If you have not yet enjoyed the crystal clear waters, hours and hours of sunshine plus the relaxed vibe of Airlie Beach yet, then you're in for a treat at any time of the year. However September is spectacular, with an average daytime temperature of 25 degrees and a nighttime low of 18, this tropical paradise makes the perfect setting for a Writing Festival. What an opportunity to have a winter getaway, combined with a writers retreat and convention featuring seminars from celebrated authors such as the award-winning poet and fiction writer David Reiter and fiction writer and 'Bob's biographer' Blanche d'Alpug.
Running from the 18 – 20 September, the Whitsunday Writers Festival has a packed three-day program of author talks, inspirational speakers, social gatherings and speeches about how to treat yourself, the author, as a business. All events will be hosted in the Whitsunday Marine Club which boasts million dollar views across the Coral Sea. The festival is intended to be a relaxed event, where experienced authors and speakers mingle with festival-goers, novice writers and local heroes. All workshops and speeches are designed to be inspiring, educational, motivational and entertaining.
David Reiter will speak about how to market yourself as an author, great ways to get your works into print and online distribution as well as a session on his new book and the writing process. Reiter is a great authority to have on-hand. His publishing company Interactive Productions is at the forefront of the emerging digital technologies in Australia and are the largest publisher of literary titles in Queensland. You can pre-book a 'Inside Track Consultation' with Reiter at the festival. This is an opportunity for you to pitch one or two chapters of your work to this industry heavyweight and have him let you know his thoughts on its readiness for publication, as well as suggestions for edits and writing style. What a great opportunity! Special festival rates apply to this, with all info available on the website.
Blanche d'Alpug is a celebrated fiction novelist in her own right, however is more widely known for her biographical works about her husband, Bob Hawke. It is one of these biographies, Bob Hawke, the Prime Minister, that d'Alpug will be speaking about at the festival, as well as a separate talk about her new work, a historical fiction about King Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Special motivational guests Jessica Watson and Ryan Campbell will each speak about their journeys and their own experiences in writing their books. Jessica Watson is an Australian sailor who completed a southern hemisphere solo circumnavigation at the age of 16. Her story is inspiring and a true tale of courage, determination and guts. Ryan Campbell now holds the world record for the youngest person to fly solo around the globe. He completed this incredible feat at only 19 years of age. Both Watson and Campbell will be the special guests at a literary dinner on the Saturday night of the festival. You will have the chance to dine with these young motivators and ask them your burning questions.
Now in it's sixth year, this festival also hosts a range of local author and expert talks, a long table lunch and lectures about how to go about making a living as an author. There are a number of specialists and experts flying in for the festival.
Tickets for this not to be missed festival are on sale now at whitsundaywritersfestival.com and start from $25. Tickets can be purchased to individual events from as little as $25. Check the website for event listings and ticket details.
For those who are looking for a little access to the festival and a bit of inspiration but are short on time, you can purchase a single day ticket at the following rates:
Why not book yourself in for the festival, then extend your stay in the stunning Whitsunday region for a few days, or a week, to use your new-found motivation and knowledge to kick-start that new novel, make a dent in that thriller you've been working on or conjure up those character backstories you have been working with.