This year the Sunshine Writer’s Retreat has an amazing mix of presenters and activities aimed at inspiring and educating authors from all genres and at all stages of their writing career. In this incredible writers retreat experience, you’ll enjoy 3.5 days in the gorgeous Sunshine Coast hinterland where you’ll learn from some of Australia’s foremost…

Be Inspired to Find Your Story! Learn how to write your memoir, family history, autobiography or biography. Attend masterclasses with a stellar line-up of expert, award-winning authors, family history researchers and publishing industry professionals on the gorgeous Sunshine Coast. The specially designed program covers key elements of researching, planning and writing your own story. Multiple…

Tea: Part of the Writers Survival Guide

As we approach our Novelists’ Bootcamp, we’ve done some research into survival. Now, we are Australian, so survival is in our blood. Surely no other nation of people can slam a door fast enough to keep a fly out. But seriously, there are some key things required in order to survive in the wilderness; clean…

ABC Radio National’s Paul Barclay is in-conversation with Judith Brett discussing From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting. Where: Avid Reader Bookshop When: Thursday 14 March, 6:00 pm Cost: $10 More information

Trent Dalton is in-conversation with Kate Legge discussing her biography of conservation pioneers Gustav Weindorfer and Kate Cowle, Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story. Where: Avid Reader Bookshop When: Wednesday 13 March, 6 pm Cost: $10 More information

Memory word cloud

Memories can be both beautiful and traumatising. Some we hold onto with mysticism, like Jay Gatsby, and wonder if they were ever real, and others can instill so much fear that we don’t actually remember them. Our memory is also extremely fascinating. Have a read of some of these fun facts we found: Procrastination is…

Woman holding an ipad

A while back, I was working on a multimedia project. I’d joined the project team for a Skype call which included project mentor, Brian Cain. Brian is a Creative Director who’s worked on HBO’s True Blood and Game of Thrones, among other things. We were discussing something about the narrative driving the project, I can’t…

Join a Salon of emerging writers when Chloe Cooper is in-conversation with award-winning New Zealand author Annaleese Jochems for the launch of her debut novel Baby. Where: Avid Reader Bookshop When: Tuesday 05 March, 6 pm Cost: $10 More information

White Office Phones

Where are you right now? If you’ve got a few minutes to spare or are feeling bored, we have an exercise to help keep your creative juices flowing. Let’s get started. Wherever you are, make a list of inanimate objects you can see, then pick three! We’re in the office at the moment so this…

Join award-winning author Mark Brandi for the launch of his new novel The Rip. Where: Avid Reader Bookshop When: Monday 04 March, 6:00 pm Cost: $10 More information

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