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2017 Program

Pre-festival events:

1) SUNDAY, JUNE 18: Authors' Morning Tea at Coolum's My Place Restaurant, 10.30am to 12.30am. A festival fundraisingsharon pincott headshot Morning Tea featuring author Sharon Pincott whose book Elephant Dawn tells the story of her 13 years safeguarding the lives of the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe; Kuala-Lumpur based photo-journalist Annette Gartland whose online magazine Changing Times covers social and environmental issues, writers festivals and environment conventions across the world, and the Sunshine Coast's own Sarah Pye who is writing the biography of Siew Te Wong, the Director of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. These three passionate women are making a positive contribution to our planet. Tickets are $25 which includes a delicious morning tea and a donation to our festival. Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/my-place-restaurant-literary-morning-tea-tickets-35224478363

2) FRIDAY, JULY 28: Slam poetry workshop, performances and music at Yandina's eclectic The Shared venue from 6pm until late. (The lead-up to the Sunshine Coast's first-ever official Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam Championships at the Sunshine Coast Zohab Zee KhanInternational Readers and Writers Festival in August).Hosted by 2014 Australian Poetry Slam champion Zohab Zee Khan, this two-hour workshop will help prepare emerging performers if they wish to compete at our official Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam championship on August 12 which is one of eight heats of the Queensland Poetry Slam Championships. The evening includes soulful music by born-and-bred North Arm musician Jordan Solomon from 6.30pm and performances by national award-winning slam poets Zohab Zee Khan from New South Wales and the Sunshine Coast's own Gabriella Salmon. Workshop attendees enjoy free admission but need to register by emailing enjoy@sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com by July 24. The event is a festival fundraiser and tickets are $25. This event is BYO and The Shared offers a cafe menu. Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/an-evening-of-slam-poetry-workshops-performances-and-music-tickets-35225675945

2017 SCIRWF August 12 and 13 Festival Program

: Incorporating the launch of the first-ever 2018 SCIRWF Short Story Competition with prizes including a publishing package, cash and the publication of the Top 20 entries in the first-ever SCIRWF 2018 Short Story Anthology. The winner of this competition will be invited to present at our 2018 festival. The competition is sponsored and organised by committee members Aishah Macgill (Finite Publishing) and Eileen Herbert-Goodall (Field of Dreams).  

: Incorporating the launch of 3-monthly Songwriting Masterclasses hosted by SCIRWF in partnership with Brisbane's I Heart Songwriting Club. A series of Songwriting Masterclasses on the Sunshine Coast - the first masterclass beginning in September and continuing throughout the first half of 2018. Students' development will be through weekly songwriting tasks via I Heart Songwriting Club. The outcome is a performance opportunity at SCIRWF's 2018 "Songwriters in the Round" festival performance.

: Incorporating the launch of two Slam Poetry Weekend Workshops in partnership with Tim Lloydell Management. Held across two weekends, the Emerging Writers Intensive will be held across two weekends (December 2 and 3; and December 9 and 11) at Coolum. Emerging performance (slam/spoken word) poets will work with two writers - national slam poetry icon Luka Lesson and local facilitators - to develop their own expressive poetry and literary skills. With an emphasis on youth performers and operating on a principle of equal access opportunity, this program will culminate with select participants taking part in the Emerging Writers Showcase at the internationally renowned Woodford Folk Festival in 2017/18. 

Saturday, August 12

Coolum Civic Centre: 9am to 5pm

Official Opening Ceremony:

9am to 9.20am: Welcome to Country with Lyndon Davis and the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers. Our festival acknowledges our region's Traditional Owners, the Gubbi Gubbi people of gubbi gubbi dancersthe Sunshine Coast and Gympie. Lyndon is the founder of Gubbi Gubbi Dance formed in 1997. The troupe features Indigenous artists, performers and cultural educators - many of them direct descendants of the local Gubbi Gubbi people whose traditional lands stretch from Pine River in the south, to Burrum River in the north and Connondale ranges to the west. Performing together for the past 19 years, Gubbi Gubbi have built a proud reputation as one of the best traditional Aboriginal Dance companies in Australia. They have performed internationally and nationally at many major events including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and have performed for dignitaries such as Prime Ministers of Australia, the Dalai Lama and Queen Elizabeth II at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Providing an unforgettable cultural experience, their magical presentation of song and dance leaves the audience spellbound.

9.20am to 9.50am: A 'Cool' Welcome to Coolum: Australia Day award-winner Yvonne Corstorphin and her Cool Harmonies choir has been singing up a storm for more than 10 cool harmonies choir picyears and has grown into a community choir with more than 70 members. Cool Harmonies has a diverse repertoire that includes rhythms from Africa to the Middle East and sing in a range of styles from gospel to swing. A rousing and warm-hearted welcome to our 2017 festival.

 

10am to 11am: One Year Around the Mediterranean - Huw Kingston. Author and Australian-based adventurer Huw Kingston will enthrall audiences with his tales about his book, “Mediterranean - a year around a charmed and troubled sea”. Huw is an environmentalist, speaker and writer who, in April 2015, completed a huw kingston headshot13,000km, 12-month, 17-country circumnavigation of the Mediterranean by sea kayak, foot, ocean rowboat and bike. This journey was a commemoration of the Centenary of the  Anzac landings in Gallipoli, Turkey where Huw started and finished his journey. The project was also a fundraiser for Save the Children specifically for the children affected by the desperate crisis in Syria. Along the way, Huw became Save the Children Australia's largest-ever individual fundraiser and he continues to work for them as an ambassador. Huw received the Spirit of Adventure Award from the Australian Geographic Society for his amazing efforts. This presentation is chaired by Sarah Pye, a writer, journalist and university lecturer who herself sailed around the Mediterranean with her family as a teenager.

