Mentoring The Muse – Bundaberg 12 – 14 October 2012.
Due to enquiries from writers who have only now found out about Mentoring the Muse, we are extending the Early bird registration fee of $395 to 14 September and the full fee of $440 to 21st September..
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Three Bundaberg-based professionals, each with unique insights into writing better and getting published faster, offer a mentoring and writing retreat in sub-tropical Bundaberg, coastal Queensland.
These authors/editors will mentor emerging novelists, short story crafters and memoirists over three days during the region’s celebration of creativity, arts and culture – the CRUSH Festival, in October.
Mentoring the Muse gives committed writers the opportunity to spend three days away from all their usual distractions to immerse themselves in the writing process – creating, editing, discussing, airing problems with fellow writers, brainstorming – and beyond.
At all times, your Muses will be there to offer advice, to make suggestions, and to put the writing process into perspective. They offer their broad-based industry knowledge to help writers move their works towards publication. Most of all, because they’ve been where you are now, they offer unqualified support to the Writer who would be an Author.
Workshops will focus on the needs of the writers as evidenced by their submissions. Attending the workshops is not compulsory. You may prefer to find a quiet spot and concentrate on your own writing, you might be in a one-on-one session with your mentor, or brainstorming ideas with another writer. We aim to offer each writer what they need to further their skills and knowledge and gain the most they can from the three days.
- Romance/Thriller/Crime – Sandy Curtis
- Sci Fi/Fantasy/Horror/Erotica – Louise Cusack
- Short prose forms, Memoirs/Autobiography – Diane Esmond
Please see individual names above for complete details.
Venue: The Purple Door
Kate Eltham, CEO of the Queensland Writers Centre, said of Mentoring the Muse, 2010:
“One of the most common pieces of feedback QWC receives from Australian publishers and literary agents is that writers are submitting manuscripts to them that ‘just aren’t cooked’. Writers may develop manuscripts at home but often, without some experienced guidance and editorial input, it’s impossible for them to identify the strengths and weaknesses in their own work or understand how to address them.
“Mentoring the Muse is proposed as an intensive retreat-style development program similar to initiatives like the Varuna Manuscript Development Awards in NSW or the QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program. These have been highly successful at supporting writers to improve their work to publishable standard, resulting in numerous publishing contracts for participants.
Bundaberg would be the only regional city in Australia to host a locally-developed program of this structure and calibre. It is only possible because of the depth of professional writing expertise that exists in Bundaberg because of these local writers.”
A little glimpse of Muse 2010
This project is being supported by Bundaberg Regional Council and Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture.