Shhhh… Writing Ahead

The Brisbane Writer’s Festival, or the BWF as the cool kids call it, is Queensland’s annual literary event, celebrating Australian and international authors. It’s five days of panels, conversations, workshops, masterclasses, promotions, book signings, and other exciting book-related things. And it’s happening right now.

This year I’m fortunate enough to be able to attend three days of the Festival, encompassing four individual workshops/masterclasses. Choosing which ones to attend was a huge task, and one that I agonised over for days. And now that the time has finally come to attend, I’m incredibly happy with my choices. What are they? Well, since you asked…

  • Friday: The Unpredictably Plotter —  A look at crafting unpredictable but realistic plots, whether you’re a plotter or a pantser.
  • Saturday am: Building Castles in the Air — Worldbuilding 101.
  • Saturday pm: Are Characters People? — Creating effective and authentic characters.
  • Sunday: Finding Your Voice — A look at developing a unique voice in your writing.

I was at the BWF all day today, and came away feeling enthusiastic, inspired, and exhausted. I can’t wait for the next two days.

My current plan is to celebrate attending the BWF by making next week “Writing Week” on The Happy Logophile and writing in more detail about each of these workshops. I’ve already had a couple of great epiphanies about my WIP and would love to share some of my learnings with you all as well. What do you think?

Would you be interested in reading more detail about these workshops? Are there any other questions you’d like to ask about the BWF or my experiences there?

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18 responses to “Shhhh… Writing Ahead

  1. I would greatly appreciate reading your wisdom fresh from the writing workshop. Hope the rest of the workshop is as inspiring and motivating!

  2. I don’t get to go to these sorts of things often, myself, so any wisdom you glean and can share… is gravy. 🙂

  3. Would love to hear about the workshops you attended and what was discussed. Helpful hints etc.

    On another note, I was unable to enter this page when I clicked on the link through my email message. I had to open your blog and then click on the link from the blog.

    • Thanks for letting me know about the problem with the link. I’m not sure what happened there, but I’ll pass it on to WordPress.

      Thanks for commenting, and stay tuned for next week. 🙂

  4. changeforbetterme

    I think it would be great if you shared more! I look forward to learning anything from it Thanks!

  5. geminye

    Hey Jo, I nominated you for a One Lovely Blog Award. Cheers!
    http://birthofawriter.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/a-blogging-award/

  6. I’ve never been to anything like the BWF, and those topics sound interesting to me. I’m always more interested in the “how to write well” topics than in the “how to sell your writing” ones. 🙂

  7. I think it’s great to share what you are learning. Not only that it helps YOU learn. I’ll look forward to reading about what you are learning.

  8. Pingback: Five Reasons to Attend Writing Conferences, Conventions and Festivals | The Happy Logophile

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