11.15am to 12.15pm: Women's Writing from Papua New Guinea: Papua New Guinea writer and editor Rashmii Amoah Bell this year launched "My Walk to Equality" - the first-ever PNG Women Writers anthology. The compilation of the book was a voluntary collaboration between Phil Fitzpatrick (Pukpuk Publications), Keith 1rashmii bell headshotJackson and writing by 44 PNG women writers. The book was launched in Port Moresby on International Women's Day this year. Rashmii will be joined on the panel by Phil Fitzpatrick and number of the PNG writers who contributed to this evocative anthology. Brisbane's Sean Dorney will also join the panel. Sean , the author of "The Embarrassed Colonialist", is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute. After reporting on the Pacific (with a particular focus on Papua New Guinea) for more than four decades, Sean left the ABC in August 2014. During his time with the ABC he won a Walkley for his coverage of the Aitape tsunami and was both deported and awarded an MBE by the Papua New Guinean Government. He is the author of Papua New Guinea: People, Politics and History since 1975 and The Sandline Affair: Politics and Mercenaries and the Bougainville Crisis.

Lunch break:

1pm to 1.45pm: Songwriters in Conversation: The Brisbane-based global 'I Heart Songwriting Club' (IHSC) presents "Songwriters in the Round" featuring four established songwriters, including club founder Francesca de Valence, sharing the stories behind their songs. The songwriters are on stage at the same time together and have a conversation francesca de valance about songwriting. This performance also launches SCIRWF's Annual Songwriting Development Program (in partnership with IHSC) which features 3-monthly songwriting masterclasses on the Sunshine Coast - the first masterclass beginning in September and throughout the first half of 2018. Students' development will be through weekly songwriting tasks via I Heart Songwriting Club. The outcome is a performance opportunity at SCIRWF's 2018 "Songwriters in the Round".  After this presentation, Francesca will host a two-hour songwriting workshop in Marquee 2 in Jack Morgan Park from 3.15pm to 5.15pm.

2pm to 3pm: Surf's Up! - Phil Jarrett and Dr Liz Ellison: Award-winning author, journalist, publisher and film-maker Phil Jarratt joins Central Queensland University's Lecturer 1dr liz ellisonin Creative Industries, Dr Liz Ellison, (based in at CQU's Noosa campus) to give an amazing insight into our beloved beach culture. Phil has recently released his latest book "The Life of Brine", a memoir about his extraordinary life which includes the recent launch of the documentary "Men of Foam & Wood" on Foxtel's History Channel. Dr Liz Ellison is a Lecturer in Creative Industries at CQUniversity, based at the Noosa campus. Liz researches Australian beaches, beach culture, and how beaches are represented in our national literature and films. She is interested in the ways beaches play a part in Australian identity. She completed her PhD in 2013 at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and has worked at universities for over eight years. Until her recent relocation to Sunshine Coast, Liz used to run a theatre group and book club in Brisbane. She is passionate about the arts, creative industries, and community and university engagement. The Australian beach is an iconic and dominating image in our cultural imaginations. We see it on our postcards, in our films and of course in our literature. But the many beaches that surround our coastline aren’t all identical, and they don’t look just like the ones on the postcards. Liz's talk attempts to highlight some of the contesting ideas of this significant Australian landscape, as well as discussing some of the key beach books and films that have helped shape our idea of the beach. 

3.15pm to 4pm: Top Tips on Self-Publishing - Brisbane-based publisher and author Ann Wilson: In this workshop, you will learn Ann’s top tips on what to do and what not to do when you are self-publishing your book. These will include: * Choosing your preferred publishing method. * How to determine your strengths and Ann Wilson headshot weaknesses. * What to look out for when choosing who to work with. * Working with an editor; questions to ask, what is their role? * Working with a cover designer, is a great cover  really that important? * Typesetting explained. * A quick run-down on common terms. Ann is the owner of Post Pre-press and the founder of Independent Ink. She specialises in helping authors produce beautiful professional books either through traditional publishers or self-publishing. She has worked in publishing for more than a decade and is passionate about helping people achieve their dream of becoming a publishged author and sharing their story. Last year, Ann stood on the other side of the desk and wrote her first book. In this workshop you will learn Ann's top tips on what to do and what not to do when self-publishing your book. This session is chaired by writer, journalist and university lecturer Sarah Pye.

4.15pm to 5.15pm:  Fill Your Pie and Eat It - Adele Jones: Research confessions from a historical writer turned YA novelist with award-winning Queensland author Adele Jones. Achieving the balance between information overload and detail inaccuracies involves a disciplined and purposeful approach to research and writing. Drawing on her own experiences Adele Jones headshotin gathering story-relevant details and incorporating this throughout the creative process, Adele, will provide attendees opportunity to discuss various research approaches, examine examples of research-supported fiction, and consider their use of research in their own writing.  She writes young adult and historical novels, poems, inspirational non-fiction and fictional short works, along with juggling family responsibilities and a ‘real job’ in the field of science. Her first YA novel "Integrate" was awarded the 2013 CALEB Prize for unpublished manuscript. Her writing explores issues of social justice, humanity, faith, natural beauty and meaning in life’s journey, and as a speaker she seeks to present a practical and encouraging message by drawing on these themes. In this workshop, Adele will explore the delights of research for historical fiction.

Saturday Evening program: Sunshine Coast Slam Poetry Championships featuring an exhilarating evening of slam poetry and original singer-songwriters

6.30pm to 11pm: For those who love music and the power of words, this special event is for you! Our festival is very proud to present the Sunshine Coast's first-ever annual Sunshine Coast Slam Poetry championships featuring 2014 Australian Poetry Slam champion Zohab Zee Khan as host and award-winning Sunshine Coast slam poet Gabriella SalmonZohab Khan plus performances by our region's most exciting original singer-songwriters Barry Charles, Jay Bishoff, Andrea Kirwan, Sharon Brookes and amazing hip-hop band The Lyrical to end the night on a high. These championships are an official heat of the annual Queensland Poetry Slam championships organised by the Queensland Poetry Festival, the State Library of Quensland, the Australian Poetry Slam and the national Word Travels. The top two winners from our Sunshine Coast heat will take part in the Queensland Poetry Slam championships at Brisbane's Judith Wright Centre on Sunday, August 27 as part of QPF. The top two performers from the QLD State Final will fly to Sydney for the Australian final at the Opera House later in the year.

