In conversation: Giving voice to ourselves

2pm – 4pm Venue: RSL Club

Giving voiceThe changing face of publishing. A dynamic team of writers, bloggers and publishers Jessica Nelson, Lara Fanning, Kate Liston-Mills, Meghan Brewster and Gabrielle Stroud will discuss and reflect on their own experiences in the world of digital publishing. The session will be facilitated by Michelle Pettigrove.
Jessica Nelson has a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing and was first published in Undertow. She has an upcoming publication in Penny Dread Tales V and her children’s poetry has featured on the Australian Children’s Poetry website. She is an active member of the Andromeda Spaceways Magazine (ASM) Association, and will be co-editor for ASM #67

Kate Liston-Mills helped found the Wollongong Writers Festival and this year she has taken on the role of Marketing and Publicity Manager. Kate also helped found and is currently employed as an educator and writer for The Writing Junction, an online company committed to creating new opportunities for writers wanting employment and for emerging writers wanting mentoring and publication. Her creative works have been published in TIDE, Prowlings, Writer’s Edit anthologies Kindling I, II and III and the South Coast Writer’s Centre anthology Seeking Horizons. Her journalism has been published in regional Fairfax newspapers, and Indulge magazine features in the Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald. The Waterfowl Are Drunk! is her first major creative work. It was published as an e-book as part of Slinkies Under 30 in 2015, before being released by Spineless Wonders as an illustrated chapbook in 2016. Kate has a Bachelor of Education (Primary), a Bachelor of Creative Writing, a certificate of freelance journalism (MJA) and a Master of Education (Teacher-Librarian).

Meghan Brewster lives in Merimbula. She has been writing and working online for four years. Meg runs the largest Australian website about living with the autoimmune disease, ITP, and in 2015 she self-published her first book How to Heal a Bruise, which is now one of the top selling books on Amazon in her niche. A year later she followed it up with the complimentary pregnancy manual Bellies, Babies and Bruises, while on maternity leave. Meghan writes book reviews for her emerging writers website, ‘Manuscrapped’, and is currently also working as a freelancer writing online content about pregnancy, labour and caring for babies for a number of parenting websites. Meghan has run several blogging workshops and has presented at the Emerging Writers Festival. She contributed to the 2017 Pilot Press writers’ diary (which you all should buy) and has been a part of the #pitchbitch initiative encouraging females to be more forthright with applications and submissions of their work. Meg divides her time between writing, blogging, dancing and caring for her son, while currently working on her first long form creative fiction.

GJ Stroud is a freelance writer and novelist who was recently shortlisted for a Walkley award.  After nearly 20 years in education, she describes herself as a ‘recovering teacher’.  Her critical commentary of Australia’s education system was published in Griffith Review’s Edition 51 Fixing The System.  Links to the essay went ‘viral’ on social media and the essay was viewed thirty thousand times within the first weeks of publication.  Since then, Gabrielle has been a guest on The Drum, Conversations with Richard Fidler, and a panellist at the 2016 Byron Writers Festival.  She has also published a Young Adult fiction (Scribe 2009) and is a regular contributor for South Coast Style magazine and ABC News Online.

Michelle Pettigrove, best known for her long running role as Kate Bryant on A Country Practice, has made numerous TV appearances, including Brides of Christ, Blue Heelers and City Homicide.  As a writer, Michelle’s one-woman play SEEDS was produced in the 2001 ‘Festival of One’ in Adelaide, and has strangely been a recent hit in Lithuania! She regularly contributes articles and images to a number of travel magazines, covering such diverse locations as Mauritius, Botswana and the US, and has recently completed her first novel, Faith.

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