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For the Love of Writing Festival

Online writing festival

Online writing festival



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For the Love of Writing - Literary Festival from 14th - 20th February 2021

Celebrating 50 years of supporting emerging and established women writers, the Society of Women Writers Victoria's 2021 Literary Festival is set to be one that proudly adds to that history. Over 40 speakers across seven days all themed around For the Love of Writing, there is something of interest no matter what genre of writing excites you. Event participants include Society members and external speakers from Australia, England, Italy and Canada. The festival includes workshops on how to get published, panel discussions on diverse topics such as writing about adventure, food, memoir and more, and fantastic headline speakers each day including:

Star of stage and screen and BAFTA award winner Miriam Margolyes

Rosalie Ham, one of Australia’s highest-selling authors and best known for her international hit debut The Dressmaker, which was adapted for the screen starring Kate Winslet

Author Pip Williams, whose book, The Dictionary of Lost Words, was longlisted for the 2020 ARA historical fiction award

Lifestyle and craft doyenne Tonia Todman

Beloved children’s writer Hazel Edwards (There’s a Hippopotamus on My Roof Eating Cake)

Award-winning performers Lin van Hek and Joe Dolce star in Difficult Women (Please note: tickets for this event are being sold separately.)

Events are all via zoom, with some availability for in person tickets for selected talks.

Purchase a Festival Pass for the week or Daily Tickets.

Sunday 14th February

For the Love of Writing formally opens at 11am by Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp. Once declared open the day sets the tone for the rest of the week with the amazing novelist Rosalie Ham giving our headline talk. Those attending the in-person launch will be able to browse the festival book shop, read and promote their own work from the festival’s Speakers’ Corner (based on the original and best-known Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park in London), and enjoy a slice of fiftieth anniversary celebratory cake. (Please note: the speeches will be live streamed for those not able to attend the launch in person.)

At 4pm there’s the opportunity to hone your journal-writing skills in our online workshop. Round off the day with a fun ‘virtual pub quiz’ in the evening. These events are both live and via Zoom.

Monday 15th February

Start the day with some exercise for writers to get the blood flowing and energy levels up in preparation for a full day ahead. Listen to informative 15-minute talk on an aspect of publishing while you sip your coffee. Author Jane Downing gives a mid-morning talk on the challenges of writing about unfamiliar topics and disliked characters. Our lunchtime panel discussion is on writing memoir and in the early afternoon, children's author Caz Goodwin and illustrator Jess Racklyeft discuss children's books.

Later in the afternoon the well-travelled adventurer and writer Kate Leeming discusses travel writing.Finish the day with talk from the founders of Baggage Productions, who are set to change the world, one monologue at a time.All events via zoom.

Tuesday 16th FebruaryStart the day with some exercise for writers to get the blood flowing and energy levels up in preparation for a full day ahead. Listen to informative 15-minute talk on an aspect of publishing while you sip your coffee. Explore the fascinating world of Yunus Emre’s poems with Elif Sezen in the morning. Our lunchtime panel discuss the challenges of thinking and writing in a second language. After lunch, join a workshop to learn tips to preventing your manuscript ending up on s slush pile.Later on, the afternoon brings double delight with Hazel Edwards talking about the role of new media and Susanne Gervay focusing on relieving experiences through writing.Journalist, Sue Smethurst gives the headline talk in the evening, and discusses how truth really is stranger than fiction.All events via zoom.

Wednesday 17th FebruaryStart the day with some exercise for writers to get the blood flowing and energy levels up in preparation for a full day ahead. Listen to informative 15-minute talk on an aspect of publishing while you sip your coffee. Joining all the way from Canada Paulette Dube talks about how being present in your environment can help your writing. Quick on her heels is a discussion about reading and writing fictional worlds as we look at alterative realities.The lunchtime panel jumps into the world of adventure. Joanne Burns helps deepen our understanding of poetry in the afternoon and in the evening an open mic session allows anyone to share their writing. All events via zoom.

Thursday 18th FebruaryStart the day with some exercise for writers to get the blood flowing and energy levels up in preparation for a full day ahead. Listen to informative 15-minute talk on an aspect of publishing while you sip your coffee and prepare for Tegan Schetrumpf talking about form in poetry. Today’s lunchtime panel discuss the complex world of writing for the stage, followed in the afternoon by a session on sonnets.

Martha Ackroyd Curtis reveals the female gaze to us in the late afternoon and then settle in for an evening with the inimitable Miriam Margolyes and Lucinda Hawksley talking about Dickens’ Women.All events via zoom.

Friday 19th FebruaryStart the day with some exercise for writers to get the blood flowing and energy levels up in preparation for a full day ahead. Listen to informative 15-minute talk on an aspect of publishing while you sip your coffee. Roberta Hamilton talks about the memory of love and writing and then just before our lunchtime panel starts discussing Food writing, Tonia Todman tells us how to make the perfect lunch. The afternoon is jammed full with a Q&A on what you need to know to get published, followed by the brilliant historical novelist Pip Williams talking about her writing journey. And finally we have a pre-recorded talk by Susannah C. Fullerton on the one and only Jane Austen.All events via zoom.

Saturday 20th FebruaryThe last day of the festival closes with a bang. Susanne Gervay talks about writing for children and then she teams up with Hazel Edwards to discuss how writing is not a lonely business, as some might suspect. Our Love Letter competition winners are announced and then there is a fascinating presentation on book illustration and the relationship between words and pictures. Our final speaker of the festival is Jo Oliver, talking about biography and Australian printmaker Jessie Traill. Finally, just for us, Lin van Hek and Joe Dolce are giving a one-off performance of Difficult Women. (Tickets for Difficult Women are being sold separately.) All events are via zoom.

Purchase a ticket for the full week, or for the day.

If you are not currently a member of the Society of Women Writers Victoria and would like to join, select the festival + membership ticket option. Further information about the benefits of membership can be found at www.swwvic.org.au

We are also running a Love Letter Writing Competition throughout the festival. Letters are up to 300 words and the cost is $5.00 per entry. You may enter as many times as you like. If you would like to receive an anonymous reply to your letter, there is an additional $5.00 charge per reply. Further information can be found at www.swwvic.org.au and will be emailed to you when you purchase an entry.


















Category Arts