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Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival 2016

Being fifty-something, I’ve figured out where my “campfires” are, the places where I can gather with like-minds to feed my curiosity, celebrate, commiserate and share stories.

One of my campfires is the writers festival circuit. I love an author talk, a book signing, a writers’ panel and a writerly workshop.

Today I attended the launch of one of my favourite events: the Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival. This will be the event’s third year … and my third year attending.

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I love that it takes place in my town (Geelong), within fifteen minutes’ walk from home.

I love that it’s focused on non-fiction writing (it’s Australia’s largest non-fiction festival of its type).

I love that, this year, I’m volunteering at the event. I’ve put my hand up for all three days. Three days of hanging around a space I adore, soaking up the ambience, the ideas and the buzz. Not sure yet what my role will be. And I don’t care. I’ll be thrilled just to be there and be part of it.

The details:

When: 18-20 November, 2016

Where: Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, 51 Malop St, Geelong

What: Check the program out here

Cost: All sessions cost $20 ($15 concession) unless otherwise stated.

The program is diverse and meaty. Writers’ workshops and opening Keynote Address on the Friday, then a choice of more than 30 sessions over the Saturday and Sunday.

If you do get along to the event, keep an eye out for me. I’ll be rocking an ID lanyard and a Cheshire-cat grin.


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