Slam poetry contestants must register in person at our festival office at Coolum Civic Centre between the hours of 6pm and 6.30pm on the night (Saturday, August 12) to compete on stage in the Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam championships. This is a separately ticketed event (except for Season Pass holders). The maximum number of contestants is 20 and these contestants will not be charged the $40 ticket entry price. Also note that this event is licensed with alcohol on sale plus platters of cheese and local produce.

In the lead-up to these championships, two poetry slam workshops of two hours duration each are being hosted by 2014 Australian Poetry Slam champion Zohab Zee Khan who was one of our stand-out performers at our inaugural festival last year. The workshops will be held at Yandina's The Shared on Friday night, July 28 from 6pm and at the SCIRWF festival on Saturday, August 12 from 1pm to 3pm in the festival's workshop marquee in Coolum's Jack Morgan Park. (Workshop attendees must register at enjoy@sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com). During the workshops, Zohab will mentor and teach emerging slam poets and performance poets to polish their on-stage performances in order to achieve their best performance outcome at the August 12 Sunshine Coast Poetry Slam Championships. Workshop students are not automatically included in the SC championship heat line-up on the Saturday - contestants must register between 6pm and 6.30pm on this Saturday night, August 12

Saturday, August 12: Marquee One (Jack Morgan Park): 10.15am to 5pm: 

10.15am to 11am:  Scoundrel Days - Brentley Fraser:  Queensland poet, author and academic Brentley Fraser's newly released book Scoundrel Days has been described as Brentley Frazer headshot"Tom Sawyer on acid, a 21st-century On the Road, a Holden Caulfield for punks ... an extraordinary memoir of a wild adolescence, told in a compelling, poetic voice". In Scoundrel Days, Brentley tells the story of his youth – wild, disillusioned, impassioned and desolate. Born into a Christian cult in outback Queensland, Brentley escapes through literature and poetry, drugs and violence, sex and alcohol; and his ensuing rejection of religion, authority and the 'way things are' leads to adventures, desperation and, just possibly, redemption. Beautifully written and urgently told, Scoundrel Days is a visceral, compelling assault on the senses. An at times brutal story articulated with a poet’s sensibility, it portrays a walker of edges exploring the dark side while searching for the love essential to build a soul. It’s a gritty true story of anti-authoritarian youth – graffiti, drugs and violence, sex and alcohol – and the redemptive power of love, and provokes questions about adolescent boys and how they find their place in society, composed in its entirety using a literary constraint known as 'English Prime'. 

11.15am to 12.15pm: What is there to love about a short story? Short story author and teacher Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall has gathered together a panel of Eileen Herbert Goodall headshot1acclaimed short-story writers to discuss the drawcard features and qualities of short stories from the perspective of both readers and writers. Eileen, Dr Maria Arena, Melanie Myers, Dr Nike Sulway (Bourke), Grayham Bickley and Dr Kate Elkington will enthral you with their insights into this very popular writing genre.

Lunch break:

1pm to 3pm: Field of Words Writing workshop with acclaimed Sunshine Coast author Eileen Herbert-Goodall: Polish up your writing skills with this very popular hands-on workshop. (Part One). Workshop participants will be asked to write in response to a visual image. Where do we get story ideas from and what is the primary task of the writer? The answer: To entertain - but first we must lure readers into the story world and sustain their interest.  We need to take them upon a journey of discovery. Participants will be asked to examine the Story Pyramid; brainstorm creating a great setting to allow readers to ‘see’ the story world; develop engaging and believable characters that readers can empathise with on some level; create a character arc and effective plot; and discuss good writing and concise expression; purposeful dialogue; a theme and a crux of meaning. (Part Two). In this session, participants will be asked to use this knowledge to write a piece of flash fiction which will be read out during the session and critiqued. Eileen will also advise participants on the importance of getting their work critiqued and edited.

3.15pm to 4.15pm: How do you confront trauma in your writing and writing life? Acclaimed author and academic Leanne Dodd teams up with award-winning journalist and academic Trina McLellan to present this fascinating workshop on working with trauma in your writing life. Leanne, who writes crime fiction under the pen name of Lea Scott, is currently working on her fourth novel as part of her PhD in writing trauma and ficitionalising traumatic experience for those who find the process of writing and exposing this hidden subject matter difficult - re-storying lives using creative writing. Trina has spent more than three decades working in and with Australia’s news media as a journalist, journalism educator, researcher, corporate communication manager and, early on, as a community broadcaster. As a journalism researcher, Trina completed a ground-breaking Master of Arts thesis in 2003, looking at the impact of news reporting on victims and survivors of traumatic incidents. From 2004 to 2009, she was a founding board member and secretary of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma – Australasia (now the Dart Centre Asia Pacific). Since then she has continued to deliver guest lectures and hands-on workshops for community broadcasters, working journalists and tertiary students interested in learning more about trauma and journalism.

 4.30pm to 5.15pm: How pencils make the world a happier place: Cindy Rochstein and Julian Green.  Four-times internationally acclaimed author Cindy Rochstein and accomplished writer and developmental editor Julian Green talk about their community recycling initiative called 'Pencils Community' that supports education and sustainability through the redistribution of pencils and stationery. The Pencils' team take used and discarded pencils left over from schools, businesses or homes, re-bundles them and distributes 'Pencils Packs' to children in need around Australia and overseas - strongly supporting indigenous communities. In 18 months, the Pencils' team has been to over 17 countries and helped thousands of children. The team believes that a pencil can help fuel a child's creativity and help them learn to draw, colour, read, write and ultimately improve their education and their world - because education is the key to changing outcomes in the world. Through collaboration with other organisations and charities via various means of transportation (from shipping containers to backpackers trekking ‘Pencil Packs’ into remote villages), the Pencils Community is able to bring a smile to the faces of many children.

