Ita Buttrose is one of the keynote speakers at the event, famed for her publishing and editorial experience. She has recently been the subject of the telemovie Paper Giants - The Birth of Cleo. It hit the small screen in April of 2012 and was so popular that it was shown again during July.
'The Castlemaine Murders' by Kerry Greenwood is published by Allen and Unwin (image source www.allenandunwin.com)
At the Bendigo Writers Festival there are over fifty sessions available to enjoy. They focus on a range of topics such as getting past writer's block, writing histories, writing for an online audience and tips and advice on how to target readers with blogs and social media.
Bendigo's glorious Capital Theatre is the home for most of the other festival events. There you can hear about the process of writing memoirs and novels, what to watch out for in publishing contracts, and how to write for theatre or young readers.
There's also an artist's studio space to visit where you can see pictures being created and Craig Smith will have his thirty-five years worth of children's book illustrations on display.
While writing festivals in larger cities can set you back nearly one hundred dollars, this one is presented at the very affordable price of around fifteen dollars per session or forty for a festival pass that gives unlimited access to all the events.
Bendigo has recently hosted the successful White Wedding Dress and Grace Kelly exhibitions and is enjoying a revival as a one of Victoria's premier locations for a weekend escape.
The Hotel Shamrock is one of the establishments offering accommodation packages (image source: Wikimedia Commons, photo by Mattinbgn)
It takes approximately one and a half hours to drive there from Melbourne and if you don't feel like making the return journey in a single day, Bendigo Writers Festival accommodation packages are offered.