I often daydream about my meteoric rise to fame and fortune (yes, I read too many celebrity magazines!) and my favourite fantasy goes something like this: unleashing my creative talents, I pen a book in record time, involving a young wizard/vampire/boarding school class/babysitters club, said book grips readers throughout the world, becomes a best-selling saga, film rights are sold and screenplay drafted and before you know it, Universal have turned it into a worldwide blockbuster, I get a cameo, and retire to my Malibu mansion to enjoy my millions.
Slightly far fetched I know, but the JK Rowlings, Enid Blytons, Terry Pratchetts and Stephanie Meyers of the world had to start somewhere! And the next big writing talent could be here on our Australian shores, preparing to attend the Byron Bay Writers Festival this August.
Held over three days at Belongil Fields (scene of many a music festival), the celebration of the written word features a huge programme of discussions and workshops on subjects including ‘Facts Wilder than Fiction’, ‘Making the Transition to Film’, and ‘What it Takes to Market a Book’. Featuring amateur and professional writers of fiction, non-fiction, film, theatre, and song, plus a few famous faces and surprise guests, this year’s writers festival is shaping up to be an exciting platform for any writer on the cusp of their big break.
Budding poets also have the chance to read their prose alongside some of Australia’s most respected poets, including Robert Adamson, Robert Gray, David Stavanger and Mark Tredinnick, at the Byron Bay Writers Festival 2009 Poetry Prize – closing date for entries is 1 July.
Pen’s at the ready for Byron Bay Writers Festival – www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au