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14 - 16Sep

West Words Festival

14/09/2018 - 16/09/2018 (See Details for Times)

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Type Price Fee*Quantity
Marketing Masterclass
Marketing Masterclass $90.00 $1.90
Free Your Inner Character
Free your Inner Character $40.00 $1.40
One on One Pitch
One on One Pitch
IMPORTANT: After you buy your ticket, you need to send a one-page synopsis and the first 20 pages of your manuscript with “Alex Adsett Consultation” in the subject line to
$25.00 $1.25
12 Mth Membership $25.00 $1.25

* Plus 1.65% Credit Card payment fee - calculated at checkout

Organiser Details
Outback Writers' Centre
Western Plains Cultural Centre
76 Wingewarra St, Dubbo NSW 2830
Contact person:
Kellie Jennar
0478 076 329
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Event Information

14th, 15th and 16th September 2018

West Words Festival 2018 has something for everyone with a romance twist!

Every year, we bring the best of Australia's industry professionals to Dubbo to run writing workshops, participate in panels aimed at demystifying the publishing process, take pitches/consultations and provide opportunities for regional writers to network, launch, promote and sell their books.

The festival promises to be enticing, exciting and inspiring. As in previous years, the venue will be the Western Plains Cultural Centre.

Free your Inner Character with David Reiter
Friday, September 14, 4pm to 7pm

The best fictional characters are somewhere in there, in your mind, waiting to be freed. You
seed them, like clouds over dry earth, and then wait for the droplets to start falling.

The most memorable characters transcend the story the author initiates in which they engage with readers outside the novel.

In the process of inventing and composing character, the author acts as a channel, mediator,
raconteur rather than a prison guard.

First, with an eye on Dylan Cashew, the main character of Black Books Publishing, we’ll
consider how he came to be, defined the boundaries and elements of his virtual life and
maintained distance between himself and the author.

Then, we’ll brainstorm your existing or potential characters, give you some reflection time, and end with fleshed out character pitches to the group.

One on One Manuscript Feedback with Literary Agent.
Saturday, September 15, multiple times available

  • Are you looking for industry feedback on your manuscript?
  • Alex Adsett from Alex Adsett Literary Agency will be in Dubbo for WWF2018 for manuscript consultation.

What is she looking for?

  • Highly commercial fiction, crime, romance, science fiction, and fantasy, for adults or YA.
  • Children’s, middle-grade and YA fiction, whether genre or contemporary. 

Work with a strong commercial bent, a powerful voice, and a certain something that makes a work stand apart from the crowd.

Stories we can lose ourselves in, that makes us forget we’re even reading.

  • high-concept fantasy
  • non-Earth-based science fiction
  • crime that focuses more on the characters than the procedure.
  • books with diverse casts, and diverse voices.

If you have a manuscript that fits one of these criteria, she’s very keen to see it.

IMPORTANT: After you buy your ticket, you need to send a one-page synopsis and the first 20 pages of your manuscript with “Alex Adsett Consultation” in the subject line to

Marketing Masterclass
Saturday, September 15, 10am-5pm – Lunch Included

Do you have a finished book in the pipeline (or one in progress) and want to maximise your income and optimise your book sales and distribution?

Then, Karen and Steve Tyrell’s Book Marketing Masterclass is a must do!

Award-winning author, Karen Tyrell, shares her marketing secrets as she teaches you to how to promote, sell and distribute your book to the world as you develop your own pro-active marketing plan. She’ll cover topics like:

  • book marketing
  • author platform
  • website SEO
  • social media influence
  • book launches
  • book reviews
  • blog tours
  • media releases
  • book sales and book distribution.

12 Month Membership to Outback Writers' Centre

The Outback Writers' Centre (OWC) is committed to building a vibrant writing culture in the Orana Region. We do this by providing writers with opportunities to develop their knowledge, understanding and practice in all aspects of writing.

Services enjoyed by OWC members include:
• Publication of short stories, poems and memoir in our quarterly newsletter and on our website
• Email updates of opportunities and competitions 
• Website links driving traffic to your blogs, books, launches, business and writing events
• Promotion of book launches
• Opportunities to sell books at our events
• Ongoing participation in the Hub (though this is not obligatory).

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