Packing for the Festival

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emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,1. Foam Roller

This foam roller is particularly good for traveling since my partner cut the dam thing in half with a bread knife.  Note the damaged, un-even end.  It is now the perfect size to twist into my carry-on luggage.

I am about to sound like the ‘nerds guide to travel’ but with so much time sitting during the festival, I am concerned I will end up looking (and feeling) like a hunch back.  I am certain that Quasimodo was an Emerging Writer without a foam roller before he headed up into that bell tower.

This is a very light weight (and small) foam roller that will be perfect for stretching out after being tucked up in a little lecture chair.

If you don’t have a roller or stretching routine, make sure you are least wiggle around in your seat every now and again.

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,2. Various Sized Diaries & Notebooks

I find laptops too loud and cumbersome while I am sitting in on panel events.  Call me old fashioned but I love the sound of the perfect pen (See 11) with a sharp little point and thin flowing ink, making those hushed little scratches in my notebooks.

Included in my pile is a travel size 2014 Diary, a plain black moleskin journal – lined, an Alice in Wonderland sketch book – un lined, and a perforated moleskin sketch pad.  I think there are also a few envelopes in that pile.

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,3.Takeaway Keep Cup

So many coffees… So little wastage.

Writers Festivals are all about the coffee right?  Oh and the books of course.  This Keep Cup is from my favourite cafe in town and will be the perfect reminder of home while I’m away.  Thanks Pheobe.

I think these cups may have gone out of fashion in the last 6 months, but I have hung on dearly.  They are only really environmentally friendly if you keep using them and don’t let them end up in the rubbish because they aren’t cool any more.

Maybe we can try and bring them back into fashion…

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,4. Book Plates

Writing Festivals a known to be filled with Emerging & Established Writers flogging their wears for all to come and purchase.  After you fall in love with a a writer during a great workshop presentation, you tend to go buy their book.

No-one ever thinks they are going to buy as many books as they do.  But remember writers – They are all tax deductible (See 5).

These book plates are a cute way to keep track of your growing library helping you remember where and when you brought a book.

I am taking 20 book plates to Melbourne for 6 days – that’s 3 and a 1/3 books every day – Watch out merchandise people!

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,5.  Bull Dog Clips

Why am I taking a huge stack of bull dog clips to the Emerging Writers Festival?  Well my question to you is, why aren’t you?

These tiny little clasps of genius are for all my receipts!

Sound crazy?  Well you are crazy if you are an emerging writer and you are not claiming books and event tickets on your tax.  You know it’s true.

I keep a couple of these bull dog clips in my hand bag and purse when I travel because I know I will loose all those little bits of paper.  If you don’t loose them, they end up scrunched in the bottom of your bag until you toss them all away.

How many reciepts have you kept from books you have brought, pens, high lighters & note books?  How many times have you printed off festival tickets to claim in June on your tax? Having a system to keep all those receipts from flinging out of your bag will mean you will probably get them back to your house in one piece.  Clip them together and send them to your tax man!

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,6. Myki Travel Card

I found this in my wallet.

After searching my office for two days and finding Indonesian money, Singaporean dollars and a map of Mexico City; I found it in my wallet!

This Myki card is really only relevant to The Emerging Writers Festival in Melbourne, but I suggest you get your hands on one, even if you’re only in town for one day.  That way, you have a reason to come back next year.

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,7. A Winter Scarf

Before heading off to any Writing Festival – Check the weather.  This morning I looked up the weather forecast for Melbourne for the next few days and saw it was going to be a little nippy.

This 3 meter long white knit scarf twists up into a tiny little ball, fitting easily into my case.  When it unrolls, I can wrap it round my neck 10 times!

Thanks Mum! x

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,8. Fingerless Blogging Mittens

Again with the cold weather of Melbourne – See above.

These fingerless ‘blogging mittens’ are made for typing in the cold Melbourne weather.  These were a present from my sister, but I am sure there are plenty of shops that sell lots of mitten like items.

Gloves are great but it is hard to type with them on, and you certainly can’t use a smart phone or hold a pen.

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,9. Red Lip Stick

In preparation for my travels, I Googled ‘Melbourne Hipster’ to make sure I had everything I needed to blend into the crowd.  Red lips are in!

You may not need to pack red lipstick for your next writing festival, but I certainly recommend googling the place you are going to visit to make sure you adhere to the social customs of the city.  When in Rome.

Look out for me.  Ill be the one with red lipstick all over the edge of my Keep Cup!

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, burial rites cover,writing tips,10. A Copy of your favourite Author’s Book

This is an important one, especially if you know your favourite authors is going to be at the festival you’re about to attend.

I happen to know that Hannah Kent will be featured at the Emerging Writers Festival 2014.  She may even be one of the festival ambassadors?

