Digital Writers Festival 2018

 

The Digital Writing Festival is happening from the end of this month.

The Digital Writers’ Festival takes place online, on their website.

Log on and tune in to join the conversation, wherever you are.

For all sessions and workshops check out their website here:

Digital Writers Festival 2018

 

 

 

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Germaine Greer

Last month, I went to see Germaine Greer speak on her publication, “On Rape” by Melbourne University.  I call it a publication as its essay length.

Greer’s book “The Female Eunuch” was the first book I read on Feminism. Although its incredibly dated, at the time (I was just out of my teens) it was a revelation, even though I didn’t agree with all of it.

Over the years Greer’s stances and opinions on things have become more and more skewed from my personal philosophy on what Feminism is.  Therefore I have moved away from her work as I don’t see her as a role-model or person of excellence in the field even though she placed herself as a pioneer feminist during the second wave.   I personally don’t feel she’s an activist like one of my idols Gloria Steinem who I saw speak and inspired me very much.

Suffice to say the event put on by The School of Life didn’t inspire me and in fact left me thinking – wtf Germaine?!?!

From the outset Greer was vague, defensive and refused to answer questions purposefully derailing the conversation and changing the subject.

I couldn’t find a single element of her talk which I agreed with and I felt like the whole thing was created to draw controversy in order to get people to read her essay.  I would of appreciated it moreso, if I didn’t have to pay for a talk which was simply an advertisement for her essay.

Like the majority gathered there, I attended as a curiosity and was left laughing at her not with her and the most interesting aspect of the talk was when a small handful of protesters interrupted about 1/3 of the way through.

I won’t quote what stood out as inspiration because all that stood out is how NOT to be a feminist in my opinion. At least now I can say I have seen her speak.

My parting words on this is that I have moved past her work and will continue to focus on feminist writers who inspire and keep the movement progressing.

(C) T. Altman 2018

 

Wordfest 2018

Rosalie Ham the author of The Dressmaker taught at *Wordfest2018.

I was lucky enough to be able to attend her creative writing workshop and sheepishly asked her to sign my book at the end of the class, which she was only too happy to do!  She commented it was lovely to sign a real life physical book and wished me luck with my writing.

I received some good productive tips to tighten my work and made a few new fellow writer friends .  Overall I am glad I attended it was one of the best workshops I have attended at a writing festival.

*WordFest is the annual literature festival of the Monash Public Library Service. The festival brings readers and writers together for a series of author talks, writing workshops and competitions.

 

 

Melbourne Writers Festival 2018

The Melbourne Writers Festival is happening in Melbourne, Australia from 24 August till 2 September.

Victoria’s premier annual literary event. The Festival connects writers and stories to celebrate a world of literature, explore universal ideas, and inspire a global community of readers.

This year’s Festival theme is exploring the theme of revolutions past, present and future, it’s revolutionary ideas and fresh new voices that will power this year’s Festival – and invigorate everyone who reads.

For all sessions and workshops check out their website here:

Melbourne Writers Festival

 

 

National Novel Writing Month

The National Novel Writing Month is happening in November.

As per their website:

“National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.”

Free free to add me as a buddy as I have signed up for the first time and would like to be inspired by others participating also:

 

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