Boonah Writers Festival

2-3 May 2020

Presented by the Boonah and District Cultural Foundation Inc

Presenters

Taking the Me out of Memoir

Ben Allmon

Taking the Me out of Memoir

Ben Allmon

Taking the Me out of Memoir: How to Make the Memorable Readable

Everyone has a story…but not everyone can make the memorable readable (let alone publishable). Benjamin Allmon will take you through every step of writing a memoir/non-fiction book; from preparation (knowing what story to tell), through the writing process – incorporating dialogue, juggling the elements of good storytelling, getting the balance of backstory and research right, managing story and character arc – to navigating the tricky topography of the editing process. He will talk about getting the fear, killing your darlings, getting the book market-ready, and most importantly getting outside yourself in the toughest genre to be objective…in other words, how to take the “me” out your memoir.

Benjamin Allmon is an author, freelance journalist, musician, audio engineer, adventurer, and film producer. The author of three books, Foot Notes, Mr Ordinary Dons a Disguise, and The Saltwater Story, the latter was shortlisted as a Work of State Significance at the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards. His latest book – The Black & White Braid, with photographer Carin Garland – is the story of his 700km walk around the Scenic Rim, detailing its past and present, and is due for release (along with a podcast and photographic exhibition) in May 2020.

He has written for numerous national and international publications, edited the forthcoming memoir The Last Daughter by indigenous author Brenda Matthews, has released two albums, and composed the bulk of the soundtrack for the award-winning film The Saltwater Story, which he also produced.

A member of the ASA, APA, QWC, and APRA, he has one wife, one son, and two left feet.

Writing for Action

Colin Handley

Writing for Action

Colin Handley

Ever read a book or watched a movie and thought the stunts were “way over the top”? Not possible for the “ordinary” characters to perform, survive and carry on as though nothing had happened? When you know that you would be injured for life if you had performed the same antics?

The Stunt Workshop, by Colin Handley, will include some of the more important skills relating to film fighting and general action. Theory of stunts, Stunt tumbling, fight skills, camera work and acting…All of which will create a realistic fight scene on film and in books. The end result will be filmed and the video reviewed for evaluation.

Colin Handley, a veteran of film and television, has performed stunts and acted on many Films and Television shows in Australia, England and USA. He has trained with Chuck Norris, and worked with Schwarznegger, Van Damme, Stallone, Hasselhoff, Bruce Willis and Johnny Depp.

Building Your Writing Career

Edwina Shaw

Edwina Shaw

Edwina Shaw is a Brisbane writer of fiction, memoir and screenplays. Her novel, Thrill Seekers, based on her brother’s battle with adolescent onset schizophrenia, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award for New Writing and was recently released as a new imprint by Raven Books UK. In the Dark of Night (Ransom UK), her chapter book for young readers, was selected for the 2016/17 National Library Summer Reading Club. Since 2002, her short pieces have been published in Australian and international journals, including Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review and Asia Literary Review. Her feature film screenplay M was awarded 2018 Talent Development funding from Screen Queensland and is currently under development. She is the contributing editor of Bjelke Blues- Stories of Resistance and Repression in Bjelke-Petersen’s QLD1960s – 1980s (AndAlso Books 2019) an anthology of stories about life in QLD during the Bjelke-Petersen regime. When she’s not writing, she teaches creative writing at the University of QLD, for the QLD Writers Centre and in the community. Edwina also runs Relax and Write Retreats for women that combine yoga, dance and writing.

http://www.edwinashaw.com.

https://relaxandwriteretreats.blog/

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Poetry – A Cultural Force

Robert Morris

Poetry – A Cultural Force

Robert Morris

Rob will be talking about the sort of poetry and poets that have led him to a lifetime of engagement with this literary form. There will be an emphasis on the development of the work of the participants, of course. Rob loves to get people writing! He also values intelligent discussion of those things that hopefully will keep poetry as the important cultural force it is. He has a particular love of Australian writing, and why it is so important to know a little history before going on to produce that which is entirely your own. We will look at our experiences, natural interests and those things we simply have to say. We aim for an informal, joyful and above all thought- provoking, informative get-together.

Writing a Children’s Book

Vicki Bennet

Writing a Childrens Book

Vicki Bennet

In this presentation, Ms Bennett will share her experience in writing and the ground rules of building a powerful story, exploring some of the fundamentals, the importance of a story arc, storyline and plot. How to develop a point of difference in the story and making every word count, Ms Bennett will offer valuable suggestions for working with an illustrator to create a page turner.

The workshop will cover:

    • Getting started.
    • Structure.
    • Character and backstory.
    • Finding your unique voice.
    • Eight defining elements in writing a children’s book.
    • Unblocking and freeing creativity.
    • Accessing the flow of effective writing.
    • Understanding your audience and writing for your market.
    • The importance of synopsis.
    • Uncovering any self-limiting thought patterns.

Ms Bennett is the author of 28 books over three decades and brings considerable experience to the table. As a corporate trainer, she is also an accomplished presenter.

She has worked with dozens of different publishers and editors, including self-publishing, so understands how different each is and can offer strategies to help writers communicate and develop great relationships with publishers and editors.

Flash Fiction – Maximum Impact

Virginia Miranda

Flash Fiction – Maximum Impact

Virginia Miranda

More than just super short stories, flash focuses on brevity, word economy, and making maximum impact in as few words as possible, encouraging the writer to create better short stories, novellas and novels.

There are three main ways to produce good flash fiction: start from an existing story and cut it down; start from a free written ramble and sharpen it up; or start from scratch and write with the mindset of a poet.

Writers who are keen to bring more verve, wit and action to their Flash Fiction will find plenty of practical tools and writing exercises in this workshop. Writers of all skill levels are welcome.

Virginia Miranda is the author of three flash fiction collections. Flash Fiction Volume One and Two and Valentine and other stories. Virginia is also working on her first collection of Short Stories plus her Novella, Isabella’s Bouquet.

Ladies and Gentlemen – The Rolling Stones

Sam Cutler

Ladies and Gentlemen – The Rolling Stones

SAM CUTLER

Sam Cutler is commonly credited with first uttering The Rolling Stones’ famous intro line, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World…The Rolling Stones!”

Throughout his rock and roll career, Cutler was agent for some of the largest rock and roll shows in history outside of Woodstock including The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, the Grateful Dead‘s Europe ’72 tour and the Dead’s participation in the Festival Express train tour across Canada.

Sam organized the Grateful Dead’s appearances at a number of memorable events including: the 1970 Festival Express Tour of Canada, The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen at seven hundred plus paid admissions it was the largest single paid admission event in rock n roll history.

Sam toured around Australia and Asia promoting his book, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want: My Life with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Other Wonderful Reprobates.”

As an Honours graduate and teacher from the University of Cambridge Education Institute, Sam Cutler was undoubtedly highly qualified to guide the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, The Grateful Dead and Alexis Korner through their trials and tribulations.

Sell your books

Attendees are welcome to display and sell their own books at the festival. There is no additional charge for this.