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Saturday, May 18 2013
David M. Henley: Sci-fi and Escaping the Known World  * SOLD OUT * Code: 1  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction

The history of science fiction, and techniques for writing in the genre.

Saturday, May 18 2013 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Ante Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Tommy Murphy: Dramatic Action  * SOLD OUT * Code: 2  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Romance

A practical introduction to playwriting led by Tommy Murphy.

Saturday, May 18 2013 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Mitchell Meeting Room 2, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Troubadours and Minstrels Code: 1  |  Type: Performance   |  Genres: Poetry, Music

Four musos lead four small crowds to poets in alcoves, underpasses, secret corners and other unusual performance spots.

Saturday, May 18 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Free, bookings essential, tandm.eventbrite.com.au, or for more information email info@wordtravels.info.
The Rocks Square & Laneways, The Rocks Square, Playfair Street, The Rocks  read more >
Rebecca Huntley: Research and Creative Narrative in Memoir  * SOLD OUT * Code: 3  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir

Rebecca Huntley explores how to use different kinds of research in memoir.

Saturday, May 18 2013 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Mitchell Meeting Room 2, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Will Swanton: Sports As Life Code: 4  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fashion,

How to write about the real meaning of sport: the life lessons.

Saturday, May 18 2013 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Ante Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Writer Overnighter with Christopher Cheng Code: 2  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Children's & Family

Stay overnight in the Powerhouse Museum, with children’s author Christopher Cheng.

Saturday, May 18 2013 2:30 PM Ticketed: $120/$100
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo  read more >
Book Launch: Mark O’Flynn - The Forgotten World Code: 1  |  Type: Launch   |  Genres: Fashion, Fiction

Mark O’Flynn launches his new historical novel, The Forgotten World.

Saturday, May 18 2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free, no bookings
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba  read more >
Festival Launch: With Joyful Strains – Making Australia Home Code: 2  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fashion, Biography & Memoir

Celebrate the launch of the 2013 Varuna Writer’s Festival with the new anthology Joyful Strains.

Saturday, May 18 2013 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Free, no bookings
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba  read more >
 
Sunday, May 19 2013
Neil James: The Gentle Art of Persuasion  * SOLD OUT * Code: 5  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction,

Neil James traverses the techniques of persuasion to supercharge your text.

Sunday, May 19 2013 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $150/$140
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Ante Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Gabriel Clark: Making Comics - Clarity, Closure and Sequential Art Code: 6  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Fiction, Art & Design

A toolset to create comics and communicate in the language of comics.

Sunday, May 19 2013 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $150/$140
State Library of NSW, Mitchell Meeting Room 2, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
CBCA Junior Masterclass: Jacqueline Harvey  * SOLD OUT * Code: 7  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Children's & Family

A workshop for young writers aged 9 to 13 year presented by Jacqueline Harvey.

Sunday, May 19 2013 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $70
State Library of NSW, Macquarie Room, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Troubadours and Minstrels Code: 3  |  Type: Performance   |  Genres: Poetry, Music

Four musos lead four small crowds to poets in alcoves, underpasses, secret corners and other unusual performance spots.

Sunday, May 19 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Free, bookings essential, tandm.eventbrite.com.au, or for more information email info@wordtravels.info.
The Rocks Square & Laneways, The Rocks Square, Playfair Street, The Rocks  read more >
Rocket Readings Code: 41  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Poetry

A lively afternoon of readings celebrating the prose poem.

Sunday, May 19 2013 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Free, no bookings
Wollongong City Gallery, Corner of Kembla and Burelli Streets, Wollongong  read more >
B. Michael Radburn: Writing a Successful Thriller  * SOLD OUT * Code: 8  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Crime, Fiction, Publishing Industry

An interactive workshop for writing successful thrillers.

Sunday, May 19 2013 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Jordie Albiston: The Book of Ethel Launch Code: 4  |  Type: Launch   |  Genres: Poetry

Jordie Albiston talks with David Musgrave about her new collection, The Book of Ethel.

Sunday, May 19 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Free, bookings essential, email: sydneypoetry-2@angelastretch.com
Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills  read more >
So You Want to Be a Writer? Code: 33  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Publishing Industry

Experts give writers practical advice on publishing, funding and getting the attention your work deserves.

Sunday, May 19 2013 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Free, bookings essential 02 9897 5744, email info@ice.org.au
Parramatta Information and Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road, Corner Villers Street, inside Swith Digital Arts Centre,  read more >
Poetry in the Caves Code: 3  |  Type: Reading   |  Genres: Poetry, Music

A magical afternoon of poetry and music inside Jenolan’s magnificent Cathedral Cave.

Sunday, May 19 2013 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Ticketed: $60/$
Jenolan Caves - Cathedral Cave, 4669 Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan Caves  read more >
NSW Premier's Literary Awards Dinner Code: 5  |  Type: Special Event   |  Genres: Publishing Industry

A celebration of Australian writing on the eve of the Sydney Writer’s Festival.

