Friday, 1 August 2014

How to "do" a festival

Hi writers in action,
In just a few days we will be immersed in the Bendigo Writers Festival - so I'd suggest now as a good time to really study the festival programs - the main program and the fringe program (links are on this blogsite) and sketch out a schedule for yourself.
There are different ways to "do" a festival. You can pick a venue and stay there (bit boring, but you see a lot and don't have to make any decisions). You can follow a genre, or a theme, or a particular interest. You can go to all the "big names". You can mix it up. Or you can take pot luck and be surprised. What you don't want to do though is have no idea what is in store - because then you might miss what interests you and endure what bores you.

So in your spare time check out the festival website, use the libguide (also on this log) to find out more about authors who seem interesting, take out your highlighter pen and deface your downloaded program with asterisks, circles, exclamation marks, under-linings and notes-to-self.
And please, remember, do not freak out! All will be explained next Thursday when we come together in Bendigo at the VAC (10 am) for our first session - with me! You will get your lanyard, your itinerary for the 5 days in Bendigo and all sorts of advice and guidance.
That's all from me, for now ... see you soon.

*BWF program and author notes can be found here -

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