Gold Coast Writers Festival 26th, 27th, 28th October Program

Gold Coast Writers Festival PROGRAM

Day 1 (Friday) will consist of a series of seminars:


10-10.45 Self Publishing LandMines and How To Avoid Them with DANIEL PROKOP

11-11.45 Publishing For Profit with ANTHONY PUTTEE


1-1.45 Self Editing – Tips From a Professional Manuscript Assessor with LOUISE CUSACK

2-2.45 The Digital Evolution with PAUL HIGGS

3-3.45 Manuscript to Market with LAUREL COHN

Day 2 (Saturday) will feature discussions, panels and featured writers including:

Tim Ferguson, Krissy Kneen, Jennifer Bacia, Louise Cusack, Jean-Francois Vernay, Michael Jacobson, Jan Murray, David Reiter, Meg Vann, Andy McDermott, Sandy Curtis, David Craig, Sally Collings, Rowena Cory Daniells, Anita Bell, Pamela Rushby, Michelle Worthington, Karen Tyrrell, Alison Reynolds, Angela Sunde, David Craig …

8.45 – 9  WELCOME by Minister for the Arts


9-9.45 Writing for Children

10-10.45 The Thrill Of The Chase

11-11.45 KEYNOTE by TIM FERGUSON- Australia’s only comedy writing teacher.

12-12.45 Romance VS Erotica

1-1.45  The Novel Journalist

2-2.45 Become a Human Lie Detector

3-3.45 Truth or Dare: Memoir and Faction

4-4.45 Fantasy and Sci-Fi

INDUSTRY GEN – THE GOOD OIL SESSIONS (These will run parallel with the Panel Sessions)

9-9.45 Writing For The Screen

10-10.45 The Responsibilities Of The Self-Published

11-12 BREAK

12-12.45 Writers’ Web For Emerging Writers

1-1.45 The Future of Publishing

2-2.45 Negotiating with Publishers

3-3.45 Interactive Publishing

4-4.45 SPECIAL WORKSHOP Comedy Writing with Tim Ferguson

4.45-5.00 Announcements including Competition Winners


Day 3 (Sunday) will give you the opportunity to dine in style at a LITERARY LUNCHEON with the Gold Coast Writers Association and guest authors.

This festival is designed as an expo to bring together authors, including self-published and independently published, and aspiring authors, with publishers and printers who may assist them.

It is also designed as an expo for writers to be able to showcase their work to those most important people, READERS.


About jillsmith

I am an author of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world' now retitled Book 1 and Book 2 of the Ancient Alien Series, as I've written the third in the series currently titled Travellers. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. As a member of The Ten Penners, I've written six short stories in a collaborative our anthology for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales (released 2009), and nine stories including a novella in Mystery, Mayhem & Magic (released 2017). They are both available in hard copy and on Amazon as ebooks. I blog to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon. I work part time and lead a busy life.
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