Sunday, May 19 2013 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Ticketed: $150/$
State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
 
Monday, May 20 2013
CBCA Junior Masterclass: Oliver Phommavanh  * SOLD OUT * Code: 9  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Children's & Family

A workshop for young writers aged 9 to 13 year presented by Oliver Phommavanh.

Monday, May 20 2013 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $70
State Library of NSW, Macquarie Room, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Primary School Days: Parramatta Code:   |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Children's & Family, Fiction

A celebration of literature for children aged 8+ featuring acclaimed authors.

Monday, May 20 2013 9:40 AM - 2:30 PM Ticketed: $20
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta  read more >
Michelle de Kretser in Conversation Code: 4  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction

Join Ali Lemer as she speaks with award-winning author Michelle de Kretser about her latest novel Questions of Travel.

Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Ann Curthoys: Writing History Code: 10  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: History

Ann Curthoys leads students through writing exercises and class discussion of issues related to writing history.

Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $150/$140
State Library of NSW, Jean Garling Ante Room, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Missing in Action: Australia’s Literary Past Code: 5  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, , Fashion

Leading Australian literary critic Geordie Williamson discusses his new book The Burning Library with Tegan Bennett Daylight.

Monday, May 20 2013 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Landscapes of Love and Loss Code: 6  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Jessie Cole, Berndt Sellheim and Yvette Walker discuss their debut novels with Catherine Therese.

Monday, May 20 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Anna Maguire: Using and Understanding Crowdfunding Code: 11  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Historical Fiction

Find out how to maximise your chance of success using crowdfunding.

Monday, May 20 2013 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $85/$75
State Library of NSW, Mitchell Meeting Room 2, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Madeleine St John: A Writer’s Life Code: 7  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir, Fashion, Publishing Industry

Helen Trinca discusses her new book, Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John, in conversation with Geordie Williamson.

Monday, May 20 2013 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Wild: Stories from the Trail Code: 8  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir,

Cheryl Strayed discusses her #1 New York Times bestseller Wild with Cate Kennedy.

Monday, May 20 2013 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
The Editor’s Cut Code: 6  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Publishing Industry

Three editors talk about the complexities and challenges of editing another’s work.

Monday, May 20 2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Free, bookings essential 9036 5253
University of Sydney, Macleay Museum, Gosper Lane (off Science Road), University of Sydney  read more >
Nick Earls: From Book to Film and Beyond Code: 7  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

Nick Earls discusses how it pans out when a novelist trespasses into the world of film and ebooks.

Monday, May 20 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Free, bookings essential 9242 8555, coslibrary.eventbrite.com.
Customs House, The Reading Room, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay  read more >
The Dr Dark Memorial Lecture - The Good Life: What Makes a Life Worth Living? Code: 9  |  Type: Author Talk   |  Genres: Fashion, Feminism,

Hugh Mackay delivers the 2013 Eric Dark Memorial Lecture, and asks us: What makes a life worth living?

Monday, May 20 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
 
Tuesday, May 21 2013
CBCA Junior Masterclass: Sue Whiting Code: 12  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Children's & Family

A workshop for young writers aged 9 to 13 year presented by Sue Whiting.

Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Ticketed: $70
State Library of NSW, Macquarie Room, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Primary School Days: City Code:   |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Children's & Family, Fiction

A celebration of literature for children aged 8+ featuring acclaimed authors.

Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:40 AM - 2:30 PM Ticketed: $20
Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay  read more >
Secondary School Days: Parramatta Code:   |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Fiction, Children's & Family, Indigenous, Young Adult

A celebration of literature for students aged 13+ featuring acclaimed authors.

Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:40 AM - 2:30 PM Ticketed: $20
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta  read more >
Sexism, Australian Style Code: 10  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: , Feminism, Politics & Current Affairs

Anne Summers discusses her new book The Misogyny Factor with Tara Moss.

Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Places of Darkness and Light: New Australian Fiction Code: 11  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Jesse Blackadder, Mark O’Flynn and Julienne van Loon discuss their latest books.

Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
A Reader’s Guide to Life Code: 12  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Biography & Memoir

Ramona Koval discusses her new memoir and the pleasures of reading with Geordie Williamson.

Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Killing Your Darlings: Intensive Editing Workshop with Rebecca Starford #2  * SOLD OUT * Code: W31  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Publishing Industry

Editor and publisher Rebecca Starford teaches you the mechanics of editing and drafting in order to make your manuscript shine. (repeat)

Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
State Library of NSW, Mitchell Meeting Room 2, Level 1, Mitchell Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney  read more >
Dermot Healy in Conversation Code: 13  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fiction, Poetry

Renown Irish author Dermot Healy in conversation with Kate Fagan.

Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
The Art of the Short Story Code: 14  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Fiction

Georgia Blain, Cate Kennedy and Josephine Rowe discuss their new collections with Tegan Bennett-Daylight.

Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Ticketed (see details)
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
Book Launch: Jane Skelton - Lives of the Dead Code: 15  |  Type: Launch   |  Genres: Fiction

Walter Mason launches Lives of the Dead by Jane Skelton.

Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Free, no bookings
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba  read more >
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