While I have already read the book, it might seem like an unnessecary weight to take on the plane but in case I do meet that fine literary author, she might just sign it for me – You never know!

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,11. New Pens

Are you superstitious about your pens?

I have a favourite brand I always buy.  I don’t lend these pens to people.  I have two at a time, a red and a black.  For special occasions I buy myself brand new ones!  You don’t want them to run out at crucial moments.

I also would not recommend you be without a pen (Because you are a writer and you will look crazy!) in case you end up getting that signature from Hannah Kent you were after.  Oh wait, that was my plan!

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,12. Literature Appreciation Buttons

These buttons speak for themselves.

They are so that people know I care about reading and books.

While wearing these buttons at the festival I will not be confused with any other person in Melbourne who does not think books are sexy.

They will also make me easier to find.  If you see me wearing these about the festival come over and say hi!

iPhone13. iPhone (Smart Phone)

Or Black Berry for Kate  – How else are you going to tweet, Instagram and update your face book status without a smart phone?

I plan on using mine to take selfies, upload them to instagram, hash tag them #ewf14 and see how many likes I get.  But then, isnt that everyones plan really?

No really… I will need this phone for maps, public transport information and accessing all my digital tickets to the events.

 

Iphone charger14. iPhone Charger

Sounds obvious – You’s be surprised how many times everyone leaves this behind.

And make sure you take it home with you too after the festival.

 

 

 

What are you taking to the Festival?

Organising that trip to Melbourne

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For 6 Nights, I will be swapping this view…

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 …for this view.

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Three days to Go!  Now I am going to be honest with you, I don’t much care for big cities at the moment – but I very much like Emerging Writers and I am very into Festivals, So… I will make an exception.

I have been living on the Far South Coast of NSW for the last four months and have become very used to the pace of things down here (Up here I guess?).  People drive slowly and everyone talks about the surf; waiters moonlight as prawn fishermen and everyone in the whole town wants to see photos from my wedding.  Everyone is someone here.

Traveling Solo

So I am bracing myself for Melbourne – Where no one will talk to me in the supermarket and people wont recognise my car.  Actually, I am a little worried about heading to the Festival on my own.

Normally I would be with some literary enthusiast friend who will come with me to hear strange readings of absurdest poetry or drink coffee with me during breaks at the writers centre.  Nope!  Not this time!  Just me.  It will be just like that time I was left on Pier 2 @ Sydney Writers Festival because my best friend had to go to her mothers birthday party or something?  Where was the loyalty?  Just suddenly go very nervous about making friends in Melbourne.

Things that are incredibly less fun to do on your own include playing Uno (funny really considering the name) going to Writers Festivals in other cities, getting lost in other cities, dropping tiny cakes in cafes only to instinctively flick it back up onto the plate with your knee, leaving you thrilled and impressed and turning on the spot hoping someone else saw it, cause no body will believe you (or care) when you tell them later.

Must remember not to do any sort of  impressive small-cake acrobatics while I’m away – will only lead to sadness.

I fly down to Melbourne on Thursday afternoon.  Thank goodness my home town has an airport!

Things to do before I go
  1. Look for MyKi Card from last trip to Melbourne.
  2. Pack (Walked into laundry just then and realised this would be greatly facilitated by washing clothes first)
  3. Wash clothes.
  4. Pack.
  5. Check email about how I get my tickets.
  6. Book Accommodation.
  7. Investigate the coffee at the Wheelers Centre.
  8. Download last Ep of Mad Men to watch on the plane.
  9. Verbalise desire to borrow a bike for 6 nights and see if I can manifest one.
  10. Ask Friends & Family if anyone is friends with Hannah Kent?

Im pretty sure getting around will be easy enough in Melbourne.  Between the trains, trams and foot traffic potential I am not too worried about getting to where I need to go.  Have just been reading article from #ewf14  Getting around Melbourne Guide‘ and everything looks close together.  I am hoping I can get my walking feet on actually.

Ok time to get serious!

 

 

Partnership with the Emerging Writers Festival. Woot Woot!

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Manuscrapped is going to the Emerging Writers Festival 2014!

I will be spending six chilly winter nights in Melbourne next week for The Emerging Writers Festival, attending the National Writers Conference as well as a number of other events.  Wow, that is kind of soon – Better get organised.

First step – Google ‘Wheelers Centre.’

My plan is to meet Hannah Kent and get her to sign my much loved and carried around copy of Burial Rites.  I would also like to ask her if I can interview her for this blog – As I have no money she will probably say no – Alas!  I will still ask on your behalf because you just never know. #huntinghannahkent

Look out Melbourne Hipsters…!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literary Festivals for 2014

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Its Time to Start Planning 2014!

January is coming to a close and the Holidays Are Over…  Back to work everyone.

