Outback Writers' Centre

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WestWordsFest 2017

WestWordsFest 2017 is a writers’ festival that builds the competencies of emerging writers, demystifies publishing by bringing industry professionals to Dubbo and promoting published regional writers.

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The Outback Writers’ Centre is committed to building a vibrant writing culture in the Orana Region by providing writers from emerging to established opportunities to develop their knowledge, understanding and practice of all aspects of writing and publishing. We do this through our monthly writers’ Hub, newsletter, workshops and WestWordsFest, our premier event.

WWF provides opportunities for writers to network, promote their work and build their competencies through attending panels, in conversations, seminars and workshops on various aspects of the craft of writing and pitch manuscripts to representatives from publishing houses. The festival starts September 15 2017. We are a volunteer organisation serving the Orana region. (Estimated pop 113,824, area of 198,561 square kilometres).

Why WestWordsFest is important:
• Reading and writing are essentially solitary. WWF closes the gap between writer and reader.
• Industry professionals running workshops, speaking and on panels, discussions, debates, readings, film screenings, interviews, banquets, performances, workshops, pitching and book launches stimulates and supports rural writers.
• Writers connect with colleagues, sell books, meet readers and get their ideas to a wider audience.
• Creates a vibrant intimate sense of community.
• Schools events engage kids.
• Uniquely rural regional event.
• Enriches and inspire community.

We are in our infancy and not winning grants. We have built on earlier festivals but are now at a stage where we need sponsorship to develop a sustainable festival.

We are asking for $5,800.

Donations will be used to:
• Pay airfares, accommodation, workshop/panel/in-conversation fees of visiting industry professionals.
• Pay regional writers who participate in panels or interview authors.
End result:
• All participants will have fun and connect with each other!
• See the continuing growth of a vibrant writing community and culture in the Orana region.
• Regional published authors will be supported through book sale/reading/speaking opportunities, as their profiles are raised.
• More new regional writers will be published, or have direction, through pitching opportunities.
You can find out more:
• Joining us on facebook
• Ask to on the Outback Writers’ Centre e-blast list: outbackwriters@gmail.com
• In July view the program on our website: outbackwriters.weebly.com

Thank you for your support.

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The Outback Writers’ Centre (OWC) is a volunteer organisation located in Dubbo, NSW.

We are committed to building a vibrant writing culture in the Orana Region by providing writers, from diverse cultural backgrounds and working in a variety of genres and styles, opportunities to develop their knowledge, understanding and practice of all aspects of writing and publishing.

Members include recreational writers, award winning playwrights, poets and prose writers, published and self-published authors, journalists, editors, storytellers, freelancers, teachers, screen writers, filmmakers, bloggers, and new and emerging writers.

For the last three years, the OWC has run a writers’ festival (previously WestWords). From September 8-10, 2017, our latest festival takes on a new identity and focuses on Speculative Fiction.

Participants will meet with fellow writers and editors, learn from industry professionals, network and share their work, pitch manuscripts to representatives from publishing houses, purchase the books of local and visiting writers, enjoy panels, in conversations, seminars and workshops on various aspects of the craft of writing, plus attend some fun events.

The festival promises to be enticing, exciting and inspiring.

Artist Image: Connor Coman-Sargent and Dubbo Weekender.

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