The Writers Unleashed Festival is an annual celebration of writing, publishing and all things bookish. Now in it’s sixth year, it’s on this Saturday at the Tradies Club Gymea (in Sydney’s South).

23806-wuThe festival is run by the Sutherland branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers. I’ve attended the festival several times, and each time I’ve come away wiser, happier, and more motivated.The workshops and masterclasses have been so informative and inspirational, I couldn’t wait for the next one to come along.

But this year, I’m excited to say, I’ll be one of the presenters 🙂 And I’m in great company. Writers include Frances Watts, Lizbeth Klein and Jodie Wells-Slowgrove, covering a broad range of writerly topics.

I’m presenting a one-hour session called ‘Blogging and the Social Media for Writers’. I’ll be talking about how publishers expect writers to have a social media presence, and how best to go about it. This is such an important topic and I can’t wait to get stuck in!

The festival also provides opportunities for participants to consult with editors, who can provide one-on-one  feedback. The editors are Beverley Cousins and Emma Rafferty for adult fiction, and Sue Whiting and Heather Curdie for children’s fiction. I blogged about the editor’s panel previously, where I passed on some of their excellent tips. Sadly I’ll miss the panel session this year, as my workshop clashes with it. Still, no complaints from me …

Hope to see some of you there!



9 thoughts on “Writers Unleashed is coming – and I’m presenting!

  1. All the best for your presentation! You have a wonderful blog that you can talk about (and FB and twitter).

    I really enjoyed this festival the last time I went. The presenters were informative and I had the opportunity to have an assessment of my work too. What I heard and saw has stayed with me.

    1. Stella says:

      I’m glad you got a lot out of it last time. Pity you can’t make it this year, but thanks for the good wishes!

  2. Vasudha says:

    I enjoyed your workshop last weekend and I’m certain your audience at Writers Unleashed will take away lots of great tips!

    1. Stella says:

      Thank you – and I hope so!

  3. I think social media is the hardest part for me to grasp. How do you know what to post of Twitter and Facebook? How do you manage your time on social media versus actually writing stuff? I’d love to hear about how long you think is appropriate to spend on social media? 😀

    1. Stella says:

      Good questions! I’ll be covering them at the festival. Are you coming along?

  4. So exciting for you, Stella. You can be proud of your accomplishments this year.

    1. Stella says:

      Thank you, Evelyne, I think we both can!

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