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Bendigo Writers Festival 2012

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by Melody Clifford (subscribe)
is a girl-about-town and general, adventurous, know-it-all.
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The Bendigo Writers Festival (image source

In an picturesque location, among historic, gold-rush era architecture and wide, tree-lined avenues, the city of Bendigo seems to be an ideal home for a weekend writer's festival.

This year it's on from Friday, August 10th until Sunday, August 12th and will see the town come alive with an amazing array of authors, philosophers and publishers, all of them sharing their secrets.

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Ita Buttrose is a keynote speaker at the Bendigo Writers Festival (image source

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.

Another big name appearing at the Bendigo Writers Festival is murder mystery author Kerry Greenwood. She created well loved novels 'The Castlemaine Murders' and 'Cocaine Blues' and has her character Phryne Fisher now appearing in the ABC's Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries series.

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'The Castlemaine Murders' by Kerry Greenwood is published by Allen and Unwin (image source

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.

One of the most unique offerings is the 'Deep and Meaningful Underground Read' which sees participants travel sixty-one metres beneath the earth into the award-winning Central Deborah Goldmine's function room to celebrate the National Year of Reading.

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The Capital Theatre in Bendigo is the main venue for many Writers Festival events (image source: Wikimedia Commons, photo by Mattinbgn)

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.

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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.

You can download a full program guide for the event here. A timetable for for the V-line bus and train services that run to and from Bendigo is also available.
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Why? For the love of literature.
When: 10:00am - 10:00pm daily
Phone: (03) 5434 6100
Where: Capital Theatre, Bendigo
Cost: $12 - $40
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