My itinerary for the Brisbane Writers Festival is officially sorted and booked! I’m going to have a pretty full-on weekend but I’m really excited about all the things I’ve signed up for. There’ll be panels and masterclasses run by some great international writers who have been on my ‘to be read’ list for a while. I’m going to have to try and do some speed reading over the next two weeks! Check below the cut for more info on the events I’ve signed up for.
FRIDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER:
10am-1pm – Creative Methods masterclass:
Acclaimed US fantasy author Laini Taylor takes you through exercises for brainstorming stories, building and keeping momentum as you write and how to become unstuck when things aren’t working. Useful creative methods for fiction writers of all abilities!
3.30pm-4.30pm – A Guide to Self-Publishing seminar:
Queensland Writers Centre leads a panel of self-publishing experts, from authors who found success publishing independently, to printers and digital vendors with tips to help you achieve your goals. With Caylie Jeffery, Darrell Pitt, Ben Aitchison, and Leonie Tyle.
5pm-6pm – This World and the Next panel:
Laini Taylor, Isobelle Carmody, and Kirilee Barker talk with Trent Jamieson about diving into fantastical other worlds, and bringing some of the magical to this Muggle one.
8.30pm-10pm – The Secret Life of Whovians festival club:
Sonic screwdrivers at fifty paces in a riotous discourse on DOCTOR WHO! with Ben McKenzie, Sean Williams, Lauren Beukes, and Damon Young.
SATURDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER:
10am-11am – Unnatural Creatures panel:
Authors may create fantastical beasts but scientists know real creatures, worthy of the most horrific and wondrous Lovecraft or Tolkien ever described, exist now and in Earth’s past. John Pickrell, Laini Taylor, and Robert Edeson explore the worlds of strange creatures, real and imagined with Ashley Hay.
12pm-5pm – Love YA! (BWF in the ‘Burbs):
Love Young Adult Fiction? So do we! We’ve lined up some of the best YA authors for panels, signings and a chance to pitch your YA book to a publisher. A whole afternoon of book love for teens and YA fans! Laini Taylor, Amie Kaufman, A.J. Betts, Sean Williams, Diana Sweeney, Kirilee Barker, Ananda Braxton-Smith, plus book signings, cosplay and more!
SUNDAY, 7 SEPTEMBER:
10am-11am – Broken Monsters conversations:
A conversation with South African science fiction author Lauren Beukes exploring dystopias, globalism and writing the post-capitalist future.
11.30am-12.30pm – So, You Want to Get Published seminar:
For those who’ve written a book, Kelly Higgins-Devine introduces you to a panel of Australian and international literary agents and publishers who will explain the process and opportunities for becoming a published author. Panellists: Catherine Drayton, Sophie Hamley, and Peter Ball.
1pm-2pm – Laws of Magic panel:
Trudi Canavan, Kirilee Barker, Rjurik Davidson, and Laini Taylor discuss building mythologies, legends, and magic systems in genre fiction.
2.30pm-3.30pm – Crossing Over: New Adult Fiction panel:
New Adult fiction is on the rise, but is it ‘older YA’ or sexy stories for the college set? Kate Cuthbert, Pauline McLeod, and Kylie Scott discuss the themes and issues of this emerging genre.
4pm-5pm – Vixens, Victims, and Femme Fatales panel:
Some clichés of women in crime fiction have been retired and some persist. Authors P.M. Newton, Tara Moss, and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir discuss the past and future of archetypal female characters with Meg Vann.
5.30pm-7pm – Glitter and Dust feature event:
Back by popular demand, the best open-mic in Australia! Celebrate the closing of BWF 2014 with an electrifying set of readings by Festival artists before we snuff out the Festival in a cloud of glitter and dust. Hosted by Brisbane’s own David ‘Ghostboy’ Stavanger.
I’ll also be checking out Street Reads, which takes place from Wednesday, 3 September to Tuesday, 16 September.
Brisbane City Council hosts a physical choose-your-own narrative adventure around the CBD. It’s free and you can win prizes! Street Reads kicks off on the first day of the Festival and stories begin at Reddacliff Place near George Street.