Presented by Emerging Writers’ Festival and Macquarie University
What does a career in editing and publishing look like today? You’ll hear valuable tips and tricks from those in the know, while meeting authors, publishers, and editors throughout – gaining invaluable insight to help you with your next career steps. Perfect for aspiring authors, editors and publishers, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with the broader editing and publishing community – this is an event not to be missed!
4pm – 5pm: Emerging Editors
To get started as an emerging writer is, in some ways, easy. You just … start writing. But how do you get your start as an editor? Can you just start editing? This practical session will discuss commissioning, communication strategies, and the integral task of balancing the writer/editor relationship. How do you develop positive and productive author/editor relationships? How can you build complimentary careers and diversify your skills? Whether you’re an aspiring author or considering a career in editing, this session will give you an understanding of the ins and outs of the editorial process.
With: Lex Hirst, Kate Stevens, Stephanie Convery and Jane Messer
5pm – 6pm: Pathway to Publication
As part of the SWEATSHOP writers collective, Peter Polites has written and performed pieces all over Australia. He has recently been commissioned to write a play about the migrant experience in Western Sydney for Sydney Festival, to be performed in 2017. Peter’s debut novel, Down The Hume, was released by Hachette this year. In conversation with his publisher, trace Peter’s career, from the acquisition, editorial process and timeline for delivery of manuscript – everything you need to know about the pathway to publication.
With: Peter Polites and Robert Watkins
6pm – 7pm: Hot Takes
How can you write an insightful, original and engaged take on current affairs or culture, and turn it around within a day? This session will take you through what’s involved in structuring a pitch, showing you some examples of successful hot takes. You’ll then have the chance to have a go at writing a short pitch for a current issue and getting some feedback.
With: Osman Faruqi, Neha Kale, Gabrielle Jackson and Rebecca Giggs
7pm – 7.30pm
A chance to grab a drink and some nibbles, and chat with your fellow editors, writers and publishers. Refreshments will be provided.
7.30pm – 9pm: Writing Home
“I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one’s skin, at the extreme corners of one’s eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.” Maya Angelou
What does home mean to you? Somewhere you live, somewhere you come from, somewhere inside? Eight artists reflect on what home and belonging means to them.
Featuring: Alison Whittaker, Stacey Teague, Eda Gunaydin, Rico Craig, Emma O’Neill-Sandham, Jessica Barabas-Bui, Camilo Montealegre-Sanchez, hosted by Izzy Roberts-Orr