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Dubbo Writers' Festival 2024

 13th - 15th September  

Dubbo Writers' Festival is back for our 10th year in 2024. Join writing workshops, book conversations with publishing experts or come to our free events about writing and writers.

Dubbo Writers' Festival acknowledges the Wiradjuri people who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet. We pay our respect to Elders past and present, and extend that respect to all First Nations people.

Dubbo Writers' Festival is organised by the Outback Writers' Centre.

Writing Workshops

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Dubbo Writers’ Festival 10th Anniversary -- A Decade of Dreaming

Kim Kelly

Saturday September 14th

Western Plains Cultural Centre

Meeting Room 2

9:30am - 5pm

Workshop 1: Kickstarting Your Creative Drive: a series of writing exercises to get you going when you’re stuck or needing inspiration.

Workshop 2: Getting into Character: how to create believable, colourful characters who leap off the page and whose voices ring true.

Workshop 3: Editing, Editing, Editing: how to polish your work, recognise your writing strengths and weakness, and when to ask for help.

Kim Kelly is the author of thirteen novels, all stories about Australia, its history and people. Her novella, The Rat Catcher: A Love Story, was shortlisted for the Viva La Novella and longlisted for the ARA Historical Novel Prize. Her latest historical fiction, Ladies’ Rest and Writing Room, won the 2023 Finlay Lloyd 20/40 Prize.

Fairfax reviewer Frank O’Shea said of her work, ‘It is uplifting to know that there are people who can write like this, with clarity, a bit of devilment and a hint of a smile. Why can’t more people write like this?’ Bram Presser has likened her litAuthorSpotlighterary energy to Madeliene St John’s.

Kim is also a book editor, better known in the margin notes there as Kim Swivel. She holds a Master of Creative Writing from Macquarie University, for which she earned the Faculty of Arts Fred Rush Convocation Prize. She is currently undertaking Creative Writing PhD research into Australian historical fiction, under supervision of novelist and cultural historian, Professor Hsu-Ming Teo.

A seasoned speaker, interviewer and workshop convenor at all kinds of literary events, and confident over the airwaves, Kim loves a chat about books. She also regularly reviews them for The Newtown Review of Books.   

Originally from Sydney, Kim now lives in central west NSW, on Wiradjuri Country.

Find Kim on Facebook @KimKellyAuthor; Instagram @kimkellyauthor; and at her website https://kimkellyauthor.com/. Kim is also a member of the Australian Society of Authors, Writing NSW and the Historical Novel Society Australasia.

This event is brought to you as part of the Dubbo Writers' Festival and is organised by the Outback Writers' Centre. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Outback Writers' Centre presents Dubbo Writers' Festival. For more information go to dubbowritersfestival@gmail.com

Free Events

Dinner Party

Festival Dinner and Dubbo Festival Cup

6:30pm Saturday 14th September

Venue: Club Dubbo

Book Pages

Surviving Submission Spur

1pm - 4pm Sunday 15th September

Western Plains Cultural Centre

Meeting Room 2

FREE EVENT. Find out how to make your writing submission ready. This is a Festival Signature event in which a panel of three publishing professionals listen to the first chapters of an anonymous member’s unpublished manuscript and let the audience know why they would/would not continue reading.

 

Let us know if you are interested in having your work discussed at dubbowritersfestival@gmail.com.

Writing Consultations

30 minute Story Consultation with Jane Curry

Jane Curry, Director and Publisher at Ventura Press.

Book a 30-minute chat with Jane about what you are writing, hope to write or are ready to submit for publishing.

Jane Curry's 30+ years of experience in publishing is now available to help you navigate all areas of the publishing industry.

- Manuscript assessments
- Where your book fits the publishing market
- How to build your author platform and market yourself
- Self-Publishing guidance
- Contract assessments

Ventura Press Independent Publishing Since 2002
Ventura Press is one of Sydney’s leading independent book publishers. Synonymous with high-quality titles and internationally respected authors, we publish a broad range of engaging fiction and non-fiction books – each with the aim of enhancing the lives of readers. Our mission is to provide boutique, innovative and exciting publishing to Australia and the world and to bring new and established Australian authors to the world stage. 

Outback Writers' Centre presents Dubbo Writers' Festival. For more information go to www.outbackwriterscentre.com.au

This event is brought to you as part of the Dubbo Writers' Festival and is organised by the Outback Writers' Centre. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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