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Published February 7th 2020
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Do you dream of becoming a writer? If writing is your passion, then this is the writers festival for you. This year, workshops include poetry, memoir writing, flash fiction and writing for children.

Held at the Boonah Cultural Centre on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May, the Boonah Writers Festival is a fantastic opportunity to learn from published writers and industry professionals.

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Boonah Cultural Centre

Produced by the volunteer organisation, Boonah & District Cultural Foundation Inc, the Boonah Writers Festival is now in its fourth year. This inspirational, friendly festival is the perfect opportunity for emerging writers to refine their craft.

The festival begins on Saturday morning and the Saturday workshops are Taking the Me out of Memoir with Benjamin Allmon, Poetry - a Cultural Force with Robert Morris, Writing for Action with Colin Handley and Flash Fiction with Virginia Miranda. Participants have the opportunity to attend each workshop.

The presenters are talented with a broad range of expertise. Benjamin Allmon is an author, freelance journalist, film producer and musician. Allmon has written three books including The Black and White Braid, a story of his 700km walk around the Scenic Rim. Colin Handley has worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Hasselhoff, Bruce Willis and Johnny Depp and his workshop will assist writers in creating realistic fight scenes. Explore experiences and interests in the thought-provoking poetry workshop with Robert Morris. Flash Fiction focuses on brevity, encouraging the writer to create better short stories, novellas and novels. Virginia Miranda is the author of three flash fiction collections and this workshop will explore three ways to produce good flash fiction.

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


This dinner is not to be missed. Join fellow writers for an entertaining evening on Saturday 3 May. This year's speaker is Sam Cutler. Cutler was the agent for some large rock and roll shows including The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park and The Grateful Dead's European 1972 tour. Cutler also worked as a stage manager on a number of gigs in the 1960s including Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd. Cutler is the author of You Can't Always Get What You Want: My Life with the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead and Other Wonderful Reprobates.

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Gala Dinner

The food is amazing.

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Lamb Shank


Sunday is a half day, which is perfect for Brisbane based attendees. Two sessions are available - Building Your Writing Career with Edwina Shaw and Writing a Children's Book with Vicki Bennet.

Edwina Shaw is writer of fiction, memoir and screenplays. She also teaches creative writing at the University of Queensland and the Queensland Writers Centre.

Vicki Bennet is the author of 28 books and will share her experience in writing and explore the fundamentals for building a powerful story as well as offering suggestions for working with an illustrator.


A range of ticket options is available. The early bird ticket price which includes Saturday, Sunday and the dinner costs $280. The all-inclusive ticket price after 16th March is $330.

The Saturday ticket costs $220 and includes all Saturday sessions, lunch, morning and afternoon tea. The dinner is not included in this price. The dinner is $75.

The Sunday ticket is $115 and includes all Sunday sessions, lunch and morning tea.
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Why? Writers Festival
When: 2 - 3 May 2020
Where: Boonah Cultural Centre, 3 High Street, Boonah, QLD, 4310
Cost: Varies
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Looks like it has attracted a strong lineup of guests and some yummy food
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