Author Sandy Curtis is looking forward to this year’s WriteFest which will be held at Central Queensland University on May 15. Photo: DARRYN SMITH
Author Sandy Curtis is looking forward to this year’s WriteFest which will be held at Central Queensland University on May 15. Photo: DARRYN SMITH

Authors dust off best chapters

ASPIRING authors, get ready.

WriteFest is back and it’s scouting for manuscripts.

The sixth annual Bundaberg writers’ festival has scored a serious coup this year, with Harper Collins commissioning editors Jo Butler and Anna Valdinger to attend the day of workshops on Saturday, May 15, to interview prospective Bundaberg authors.

WriteFest organiser Sandy Curtis said this was the first time the event had been able to secure book editors, which was a rare opportunity.

“What the editors are really thrilled about is that they’ll be able to look at a manuscript and, if they like it, they can do a face-to-face interview with the person and see if they’re someone they could publish, or at least give them some good advice,” Ms Curtis said.

“Writing is an isolated hobby or profession, so it’s often good to talk to people in the industry, or even just talk to other people at the event to share experiences.

“Everyone always comments on how friendly and sociable the festival is.”

WriteFest will comprise a full day of writers’ workshops at CQUniversity, with topics including writing fantasy and science fiction, the editing process and digital publishing.

It will also feature a writing masterclass with editor Deoni Fiford, called “Bringing Your Characters to Life”.

The masterclass will be repeated the following day at the U3A headquarters in Woongarra Street.

Also on the Sunday, Bundaberg Regional Library will host Booked, a series of free author talks focusing on children’s authors.

Writers wishing to submit their manuscripts to Ms Butler and Ms Valdinger must do so by March 22. Submissions must be from a completed manuscript.

For more information, contact Sandy Curtis on 4159 1010.



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