Workshops

Workshop: My Words Count with Casey Gray
Saturday June 3 | 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

Workshop: How to Edit Your Work with Ellen O’Brien
Saturday June 3 | 12pm – 2pm

Workshop: Novel Recipe with Eleanor Limprecht
Saturday June 3 | 3pm – 5pm

Workshop: Crime & Thriller Writing with JP Pomare
Sunday June 4 | 10am – 12pm

$17.50 – $59 + booking fee

Saturday June 3

Saturday June 3
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Ellen O'Brien

Workshop: How to Edit Your Work with Ellen O’Brien

$59 + booking fee (limited capacity)

THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED

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, whether to apply to their own writing or to others’ work. Supported by Faber Academy

Please note: this Workshop is part of the Writing Up Stream Day. Please head to that page for more details and discounts.

How to Edit Your Work with Ellen O’Brien

Saturday 3 June
12pm – 2pm

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


Saturday June 3
3:00pm – 5:00pm

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Workshop: Novel Recipe with Eleanor Limprecht

$59 + booking fee (limited capacity)

THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED

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

Please note: this Workshop is part of the Writing Up Stream Day. Please head to that page for more details and discounts.

Novel Recipe with Eleanor Limprecht

Saturday 3 June
3pm – 5pm

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


Saturday June 3
10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

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Workshop: My Words Count with Casey Gray

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

$17.50 + booking fee (carer/supporter free)

A workshop for people with intellectual disability to come together and have their voices heard through the power of storytelling. We will have fun finding story ideas within accessible creative thinking activities and feel confident using those ideas to tell the stories hiding inside each and every one of us.

What experience or ability do I need to attend?

Anyone identifying as having an intellectual disability is welcome to join these creative writing workshops. No prior experience or ability is needed. We will scribe for those who don’t write, we will read for those who don’t read and we will listen to those who do not use words to communicate. You are encouraged to contact Casey at projectsforpurpose@gmail.com to talk about your accessibility needs before the event so we can design activities that will engage everyone.

My Words Count with Casey Gray

Saturday June 3
10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

Arts Space 1 @ Erina Library,
Erina Fair, Karalta Road Erina NSW 2250$17.50 + booking fee
(limited capacity, carers/supporters free)

Sunday June 4


Sunday June 4
10am – 12pm

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Workshop: Crime & Thriller Writing with JP Pomare

$59 + booking fee (limited capacity)

In this two hour workshop participants will work through a series of exercises to develop foundational skills to write a thriller or crime novel. The workshop will have a particular focus on character and setting, and we will discuss ways in which these elements of fiction interact to heighten tension and deliver plot twists.

Crime & Thriller Writing with JP Pomare

Sunday 4 June
10am – 12pm

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

Workshop Leaders

Ellen O'Brien

Ellen O’Brien

Ellen 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.

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Eleanor Limprecht

Eleanor Limprecht is the author of four novels: The Coast, The Passengers, Long Bay and What Was Left. Her short fiction and essays have been published various places including Best Australian Stories, Meanjin, The Saturday Pater, Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue. She has been shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and was the recipient of the Australian Society of Authors Blake-Beckett Trust Scholarship. Eleanor has a Doctorate of Creative Arts from UTS and is the chair of the Board of Directors at Writing NSW.

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Casey Gray

Casey is a creative with lived-experience of psycho-social disability, involved in support and advocacy since 2004. Casey is engaged in the elusive battle for meaningful engagement with and for folk with intellectual disability, seeing the world of books and storytelling as a gateway to connection for those often least heard.

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JP Pomare

J.P. Pomare is an award-winning and bestselling author whose debut novel, Call Me Evie (2018), won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. In the Clearing (2019) and The Last Guests (2021) were critically acclaimed bestsellers, with In the Clearing currently being adapted for the screen for Disney+. Tell Me Lies (2020) was a #1 Audible bestseller and was shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel and the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction and his fifth book, The Wrong Woman, was a top-ten bestseller. Home Before Night is his sixth novel and was first published as an Audible Original.

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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