Workshops 2021

Saturday 22 May 2021 from 9:30am 
Patonga Hall, 6 Brisk St, Patonga

From $100 + booking fee

Saturday 22 May 2021 9:30am – 5:00pm

Find out how to get your book published in this informative one-day workshop with Juliet Rogers and industry experts.

We aim to be a COVID-19 safe event. Please stay home if you’re feeling unwell. The festival organisers reserve the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances, including due to COVID-19 NSW restrictions/lockdowns.


9:30am – 5:00pm

What Publishing is Really All About

Juliet Rogers

$100 + booking fee

Join publishing expert Juliet Rogers for a one-day workshop demystifying the publishing process. Learn how a book is made; how it reaches the market; and how to avoid common pitfalls on the path to publication. Includes a Q&A opportunity during the industry panel session

Sessions include:

  • Where to start: Publishing Choices
  • Acquisitions and Author Contracts
  • Self-publishing
  • Understanding Publishing Steps
  • How to Sell a Book
  • Building a Career as an Author
  • Industry Panel: Burning questions

Industry experts include:

Kaye Wright, recent Head of Trade Sales, Penguin Random House

Benny Agius, General Manager, Echo Publishing

Nerrilee Weir, Senior Rights Manager, Penguin Random House


A detailed program will be emailed prior to the event.

Doors will open at 9am for registration and the first session will start at 9:30am sharp.

Social Distancing policies and procedures will be in place. Participants will be required to register their attendance on the day. Please stay home if you are unwell.

There will be an hour lunch break. Lunch options include BYO picnic lunch, Cafe Du Blueza or Patonga Beach Hotel, at attendee’s expense.

Words on the Waves Festival reserves the right to make any changes to any aspect of any workshop without notice.

9:30am – 5:00pm
Patonga Hall

6 Brisk Street

Patonga, NSW 2256

$100 + booking fee


Juliet Rogers

Juliet Rogers has over 30 years experience in the publishing industry, including Managing Director Random House (NZ and Australia) and CEO of Murdoch Books. Before joining the ASA, she ran her own publishing and consultancy business, and has chaired the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and been President of the APA.

Support our first Festival

As a not-for-profit organisation run with a small team of volunteers, contributions of any size go a long way in enriching the creative culture of our community. The Committee includes local Peninsula residents passionate about bringing the arts to the Coast. We are seeking support from the community to help us create a wonderful and inclusive festival.