Prices per event listed below.
Digital Writers Conference
Thu 31 Oct, 12:30 PM
The Emerging Writers' Festival is excited to be heading to Hobart, and we're equally excited to be bringing with us one of our most innovative programs. The Digital Writers’ Conference will equip writers with new ideas and inspiration about how to share their stories and words with audiences online. Panel discussions full of practical advice will explore how to write for online audiences and where the opportunities are in the digital space. Writers’ will share with you how they use new technologies to create and promote their work online. Most importantly there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions! With Bethanie Blanchard (Crikey, The Guardian), Fiona Dunne (Seizure), Rachel Edwards, Kelly Lee Hickey, Matthew Lamb (Island), Benjamin Laird, Kate McKenzie, Jennifer Mills, Connor Tomas O’Brien (Tomely.com), Zora Sanders (Meanjin), Jacinda Woodhead (Overland) and more. 12.30pm Registration and introduction. 1pm Writers can stay connected like never before by being online. In this special keynote and conversation, novelist Jennifer Mills looks to Twitter and beyond to keep in the loop. 2pm Our panellists look out how they make new technologies work in their writing careers. What are the creative opportunities of ebooks? What opportunities are there for digital poets and prose writers? 3pm How different is writing for an online audience, how can you blog creatively about books? What are the challenges and opportunities for writers working in this field? What are the realities of freelancing online? 4pm How are Australia’s leading literary magazines going about moving online? How are they planning to engage writers in the online space? Ticket includes entry into Graphic Content: An Evening of Visual Storytelling at 6pm.
Eros & Thanatos Rooms, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) $45 full / $40 concession
Mixtape Memoirs with The Lifted Brow
Fri 1 Nov, 7:30 PM
The Lifted Brow is a bimonthly literary/ arts/ cultural magazine from Australia and the world, featuring fiction, essays, comics, poetry. Join the Brow crew as they present five of the best writers in Hobart, writers who will share with you the music that has impacted them most, and explain in a storyteller way just why. With Pip Stafford, Matthew Lamb, Ben Walter, Chad Parkhill, Susie Greenhill, Adam Ouston and Andrew Harper.
The Grand Poobah Free
Meet the Magazines
Fri 1 Nov, 5:30 PM
In this unique networking opportunity, come and meet some of the editors and teams behind some of Australia's leading literary magazines. Acclaimed author Danielle Wood will give a short talk about the importance of literary journal culture in Australia, followed by a fun introduction to the magazines themselves. Enjoy a drink at the Hobart Bookshop and meet the team behind the Emerging Writers' Festival too!
The Hobart Book Shop
Young Writers Program: Twitch meets Stilts
Sat 2 Nov, 11:00 AM
Want help getting your writing started? Join two of the most exciting emerging writers collectives in the country writers, the Twitch (Hobart) and the Stilts Collective (Melbourne via Brisbane) for a day of engaging writing workshops, readings and pitch sessions. Come along to The Grand Poobah to hang and write, and listen to some amazing stories. 11am. Introduction and Flash Fiction writing Get your Saturday started with this invigorating Flash Fiction workshop run by Seizure magazine and an introduction to the Emerging Writers' Festival. 12pm. Twitch + Stilts Postcard Project Send a note to an anonymous receiver from Stilts postcard stations around the festival venue. Take a postcard from the pile, write your note, and we’ll send these out to the expectant recipients. Jot down anything you like, write a short poem, tell them what you ate for breakfast, or what the weather’s doing in Hobart. MENTOR ROOM - Short stories: come talk to Jennifer Mills and Chris Somerville 1pm - LUNCH 2pm. Stilts Workshop Write a letter to someone about an artefact from your childhood. Use this as the chance to come clean to your Mum about the creepy costume she made you for book-parade, or explain to your desk buddy from primary school about the imaginary person you spoke to throughout Grade 2. Pieces from the workshop can be shared later in our open-mic performance event. MENTOR ROOM - Graphic novels: Andrea Hoff 3pm. Twitch Pitch Kat Muscat (Voiceworks), Brigid Mullane (Kill Your Darlings) and Steph Van Schilt (The Lifted Brow) will be on hand to hear pitches of your work and to suggest ways of approaching editors and sending your work in. MENTOR ROOM - Poetry for performance: Kelly Lee Hickey 4pm. Childhood Artefacts Performance Hear from a stellar line-up of readers as they tell us about mementos from their childhood. There’ll be an open-mic following for any other sharers (aka YOU). 5pm. EWF Closing drinks
The Grand Poobah Free
Graphic Content: An Evening of Visual Storytelling
Thu 31 Oct, 6:00 PM
Graphic novels are rapidly rising as the new storytelling form. And what better way to spend Halloween than by exploring the weird world of visual storytelling? These writers and comic artists will be projecting their new work and narrating strange stories for a night of horror and fun. Including a ghoulish Halloween-inspired DJ soundtrack. With Gary Chaloner, Bronte Coates, Andrea Hoff, Briony Kidd, Leigh Rigozzi, Chad Parkhill, Josh Santospirito, Chris Somerville and Rachel Tribout. Entry is free with a Digital Writers' Conference Pass or individual tickets are available below.
Eros & Thanatos Rooms, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) $15 full/ $10 concession