Saturday, August 12: Marquee Two (Jack Morgan Park): 10.15am to 5.15pm: 

10.15am to 11.15am: Working Together - Grayham Bickley and Aishah Macgill: No man is an island - writers need support and help from colleagues during their writing careers. The importance of being in a writers group- Grayham Bickley: Writer, poet and wildlife photographer, Grayham knows too well the 'isolation' of a being writer. Spending days, weeks hunched over a keyboard trying to put the words in your head inro print. He discusses the importance of interacting with other writers by joining writers' groups and taking that leap of faith by baring all with fellow scribes.  Gray's writing started as an actor in the seventies writing comedy sketches for reviews. He is a member of the Noosa Writers group and has participated in several published anthologies. He is also a member of the Pure Poetry Group. Gray has a crime fiction novel "Contained" due to be released, mid-year. A book of poetry titled "Northeast of Next Week" is also nearing publication. Gray has also had many photos published in national magazines and publications. The Road to Self-Publishing: Aishah Macgill:  Author, publisher and graphic designer Aishah Macgill has self-published five books to date, with several more currently being completed. When she is not writing, she is helping other authors who wish to self-publish via her Facebook Writers Group - Australian Writers Rock. Learn professional tips to successful navigate through the maze of self-publishing. 

11.30am to 12.30pm:  The joys of the life of a poet - Julie Hyndman:  Settle in for a whimsical hour of poetry with new poetry from award-winning poet Julie Hyndman from Ninderry on the Sunshine Coast. Julie is the president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland and a member of the Pure Poetry Group. Her poem "A Place" won first prize in the Australian Writers (Queensland) 2011 Annual Poetry Competition. She has since published "Pushing Shadows", a compilation of her early poetry, including "A Place and Threads", which won third place an international poetry competition, and some more recent works. Julie is a columnist for the Victorian magazine Positive Words and features regularly in poetry anthologies in New South Wales and Victoria.

1pm to 3pm:  Slam Poetry Workshop with Zohab Zee Khan: Emerging slam poets, get ready to polish up your words and performance techniques before contesting the Sunshine Coast's first-ever Poetry Slam championships being held in the evening. Workshop host Zohab Zee Khan, from Wagga Wagga in NSW, is the 2014 Australian Poetry Slam champion, the co-founder of the Pakistan Poetry Slam championships and has just returned from a one-month high-school workshop tour of Japan and South-East Asia. Zohab was a stand-out performer at our inaugural festival last year.

This workshop aims to inspire change and confidence in young people through spoken word poetry and “brain hacks”. With the incorporation of self-development techniques, spoken-word poetry becomes not just a platform for self-expression but also one to inspire changeand increase productivity. The workshops will take the form of two hours of fast-paced, hands-on mentoring by Zohab who will take workshop students through a program of performance activities followed by writing exercises designed to attain poetic techniques. Confident self-expression is the aim, with students producing a piece of work for performance by the end of each workshop. (Workshop participants should register with our festival before Monday, August 7 to receive free admission passes for the workshop. Maximum 20. Register at enjoy@sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com)

3.15pm to 5.15pm: Songwriting in the Round Workshop led by Francesca de Valence: Francesca is an award-winning singer-songwriter and the founder and director of the global Brisbane-based 'I Heart Songwriting Club'. Her goal is to inspire emerging and established writers and to "put a fire-cracker up their bums (yeah!!)". The workshop is limited to 20 people, so first in, first served. Have some fun in this hands-on workshop.

 Sunday, August 13

Coolum Civic Centre: 9am to 5pm:

9am to 10.15am: Maroochy River Songs and Stories - The No Groyners and Jim Cash (in conjunction with Coolum & North Shore Coast Care): The No Groyners are a homegrown Sunshine Coast band featuring long-time local environmentalists and musicians (award-winning musician Noel Gardiner, Sunshine Coast Australia Day award-winner Derek Foster, as well as John Wright and Tom Neilson). The No Groyners will perform two original songs about our beautiful Maroochy River - songs that talk of the threats to both sustainability and the natural beauty that surrounds us. Jim Cash, a former Maroochy Shire Councillor and life member of the Sunshine Coast Environment Council, will talk about the history and future of this beautiful Maroochy River which rises from the eastern slopes of the Blackall Range and flows east through Eumundi, before entering the sea at Cotton Tree, Maroochydore. Other populated centres in the river's catchment include Nambour, Eudlo, Yandina and Coolum. The watershed of the Maroochy River encompasses 630 square kilometres of undulating hills which have been cleared for agriculture and urban uses.

Sunshine Coast Council is calling on the general public to have their say later this year about whether or not to build a rock wall at the river mouth. Jim Cash has been involved with this issue since the early 1990’s and was on the Council consultative committee which came up with the existing sandbag groynes solution to maintain the Cotton Tree infrastructure. He has detailed knowledge about the history of the river mouth as well as the coastal processes affecting the river mouth and adjacent beaches. His presentation includes some amazing historical photos and charts of the river mouth going back to the 1860’s.  

10.30am to 11.15am: How Fairy Houses are building a village library in Bali - Samara Wellbourne: Our festival is proud to present outstanding Sunshine Coast 16-year-old, Samara Wellbourne, who will talk about her fundraising work to build a library in the impoverished village of Bungaya in East Bali.  Samara was just 12 years old when she published her award-winning children's craft book "How to Make Fairy Houses". This young entrepreneur has raised thousands of dollars for humanitarian projects through book sales and craft workshops. This year Samara won the 2017 Young Leader award in the Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards and in 2014 she shared the Young Citizen of the Year award in the Sunshine Coast Australia Day awards with Bindi Irwin.

Samara has teamed up with Balinese teenager Tyas Latra from Karangasem in East Bali with the aim of raising $20,000 so that their dream of building a  library in the extremely poor area of Bungaya Village can become a reality. The young women became friends while Samara lived in Bali with her mother, Cherrell Picton, who was working as an Australian Volunteer International (AVI) volunteer at PUSPADI Bali. Tyas is the daughter of PUSPADI Bali’s Director, I Nengah Latra. The library is being built on land owned by Latra. The girls’ vision to build a library was ignited when they heard the Indonesian Government mandate that every child must read for 15 minutes a day in order to improve the national literacy rates. For more information on Samara and Tyas' fundraising, please read this recent news story "New library in Bali to boost literacy levels" on the Bali Discovery news site: http://www.balidiscovery.com/messages/message.asp?Id=15938

After this inspiring presentation, Samara will be presenting two workshops on Making Your Own Fairy House or Troll Cave in our Children's Storytelling Marquee in Jack Morgan Park (1-2pm and 3-4pm). Children get to make their own fairy houses or troll caves and take them home. These workshops will have a fee for materials with all proceeds going towards Samara's fundraising ventures. The workshops have a maximum number of 20 children. We ask parents to book and pay for the workshops by contacting Samara directly at info@enchantedfairyhouses.com.au  Please note: Apart from our two major Festival Marquees in Jack Morgan Park, our Children's Storytelling Marquees, all other Author Book-signing Marquees, Community Information Marquees and our Artisan Alley of quality coffee, food, art and crafts market stalls are free entry for the public.  

