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Memoirs, podcasts and comedy make up Greater Dandenong's offering in the 2020 Emerging Writers Festival

Memoirs, podcasts and comedy make up Greater Dandenong's offering in the 2020 Emerging Writers Festival

09 June 2020

The 2020 Emerging Writers Festival returns to Dandenong this year, albeit in a slightly different format.

This year’s festival will be delivered entirely online due to COVID-19 restrictions, meaning you can enjoy everything this festival has to offer from the comfort of your own home.

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is Australia’s premier festival for new and emerging writers, giving new Australian writers unique opportunities for professional development and to perform or publish their work.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Jim Memeti said Dandenong’s offering will include a Podcasting 101 workshop, a panel featuring three comedic writers at different stages in their careers and a creative workshop around writing your memoirs.

“This is a great opportunity for our talented local artists to be profiled, among some of the best storytellers and creatives in our country,” he said.

Details of the online workshops are below:

  • Workshop: Podcasting 101 with Lee Tran Lam
    Thursday 18 June, 5.30-7.30pm, via Zoom
    A workshop on podcasting from home, run via Zoom. This workshop will run for two hours and be led by an experienced podcast producer. The workshop will discuss programs that are easy for beginners to access from the comfort of their own home, and touch on how to refine subject matter, style and voice, before finally discussing how to release and distribute your podcast. Attendees will walk away with all the key information required to start their own podcast and a list of great examples to check out afterwards.

  • Panel: So, You Think You’re Pretty Funny, Huh? (Writing Comedy) with Elizabeth Davie, Urvi Majumdar and Annie Louey
    Sunday 21 June 12.30-1.30pm, via YouTube
    So, you think you’re pretty funny, huh? But what does it take to spin everyday humor into comedic gold? Three comedy writers in different stages of their careers discuss their craft, what makes a good joke and writing comedy for other people.

  • Workshop: Creative Memoir with Eloise Grills
    Sunday 21 June, 4.30pm - 6.30pm, via Zoom
    From essay writing to poetry, there is more than one way to write a memoir. So, how do we tell the stories of our own lives? How do we do this ethically and honestly? How do we do our stories and the stories of those around us justice? This workshop, led by award-winning essayist, comics artist and poet Eloise Grills, will provide the practical skills and thoughtfully curated points of reference for great creative memoir writing.

For more information visit Council's Emerging Writers Festival page

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