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Monday, November 8, 2010

WORD WRITERS FAIR, CALEB AWARD


The winners for the inaugural CALEB prize for Australasian inspirational will be announced shortly here:-

http://www.omegawriters.com/calebprize.html

We will be interviewing one of the winners, so keep posting comments for your chance to WIN A FREE COPY of The Game by Amanda Deed, WINNER of the FICTION category, coming up next.

The Word Writers Fair was packed with interesting seminars, loads of great books to ferret through and plenty of sparkling conversation.

http://www.thewordwriters.com/authors.html

There was a look at self publishing by well-known authors Meredith Resce, Jeff Townsend and a new author, Liz Curtis. Anne Hamilton gave a fascinating look at fantasy publishing. Mary Hawkins led us through the mysteries of romance writing. Paul Clark gave a witty rendition of writing for children, Janet Camilleri and Nola Passmore showed and insider’s view into writing for magazines, Coralie Buchanan spoke on writing non-fiction, Kerry Townsend covered time-management and Jo-Anne Berthelson helped all stay focused. Aleesah Darlison surprised everyone with the ins and outs of marketing books.

Manuscripts were assessed by Jeff Townsend, Deb Porter and myself and I for one felt privileged to get a sneak peak into some great emerging talent.
Deb also gave an insight into the workings of digital books which will be on every Queensland school desk soon with the advent of the IPAD for schools.

Rochelle Manners gave an overview of the Australian publishing scene. Two of Rochelle’s company’s authors were represented in the awards—Andrew Landsdowne and Paula Vince, both finalists. HSM were also represented with Rosie Boom and the Psalmscapes team. Well done on both scores.

10 comments:

  1. The Word Writers Fair was a truly inspirational event, and a great opportunity to connect with other writers. I just wish I could have cloned myself so I could have attended all of the workshops!

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  2. Hi Janet,

    I'd love to have cloned myself too! I also wish I'd had time to catch you more than in passing:-)

    Blessings,
    Wendy

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  3. It was an excellent event from the launch to the awards, and even though I went to everything [and spoke at the Gap UC on Sunday] I came back refreshed and inspired!

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  4. We loved having you there, Paul. What a great job you did!
    Wendy

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  5. Crystal Mary,
    I saw a comment from you but somehow it did not turn up here. Please try posting it again and I'll publish it again.
    Thanks for dropping by!
    Wendy

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  6. Hello Wendy,
    Just wrote on the wonderful experienced gained from the generous writers and publishers at the Word Writers Fair. I have been personally going through traumatic times and the day lifted and encouraged me professionally.
    Much valuable knowledge was gained for use from the workshops. This was my first time, and God willing will not be the last.I came home and changed the title of my story plus much more. Thank you for being one who helped turn on my light.
    God bless you all for caring and sharing. Crystal

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  7. Thanks for telling us a bit about it, Wendy. Sounds great. Wish I could have been there. But it just wasn't the right time for me this year.

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  8. Hi Dale,

    We hope to see you there next year!

    Wendy

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  9. It was a great event and I'm SO glad I came up from Sydney to attend!

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  10. Hi Penny,

    I'm sorry I missed seeing you there. Hopefully, this year:-)

    Wendy

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