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Writers' Symposium - Breaking the Code: From Published to Best-Selling Author

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Create Your Own Writing Career - Two Day Event

Meet writers, editors, directors and publishers.

Hear first hand how to build a successful writing career or portfolio.

Learn valuable skills.

"The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." ― Sylvia Plath

Are you a published writer who wants to make the leap into the author market? Come along and join Breaking the Code: From Published to Best-Selling Author, an exciting international forum which will help you take control of your writing career and make the transition to a financially successful author.

Held over two enlightening days, Breaking the Code is a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences with editors, social media experts, literary agents, indie/traditional publishers and reviewers.

Featuring guest speakers from Australia, New Zealand, India, UK, France and the USA, who will present personally or via teleconference, the writer's symposium is designed for writers at all stages of development, from those who want to make money from their writing to bucket list writers (yes, the ones who say that 'one day, I'll write a book').

You can set the agenda of what you would like to learn when you purchase your ticket. Choose from a diverse range of sessions related to writing, publishing and promoting. All sessions will be delivered by speakers and panellists who are experts in their fields and there will be opportunities to ask questions.


Highlights include:

  • Stylefit™ - New Technology and New Possibilities with Suraya Dewing – CEO, The Story Mint (NZ), Linda Alley – writer (AU) and Andrew Harris

  • Discussion - A story not sold is a story not told with Nishant Kaushik, Shmavon Azatyan, Shriram Iyer

  • Editing – Preparing for Publication with Robyn Kindler – TAFE and AMES literacy and numeracy tutor (AU)

  • Editing – Marketing with Tahnee Hopman – editing and marketing communications (AU) and Jessica Anwyl – writer and marketing strategist (AU)

  • A Writer's Journey with Jocelyn Harewood – Author of Romper Stomper, YA novels and travel writer for Lonely Planet (AU)

  • The Power of PR – Selling You, Your Brand and Your Books with Andrew Harris – author The C Clef and A Litany of Good Intentions (UK)

  • Indie Publishing: Tools Indie writers have to promote their work (includes demonstration) with Andrew Tesoriero – Up and Up Media and Launch Pad Writers Club (AU)

  • Building an online presence through online publications with Azadeh Nafissi – writer, filmmaker and social media manager (FR) (Teleconference)

  • Screen Writing - Writing Believable Dialogue with Stu Mentha – playwright, blogger, producer (AU) and Noel Anderson – playwright and director (AU)

    Mat Clark – Author and Founder of the World Writers Collective will also be presenting a series of hands-on workshops which will focus on:

  • Developing your pitch to agents and publishers

  • Writing games and editing help from professionals

  • What is entailed within a query letter, structure, and then what to do if you are accepted

  • Editing nitty gritty, writing dialogue, mapping out characters

  • How to craft a query letter, synopsis, biography

  • Pitching to agents and publishers

    Rounding out the program are special activities, which will give you the opportunity to pitch to Literary Agent or Publisher and enjoy a Sunday night dinner with a selection of hosts and creatives.


    Breaking the Code is set to be an amazing weekend of intensive learning. Come and join a diverse group of experienced writers, editors, social media experts, literary agents, publishers and reviewers and find out how you can take your writing career to the next level.

    The writer's symposium will be held on the weekend of 6 and 7 October. Tickets are now on sale through EventBrite. Plan your agenda here.

    Breaking the Code is presented by The Story Mint and World Writers Collective and sponsored by The Moat and Sue Ellson.

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    When: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018, 8.30am to 4.30pm
    Where: The Belgian Beer Cafe Function Centre (upstairs), 5 Riverside Quay, Southbank, Victoria, Australia, 3006.
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