Young Writers Conference 2017

Young Writers Conference 2017

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Come along for a day of industry seminars and hands-on writing workshops for young writers, led by young authors and publishing professionals.

If you’re aged 15 to 25 and interested in the art of writing and the how-to of getting published in Australia, the Young Writers Conference will excite, inform and inspire you.

With sessions designed to expand your knowledge, accelerate your craft, and provide advice and support for getting ahead in the business of writing, this is your opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s finest young creators in an inclusive and interactive environment.

Featuring Lech Blaine, Steph Bowe, Shastra Deo, Laura Elvery, Mindy Gill, Jerath Head, Rebecca Jessen, Bri Lee,
Grace Lucas-Pennington, Grace McCarter, Jackie Ryan, Kristina Schulz.

The 2017 winners of the Young Writers Award will also be announced on the day.


How to get a book published in your twenties
Panel | SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2|10am
Featuring Lech Blaine, Steph Bowe, Shastra Deo, Bri Lee and Rebecca Jessen

In this inspiring session, young published authors share the journeys behind how they made it to where they are now. From why they became interested in writing, to how they got published, hear from the writers who made their dream a reality and what they plan on doing next.

Life notes: writing memoir
Panel | SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2 | 10.45am
Featuring Lech Blaine and Bri Lee

Young memoirists will discuss what inspired them to write their personal stories, and how they knew they had enough material for a whole book. We’ll prove that young people can write memoirs, too.

Line by line: writing poetry
Panel | Heritage Collections Learning Room, level 4 | 10.45am
Featuring Shastra Deo and Rebecca Jessen

Published poets Rebecca Jessen (Gap)and Shastra Deo (The Agonist) will discuss their work, what inspires them, and what support is available for aspiring poets in Queensland. Bec won the 2012 Young Writers Award the same year Shastra was the Runner Up. We look forward to bringing them together in this conversation about their published books.

Young Writers Award Ceremony
Presentation | Queensland Terrace, level 2|11.30am
Featuring Lech Blaine, Shastra Deo, Rebecca Jessen and Grace McCarter

Join us for lunch as State Librarian and CEO, Vicki McDonald announces the winners of the 2017 Young Writers Award. Lech Blaine will MC this event, which also features readings by past SLQ Young Writers Award winners.

After the draft: editing your own work
Workshop | Meeting Room 1B, level 1 | 12.30pm
Featuring Grace Lucas-Pennington

black&write! editor Grace Lucas-Pennington will lead you through the redrafting, rewriting and editing of your own work. Learn how to read your work with a critical eye and how to approach a structural edit, Grace will reveal her editorial tips and tactics so you can take your writing from good to great.

Building better stories: writing narrative fiction
Workshop | Heritage Collections Learning Room, level 4 | 12.30pm
Featuring Laura Elvery

Award-winning writer Laura Elvery will show you how to make your short fiction take shape in this 90 minute workshop. Perfect for entrants of SLQ’s Young Writers Award.

Make them real: writing complex characters
Workshop | SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2 | 12.30pm
Featuring Steph Bowe

Learn how to make your characters come to life on the page with Steph Bowe, author of YA novels Night Swimming, All This Could End and Girl Saves Boy.

Pitch, Submit, Sell
Panel | SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2 | 2.15pm
Featuring Laura Elvery, Mindy Gill, Grace McCarter and Jackie Ryan

Get the scoop on how to find opportunities and markets, how to pitch and submit your work, how much you can expect to be paid if it’s accepted. The panel will show you how to keep it professional from submission to sale, and when dealing with rejection. This session will put you on the path to building a respectful, productive and profitable writing career.

Behind the curtain: editors and publishers
Panel | SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2 | 3pm
Featuring Mindy Gill (Peril magazine), Jerath Head (Griffith Review), Kristina Schulz (UQP) and Grace Lucas-Pennington (black&write!)

In this final discussion, a panel of editors and publishers will lift the curtain on the publishing process, from preparing your work for submission to seeing it through to print. They’ll let you in on the secrets about what publishers and editors actually ‘do’ and reveal what they look for in a great submission.

Download the presenters' bios  (PDF 226.7 KB)

Sat 25 Nov 2017, 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2
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