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CREATIVENON-FICTIONFESTIVALSATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2013, 10AM – 6PMWelcome to the NSW Writers’ Centre’sfirst Creative Non-Fiction Festival.Though readers are often baffled by the concept of creative non-fiction, weall read tonnes of it: magazine profiles, longform narrative journalism,memoirs and essays. Creative non-fiction doesn’t just report the facts, it tellsthe stories of people, places and events.Everyone you’ll see in this program is a personal hero of mine. Between them,they’ve trailed Pauline Hanson, dined with Andrew Bolt, trekked throughBolivia, sailed through the Yangtze and stood on Russian tanks. They writeabout politics, fashion, music, celebrities and their families, and speak toseemingly ordinary people, only to uncover stories that defy belief.They are also some of the most respected writers in the country.Over the course of the day, they will discuss everything from politics to travel,feminism to pop culture, and regale you with professional horror stories fromthe road. If you’re an aspiring journalist, memoirist, or essayist, they will alsoarm you with essential advice. How do you get an interviewee to open up?How do you write a perfect pitch? Is it possible to avoid betraying the peopleyou write about? How much do you reveal when writing about yourself? Andwhat are the essential items you need on assignment?Benjamin LawFestival DirectorHOW TO BOOK TICKETSOnline at or by phone (02) 9555 9757NSW Writers’ Centre Members $55, Member Concession $45, Non-Members $80There is plenty of free parking at the Centre. We will have the Cantina Mobil Food Truck servingMexican street food, and a coffee cart serving hot beverages.The NSW Writers’ Centre is located in the grounds of Callan Park, Balmain Rd, Rozelle.For directions and public transport options, visit our website

CREATIVE NON-FIPATRICK WHITE ROOM10-10.45amThe Story That Nearly Killed Me:Horror Stories From The JobWriting creative non-fiction can be a frustrating, embarrassingand sometimes life-threatening pursuit. From writer’s block to night -mare interviews, to getting arrested and getting dysentery,sometimes the best stories are the ones behind the stories. Allowthese leading writers to regale you with behind-the-scenes tales thatwill make you shriek, laugh and groan with horror. With BenjaminLaw, Trent Dalton, David Leser and Monica Attard.11-11.45amProfile Writing: Celebrities, Icons & VillainsGina Rinehart, Gotye, Pauline Hanson, Dame Edna Everage,Andrew Bolt, Bryce Courtenay and Lana del Ray. When tasked withprofiling some of the most famous people in the world, how do yougo about accessing them? And how far will you go to uncoversomething new and revealing about the private lives of publicfigures? With Jane Cadzow, David Leser, Jason Treuen andJohn van Tiggelen.12-1pmProfile Writing: Ordinary Lives Made Extra OrdinaryEverybody has a story, or so they say. But it takes a damn goodwriter to get that story out of people, lay it on the page and make itsing. These writers specialise in illuminating the extraordinary livesof ordinary citizens, and meditate on the motivations, processes andethics of revealing someone’s private world to a public audience.With Trent Dalton, Tim Elliott and Jane Cadzow.JUDITH WRIGHT ROOM11-11.45amDon’t Look at Us, We’re Hideous: Explaining AustraliaAustralia is a country full of contradictions. We have one of the mostmulticultural societies, yet are deeply anxious about outsiders. We’rethe first country to give women the right to vote federally, yet treatedour first female PM disgracefully. When we write about Australia,how do we explain our culture – both to outsiders and ourselves?With Monica Attard, Delia Falconer and Brendan Shanahan.12-1pmBe. More. Funny.It looks so easy: the 500-word laugh-a-minute observation on dailylife in the Sunday paper, or the personal essay that reads like standupcomedy. But how do you spin real-life events – tragedies,heartaches, plantar warts – into something that will make peoplewet their pants laughing? With Dominic Knight, Wendy Harmer,Walter Mason and Ben Jenkins.1-2pm Lunch2-2.45pmHow to Seduce an EditorSo, you think you can write. Now all you have to do is pitch. Butwhat the hell do editors want anyway, and why aren’t they returningyour calls? Here, editors from leading magazines, websites andpublishing house – The Monthly, Smith Journal, Elle, The Hoopla andNewSouth Publishing – tell you exactly what they’re lookingfor…and what really turns them off. With John van Tiggelen,Nadia Saccardo, Wendy Harmer, Phillipa McGuinness andAlyx Gorman.3-3.45pmTravel Writing: But Not As You Know ItAnyone who writes about a city or country will find their bookshelved in the travel section. But do they necessarily belong there?Between them, these writers have written about Australia, Bolivia,China, South Africa, Cambodia, Spain and Turkey, but not all of theirassessments are glowing. These writers discuss how they immersedthemselves into places, cultures and lives, and avoided geographicalstereotypes. With Brendan Shanahan, Tim Elliott, WalterMason and Delia Falconer.4-5pmWriter’s ToolkitAt their desk or on the road, these are the items – equipment, apps,software, travel supplies – writers wouldn’t be able to do without. Atthis end-of-day show and tell session, writers from across the programwill show you the essential parts of their toolkit they wish they’ddiscovered earlier. Various speakers, chaired by Benjamin Law.2-2.45pm#auspolIn the 24-hour news cycle, what is possibly left to say aboutAustralian politics? And when the current discourse is so ridiculous,what’s left to satirise? Three writers for The Chaser, The Monthly,The Vine, Junkee and Daily Life discuss the horrors and ecstasies ofwriting about Australian politics. With Ben Jenkins, DominicKnight and Clementine Ford.3-3.45pmWhat The Cool Kids Are Listening To:Glossy MagazinesThey edit and write for some of the coolest glossy (sometimes matte)magazines on the shelves: Elle, Rolling Stone, and Smith Journal.Commercial magazines are often the setting for sitcoms and films –the site of high glamour and style – but what’s it really like to workfor one? And how do you get a leg-up in such a competitiveindustry? With Jason Treuen, Nadia Saccardo and AlyxGorman.5-6pm Drinks on the Verandah

CTION FESTIVALFESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS...Monica Attard has been a journalist for more than30 years. She is the author of Russia: Which WayParadise?, has won five Walkley Awards and is therecipient of an Order of Australia. Jane Cadzowwrites for the Good Weekend. She has twice wonthe Walkley Award for best magazine featurewriting, and was highly commended in the GrahamPerkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award in2004. Trent Dalton writes for the award-winningThe Weekend Australian Magazine. A formerassistant editor of The Courier-Mail, he has won aWalkley Award for excellence in journalism and isthe author of Detours, on the homeless communityin Brisbane. His journalism has twice beennominated for a United Nations of Australia MediaPeace Award. Tim Elliott is a writer for GoodWeekend magazine and his work has also appearedin The Financial Times, The South China MorningPost and The Australian Financial Review. He is anauthor of two books, The Bolivian Times and SpainBy The Horns. Delia Falconer is the author of twonovels, The Service of Clouds and The Lost Thoughtof Soldiers. She is also the author of Sydney, whichwas shortlisted for the 2011 Prime Minister’s LiteraryAward for Non-Fiction and winner of the 2011 CALWaverley Library Award. Her short fiction andessays have been widely anthologised, including inthe recent Macquarie PEN Anthology of AustralianLiterature. Clementine Ford is a writer, speaker andtroublemaker living in Melbourne. She is loved andloathed in equal measure for her uncompromisingapproach to feminist discourse. At last count,Andrew Bolt had written about her five times whichmeans she must be doing something right. AlyxGorman recently became the Features Director ofELLE Australia and also did a three year stint She spends her days readingwriting, thinking about writing, talking to writers orfilling out forms to ensure the payment of writers.Wendy Harmer is one of Australia’s best-knownhumourists. She has enjoyed a highly successfulthirty-year career in journalism, radio, televisionand stand-up comedy.Continued overleafMONICA ATTARDJANE CADZOWTRENT DALTONTIM ELLIOTTDELIA FALCONER CLEMENTINE FORD ALYX GORMAN WENDY HARMER

FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS...Ben Jenkins writes for and DailyLife, and is co-founder of the popular storytellingnight StoryClub. He has written for The Chaser andis a regular in Sydney’s comedy scene. DominicKnight is one of the founders of The Chaser andhas worked on all of the team’s projects includingthe original satirical newspaper and books, and itstelevision, stage and radio shows. He has writtenthree novels: Disco Boy, Comrades and Man vs.Child and currently hosts Evenings on 702 ABCSydney, as well as writing a column for Daily Life.Benjamin Law is a frequent contributor tofrankie, The Monthly, Qweekend and GoodWeekend. He has written for over 50 Australian andinternational publications (including The AustralianFinancial Review, The Big Issue, Smith Journal,Sunday Life and Crikey) and has been anthologisedin The Best Australian Essays twice. He is the authorof The Family Law and Gaysia. David Leser hasbeen a staff feature writer for The Australian, TheBulletin, HQ and Good Weekend, and is the authorof four books, including Dames & Divas: Twenty OneRemarkable Women. Walter Mason is a formerbookseller and the author of two travel memoirs,Destination Saigon and Destination Cambodia.Phillipa McGuinness is the executive publisher ofNewSouth Publishing. She has also worked atCambridge University Press and was industryrepresentative on the Humanities and Creative Artspanel of the Australian Research Council. NadiaSaccardo is the Sydney-based editor of SmithJournal, a quarterly print magazine published byfrankie press. Before Smith, Nadia was GroupPublisher of The Thousands City Guides. She alsocontributed words to frankie, Nylon, Dumbofeatherand Monster Children magazines. BrendanShanahan is the author of four books, includingIn Turkey I Am Beautiful. He is a former columnistfor the Daily Telegraph and writes regularly forpublications including The Wall Street Journal Asia,The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and GQ.Jason Treuen has been a music journalist for morethan 15 years and has written for Rolling Stone,frankie, Sydney Morning Herald, Mens Style andChannel [V]. He is currently the editor John van Tiggelen edits TheMonthly magazine and is the author of MangoCountry, a collection of stories and journalism fromhis time in North Queensland.BEN JENKINSDOMINC KNIGHT DAVID LESER WALTER MASONPHILLIPA MCGUINNESS NADIA SACCARDO BRENDAN SHANAHAN JASON TREUEN

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