Keep your brain warm this winter, by attending, reading and submitting to all the things. It's easy, here's how:
Tonight is the night when all your teenage, underwater dreams come true. As the clock strikes seven, head on down to the Seizure Prom at the Giant Dwarf in your best 80's-inspired, under-the-sea-themed wares. There will be live music and drinks with similarly-clad writerly folks, not the mention mantelpiece-worthy pictures and lifelong memories – and crowns for those voted prom king and queen.
Over in Melbourne the festival season is warming up again. The program from the Melbourne Writers Festival is out today. Get your diary and your credit card out, cause it's looking darn good. And a new non-fiction only writing festival is coming Geelong's way this August. The Word for Word Festival program is live and features speakers such as Tara Moss, Clare Wright, Paul Daley, Gabrielle Carey and more. Erotic Fan Fiction is also coming to the Wheeler Centre with Laura Davis, Kat Muscat, Sam Twyford-Moore and Lawrence Leung. Guaranteed passion, pillow talk and George R.R. Martin.
But we're getting our think on in Sydney too. The next instalment of the popular Poetics, Writing, Thought colloquium series hosted by UTS is coming up on the 7th of August. This panel will feature Astrid Lorange and Tim Gregory, and if the previous sessions are anything to go by (which you can sample on their website), it will be a super interesting time. And Vibewire's monthly fastBREAK event is coming up again on July 25th at the Powerhouse Museum. the theme of this month is 'Forever Young' and guest speakers include a Walkley-nominated Junkee journalist, a children’s television writer and Jack Delosa, Australia’s most awarded young entrepreneur and more.
Read and writing things:
Take a peek into the brain of a sci-fi author and Seizure main man, DM Henley, as he talks writing, space and futurism on the latest Writers Blocast. Launched as part of their Writers Workspace series, previous podcasts also feature writers such as Oliver Mol, Christie Thompson, Cathy Petocz and more.
A new website has launched to match up editors with writers who specialise in particular topics. Open Pitches has been created by Simon Collinson, online editor of The Lifted Brow, and allows editors and publishers to submit article ideas to writers for their pitches. Meanjin, The Griffith Review, The Lifted Brow and other lit mags have already jumped on board, so if you're a writer looking for a project, be sure to check it out.
And the team at Readings shares their list of most anticipated Australian book releases. Get excited.
The winners of the Express Media 2014 Young Writers Innovation Prize have just been announced, and these kids are doing some fancy things. There's a HTML5 online collaboration space for writers, a Tumblr teen heartbreak hangout, and narratives from African-Australian writers.
And just two weeks to get your submissions in to the Olga Masters Short Story Award. Polish off that short fiction and get it in!
That should keep you busy.