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WordCon is the Bachelor of Writing and Publishing's week 12 (semester one) celebration of all things writing and publishing which will be held in Building B (Space Gallery).

Monday 15th May

10.00am – 11.00am
Robyn Doreian in conversation with Group Managing Editor of The Music, Andrew Mast
Robyn Doreian interviews Andrew Mast, Group Managing Editor of The Music, www.themusic.com.au. Their discussion will span his passion for music, entrance into music publishing, the free magazine model, and the magazine in both print and the digital realm.

11.00am – 11:30am
Break

11:30am – 12:30pm
Rob Griffith – The Big Idea (Lecture)
The idea. It's the foundation of every great achievement. For writers and creatives, the idea is our currency. But how do you generate great ideas? Where does the inspiration come from? And, when the lightning does strike, what do you do with it? The 'Idea' will talk about idea generation, look at some great examples, discuss ways to put your head in the right space to get the creative juices flowing and, what you can do when you generate an idea you are really excited about.
                
12: 30pm – 1:30pm
Lunch
Catered by Melbourne Polytechnic

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Brad Webb – Iron Outlaw, The Book: The Joy and Burn of Commissioned Work (Lecture)
After being commissioned to produce a book on Ned Kelly for New Holland Publishers, Brad will run through the contract, the development process, the restrictions, and his interactions and requirements with editors. Being awarded a publishing contract is exciting, but it’s also demanding, unyielding, and surprisingly frustrating. 

Tuesday 16th May

10.00am – 11.00am
‘THE LAST WORD’ WRITING WORKSHOP
The BWAP Editing Committee will run a writing workshop exploring ‘memory’ as a theme, in hope of soliciting submissions for The Last Word, the 2017 BWAP Literary Anthology.

11.00am – 11:30am
Break

11:30am – 12:30pm
Hugh Marchant – From Concept to Book Design (Lecture)
While we learn to adapt to various screen types, paper is likely to remain an essential medium for creative expression. As a practicing multi-disciplinary designer, Hugh Marchant will present his current commercial book project and outline his creative process.

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Lunch
Catered by Melbourne Polytechnic

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Dr Andrew Macrae – The Freelance Life (Lecture)
The freelance life — the importance of multiple income streams; building a freelance business; quoting; pricing; expanding your idea of what it means to be a professional word wrangler — you can make a living writing what you want to write, there’s no question; it’s just you may have to live in a caravan and eat baked beans.

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Second Year Student readings

Wednesday 17th May

10.00am – 11.00am
Dr Adam Casey: Image, Music and Text – The Future Writing Paradigm (Workshop)
This workshop will explore the intersection of image and music with the process of free writing.  Writers will be exposed to a series of suggestive images and music, and given platforms to float away in story telling.
 
11.00am – 11:30am
Break

11:30am – 12:30pm
Dr Luke Horton in conversation with writer, editor and translator, Jennifer Down
Jennifer Down is a writer, editor and translator whose work has appeared in publications including The Age, Saturday Paper, Australian Book Review, and Overland. Our Magic Hour, her debut novel, was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and was commended in the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Her second book, a short story collection entitled Pulse Points, will be published by Text in August, 2017. Their conversation will explore Down's writing life and career to date. 

12: 30pm – 1:30pm
Lunch
Catered by Melbourne Polytechnic

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Kirstyn McDermott – Process, Publication and Podcasting (Lecture)
Speculative novelist and short-fiction writer, Kirstyn McDermott, will discuss various aspects of creative process and practice, working with publishers both traditional and boutique, creating literary podcasts and submitting work for awards.

2:30pm – 3:30pm 
Third Year Students readings



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