FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 / BENDIGO WRITERS’ FESTIVAL
12.30pm-1.30pm / Ulumbarra Theatre
Text Marks The Spot: Keeping Up Appearances
Gabrielle Tozer & Jaclyn Moriarty
In these days of social media, authors are expected not only to create but to have an online presence that helps generate popularity and book sales. Gabrielle and Jaclyn discuss the tensions that come with finding time to write, and what it’s like to be able to engage directly with readers through social media. Hosted by Sue Gillett.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 / BENDIGO WRITERS’ FESTIVAL
2.15pm-3.15pm / Engine Room at Old Fire Station
Gabrielle Tozer and Lili Wilkinson are two much-admired and avidly read authors for young readers. With books that are contemporary and real, they are tuned in to what matters to young people.
It’s not always an easy task, creating a believable world but still giving hope, keeping a plot moving swiftly, but allowing time for consideration of feelings, social needs, the confusion of being in a rapidly shifting world.
Sarah Mayor Cox talks to them about the need for neat resolutions and hopeful endings, and whether writers know the finish of a story before they start.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 / BENDIGO WRITERS’ FESTIVAL
12.30pm-1.30pm / Engine Room at Old Fire Station
Tools of the Trade
It pays to be flexible when you live by your writing.
Sam Cooney hosts Mark Dapin, Gabrielle Tozer and Dianne Dempsey, who all combine journalism with novel writing. How do the skills translate from one form to another? Do journalists write good novels? Do novelists need reporting skills?
A discussion about sticking to the facts, bending the rules and borrowing from the filing cabinet in the quest to tell great stories.