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Keep the conversations going and your ideas flowing with our year long program of inspiring author talks and workshops.

Lines in the Sand 27-29 September 2019

Prominent Australian journalist and author Kerry O’Brien has been announced as a keynote speaker at this year’s Lines in the Sand: Inspiration for Readers and Writers festival.
Kerry worked as a journalist for 49 years on programs such as Four Corners, 7.30 Report and Lateline.
He has published two books and interviewed world leaders including Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. Program and booking information will be announced in the coming months. 

Mary Poppins Literary Competition organised by the Proud Marys Association.
The Annual Literary Awards competition is for young creative writers and poets residing in the Fraser Coast Region. The competition was established in 1999 to commemorate the writer P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins who was born in Maryborough. It offers over $2000.00 in prizes.
Entries accepted up until the 30th of August, 2019. Pick up your entry form at one of the Library branches or download here.

Call out for Growing Up Indigenous stories

Growing Up Indigenous in Australia is seeking new submissions that capture the experience of growing up in Australia as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. After an overwhelming number of submissions for the book Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, published in 2018 by Black Inc and edited by Dr. Anita Heiss (Library Board of Queensland), a new collection of stories will be available online via BlackWords...Read more.

Writing Workshop

HOW TO WRITE A TRUE STORY: Presented by Dr Jay Ludowyke, USC lecturer and author.
We all love a good true story. Whether it’s the biography of a famous movie star or politician, a dramatic true crime, an incredible rescue story or an absorbing tale from the past, the truth is enthralling—but writing it can be tricky business. This workshop will teach you how to research, structure, plot and write a book in the narrative nonfiction genre. Learn the techniques nonfiction authors use to turn real events into compelling plot, real people into authentic ‘characters’ and to blend information and scene into engaging prose, all without distorting the facts or crossing the boundaries of nonfiction.
REQUIREMENTS: Participants will need to bring pen and paper (or laptop) for note taking. 

Hervey Bay Library - Saturday 15 June 9.30am-3pm - BYO lunch
Bookings and more information