Craig Silvey, Natasha Lester, Alan Carter and Holden Sheppard join an all-star line-up for the Business of Being a Writer 2020

Image of six author headshots, Alan Carter, Natasha Lester, Holden Sheppard, Annabel Smith, Rebecca Higgie and Craig Silvey

Whether you’re a published writer, an aspiring author, or just interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the business of publishing, you won’t want to miss stepping into the shoes of authors, publishers and booksellers at the Business of Being a Writer seminar on Saturday 22 February 2020.

Taking place at the University of Western Australia during Perth Festival’s Literature & Ideas weekend, audience members will get the chance to learn from expert panellists representing all facets of the book industry.

Marketing and Communications Manager Claire Miller said that, for under $30, writers would be able to attend one, two or all four panel sessions. She said, ‘We’ve been careful not to duplicate last year’s event. Everyone who attends this year will be able to glean new and different information on the publishing process.’

The day will commence with Jane Fraser, Craig Silvey and Alan Carter preparing writers for the moment a contract lands on their desk with a session on copyright, contracts and subsidiary rights. Participants will then experience a day in the life of a bestselling author and a day in the life of a bookseller with Natasha Lester, Holden Sheppard, Michael Earp, Allyce Cameron and Aisling Lawless. Authors Annabel Smith and Wendy Binks along with Deborah Lee of Ingram Spark will share vital information for would-be self-publishers and the day will end with Rebecca Higgie asking publishers Georgia Richter, Terri-ann White and Rachel Bin Salleh their insider tips on editing manuscripts for submission.

Fremantle Press CEO Jane Fraser said she was looking forward to hosting the event. ‘This will be the second Business of Being a Writer seminar we’ve run. Last year’s quickly sold out and was waitlisted. This year, we’ve increased the capacity and we’ve brought the event on campus so people can easily get between the seminar and the panel sessions they want to attend at the festival.’

Tickets are sold as a full-day package with tea and coffee included for only $29.99. Spots will go fast, so secure your place by purchasing a ticket today.

Date: Saturday 22 February 2020

Location: The Undercroft, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley, WA

Cost: $29.99 + booking fees

Bookings via Perth Festival website

The Business of Being a Writer is part of the Four Centres Emerging Writers Program, which is funded by the Western Australian Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The program aims to give Western Australian emerging writers the tools and information they need to be published. The program sees the Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia, Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, Peter Cowan Writers Centre and WA Poets Inc come together to provide emerging writers with the opportunity to refine their work and prepare a manuscript for publication. All four centres will have representatives available at the seminar to talk to any writers looking for further information on developing their craft.

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