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Bestselling author set to inspire at Lines in the Sand

13 August 2019

Bestselling author Josephine Moon will deliver a workshop at the Lines in the Sand Festival in Hervey Bay in September. Photo credit: Anastasia Kariofyllidis

Bestselling author Josephine Moon says just like the question ‘when is the right time to plant a tree’, the answer to ‘when is the right time to start a novel’ is 10 years ago.

“Failing that, the answer is right now!” she added.

“I wrote solidly for 12 years before publication, writing 10 manuscripts along the way, and I regularly attended workshops in everything from poetry, to playwriting, to characterisation and novel writing.

“I never left a workshop without taking away at least one key piece of advice or information I could use, and I met some great writing friends along the way.”

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said the Noosa hinterland-based writer would travel to Hervey Bay in September for the Lines in the Sand festival.

“She’ll present a talk, ‘Coffee, Carbs and Cardiac Arrests’, about her latest book titled ‘The Gift of Life’ and a workshop on ‘How to write a bestselling novel’,” he said.

“The three-day literary festival from September 27 to 29 is hosted by Fraser Coast Libraries and is designed to inspire readers and writers.”

Ms Moon said her workshop would be hands-on so people should bring their idea for a novel and get ready to brainstorm it and break it down into a working structure.

“Be prepared to take a long term view of writing a novel,” she advised.

“You're more than likely going to have to write a couple of practice novels before you crack the one that gets published.

“Embrace every opportunity that comes your way to attend workshops and classes, build writing support networks, and constantly seek feedback for your work.

“Actively build yourself a community of people who you can assist and who can assist you.”
Ms Moon said she regularly attended workshops on her journey to becoming a published author and never left without taking away at least one key piece of advice.

She said her approach to writing hadn’t changed much over the years but her speed had, driven by publishing deadlines.

“I'm a lot more organised and accept far less procrastination or excuses from myself,” Ms Moon said.

Cr Seymour said entry to her talk on Saturday, September 28, and workshop on Sunday, September 29, were free but bookings were essential.

“Lines in the Sand also includes other writing workshops, a keynote speech by prominent journalist Kerry O’Brien, guest author talks, publishing tips, a pop-up bookshop and book signings so I’d encourage everyone to check out the program which is available online or in hard copy at local library branches,” he said.

Cr Seymour said the festival held a wider appeal than just for readers and writers.

“One author that historians will be interested in is Caylie Jeffery who triggered the Under the Lino online phenomenon she when she published a photo of old documents she found in her home,” he said.

“People interested in history will also enjoy the talk by Melissa Fagan who delved into the background of her mother’s family to write about McWhirters, the well-known Fortitude Valley department store.

“Added to that, artists and arts organisations of all kinds can benefit from the workshops and one-on-one advice appointments being offered by representatives of the Arts Law Centre of Australia.”
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