Newcastle Writers Festival has announced a new program for emerging writers in the Hunter.
Fresh Ink is being presented from April 23 to 24 in collaboration with Newcastle Libraries.
The free program is being offered in response to the impact of COVID-19 and will be held in the Lovett Gallery at Newcastle City Library.
Fresh Ink aims to provide a combination of practical guidance and inspiration.
It is open to anyone who is interested in writing and wants to develop their skills and networks.
Guests include leading publishing industry representatives such as literary agent Jane Novak, whose clients include award-winning writers Helen Garner, Kate Grenville, and Behrouz Boochani.
Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom said the lost opportunities for emerging writers as a result of COVID-19 were reinforced because of the impact on one of her festival colleagues, logistics manager Ewa (pron Eva) Ramsey.
“Ewa worked hard for five years on her first novel The Morbids and it was published last August. All her interstate promotional events were cancelled and while she was able to participate in online events, it’s not the same as being able to speak to people in a live setting.”
Suzie Gately, Manager Libraries & Learning, said that emerging writers can be any age and at various stages of developing their writing.
“Fresh Ink is about supporting people as they embark on or develop their writing projects, which could be anything from poetry to a family history.
All the guest speakers have had unique journeys and I hope that this will encourage those who want to take the next step, whatever that may be.”
The Fresh Ink program is free thanks to funding support from Newcastle Libraries and Create NSW.
Bookings are essential.
For more information and to book tickets visit newcastlewritersfestival.org.au