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Do you dream of becoming a travel writer? Or does a career as a ghostwriter or a crime writer appeal to you? If writing is your passion, then this is the writers festival for you.

Held at the Boonah Cultural Centre on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May, the Boonah Writers Festival is a fantastic opportunity to learn from published writers and industry professionals. Workshops include Ghostwriting, Romance, Editing, Crime, Forensics and Travel.

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Boonah Cultual Centre


The festival begins on Saturday morning with a welcome by the Mayor Cr Greg Christensen. The Saturday workshops are Ghostwriting with Libby Harkness, Romance with Alison Stuart, Travel Writing with Lee Mylne and Crime with Gabrielle Lord.

The presenters are talented with a broad range of expertise. With more than 35 published books, Libby Harkness is an experienced journalist, editor, writer and ghostwriter. Alison Stuart is an award-winning author and a past president of the Romance Writers of Australia. Lee Mylne is a Brisbane-based travel journalist who has written for a wide range of Australian and international publications. Crime writer Gabrielle Lord will discuss the creation, structure, and outline writing that she used to manage the C365 series.

A delicious morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch is provided.

Gala Dinner

This gala dinner is not to be missed. Join fellow writers for an entertaining evening on Saturday 4 May. This year's speaker is Shane Webcke, an accomplished author, farmer, news presenter, former professional footballer, family man and businessman.

If last year's gala dinner was anything to go by, then guests are in for a treat this year. The food is incredible.

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Lamb Shank

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Panna Cotta

The gala dinner is at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. If you're not on the all inclusive package, tickets cost $70 for Foundation members and $75 for non-members.


Sunday is a half day, which is perfect for Brisbane based attendees. Two sessions are available - Forensic Pathology (Fact v Fiction) with Dr Sarah Gardner and Editing with Lynne Stringer.

Dr Sarah Gardner is a Forensic Scientist with a PhD in chemistry. She has had a colourful career working for UK Police Forces (fingerprint laboratories), the Home Office (research into fingerprint detection methods), the Forensic Science Service (court reporting forensic biologist) and teaching forensic science at various universities.

If you're keen to learn all about body fluid and blood pattern analysis, DNA profiling, fingerprints, case assessment and interpretation, then Dr Sarah Gardner's workshop is the place for you.

Lynne Stringer currently is a professional editor and proofreader. She has expertise in journalism, editing, screenplay writing and novels and has worked for both traditional and self-publishing companies.


A range of ticket options is available. The all-inclusive ticket price after 16th March is $320.

The Saturday ticket costs $220 and includes all Saturday sessions, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. The gala dinner is not included in this price.

The Sunday ticket is $115 and includes all Sunday sessions, lunch and morning tea.
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Why? Writing Workshops
When: From 9am on Saturday
Phone: 0428 718 960
Where: Boonah Cultural Centre, High Street, Boonah, QLD, 4310
Cost: Depends on the sessions attended
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Are you going yourself Amanda?
by May Cross (score: 3|6489) 446 days ago
A great opportunity for would-be writers out there.
by Susan J Bowes (score: 3|1519) 403 days ago
by Amanda I on 08/02/2020
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