11.30am to 12.15pm:  Creative Purpose and The Psychology of Book Marketing - Ocean Reeve: Understanding the 'why' behind our creativity is just as important as understanding creativity itself. Award-winning publishing consultant Ocean Reeve has over 20 years' experience in the creative arts industry and his expertise in working with creatives in film and television, radio, entertainment. Writing has given him an insight that will educate and inspire festival-goers. Ocean will introduce the critical factors in understanding creative development and how to nurture it. He breaks free the social expectations so that the creative expression within us all - emerging and established - has the value it deserves. After helping over 3000 authors to date as Australasia's No.1 Author Success Coach and with a career spanning traditional, self and independent publishing, Ocean understands and shares the critical psychology of the book marketing process. His presentation sets the fundamental framework needed for any creative to step up, step out and stand out with success.

Ocean has presented all over Australia and New Zealand on the book publishing industry, the publishing process, creative purpose and leadership. The insight and guidance he offers converts an interested writer into a committed author and helps the creative individual find the balance in establishing how to fit in and stand out when marketing their creative product. He has worked with the likes of William Shatner (Star Trek fame), Toni Childs (Grammy Award Winner), Eric Bailey (Activational Speaker and NBL Star), Andrew Barsa (Global Wealth Psychology Coach), Liam Renton (Australian Radio personality) and more. But he says it is within the everyday creative where he finds the real gems. "When I can assist in helping an unknown author bring a quality book to life and then see them feature and be acknowledged in the media and public domain for their achievement - that is where I find the most fulfilment from what I do."

This ex-pat Kiwi has visited the Sunshine Coast on several occasions presenting on publishing and creativity, and is excited to be back in Coolum connecting with more creatives. "It's not work when you love what you do, and who wouldn't love speaking about their passion to an audience of creatives in a place like Coolum," he said. Ocean's presentations are known to have booked out in advance so don't miss this inspirational creative share his knowledge and insight that will show you a clear distinction between a motivated creative and an inspired creative.

Lunch break:

1pm to 1.45pm: Publishing - The importance of a professional approach: Join published, professional authors Dimity Powell, Shannon Horsfall and Dee White in this crucial session, chaired by by publisher, Elaine Ouston, about approaching your writing as your business. Dimity Powell writes and reviews stories for kids and is the managing editor for Kids’ Book Review. Her word webs appear in anthologies, school magazines, junior novels, as creative digital content and picture books. Many of her stories have been shortlisted or won awards including her digital narrative, "The Chapel of Unlove for the Story City" app which was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards 2016. "The Fix-it Man", illustrated by Nicky Johnston is her first picture book with EK Books with another to follow in 2018. 

Shannon Horsfall is an author illustrator with a background in graphic design. Her first picture book "Was Not Me!" was published in 2016 by Harper Collins, who are also publishing her next picture book "Nomax" in June 2017. Her head is always filled with characters creating mess, mischief and mayhem.

Dee White is the creator of 18 fiction and non-fiction works for young readers plus two plays, numerous short stories and articles. She has also been published in the NSW School Magazine. Dee was the recipient of a May Gibbs Creative Time Residency for her YA novel, The Tangled Web. She was also awarded a SCBWI Nevada mentorship to work on her YA verse novel "Hating Ric" with New York Times' bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins. She recently signed with US literary agent, Jill Corcoran, and received a grant from VicArts to spend a month in Paris researching her latest work in progress, "Beyond Belief". 

Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing and is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia. Through her Gondor Writers' Centre, Elaine offers many services to authors interested in preparing for submission or self-publishing; and organises literary festivals and school literary camps for Australian literary festivals and book fairs. She has been published in The School Magazine and has many published children books, including picture books, chapter books and middle-grade novels. Elaine is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel to be released in 2017. 

2pm to 3pm: Writing a Series: Meredith Costain, Alison Reynolds (chair Elaine Ouston): Meredith Costain is a versatile writer from Melbourne whose work ranges from picture books through to novels, poetry and narrative non-fiction. Her books include CBCA Honour Book "Doodledum Dancing", "My Life in the Wild", "Daddies Are Great!", novelisations of ABC TV’s Dance Academy, and tween series "A Year in Girl Hell". Her latest series is the quirky "Ella Diaries", which was shortlisted this year for both the REAL and the WAYRBA children’s choice awards, and has sold to 24 countries. Meredith enjoys presenting writing workshops for children and adults around Australia.

Alison Reynolds is a Melbourne author of over 70 books and has been published in 12 countries and in 9 languages. She has written many different styles of books such as board books, picture books, chapter books, young adult books, adult and non-fiction. She loves to travel in person and through books. She has presented at schools, libraries and writers’ festivals, including the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Alison has a clown phobia and cannot stand liquorice, cooked carrots and chai. She is the author of the acclaimed Pickle and Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds series and the bestselling choose-your-own-adventure style Ranger in Danger series.

Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing and is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia. She has two published books in a fantasy series, The Mystery of Nida Valley, has been published in The School Magazine and has many published children books, including picture books, chapter books and middle-grade novels. Elaine is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel to be released in 2017. After this session, from 3.15 to 4pm, Elaine is offering 15-minute appointments to authors to evaluate their submissions to agents and publishers at one of the many Author's Marquees in Jack Morgan Park.

3.15pm to 4.15pm: Page to stage: the play adaptation of a book - Dianne Wolfer: Dianne's books, Lighthouse Girl (and Light Horse Boy) were adapted for stage by Black Swan Theatre. The play premiered in April in Albany and went on to a season in Perth. Dianne will share the experience of having her story adapted as a play with the audience.

