Bestselling authors Write Here! in Lake Mac

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Council, News ~ by Press on  24 Apr 2019

New York Times bestselling crime author Candice Fox and award-winning novelist Wendy James headline Lake Macquarie writers’ festival next month.

Pictured ~ Best selling Hunter-based author,  Wendy James

Write Here! features a day of workshops and author talk to illustrate how ideas become words, and words become stories.

Lake Macquarie City Council acting Arts, Culture and Tourism Manager Jo Smith said the calibre of authors secured for the event reflected the quality of advice, insight and guidance on offer.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity to hear first-hand from some of Australia’s most accomplished writers about how they create their work, and how they get published,” Ms Smith said.

Sydney-based Fox won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel for her debut thriller Hades.

She has since been published in 15 languages and collaborated with renowned US author James Patterson on the bestselling Harriet Blue detective series.

Fox will introduce the third book in that series at Write Here!, and will feature alongside local author Barry Maitland in a session delving into how a best-seller is written, and where authors find their inspiration and ideas.

James, meanwhile, will unveil her new novel, The Accusation, during a conversation with local author and journalist Scott Bevan.

The Hunter-based author said it was always exciting to see her work in print.

It’s a pleasure that never gets old,” James said.

Knowing your story is out there, being read and enjoyed – and sometimes not – by people you may never meet is an incredible buzz.”

Ms Smith said the Saturday 25 May festival at Toronto Library would also feature two exclusive ‘Ask An Author’ sessions.

A limited number of 10-minute spots will be available for visitors to speak one-on-one with either young adult novelist Kaz Delaney or thriller writer Jaye Ford,” Ms Smith said.

The festival kicks off early with a 7.30am ‘Writing Gym’ session hosted by Hunter Writers’ Centre Director Karen Crofts to help boost participants’ confidence, creativity and writing style.

The festival covers so many genres and styles – there really is something for everyone,” Ms Smith said.

“Visitors can come to one session, or they can come for the whole day.”

Other sessions include:

  • Zine-writing with Bastian Fox Phelan
  • Publishing pathways with authors Renee Price, Kaz Delaney, Monique McDonell and Janette Paul
  • Writing for children with authors Jess Black and Paul Russell
  • Importance of research in novel writing with authors Wendy James and Amanda Hampson

Entry to most Write Here! sessions are by gold coin donation, or $8 for the whole day.

The two-hour morning Writing Gym costs $35 and includes breakfast, while the Zine Workshop costs $25 and includes materials.

Go to library.lakemac.com.au/write-here!-festival for more details and the full event timetable.

Bookings for the Writing Gym and Zine-writing sessions are essential and can be made via the same link.

Bookings for the Ask an Author sessions are available in person at the festival on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lake Macquarie’s Toronto library.



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