EXPERIENCE THE WORLD OF WORDS IN MALENY
Writers, readers and book enthusiasts will be delighted by the Maleny Festival of Books and Writing (MFBW) to be held on Sept 28-30, 2007 in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Seminars, workshops, panels and discussions as well as activities for the children will offer something for everyone - to enjoy and learn.
Maleny Festival of Books and Writing Coordinator, Jenny Gibson said that Maleny was the perfect place to host the festival.
"Maleny's inherently creative atmosphere is ideal to encourage the writing Muse. For those already stimulated by the fabulous Byron Bay and Brisbane Writers Festivals or who missed out on opportunities to interact with leading Australian and overseas authors there, the Maleny Festival of Books and Writing provides the perfect opportunity to build on the experience," she said.
Jenny said a principal aim of the festival was to encourage unknown writers to keep going and to stimulate the creative urge in new writers.
"If more people can interact with published authors and poets in this manner, there's every chance that more writers will put pen to paper and that Australia's literary strength will continue to flourish."
More than 52 authors and poets are taking part in MFBW, speaking on topics such as the business and marketing of writing, commissioned writing, writing your passion, creative web copy, tension and pace, research, scriptwriting, character development, song writing - melody & lyrics, and adapting the book for film, amongst many other subjects.
Authors such as Carmel Bird, Libby Gleeson, Gary Crew, Craig Munro, Gabrielle Lord, Sally Henderson, Bruce Dawe, Simon Groth, Cory Daniells and leading Australian poets, Judith Rodriguez, Bruce Dawe and MTC Cronin and others will share their passion and knowledge about writing in their particular areas.
The dedicated Poet's Corner will feature an appearance by acclaimed visiting Irish poet, Paul Durcan, a performance artist who brings a "wild vibrant energy to his readings."
Author panels and forums will stimulate passionate and interesting debate on numerous contemporary writing topics. At affordable workshops, established authors will share their skills and expertise through all stages of the creative process from conception and motivation to publication. Genres of discussion include writing for children, sci-fi and fantasy, crime, thriller, memoir and non-fiction as well as songwriting, screenwriting and creative sessions for children.
"MFBW is designed to engage as many potential writers and book enthusiasts as possible in the world of writing. As Henry James once said, 'To live in the world of creation - to get into it and stay in it - to frequent it and haunt it … to woo combinations and inspirations into being by a depth and continuity of attention and meditation - this is the only thing.' Writers must explore the proper stuff of fiction - life - and where better to see how it has been done best than from some of Australia's successfully published authors and poets at a Writers Festival," Jenny said.
Advance bookings are recommended for workshops which have limited seating and will fill up quickly