Dianne is the author of 16 books for teenagers and young readers. Her latest title "Nanna’s Button Tin" is a gentle story about a little girl searching for a very special button. Dianne writes across genres and her award-winning historical fiction "Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy" inspired Black Swan Theatre’s recent adaptation of "The Lighthouse Girl" as well as the 2015 Perth Festival street theatre performance of "The Giants". Dianne's 2017 CBCA Notable Book, "The Shark Caller", is a quest novel inspired by the ancient practise of calling sharks. Dianne has just completed a PhD researching Animal Characters in Children’s Literature. 

4.15pm to 5.15pm: Writing Historical Faction for adults and YA readers - Pam Rushby: Pam loves "faction" – fact-based historical fiction. She believes the best, the strangest, the most riveting, heart-breaking, laugh-out-loud stories aren't fiction. They're real. They come from history. Join her workshop and discover how she turns these stories into successful "faction" that children and young adults love. Pam has worked in advertising, as a pre-school teacher and freelance writer. She was a writer and producer of educational television, audio and multimedia for the Queensland Department of Education for 16 years, and now freelances in children's and young adult fiction and non-fiction; scriptwriting; and multimedia writing/designing. She has many published books and particularly loves rewriting historical stories.

Sunday, August 13: Marquee One (Jack Morgan Park) 9am to 5pm:

9am to 10am: Anthropomorphism in children’s literature - Dianne Wolfer: (Anthropomorphism - the showing or treating of animals as if they are human in appearance, character or behaviour.)  Dianne has just submitted PhD research into anthropomorphism in children’s literature. She has explored ideas for both children and adults including; animal characters as windows to environmental and social change, animals as windows to war, and studied animal characters in Australian children’s literature from 1841-2015, Australian native animals as metaphors. She will share this knowledge with us.

Dianne is the author of 16 books for teenagers and young readers. Her latest title "Nanna’s Button Tin" is a gentle story about a little girl searching for a very special button. Dianne writes across genres and her award-winning historical fiction "Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy" inspired Black Swan Theatre’s recent adaptation of "The Lighthouse Girl" as well as the 2015 Perth Festival street theatre performance of "The Giants". Dianne's 2017 CBCA Notable Book, "The Shark Caller", is a quest novel inspired by the ancient practise of calling sharks.

10.15am to 11.15am: Writing to choose your own adventure stories - Alison Reynolds: CYOA style books are the original interactive media, allowing readers to be part of the adventure as they choose their own plot direction and their own destiny. Sounds complicated – but it’s not! Join Alison Reynolds and dive into the labyrinth of writing a CYOA style book. She will show you how to write these traditionally fast paced books with multiple story lines. You will emerge from this workshop with both a clear plan and un-muddled head so you can embark on writing CYOA style books. Come prepared to write, laugh and learn.

Alison is a Melbourne author of over 70 books and has been published in 12 countries and nine languages. She has written many different styles of books such as board books, picture books, chapter books, YA books, adult and non-fiction. She loves to travel in person and through her books. Alison has presented at schools, libraries and writers' festivals - including the Melbourne Writers' Festival. She is the author of the acclaimed Pickle and Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds series and the bestselling choose-your-own-adventure style Ranger in Danger series.

11.30am to 12.15pm: Combining music with picture books - Dean O’Brien: The workshop will cover many of the fundamental elements of creative writing and turning it into a published book including: * The ‘purpose’ behind a story * Finding inspiration * Creative mindset * Getting started * Rough draft * On-going development/expansion * Testing your work/asking for help * Editorial * Putting words to music.

Dean, Mr Yipadee or Deano as he’s known to his friends, is a number one best-selling children’s author (with Scholastic) and chart-topping musician. He’s been fortunate to work as a writer on a number of children's series from "Bob The Builder", "Thomas The Tank Engine", and also headlined the famous ‘Kidz Field’ at the Glastonbury Music Festival.  Deano has spent the last few years touring with the presenters from CBeebies (the BBC’s children’s TV channel) and topped the bestseller's album and book charts in the UK and New Zealand.

Lunch

1pm to 2pm: Playwriting - Victoria Carless: This workshop will introduce participants to writing for theatre. Together we will look at characterisation, setting and plotting your stories for stage, as well as theatrical symbol and imagery. Bring your writing materials, ideas and that line that's been rattling around in your mind and we’ll find a way to make it live!

Victoria is a novelist, playwright, a current State Library QANZAC100 Fellow and holds a PhD in creative writing. Her first book, "The Dream Walker", is for young adults and will be published in June 2017 by Hachette Australia. Victoria has had seven plays produced since 2006. Her award-winning script "The Rainbow Dark" was published in the 'Staging Asylum' collection by Currency Press in 2013 and her script "The Grand" was published by PlayLab in 2014. Victoria also contributes contemporary performance reviews to RealTime magazine.  

2.15pm to 3pm: Building an author brand - Michelle Worthington: Join internationally award winning author Michelle Worthington as she goes through the basics of building your online brand as an author. A strong brand helps you in the same ways it helps a company. It gives you name recognition and helps you sell your products—your books. Author branding should be part and parcel of the business plan you write when you first get the idea for a book.

Michelle will give you her ten top tips for creating in the best possible author brand online, as well as practical ways to build your brand in order to create connections with fans, fellow writers and publishers. No previous social media experience is necessary as Michelle will be bringing it back to basics and discussing which platforms work and which don't, along with tips for building a blog, YouTube Channel and LinkedIn profile.

Michelle is an internationally published award-winning author of empowering picture books for children of all ages. Her goal is to inspire all children to believe in themselves and encourage special-needs readers to fall in love with books. Director of Share Your Story Australia, Michelle helps aspiring authors reach their goal of being publishing through mentor programs and workshops with industry professionals. Two-time winner of the International Book Award for Children’s Hardcover Fiction and finalist in the US Best Book Awards and Book Excellence Awards, she also received a Gellett Burgess Award for Children’s Literature and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in Picture Books. 

