KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Ceridwen Dovey - Imagining Pompeii — Using the Ancient Ruins of Pompeii as Artistic Inspiration
Ceridwen is a Sydney-based author. Her debut novel, Blood Kin, was selected for the U.S. National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honours list. Her second book, Only the Animals, won the inaugural 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award and the Steele Rudd Award for a short story collection in the Queensland Literary Awards. Her short non fiction book, On J.M. Coetzee: Writers on Writers, was published in late 2018 as part of the acclaimed “Writers on Writers” series by Black Inc. Books. Ceridwen regularly contributes creative non fiction to newyorker.com, the Monthly magazine, and WIRED. She will be talking about some of the research she did for her most recent novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, which is partially set in the ruins of Pompeii, and the inspiration artists and writers have long taken from this complex and fascinating ancient site
MEMBER SPEAKER - Susan Steggall - Tis the Doing Not the Deed
Susan's new novel ‘Tis the Doing Not the Deed’, set in Haute-Savoie (France), is a story about a ‘doing’ for noble reasons that results in a ‘deed’ that has repercussions across generations in several French-Australian families. Susan Steggall writes fiction and art history — often combining both. Publications include: Alpine Beach: A Family Adventure, novels, Forget Me Not and It Happened Tomorrow, plus art-related articles, book and exhibition reviews, book chapters and essays. A Most Generous Scholar: Joan Kerr, Art and Architectural Historian was a non fiction winner in the 2013 SWW’s Biennial Book Awards. Susan has edited anthologies for the Society and was Co-President (2015-2016), then President of SWW (2016-2017)
WORKSHOP PRESENTER - Robyn McWilliam - Writing Emotion
Robyn taught Creative Writing on the Northern Beaches for 23 years and has just retired from working for the Willoughby Writers’ Group for five and a half years. She has published two crime novels and won awards for both memoir and short stories. Emotions underpin every thought and action; they are the driving force behind your characters’ behaviour. She will show you techniques to do this effectively incorporating writing exercises.