Following recent restrictions announced by the Australian Government in relation to non-essential indoor gatherings for 100 people or more, to control the spread of COVID-19, the Writers Unleashed Festival Committee has made the inevitable (yet heart-breaking) decision to cancel this years’ Festival.
The 2020 program is one that the committee is incredibly proud of and the team is devastated that we will not have the opportunity to take it to the public. However, we wholeheartedly accept the role we all have to play in this difficult time, and agree with the necessity of the restrictions.
We intend to still offer editor consultations online - stay tuned for details.
Great books and bags are up for grabs, for those with tickets to our Writers Unleashed festival!! Starting Monday next week (19th Oct).
Congratulations to Kylie Fornasier and David Dopson who have each won a VIP Upgrade to An Evening with Matthew Reilly.
There are only 25 tickets and 2 VIP Passes still available for purchase. Head over to our Ticket Sales page to secure yours before they sell out.
Update on Publishing Consultations!
Beverley Cousins (Random House) will look at Adult Fiction. There is 1 spot left.
Roberta Ivers (Simon & Schuster) will look at Adult Fiction and Adult Non-Fiction. 4 spots left.
Emma Rafferty (Pan Macmillan) will look at Adult and Young Adult Fiction. 2 spots left.
Ticket sales end on the 8th November.
Children's writers hoping to book a publishing consultation will need to get in quick. We have only 1 spot left with Paul Collins, editor at Ford Street and 2 with Brian Cook, agent at The Author's Agent.
Adult writers still have some opportunities with spots left with all our editors of books for adults though only 1 with Beverley Cousins from Random House.
Our ebay auction is now up and running.
We have 34 items up for auction including
10 VIP Passes to An Evening with Matthew Reilly that include
*Reserved front row centre seats
*Cocktails and Canapes with Matthew in the half hour prior to his talk
*Free copy of The Tournament
*Jump to the front of the book signing queue
1 Mini-Mentorship with Susanne Gervay
*10 minute one-on-one session with Susanne at Writers Unleashed
Signed Books by Matthew Reilly, Kate Forsyth, Dianne Blacklock, Paul Collins,
James Roy, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Mark Dapin, Emma Cameron and Pamela Cook
Unsigned books by George Ivanoff and Doug MacLeod
Posters of Chris Morphew's Phoenix Files
Signed Poster of Millie and Clancy and the Very Fine House by Libby Gleeson
Writers Unleashed bags and t-shirts
Bidding closes on Friday 4th Oct 2013
Here's the link
For anyone without a Paypal account you can now find on out Ticket Sales page a registration form that you can download that will enable you to pay by cheque or direct bank deposit.
The publishing consultations for children's writers are selling out fast with both Heather Curdie and Zoe Walton now completely booked. We still have a few spots left with editor Paul Collins and agent Brian Cook but you'll need to get in fast to secure one.
Due to unforeseen circumstances we are very sorry to announce that Judith Ridge is no longer able to present at this year's festival.
Her session, Running a Small Business - What Every Author/Illustrator Needs to Know, will however still go ahead, presented by experienced financial adviser John Strong.
We are massively excited to announce that as part of this year's festival we will be hosting a special event for none other than bestselling author Matthew Reilly.
Matthew is one of the true stars of the Australian writing scene and a hero to many aspiring authors having begun his career in self-publishing, before being discovered by a trade publisher and moving on to sell 170,000 copies of his first trade published book. Since then he has sold over 3.5 million books worldwide and had the movie rights optioned for several of his titles.
Matthew has been on our wish-list of most wanted authors since the festival first began and we are delighted to finally have the opportunity to showcase the talent of this awesome Aussie author and be one of the first to launch his upcoming novel, The Tournament.
Jodie Wells-Slowgrove is the founder and of the Sutherland Shire Writers' Festival. She is also a writer, manuscript assessor and teacher-librarian. Jodie's latest publication is a children's fantasy series for Penguin Books 2014, 2015.