3.15pm to 4pm: Picture books, show don’t tell - Shannon Horsfall: In this workshop Sharon will focus on the elements of a successful picture book including structure and the story arc. She will explore the importance of illustration to tell the story alongside, and sometimes in contrast to, the words.

 She will delve into the importance of allowing the illustrations to speak, and for layout to create dynamism or quiet as required. She will discuss the process of printing to give participants a better understanding of layout, sheet size, pagination and colour reproduction.

Shannon Horsfall is an author illustrator with a background in graphic design. Her first picture book "Was Not Me!" was published in 2016 by Harper Collins, who are also publishing her next picture book "Nomax" in June 2017. Her head is always filled with characters creating mess, mischief and mayhem. Shannon lives on a beautiful island north of Brisbane, with her two sons and a particularly lazy rescue hound. She describes herself as a grown-up whose inner child is not always kept safely inner. (She has been known to gate crash the odd game of Red Rover and elastics.)

4.15pm to 5.15pm: Developing believable characters - Elaine Ouston: Developing strong, believable characters that your reader either loves or hates ... depending on your intention, is vital. ​Many writers make the mistake of having characters who are too similar to each other and not well enough developed. This workshop examines the many personality types we meet and shows you how to portray them effectively.

Elaine Ouston has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing and is managing editor at Morris Publishing Australia. Through her Gondor Writers' Centre, Elaine offers many services to authors interested in preparing for submission or self-publishing; and organises literary festivals and school literary camps for Australian literary festivals and book fairs. She has been published in The School Magazine and has many published children books, including picture books, chapter books and middle-grade novels. Elaine is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel to be released in 2017.

Sunday, August 13: Marquee Two (Jack Morgan Park) 9am to 5pm:

9am to 10am: Writing for the International Market and book launch - Dee White: After recently signing with an American literary agent, Dee will discuss how to catch the attention of international agents and publishers, and how to write books with global appeal. Dee will share her five-year journey exploring the opportunities and pitfalls of the international market before she signed with US literary agent, Jill Corcoran. She will share tips on how to catch the attention of international agents and publishers, and will discuss themes and content that might appeal to a worldwide readership. You will learn techniques for pitching your work to a global market, and where you can find the agent or publisher who is right for you. You will also discover the importance of international publishing rights, and what you should do with them.

Dee is the creator of 18 fiction and non-fiction works for young readers plus two plays, numerous short stories and articles. She has also been published in the NSW School Magazine. Dee was the recipient of a May Gibbs Creative Time Residency for her YA novel, The Tangled Web. She was also awarded a SCBWI Nevada mentorship to work on her YA verse novel "Hating Ric" with New York Times' bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins. She recently signed with US literary agent, Jill Corcoran, and received a grant from VicArts to spend a month in Paris researching her latest work in progress, "Beyond Belief".

10.15am to 11.15am: Midnight Sun to the Southern Cross - book launch and "tree planting" - Ruth Bonnetti:  Ruth will be hosting the Sunshine Coast launch of her new novel "Midnight Sun to Southern Cross: Those who go, those who stay" which is Book Two of Ruth's family memoir "Burn My Letters: Tyranny to refuge". Ruth grew up in the arid Queensland outback, intrigued by the strange-accented relatives she met on holidays near Byron Bay. She preferred Mozart to hillbilly music, books to horses. Ruth’s gift for music became a passport to the world. Destiny led her to live in Sweden, directly across the Gulf of Bothnia from her grandfather’s birthplace in Finland, where she researched the story of her ‘black sheep’ great-uncle Karl Johan Back who fled Russian-occupied Finland for the safety of Australia in 1899. Finding refuge on ridges overlooking Byron Bay lighthouse in northern New South Wales, Karl grows orchids and lush tropical fruit. Intrigued by her 'black sheep' great uncle, Ruth pieces together the motives that propelled his desperate flight to Australia and quest for freedom. And why did he implore his family back home to "burn my letters" and why he write prolifically in Australia but under a pen name?

"Midnight Sun to the Southern Cross" continues the Back family saga with her grandfather Wilhelm Anders Back who spent his formative years in Europe and, in his adult years, became "Australia's richest Finn". Ruth is author/editor of a dozen publications about music, education and performance, five through Words and Music and two with Oxford Uni. Press. She is a Fellow of the Migration Institute of Finland who published her articles and paper. At the end of her book launch, Ruth will plant a tree sapling which has been grown from the seed of the original fir trees that her forefathers planted in Byron Bay from seeds sourced from their homeland in Finland. 

11.30am to 12.30pm:  Marketing and Author Tours - Karen Tyrell, Pam Rushby, Michelle Worthington: You have done it! Your book is published, but now you have to sell it. Join these three very prolific and successful authors on 'a tour of an author's tour'. Karen Tyrell writes empowering books to help kids live STRONG utilising humour and self-belief.  She’s an experienced Brisbane school teacher and keynote speaker. Karen has won three awards, three literary grants and a mentorship through the Society of Editors (QLD). She is a writing tutor for Queensland Writers Centre and Brisbane City Libraries. ​Her eight acclaimed books "Bailey Beats the Blah", "STOP the Bully", "Harry Helps Grandpa Remember", "Jo-Kin Battles the It", "Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra" and "Song Bird Superhero" all ignite imagination and positive self-esteem. 

Pamela Rushby has worked in advertising, as a pre-school teacher and freelance writer. She was a writer and producer of educational television, audio and multimedia for the Queensland Department of Education for 16 years, and now freelances in children's and young adult fiction and non-fiction; scriptwriting; and multimedia writing/designing. She has many published books and particularly loves rewriting historical stories. 

Michelle Worthington is an internationally published award-winning author of empowering picture books for children of all ages. Her goal is to inspire all children to believe in themselves and encourage special-needs readers to fall in love with books. Director of Share Your Story Australia, Michelle helps aspiring authors reach their goal of being publishing through mentor programs and workshops with industry professionals. Two-time winner of the International Book Award for Children’s Hardcover Fiction and finalist in the US Best Book Awards and Book Excellence Awards, Michelle also received a Gellett Burgess Award for Children’s Literature and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in Picture Books.

