Emerging Writers’ Festival 2012 program out now

From 24 May to 3 June the Emerging Writers' Festival is on in Melbourne. The full program has just been released. It consists of workshops, panels, performances, networking events and the always stimulating Town Hall writers' conference over the weekend of 26 and 27 May. Please come along to the Late Night Book Club session … Continue reading Emerging Writers’ Festival 2012 program out now

Typecasting and narrative voice at the 2011 Emerging Writers’ Festival

The Emerging Writers' Festival, in its usual form, has thus far been about tequila shots and one long drunken conversation about The Wall. Yesterday I went to some actual sessions. Here's a write-up of two of those. Typecast The first session I attended yesterday was all about 'typecasting'. Do the authors on the panel agree with … Continue reading Typecasting and narrative voice at the 2011 Emerging Writers’ Festival

Never surrender! (But do read the submission guidelines) – EWF 2010

So first of all, I had too many wines at the Emerging Writers' Festival artist party on Friday, so I didn't roll up until about 1pm yesterday. The Town Hall was PACKED with moleskine-carrying, tweeting, emerging writer-types of all ages. Pictured: Tiggy Johnson and I at the EWF artist par-tay. Before I go into the … Continue reading Never surrender! (But do read the submission guidelines) – EWF 2010

2010 Emerging Writers' Festival in full swing

With the beaming Lisa Dempster at its helm, the 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival, here in Melbourne, is in full swing. So far I've attended The First Word (the opening night), one of the Fifteen Minutes of Fame Sessions (which received a great write-up here by Thuy-Linh Nguyen), the Page Parlour, and last night's Wordstock performance - … Continue reading 2010 Emerging Writers' Festival in full swing

Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog?

The following article is a slightly amended version of the speech I gave during the Emerging Writers' Festival panel The Revolution Will Be Downloaded, May 2009. In my reading of cultural blogs (particularly literary blogs), and through a growing audience for LiteraryMinded, I have found that some recurring elements exist in blogs which could be deemed successful. My measure of … Continue reading Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog?