Bookings are now open for all sessions

This exciting new two-day literary event of writers workshops, panel discussions and author talks will bring our diverse local writing communities together to celebrate the creative talent of this region.

With many sessions designed for local writers, the eclectic program will also interest readers and book lovers alike, and those keen to explore the many hidden literary talents of south-western Victoria.

See below for the full program and links to book your tickets:

       • Download the A3 Poster/Program including a summary of each session
       • Download the A4 Program in full, including Presenter Bios
       • Download the A4 Program in full, in Accessible Word format

        

The Local Word Regional Showcase is supported by principal sponsor Deakin University and the City of Greater Geelong through its Creative Communities Grant Program.

Workshops & Presentations across the region

Friday 18 November, 2022

Workshop: Social Media for Authors
with Fiona Lowe

10.00am to 1.00pm (with a break)
ONLINE via Zoom Meeting

Published or not, in 2022, publishing houses and agents expect authors to have a social media presence. Learn about Facebook, Instagram and TikTok and decide which platform suits you best.
This session is designed for beginner to experienced adult writers.

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Photo of workshop presenter Fiona Lowe

Workshop: Writing for Performance 
with 
Christine Croyden

10.30am to 1.30pm (with a break)
Leopold Library, Leopold Community Hub, 31-39 Kensington Road, Leopold VIC 3224

This workshop will examine character development, writing short plays, structure and dialogue, play analysis and monologue writing.
This session is designed for beginner to established adult (18+) writers.

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Photo of workshop presenter Christine Croyden

Workshop: The Art of Revision - Redrafting and Editing 
with Liz Monument & Victoria Spicer

10.30am to 1.30pm (with a break)
Bannockburn Library, 25-27 High Street, Bannockburn VIC 3331

This workshop combines instruction with hands-on activities and includes topics such as the stages of the writing (and re-writing) process, the building blocks of story and how to deconstruct a first draft.
This session is designed for beginner to emerging adult (18+) writers.

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Photo of workshop co-presenter Victoria SpicerPhoto of workshop co-presenter Liz Monument

 


 


Workshop: Poetry and Place
with 
Brendan Ryan

10.30am to 1.30pm (with a break)
Colac Library, 173 Queen Street, Colac VIC 3250

This workshop is for people interested in writing about rural places and how the notion of place contributes to an internal dialogue with the speaker in a poem.
This session is designed for beginner to established adult (18+) writers.

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Photo of workshop presenter Brendan Ryan
 

Workshop: Embracing Songwriting with Hands-On Techniques 
with 
Claudia Collins, Mike Whittle & Mathilda Garrido Lucay

10.30am to 1.30pm (3 x 40 min sessions with breaks)Queenscliff Library - 55 Hesse St, Queenscliff VIC 3225

This workshop invites creatives from beginners through to the more advanced interested in engaging with experienced songwriters to improve their techniques. Some basic instruments will be supplied.
This session is designed for anyone interested in songwriting, from beginners to those with some experience, aged 18+.

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Photo of workshop co-presenter Claudia Collins


 

 

Photo of workshop co-presenter Mike WhittlePhoto of workshop co-presenter Mathilda Garrindo Lucay



Workshop: Discover Your Global Indigenous Voice 
with 
Carol Hullin

1.30pm – 4.30pm (3 x 45 min sessions with breaks) 
Corio Library, Cox Rd (cnr Moa St), Norlane VIC 3214

Designed for anyone with indigenous historical data who wants to tell their own life experience through memoir writing, this workshop will include an introduction to techniques of memoir reflection and writing exercises using indigenous cosmovision principles (nature directed).
This session is designed for beginner to emerging adult (18+) writers.

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Photo of workshop presenter Carol Hullin
 

Saturday 19 August, 2022

Presentation: Introduction to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels
with Renée Treml

10.30am to 11.30am 
Waurn Ponds Library, 230 Pioneer Road, Grovedale VIC 3216

Introducing participants to the basics of creating graphic novels, starting with an overview of the comic format and its use in different genres; participants will dive into the nuts and bolts of comics, looking at structure, the marriage of image and words, point-of-view, and pacing.
This session is designed for beginner to aspiring writers aged high school years (13+) and above.

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Presenter Renee Treml
 

 


Presentation: Writing for a Young Adult Audience
with Mark Smith & Miranda Luby

10.30am to 11.30am  
Torquay Library, Surf City Plaza, Beach Road, Torquay VIC 3228
Mark and Miranda will draw on their own experience in navigating the YA market to provide advice and to explore opportunities to get your writing noticed, including several short writing tasks and plenty of time for audience questions.
This session is designed for new and emerging writers (16+) who want to write for the Young Adult market.

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Co-presenter Miranda Luby
 

Co-presenter Mark Smith

 


 


Tickets for all Workshops & Presentations:
$30/$20 for GRLC Members/$10 Concession

Panel Discussions & Author Events

 

Panel Discussion:
Not About Us Without Us
Authors: 
Sue Lawson (Panel Chair), Aunty Fay Muir, Aunty Edith Wright & Corinna Eccles

10.30am to 12.00 noon, Saturday 19 November 2022 
Wurdi Youang North, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

In this session First Nations Elders and published writers will discuss how Indigenous people and culture are represented in publishing. The panel will discuss First Nations representation today and in the past, the importance of truth telling and how to handle the complex issue of own stories in literature.

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Panel Discussion:
Writing for Resilience in Children and Adults
Authors: 
Sally Learey (Panel Chair), Heather Gallagher & Stef Gemmill

10.45am to 12.00 noon, Saturday 19 November 2022
Wurdi Youang South, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

Books can offer a unique jumping off point for discussing difficult issues and for helping us to feel less alone in our struggles. Our panellists will cover mental health issues including depression and anxiety, as well as issues such as literacy and reading difficulties, climate anxiety and activism, and discuss how books can foster resilience and emotional intelligence in adults and children.

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Photograph of panellists Sally Learey, Stef Gemmill and Heather Gallagher

Authors In-Conversation:
The Creative Path to Publishing 

Authors Ellie O’Neill, D.L. Hicks and Miranda Luby, with Panel Chair Abigayle Carmody

1.30pm to 3.00pm, Saturday 19 November 2022
Wurdi Youang, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

This wonderful group of 2022 publishing fiction authors will share their creative pathways to publication, offering insight and suggestions into the many different ways that authors can reach the stage of publication.

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Author In-Conversation:
Gregory Day - Words Are Eagles: Writing on the Nature & Language of Place

with Facilitator David McCooey, Professor of Writing and Literature at Deakin University

3.30pm to 5.00pm, Saturday 19 November 2022
Wurdi Youang, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

Grounded in the landscape of southwestern Victoria, and infused with the heightened sense of place and environmental literacy that have long been key to Gregory Day’s work, this collection of essays explores the nuances required to write about landscape, nature, language and history in Australia.

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Tickets for all Panel Discussions & Author Events:
$20/$10 for GRLC Members

Audience questions welcomed at the end of each session. Book sales and book signings will be offered at the conclusion of each event.

 

Social Event - Evening Anthology

Evening Anthology – Social Event

FEATURING A PERFORMANCE BY RIORDAN & EMERGING WRITERS FROM DEAKIN UNIVERSITY

5.00pm to 7.00pm (refreshments provided)  Saturday 19 November 2022

Ki-kirri-ngitj (“kee-kirri-nich”), Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

Writing can be a solitary occupation but never more so than over the past two years! Join your fellow writers and come together at Ki-kirri-ngitj “Gathering Place: We talk together” to celebrate the extraordinary wealth of literary and creative talent found in our region.

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Showcase Bookseller

Showcase Bookseller

We are pleased to partner with Torquay Books as the exclusive bookseller for the Local Word - Regional Showcase.

Torquay Books has become the "destination" bookshop on the Surf Coast. Owned and managed by Lynne Main, the bookshop offers a comprehensive range of titles and the best personal customer service. 

Staff members are dedicated and knowledgeable and Torquay Books is proud to be a member of Leading Edge Booksellers.

Visit Torquay Books online or in-store to pre-order books for your event.

14B Gilbert Street, Torquay VIC 3228
Phone: (03) 5261 2311
Email : torqbook@bigpond.net.au

Accessibility & Housekeeping

Geelong Regional Libraries offers fully inclusive and accessible venues. If you require any assistance to participate in this event, please email events@grlc.vic.gov.au or call (03) 4201 0600.

Please be aware that the program may be subject to change without notice, and in all cases we will do our best to notify attendees in advance.

Refunds will be issued on request if submitted prior to the event. Please email your request to events@grlc.vic.gov.au.

** Please note: We have photographers coming to most sessions for a short visit so we can capture the creativity in process!

 

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