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14 - 15Sep

WestWords Festival 2019

14/09/2019 - 15/09/2019 (12:00am)

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Outback Writers Centre
Community Arts Centre
76 Wingewarra Street Dubbo
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Writers descending on Dubbo for the Fifth WestWordsFest Writers’ Festival.

It’s an exciting time for writers in the Central West and Western Plains as WestWordsFest gears up for its fifth festival taking writers of all ages and stages Back to Basics.If you are interested in writing but don’t know where to start, set aside September 14th and 15th and head to Dubbo for a weekend of stimulating workshops and writing opportunities with friendly and supportive workshop presenters and local writers.

Enjoy the relaxing environment around the Western Plains Cultural Centre, hang out with other writers in the Gallery Cafe between sessions or walk to the shopping precinct or through the beautiful Victoria Park.

Are you a beginner or need inspiration to reignite writing desires? Are you passionate about telling tales of the past, or have family stories bursting to get onto the page? Join acclaimed author, Kim Kelly, in her workshop BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE IN FICTION. Learn how to weave the events, people and details of the past through narrative, bringing them alive with colour, energy and authenticity. Kim’s interesting and fun writing exercises and take-home tips, will have your imagination working overtime. Kim Kelly is the author of eight novels exploring Australia and its history.

Find out how to organise you writing and more in Robyn Veugen’s KICK START YOU WRITING WITH SCRIVENER. Scrivener is perfect for every type of writer. Learn how to write your draft in any order, drag and drop to restructure, access your research easily and compile your finished piece into one document. There’s no need to buy it! Scrivener’s fully functioning trial gives 30 days of access—daily for 30 days or weekly for 30 weeks! Robyn is an experienced teacher, librarian, writer and self-confessed geek. She uses Scrivener to research, plan and draft everything from blog posts to novels. Learn how to kick start your writing with Scrivener—from inspiration to the final page.

 In her CREATIVE AND CREDIBLE—an Emerging Writers Tool Box workshop, Val Clark takes participants through a series of exercises, free writes and editing procedures to facilitate writers in finding, and beginning to write, stories—both real and fictitious—that are imaginative and believable. Val Clark is an award-winning writer and experienced Creative and Memoir Writing workshop presenter. Her Young Adult/Crossover fantasy novel, Lost, was published last year. She is an experienced workshop presenter and teacher, holding teaching qualifications and a Masters in Creative Writing.

Right now; words have worth. Thanks to a booming demand for online nuggets of content there is a growing need for good, reliable writers to create social media posts, blog posts, long-form news/issues/profile pieces, website content, digital newsletters, white papers, ebooks, customer success stories, case studies, product content and guides, testimonials, online magazines, love letters (not really, but why not!), and the list goes on and on. Yvette Aubusson-Foley shows you how in her workshop FROM CONTENT TO CASH. Whether you go it alone or join an agency, you can become a content creator and write words with worth. Yvette Aubusson-Foley is a working journalist with 30 years’ experience in news, magazines and public relations, plus, creating paid content for others. In her workshops she’ll share tips on how to find clients, pitch ideas, access resources, find content agencies, write a blog post, and more. The bottom line is there’s a bottom line with a dollar sign!

Workshops are 2-3 hours in duration, cost from $40-$50 and held in the Community Arts Centre of the Western Plains Cultural Centre Wingewarra St Dubbo.

We are grateful for generous support from the Western Plains Cultural Centre and the Dubbo Regional Council.


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