Monday, July 2, 2012

MWF 2012 Schools Program

I can't believe it's July already! Seriously, this year is flying by! On the plus side, there are a lot of amazing things to look forward to in the second half of 2012. One of these, is of course the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Though the main program is not announced until July 20, tickets for the schools' program is now available. Once again, the line-up is impressive and chocked full of local talent, and I'm so excited to be attending a number of the sessions - here are my picks so far (but I'm sure I'll add a few more to my schedule). The descriptions are from the mwf website.

Monday 27 August

10am: Love-Shy - Lili Wilkinson
High school journalist Penny Drummond has uncovered the story to make her career. But what happens when Penny gets too close to her love-shy subject? Lili Wilkinson has the inside story on writing realistic and funny fiction.

1.45pm: Read Any Good Books Lately? - Lili Wilkinson & Adele Walsh
Here's a chance for students to share the highlights of their recent reading with our panel of professionals. You are sure to leave with a new list of must-reads.

Tuesday 28 August

10am: Friday Brown - Vikki Wakefield
Vikki Wakefield shares the tough, realistic story of the 17-year-old Friday Brown. Friday is on the run - running to escape the memories of her mother, of the family curse, and a grandfather who'd like her to stay. She's lost, alone and afraid: what can her future hold?

11.15am: Hard Lines - Julia Lawrinson & Vikki Wakefield
The teenage characters in novels by Julia Lawrinson and Vikki Wakefield often face hard, sometimes life-changing, decisions. See how two authors find hope in a world that is all too real and where there are no easy answers.

12.30pm: Losing It - Julia Lawrinson
Losing It is the hilarious, thought-provoking story of Abby, Mala, Bree and Zoe, each trying to find Mr Right, or at least lose their virginity, preferably in a way that they won't regret. Author Julia Lawrinson explains.


Thursday 30 August

1.45pm: Getting Started and Write Across Australia - H.J Harper, Lili Wilkinson & Michael Pryor
Want to get started as a writer? Three success stories reveal their first steps to getting published, in this special free event, hosted by Express Media. Prizes for this year's Write Across Victoria competition will also be presented. New writing starts here!

Are you going to any sessions at MWF this year?


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