Writing Up Stream

Panel: Inside Publishing Panel: Do I need an agent?
10am – 11am

Workshop: Fiction Starter with Lauren Aimee Curtis
11:30am – 1:30pm

Workshop: Memoir Masterclass with Ashley Kalagian Blunt
2pm – 4pm

Workshop: How to Edit with Ellen O’Brien
4:30pm – 6:30pm

Saturday June 1
Jasmine Greens Kiosk

Saturday June 1

Aspiring writers, join us for a day of Professional Development in Partnership with Faber Academy and Writing NSW. All held at Jasmine Greens Kiosk, a vibrant space in the leafy Peninsula Recreation Precinct.

Purchase 2 or more of these 4 Writing Up Stream events and receive a 15% discount.

Program

Saturday June 1
10:00am – 11:00am

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Inside Publishing Panel: Do I need an agent?

With Jeanne Ryckmans, Rochelle Fernandez, Daniel Pilkington. Moderated by Sophie Groom.

$10 + booking fee  

Many aspiring writers have questions about agents. What do they do? Do you need one? And how do you go about getting one? Agents with expertise gleaned from years in publishing, Jeanne Ryckmans (Key People Literary Management), Rochelle Fernandez (Alex Adsett Literary) and Daniel Pilkington, speak to Writing NSW CEO Sophie Groom about how agents can help get you published and tips for finding the one that suits you. Presented by Writing NSW.

Purchase 2 or more of these 4 Writing Up Stream events and receive a 15% discount.

Inside Publishing Panel: Do I need an agent?

Saturday 1 June
10am – 11am

Jasmine Green’s Park Kiosk

Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Sydney Ave
Umina Beach NSW 2257

$10 + booking fee (discount if you purchase 2 or more)

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Saturday June 1
11:30am – 1:30pm

Lauren Aimee Curtis

Workshop: Fiction Starter with Lauren Aimee Curtis

$59 + booking fee (limited capacity)

Have you always wanted to write a novel but struggled to find a process? The best novels, like the best recipes, combine individual elements for depth and complexity. In this workshop, we will look at some of the ingredients of exemplary novels and do a series of generative exercises which will help you discover the recipe for the novel which only you can write. Supported by Faber Academy.

Purchase 2 or more of these 4 Writing Up Stream events and receive a 15% discount.

Fiction Starter with Lauren Aimee Curtis

Saturday 1 June
11:30am – 1:30pm

Jasmine Green’s Park Kiosk
Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Sydney Ave,
Umina Beach NSW 2257
$59 + booking fee (limited capacity)

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Saturday June 1
2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Workshop: Memoir Masterclass with Ashley Kalagian Blunt

$59 + booking fee (limited capacity)

The memoirist’s lived experience provides the raw material for their writing. But how do you craft a cohesive, compelling narrative arc from messy and possibly long ago events, and the quiet moments our lives often turn on? Join bestselling author Ashley Kalagian Blunt for a practical workshop filled with writing exercises, analysis of memoir extracts, and discussion. You’ll learn new insights into the craft of memoir, including how to balance the holy trinity of memoir narrative – scene, summary, and musing.

Purchase 2 or more of these 4 Writing Up Stream events and receive a 15% discount.

Memoir Masterclass with Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Saturday 1 June
2pm – 4pm

Jasmine Green’s Park Kiosk
Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Sydney Ave,
Umina Beach NSW 2257
$59 + booking fee (limited capacity)

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Saturday June 1
4:30pm – 6:30pm

Ellen O'Brien

Workshop: How to Edit with Ellen O’Brien

$59 + booking fee (limited capacity)

In this two-hour workshop, Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin’s Editor-in-Residence Ellen O’Brien will take you through the ins and outs of the editing process, offering insights into how to produce concise and compelling writing. Ellen will use grounded examples to cover topics such as reading work from an editor’s point-of-view, navigating the different stages of the editorial process, and incorporating editorial feedback into your work. This workshop is ideally suited to writers who are interested in improving their editing skills to apply to their own writing. Supported by Faber Academy.

Purchase 2 or more of these 4 Writing Up Stream events and receive a 15% discount.

