Join us for a creative, inspiring and cathartic experience over two amazing days. Our expert, award-winning authors, memoirists and presenters lead you through a series of masterclasses and talks designed to inform and instruct you on how best to research, plan, write and publish your very own autobiography, memoir, biography or family history.
In this wonderful weekend writing experience, you'll enjoy two days on the gorgeous Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland. Over the course of the weekend, you'll hear from authors, family history researchers and publishing industry professionals.
The Memoir & Family History Writing Weekend has been specially designed to cover the key elements that will set you on the path to researching, planning and writing your own story. For those a little further along in their writing journey, Saturday afternoon offers time to meet one-on-one for an Assessment & Publishing Meeting with award-winning author, Aleesah Darlison, to discuss your manuscript in progress. Aleesah can provide guidance on how best to progress your story; whether your structure, setting, voice and characterisation are working; and how to get your story published and with who.
Assessment & Publishing Meetings are an additional cost of $44 inc GST per 15 minute meeting. They include a written feedback report from Aleesah. Please see below for details on how to submit your materials and book in for these meetings.
Also included in the weekend is the Saturday Night Dinner with guest speaker, a Sunday morning Beginner Yoga & Meditation session, a Pop-Up Bookstore, and a Lunchtime Book Launch by one of our masterclass presenters, Allison Paterson. Guest Speakers, Industry Professionals & Masterclass Presenters for 2019:
Aleesah Darlison - Multi-Published, Award-Winning Author Guest Speaker & Owner of the Greenleaf Agency
Allison Paterson - Multi-Published Author, Historian and 2017 May Gibbs Children's Literature Fellow
Suzanne Strong - Journalist, Author, Poet, Memoirist, Writing Tutor
Shelley Davidow - Multi-Published Author, Memoirist, USC Lecturer
Julieann Wallace - Author, Independent Publisher & Owner of Lilly Pilly Publishing
Greenleaf Memoir & Family History Writing Weekend
2 day residential writing weekend retreat.
Registrations open Saturday 9 March at 8:30am.
The retreat runs until Sunday 10 March at 4pm.
Maroochy Waterfront Camp and Conference Centre
42 David Low Way, Diddillibah.
Early Bird Tickets: $790 inc gst.
Normal Ticket Price: $890 inc gst.
The event is held at Maroochy Waterfront Camp and Conference Centre, 42 David Low Way, Diddillibah. The venue fronts onto the stunning Maroochy River and is a short distance from the major centre of Maroochydore, Sunshine Plaza and the Sunshine Coast Airport. It's easily accessible by car. For those travelling from interstate, flights arrive and depart Sunshine Coast Airport daily. Shuttles, taxis and hire cars can be organised from the airport. Walking tracks all along the waterfront allow for casual morning and afternoon strolls before and after the days' events set against a magnificent, natural backdrop where native animal and birdlife abound. Spend time networking, sharing, learning, and being instructed on how best to write your memoir or family history. The program offers plenty of variety, inspiration and stimulation but also free time where you can relax, unwind or write to your heart's content.
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