From our 'writers' in action...

Friday, 19 August 2016

Ready, Set, Action!

Bendigo Writers in Action gather for the 2016 Writers Festival. Photo: Liz Martin

We came
We saw
blogged and
but never
walked the talk
with young
judged our faves
went home

Quotable Quotes from the Mildura Writers Festival

by Claire Blainey

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Although focusing on poetry, I have found myself being inspired by all of the writers at the Mildura Writer’s Festival. They’ve all shared their knowledge and wisdom on the process of writing and their inspirations for writing. This has been really valuable to me as someone who used to write frequently and suddenly stopped. Coming to this festival, I hoped to reignite my love for writing and reading. I want to share some of the quotes from the writers that really stood out for me throughout the festival. These were the quotes that I just had to write down as soon as they said them because they connected with me in some way. Throughout the festival, I threw some of these quotes up on twitter. Although I’m not a frequent user of twitter, sometimes my posts received some kind of reaction from the writers or organisers which gave me a buzz! Here are some of the quotes I put on twitter:

Here are some other quotes I noted down that resonated with me:

“The root of the word amateur is love” – David Malouf

“Fiction has that special element of connection because it is emotional” – Olga Lorenzo 

 “I believe in the power of feeling over the power of thought” – Sunil Yapa

“There’s a real human being in that armour” – Sunil Yapa (on having empathy towards riot police)

“What does it connect with me that means I can’t let it go? That’s how writing begins” – David Malouf

Some of these quotes have cemented for me that if you want to write you need to do it every day; practice, make mistakes, start again and repeat. You don’t have to show anyone, just write. You can edit later, don’t be afraid. This again made me think of childhood when you give everything a go and there is no fear involved. You draw a picture of your family when you’re a child and it doesn’t matter what it looks like, you’ve done it. There is a freedom with childhood that is forgotten in adulthood. Bringing out that inner freedom and dismissing the fear that it won’t be good enough is key to writing. That’s what I have learnt. Just write.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Before the Festival - Get to know me

Hey guys,

Just thought I'd do a proper introduction as you'll definitely be seeing me throughout the exciting week ahead!

My name is Kira, a third-year Strat Comm student and a previous WIA student. Now, my official roles are Intern, Social Media Manager, Sue's Assistant (and No. 1 Lap Dog).

So all that pretty much means is feel free to come to me for ANY of your course-related needs, blogging/social media queries, and/or cafe recommendations!

As a previous student of Writers in Action I can honestly say, you're about to have one hell of a week. Take it from me, I've experienced all the nerves and excitement meeting the authors and poets. I've felt completely overwhelmed by the incredible amount of knowledge and inspiration you will all undoubtably gain. I've had to take the time to register and reflect on everything from this intense experience and I've had to find a way to piece it all together in time for the assessments.

So trust me, if I can do it, you can too!

Lastly, Sue told me to share a piece of my experience from my WIA blog so just click below for a direct link - Surviving in a Moment | "I want to give you a word, just take it, don't speak"

Also, quick bit of advice:

Just enjoy enjoy yourself and don't hold your creativity back. 

Oh, and write down EVERY phrase, EVERY line, EVERY word, EVERY thought and pretty much ANYTHING that touches you. 

Until the festival, happy preparing!

- Kira

Friday, 15 July 2016

Landscape of Loss

A collaborative art-poetry project between Sue Gillett and Karen Annett-Thomas

~ for the co.lab exhibition, Write on the Fringe festival, Bendigo, 2016 ~



ABC article on Writers in Action in Mildura

Claire Blainey researching the Writers in Action Psychogeography Award - or possibly the Citrus Award

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Come all ye solo readers and unite

"By bringing together, in one location, people with similar interests, festivals have the capacity to forge a village atmosphere out of activities that are by nature solitary pursuits. The impact of this creation of a group identity at festivals should not be underestimated."

The Circus is in Town: Literary: Festivals and the Mapping of Cultural Heritage

Festivals and Place

"To be successful, to have a long-term future, a festival must first and foremost reflect the character of its host city. It should also meet the needs of the citizens and visitors, challenge their habits and
confront their assumptions."

Schofield, Leo. 'On Making and Marketing a Festival.' Smarts 4 (December 1995): 7-8.

What a great essay question. Do you agree? Support your answer with specific examples of Australian writers festivals.