A day of workshops including an open mic session at no cost made this event well worth attending. A quiet venue away from the city was another advantage to assist the grey matter. Some delegates travelled from as far away as Melbourne.
Sessions included the popular Author Q&A with B. Michael Radburn, Haiku poetry with Craig Lincoln, Crime Fiction with Robin Hillard and Writing for Children by Yvonne Winer.
One of the highlights of the day was an impromptu workshop on character development, conducted by two local writers. Author Adele Jones and writer and editor Nola Passmore (of The Write Flourish, freelance writing and editing services) provided a feast of practical information with lots of laughs thrown in. An exaggerated example of behavioural observation demonstrated by Nola Passmore had the room belly-laughing. Audience volunteers play-acted a humourous situation, a process by which writers uncover flaws in their ideas and enhance reality.
The Haiku Poetry workshop was presented similarly to the format of the poetry, being quick and concise while providing maximum descriptives. Its style is to write one to three lines, creating a snapshot reflection on nature. Haiku spin-offs include Basho, more on philosophy and Senryu, humourous poetry on human nature. To extend your abilities you may wish to join your local 'ginko' group. These are Haiku poets who go for walks and write poems of their observations of nature.
The Philharmonic Hall, a charming venue away from the city, 7 Matthews St.
Open mic time included readings from book portions and poetry. Registration is required on booking your place and on arrival. Morning and afternoon teas overlapped with workshops so there were no set break times. Tables were provided in some areas to take tea while participating in the workshops.
The program was full but it was still possible to network. The organisers were genuine, friendly and engaging. The atmosphere was casual, there were 'freebies' handed out including books plus an international competition flyer from Field of Words .
Feedback forms were provided for continuous improvement. For a day's free workshops, that's extra value.