Lunch break:

1pm to 2pm: Writing for the educational market - Meredith Costain: Discover how to create a wide variety of texts – ranging from emergent and early readers through to articles, chapter books and non-fiction – in this hands-on session. Find out about literacy series, text types, the magical power of the ‘3 Rs’ (rhythm, rhyme and repetition), readability, writing to a brief, and finding markets for your writing.

Meredith has written over 200 books for both local and international education publishers, edited children’s magazines for the Victorian Department of Education, and been the commissioning editor for several literacy series, including Spinouts, Awesome and Legends (in their own lunchbox).

Meredith Costain is a versatile writer from Melbourne whose work ranges from picture books through to novels, poetry and narrative non-fiction. Her books include CBCA Honour Book "Doodledum Dancing", "My Life in the Wild", "Daddies Are Great!", novelisations of ABC TV’s Dance Academy, and tween series "A Year in Girl Hell". Her latest series is the quirky "Ella Diaries", which was shortlisted this year for both the REAL and the WAYRBA children’s choice awards, and has sold to 24 countries. Meredith enjoys presenting writing workshops for children and adults around Australia.

2.15pm to 3.45pm: Children’s Poetry workshop for adults – Julie Hyndman: Come along to an interactive workshop with prompts and ideas to have fun with words. Award-winning poet Julie Hyndman is from Ninderry on the Sunshine Coast. Julie is the president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland and a member of the Pure Poetry Group. Her poem "A Place" won first prize in the Australian Writers (Queensland) 2011 Annual Poetry Competition. She has since published "Pushing Shadows", a compilation of her early poetry, including "A Place and Threads", which won third place an international poetry competition, and some more recent works. Julie is a columnist for the Victorian magazine Positive Words and features regularly in poetry anthologies in New South Wales and Victoria.

4pm to 5pm: Putting Kids First - Karen Clarke: Karen is the author of "From Bullied to Brilliant" and director of Powerful Positive People. A qualified Trainer of NLP and Time Line Therapy® Coach, Karen helps adults, children, performers and athletes overcome confidence and self-esteem issues. She has a deep understanding of bullying and social isolation, through both her professional and personal experiences. Karen’s book "From Bullied to Brilliant" helps parents, educators and victims of bullying understand how a change in thinking can end the bully-victim cycle be you child, adult or parent. 

She is developing a program for schools with Australian Teacher Aide and is working with the Brisbane Broncos delivering talks to Gympie high school students. She is a key spokesperson and ambassador for the not-for-profit organisation, For Kids Sake, who’s primary focus is to increase the understanding and reduce the harmful impacts of family breakdown – as the name says, its about putting the kids first.

Children's Storytelling and Craft Marquees (Jack Morgan Park): 9am to 5pm:

Children will be entranced by storytelling sessions from many of our festival authors including Dean O'Brien, Dimity Powell, Karen Tyrell (an interactive story teller who brings life to her stories wearing fun costumes), YA author Casey Ardron (Xavier Wintersbee and the Book of Virtues), Gayle Torrens (The Tralls of Nindarry), Chris Collin from Funky Books, and more throughout the day in a number of marquees.

10am to 11am: Sharing Nature workshop and Picture Book Reading - Paula Tura: Paula just launched her first children's picture book "Madeixas" in her home town in Brazil. The book is written in Portuguese without translations in English. Paula's reading allows children to imagine their own story based on the pictures. The foreign-language book also stimulates a second language acquisition. Paula begins her workshops with outdoor-activity, facilitating games with nature followed by an artistic activity such as writing and drawing. She uses her book as the basis for the workshop activities, discussion and brainstorming. Paula is very excited to hear children's interpretation of the images in her pisture book which is the story of a little girl whose long dark hair becomes curious about the world and starts collecting items from nature and her town and city surrounds.  For the nature games, Paula uses Sharing Nature methodology -www.sharingnature.com

Two workshops: 1pm to 2pm; 3pm to 4pm:  Make Your Own Fairy House or Troll Cave - Samara Welbourne. Teenage author and entrepreneur Samara will be presenting two workshops on building fairy houses and troll caves and children will be able to take their own fairy house or troll cave home. Each workshop will have a fee for materials with all proceeds going towards Samara's fundraising ventures. Each workshop has a maximum number of 20 children. We ask parents to book and pay for the workshops by contacting Samara directly at info@enchantedfairyhouses.com.au Please note: Apart from our two major Festival Marquees in Jack Morgan Park, our Children's Storytelling Marquee, all other Author Book-signing Marquees, Community Information Marquees and our Artisan Alley of quality coffee, food, art and crafts market stalls are free entry for all the public.  

Author Book Launch Marquees (Jack Morgan Park):  9am to 5pm: 

9am to 10am: Victoria Carless: Join Victoria for the launch of her book, The Dream Weaver and hear the story behind the story.

10.15 to 11am: Dee White: Dee has two new books for release this year and she is thrilled to be launching them at the 2017 Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writer's Festival. Dee's picture book, Reena's Rainbow is illustrated by the amazingly talented Tracie Grimwood and will be published worldwide. K9 Heroes for readers aged 9+ is about dogs who have saved people's lives, and features four stories of incredible loyalty and courage inspired by actual events. Join Dee to celebrate her releases and listen to her read from the books.

Mary Atkins (Anatomy a Creative Healing); Martin Kari (A World of Books); and many more.  

 *Poet's Corner, Jack Morgan Park, Coolum will feature open-to-the-public performances by Bazza the Bush Poet, Barbara Brewster (rambunctious author, singer, clown and workshop host) and a host of other entertaining performers and storytellers.

Festival Artisan Alley – Quality Artisan and food stalls will be operating in Jack Morgan Park from 8.30am to 5pm on Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13. To enquire about hosting an Artisan stall please contact the Festival office on 0435 877 617 or request an information kit and booking form by emailing enjoy@sunshinecoastreadersandwritersfestival.com

               The SCIRWF Festival office opens at 8am on Saturday, August 12 in Coolum Civic Centre for Ticket Sales, Programs and a hearty welcome to Coolum!

(Online ticket sales through Eventbrite suggested to avoid sell-out)