Made of the write stuff

Writer Elizabeth Ann Gaffy AKA L.A Godiva knows she wants to be a writer.
Writer Elizabeth Ann Gaffy AKA L.A Godiva knows she wants to be a writer. Scottie Simmonds

BUNDABERG'S aspiring writers are in for a treat when they head along to the 2012 WriteFest at CQUniversity on May 19.

With a line-up of accomplished writers and speakers presenting workshops in their areas of speciality, event co-ordinator Sandy Curtis said there would be something for everyone at any stage of their writing career.

"For those just starting out, or those nearly ready to publish their work, they will all gain something from the workshops," Ms Curtis said.

Dr John Clarke, Marianne de Pierres aka Marianne Delacourt, Kerri Lane aka Kaz Delaney, Louise Cusack, Meg Vann and Lisa Blainey-Lewin will all present workshops designed to help aspiring writers improve their skills.

"Dr Clarke was here in 2006 and he was so popular," Mrs Curtis said.

"He is a phenomenal wealth of knowledge.

"He has a great insight into the criminal mind and what really makes people tick."

Ms Curtis said the workshops were a chance for industry professions and future writers to get together.

"WriteFest in a fantastic opportunity for writers who usually work in isolation to learn form other industry professionals," Ms Curtis said.

"It also gives writers a chance to network with other writers," she said.

For a select number of entrants WriteFest could also provide an opportunity to get their work published.

"We've had four writers who have had their work published as a result of editor/publisher interviews," Ms Curtis said.

Allen & Unwin children's editor Rachael Donovan and Clan Destine Press Publisher Lindy Cameron will hold interviews with a number of writers who submitted 50-page manuscripts.

For upcoming fantasy fiction novelist Elizabeth Ann Gaffy aka L.A.Godiva, being selected to be interviewed by Ms Donavan is an amazing opportunity.

The former Kepnock High student returned to Bundaberg just four months ago after spending three years in Norway working on her novel.

"It started as a script and developed into something much bigger," she said.

"Writing is definitely what I want to do for the rest of my life."


WriteFest 2012

  • Saturday, May 19, at CQUniversity
  • Registration from 8.30am
  • Morning workshops 9.20-11.45am
  • Afternoon workshops 1.15-3.45pm
  • More info at about-writefest

Topics:  cq university education writing

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