Below is just the tiniest morsel of what the Australian Literary Community has to offer.

For a more thorough index of the festivals, including poetry, screenwriting and genre festivals – Go to this great website –  Literary Festivals.

January

January is the relaxing month – where you have time to plan the next eleven months of the year.  There is nothing really happening, which is great because there is a lot coming up you need to organise.

February

  –

Writers Festival, Perth Writers festival, Emerging writers DiaryNational Screenwriters Conference, Mornington Peninsula, VIC.

Perth Writers Week, Perth, WA. General lit.

Write in the Great Southern, regional WA. General lit.

March

Writers Festivals Australia, Emerging Writers Festivals.Australian Festival of Travel Writing, Melbourne, VIC. Travel writing.

 Adelaide Writers Week, SA. Gen. lit.

Tasmanian Writers Festival, Hobart, TAS ( Tassie Writers Centre). Gen lit.

Bellingen Writers Festival, Bellingen, NSW. Australian general lit.

Festival of Speculative Fiction, Sydney, NSW. Spec fic.

April

Writers festival Australia, Emerging Writers FestivalEye of the Storm, Alice Springs, NT. Gen. fic.

Newcastle Writers Festival, NSW. Gen. lit.

May

Sydney Writers FestivalEmerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. Gen. lit

Sydney Writers Festival, NSW. Gen. lit.

June

Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne, Emerging Writers DiaryHenry Lawson Festival, Grenfell, NSW. Bush poetry, lit, music

Noosa Long Weekend, Noosa, QLD. Gen lit stream.

Gold Coast Writers Festival, Gold Coast, QLD. Mainstream, General literature expo, Publishing, writing,  indie and self-publishing.  

July

Writers Festival Australia, Emerging Writers Festival.Kimberley Writers Festival, Kununurra, WA. General lit.

New Voices Festival, Eltham, VIC. Gen. lit.

Rose Scott Women Writer’s Festival

 

August

byron bay writersByron Bay Writers Festival, Byron Bay, NSW. Gen. lit.

Melbourne Writers Festival, Melbourne, VIC. General lit.

Romance Writers of Australia conference, Fremantle, WA. Romance.

Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival, Sydney, NSW. General lit.

Queensland Poetry Festival, Brisbane, QLD. Poetry.

WA Poetry Festival, Perth, WA. Poetry.

 

September

Indigenous literacy day, emerging Writers, Writers festivalCrimeScene, Perth, WA. Crime fiction.

Indigenous Literacy Day, national events. General lit, YA focus.

Big Sky Writers and Readers Festival, Geraldton, WA. General lit.

Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, QLD. General lit.

 

October

Emerging writers, Gold Coast Writers festival, Meghan BrewsterFestival of Australian Children’s Literature, Canberra, ACT. Children’s and YA.

National Young Writers Festival, Newcastle, NSW. General lit.

Queensland Writers Week, statewide, QLD. Gen lit, open source events

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali

 

November

National Young Writers FestivalFestival of Australian Children’s Literature, Canberra, ACT. Children’s and YA.

Clare Writer’s Festival, South Australia, General Lit

December

No Festivals – Time to have a rest and get ready for the Holiday Season – Even writers need to take time off for Christmas and New Year.

 

 

These dates are brought to you by Literary Festivals .com.au.  For more details including dates and times go to this site – It is great!!

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Day 10 of NaNoWriMo and I Finally Caught Up

NaNoWriMo, Meghan Brewster, the emerging writers diarySo it is the 10th of November, 2013.  I am participating in National Novel Writing Month (It is called National even though it has become very much an international event).  I have set aside all my worries about my novel, all my deadlines for my websites and all my other commitments to get a little crazy.

The people at NaNo encourage you to start something new for November.  It is not recommended that you try to write something you have been working on for the last year, or a work that you have been waiting your whole life to write.  NaNo is about writing freely for the month and seeing where it takes you.  The pressure to write so many words a day means that you leave behind a lot of your inhibitions on the first day.

I fell behind in the first few days but I have finally caught up to the daily word count.

thailand - a novella

Working title…

I am in Thailand at the moment, traveling around for a while before we return to Australia to look after another house and beautiful little dog.  I decided what better inspiration than the islands and culture that I find myself immersed in.

I am writing a novel set in Thailand.  It is about a reluctant traveller, forced to leave Australia on the eve of her 30th birthday to play the part of the dutiful sister.  Jina is obliged to take a trip to Thailand that she cannot afford to be present at her sisters surprise elopement to a man no one has met.

I guess I am trying to write a comedy – but no one actually says that – just in case it isn’t funny.

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo this month and are looking for a writing partner, you can find me in the NaNo website as MegBrew from Sydney.

If you want to read more about NaNoWriMo follow this link – What is NaNoWriMo 2013??