Workshop: How to Edit with Ellen O’Brien

Saturday 1 June
4:30pm – 6:30pm

Jasmine Green’s Park Kiosk
Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Sydney Ave,
Umina Beach NSW 2257
$59 + booking fee (limited capacity)

Buy Tickets

Speakers

Jeanne Ryckmans

Jeanne Ryckmans

Jeanne Ryckmans has worked for two decades in book publishing. She is a former publisher and was artistic director of the Canberra Writers’ Festival from 2020-2022. She is the co-founder of Key People Literary Management. Trust: A Fractured Fable is her third book.

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Daniel Pilkington

Daniel Pilkington is a Literary Agent and publishing consultant based in the Inner West of Sydney. With a background as the former Sales Director of Hachette Australia, Daniel brings a wealth of industry experience to his current endeavours. His unwavering passion for Australian writing and storytelling is at the heart of his work, driving him to connect authors with the literary world.

Rochelle Fernandez

Rochelle Fernandez

Rochelle Fernandez has been an editor of fiction and non-fiction since 2005. She was publisher for the HarperVoyager imprint of HarperCollins and worked with local and international authors. In 2021 she joined Alex Adsett Literary where she represents a small group of authors who write everything from memoir to fiction and kids books. Rochelle is passionate about reading and authors and getting the right book to the right reader.

Lauren Aimee Curtis

Lauren Aimee Curtis

Lauren Aimee Curtis is the author of the novels Dolores and Strangers at the Port. In 2023, she was named on Granta’s once-in-a-decade Best of the Young British Novelists list. Her writing has appeared in The White Review, Catapult, Sydney Review of Books, Best Summer Stories, and New Australian Fiction 2021, among other publications. Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Readings Prize, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing, and the Elizabeth Jolly Short Story Prize. She holds a PhD from the University of Technology Sydney, where she wrote her dissertation on the work of Renata Adler and Elizabeth Hardwick.

She is happy to mentor writers of short stories, novellas and short novels, essays and narrative nonfiction. As a mentor she aims to help writers articulate what they want to do and then guide them there.

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Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Ashley Kalagian Blunt is the author of Dark Mode, a psychological thriller. Her earlier books are How to Be Australian, a memoir, and My Name Is Revenge, collected fiction and essays. Ashley co-hosts James and Ashley Stay at Home, a podcast about writing, creativity and health, and teaches creative writing.

Ellen O'Brien

Ellen O’Brien

Ellen O’Brien is a Guringai (Garigal/Walkeloa) writer and editor living on Bidjigal land. Ellen is the Editor-in-Residence at the Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin, and the Program Officer for The Writing Zone at Western Sydney University.

Sophie Groom

Sophie Groom

Sophie Groom is the CEO of Writing NSW, the state’s premier organisation for writers and writing. Writing NSW supports thousands of writers each year through courses, events, prizes and fellowships, opportunities to network with industry, and information and advocacy.

Partners

Faber Academy

Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin hosts an exciting annual program of writing courses and editorial services designed by Australia’s leading writing and publishing professionals. Faber Academy was established by iconic London publishing house Faber & Faber to provide high quality, practical creative writing courses that draw participants into the very centre of the book publishing world. Since 2010, Australia’s leading independent publisher Allen & Unwin has partnered with Faber and Faber to present the Faber Writing Academy. Our writing courses are devised and run by leading figures in contemporary publishing, including award-winning authors and publishers and literary agents working at the highest level in the industry.

Writing NSW

Writing NSW is the state’s leading provider of services to writers, including courses, seminars and workshops, writing groups, festivals and events, grants and prizes, and information and advice. A not-for-profit organisation formerly known as the NSW Writers’ Centre, we have been providing quality support to the writers of our state since 1991.

Jasmine Greens

Located in a serene park setting, Jasmine Greens is a relaxing dining destination boasting a take-away kiosk and party venue. We use the very best ingredients with a strong focus on using locally sourced, chemical free & free-range ingredients. We’re the perfect destination for a convivial meal with family and friends. Our venue is available to hire for private functions and we can provide off-site licensed catering services.

Support our 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.

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