay in touch with Fremantle Press and your writing community - australian author

Seven new online events and workshops to help you stay in touch with Fremantle Press and your writing community

June 12, 2020

The literary scene is more alive than ever, and we’re excited to share with you a line-up of events starring our authors in the next couple of weeks. For those interested in upping their writing skills, the talks and workshops below are great for aspiring poets, children and YA writers. Read on to find out where you can meet the authors in person or online.

Using science to inspire creative writing with Cristy Burne at #LitFest2444

#LitFest2444 is an online festival for children and teens that encourages and inspires young minds to pursue their creativity and to explore conventional and revolutionary ways to tell their story.

Cristy Burne is the author of books for younger readers Off the Track and To the Lighthouse. Her talk is all about science and writing, and how the two can go hand in hand to create something spectacular – it's sure to be inspiring for kids who want to give creative writing a go!

Watch it here.


Virtual in conversation with WA refugee author Yuot Alaak with Amnesty Margaret River

Yuot A. Alaak is the author of Father of the Lost Boys. As part of Refugee Week, Amnesty Margaret River will host a discussion between Yuot and ABC broadcaster and author Bill Bunbury. Yuot will share the true story behind his memoir, which recounts the journey of 20,000 displaced Sudanese boys to the safety of the Kakuma Refugee Camp led by his father Mecak Ajang Alaak. All funds from ticket purchases for the event will be donated to the Ajang Alaak Refugee Foundation.

Spots are open for guests to either attend in person at the Augusta Margaret River Shire Chambers or online.

When: 6.15 pm AWST Thursday 18 June 2020

Book your online spot here.

Bla(c)k Speculative Fiction with Rafeif Ismail at Emerging Writers’ Festival

Rafeif Ismail is one of the authors of Meet Me at the Intersection and co-director of Djed Press. For this year’s National Writers' Conference, she will host Bla(c)k Speculative Fiction, a discussion with Eugen Bacon and Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi as part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival. The online talk will focus on speculative fiction in the context of the authors’ own works. There will also be a special announcement that may be of interest for new and emerging Bla(c)k writers working in speculative fiction, so tune in if you can!

When: 3 pm AEST Saturday 20 June 2020
For more information or to book your online spot, click here.


Toolkits: Poetry course with Nandi Chinna at Express Media

Nandi Chinna is an award-winning poet and author of Swamp: Walking the Wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain and The Future Keepers. She’ll be hosting a session as part of Express Media’s online poetry course Toolkits: Poetry. Applications to be involved are open to young writers interested in the forms, functions, histories and uses of poetry. The course will run over a period of 12 weeks, during which applicants will learn to combine theoretical approaches and undergo practical exercises, group workshops and one-on-one mentorship to develop a new work.

Applications are now open and close 5 pm AEST Monday 22 June 2020.

Read more or apply here.

Virtual Literary Salon with Rebecca Higgie at Bassendean Library

Rebeccia Higgie is the winner of the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award and current host of the Fremantle Press Podcast. Her debut YA novel The History of Mischief is available in September. In the meantime, you can follow Rebecca on her misadventures and mischief as she talks about how her book was written at the Virtual Literary Salon hosted by Bassendean Library. This event is free and open to anyone with access to Zoom.

When: 6 pm AWST Monday 22 June 2020

For more information or to book your online spot, click here.


Tell It Like It Is: Writing From Real Life with Holden Sheppard at #LitFest2444

Learn how to write stories drawn from real-life experiences with 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award winner Holden Sheppard. His debut novel, Invisible Boys, won a slew of awards and now he’s bringing his best tips and tricks to you. Learn to experiment with a range of possible events from a timeline and craft a short piece either depicting a true tale or adapting a grain of truth into a fictionalised account. This workshop will be live streamed from Facebook.

When: 7 pm AEST Wednesday 24 June 2020

For more information, visit the #LitFest2444 website.

In Conversation: Yuot A. Alaak and Sisonke Msimang at the Centre for Stories

Join Yuot A. Alaak, author of Father of the Lost Boys, in conversation with Sisonke Msimang in an online event where they’ll be discussing mentorships, memoir-writing and the release of Yuot's debut book. Yuot worked alongside Sisonke in the Centre for Stories mentoring project for writers of African heritage in 2017. This resulted in the publication of his short story ‘The Lost Girl of Pajomba’ in the Ways of Being Here anthology, a Centre for Stories joint publication with Margaret River Press.

When: 6 pm AWST Thursday 25 June 2020

Book your online spot here.