 

What is NaNoWriMo?

Has NaNoWriMo been popping up online a lot lately?  Have your friends been posting about NaNoWriMo on Facebook and Twitter and you have no idea what they are talking about?  Well NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it is coming up soon.

November 2013 is National Novel Writing Month

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It is a project of National writing – Yet to discover which nation?!  But NaNoWriMo has spread globally.  When you register for NaNoWriMo, you are able to imput your time zone within your profile.  This will enable you to find others in your area who are participating.

Lots of areas will be holding events during the month of NaNoWriMo.  Sydney for example have already organised a few planning sessions before November, a kick off party the night before and a few write in’s around the city to keep you motivated and on task.

Why am I getting involved?

Because I am reckless and impulsive – and like trying out stuff.  And I have got no idea how it will feel to try and write 50 000 words in 30 days.  I don’t know what that means yet?

What I hope to achieve from it.

Ideally I will have written a really great yet also completely terrible first draft that I can use.  I would like to abandon a lot of my own hang ups about writing that tend to debilitate how quickly I get things done.  I hope that in having such a strict dead line, I will just not have the time to indulge insecurities.

Nanowrimo, The emerging writers diary, emerging writers, writing first novel, meghan brewsterWhat my plan for the next month will actually be. 

October – I am going to get things as ready a possible.  Going over the plot treatment.  Do a lot of character studies and get very detailed about the location, scenery and details – So that I am not caught when it comes to planning.

November – We will actually be traveling around Thailand and then flying into Melbourne.  So this will be a very interesting time.   Hmmm.

 

To check out NaNoWriMo – Go to their websiteHERE X 

 

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What will happen to the Winner of the Man Booker Prize

THE WINNER OF THE 2013 MAN BOOKER PRIZE

Every year the Man Booker Prize winner is guaranteed a huge increase in sales, firstly in hardback and then in paperback.  There is spin-off too in global sales of books, in future publishing contracts and in film and TV rights. Besides the fortune, the winner of the Man Booker Prize can also be sure of fame. The announcement of the winner has been covered by television, radio and press worldwide.

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The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

2013

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields.  On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes.  A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk.  Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.
Udayan will give everything for what he believes and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him: his newly married, pregnant wife, his brother and their parents. The repercussions of his actions will link their fates irrevocably and tragically together, reverberating across continents and seeping through the generations that follow.
SHORT HISTORY OF THE PRIZE

The Booker Prize was originally limited to English writers from the Commonwealth but this will be the last year with such a restriction.  From 2014, The Man Booker Prize will be open to authors from everywhere as long as they are written in English and published within the UK the year of the award.  The book cannot be self published or a translation.

The prize was first awarded in 1969, to P H Newby for the novel Something to Answer For.

The prize money awarded with the Booker Prize was originally £21,000, and was subsequently raised to £50,000 in 2002 under the sponsorship of the Man Group.  In 2002 The Man Booker Prize Foundation became a charity.

 

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The 2013 Man Booker Prize Winner Announced!

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The Youngest ever Author Awarded the Man Booker Prize at the young age of 28!  Congratulations Eleanor!

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The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

2013

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields.  On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes.  A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk.  Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.
Udayan will give everything for what he believes and in doing so will transform the futures of those dearest to him: his newly married, pregnant wife, his brother and their parents. The repercussions of his actions will link their fates irrevocably and tragically together, reverberating across continents and seeping through the generations that follow.

I am planning to buy the Winner today and read it.  I’ll let you know what I think!!amazon-buy-button_2IMG_0493Meghan Brewster is a Blogger, Freelance writer and general spinner of Fiction. She is the founder and editor of The Emerging Writers Diary, as well as Itp & Me, a website dedicated to managing the rare platelet disorder, ITP. To learn more about Meghan Brewster follow this link. By making purchases through links on this website you are helping to support a young emerging writer. Thank you.

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The Man Booker 2013 Awarded Tomorrow

Emerging writers, The man booker prize 2013, writing a novel, emerging writers, writers, writing.The Man Booker Prize 2013, emerging writersTomorrow night, at an enormous charity event, The Man Booker Prize for 2013 will be announced.  Down here in Australia we will have to wait an extra day, as we twiddle our thumbs waiting for the sun to rise on the 15th of October in England – 11 hours after us.

I love hearing the announcement of the winner.  I rush out and purchase the prized novel before the reprint hits the shelves. Last year, Hilary Mantel’s publisher weas poised over the re print button.  In the few days after the announcement another 100 000 copies hit the shelves of bookshops everywhere.

You can check in online with gambling sites that are listing favourites and analysing how the field is looking.  William Hill online betting have posted Odds on who will win tomorrow, with Jim Grace’s Harvest looking like the favourite.