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The 2021 Program
Book Clubs’ Weekend
TICKETS FOR ALL SESSIONS
Join us on the first national weekend for book clubs and their fans. Meet other book club members and discover different tactics, opportunities and conversations around building and boosting your book-loving community.
Standard Weekend $150
Creative Clunes Members Weekend $135
Concession* Weekend $120
Single Session Tickets $15
*Concession Refers To Australian Pensioners And Healthcare Card, Carer Card, Full-Time Student Card And Australian Seniors Card Holders
SATURDAY 29 MAY
10.30am – 11.45am | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET
Setting the Scene (15min intro) What do we know about book clubs here and overseas? Includes results of the first national book club survey, followed by:
What works and what does not with running book clubs.
Chaired by Jennifer Hutchison, author and publisher
Panelists: Pam Kershaw, book club veteran, and Shay Leighton, founder and director, Tough Guy Book Club
12pm – 12.45pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET
Learn about how book clubs and authors can connect more for mutual benefit in a discussion led by Toni Jordan novelist, with Vikki Petraitis, true crime author and successful podcaster, and Lindy Cameron, author and independent publisher, Clan Destine Books
1.45pm – 2.15pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL 98 BAILEY STREET
Sleuthing while speed dating with others in the audience, wrangled by Heather Horrocks of the Book Clubs Hub Steering Committee
2.15pm – 3pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET
Sharing stories found during the sleuthing. Hear about the weird, wonderful and huge range of experiences of book clubbers from around the country
3pm – 4.15pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET
A discussion on book clubs for those often less seen and heard
Chaired by Maryanne Vagg, reviewer, programmer and librarian
Richard Freadman, Emeritus Professor of English at La Trobe University and Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University specialising in life writing in health care settings
Daizy Maan, founder of Bold Punjab and startup program manager at Deakin University
5pm – 6.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET
The Remains of the Day
Drinks and nibbles for weekend ticket holders to celebrate a day of conversations
SUNDAY 30 MAY
10am – 10.45am | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET
Commercially run book clubs and their place in the book ecosystem
Maryanne Vagg, reviewer, programmer and librarian
Panelists: Angela Crocombe, manager of Readings Kids, and Bill Collopy, Manager, Council of Adult Education Book Club Operations
11.15am – 12 noon | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET
What libraries and book clubs can do for each other
12 noon – 12.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET
Where to from here? How can we best support and encourage book clubs around Australia?
12.30pm – 2.30pm | TBA & $TBC Literary Lunch with Guest Speaker To be booked separately
Great conversations at
Skilling Up Weekend
15-16 MAY POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 9-10, 2021
Skilling Up Emerging and Experienced Authors
TICKET COSTS – see below
Dive deep into the creation of a book and discover what goes on between the pages. Listen to expert panels and take in workshops to understand what is needed before, during and after publication today.
SATURDAY 9 OCTOBER
9.00am – 9.45am | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $15
Expert Panel: Current trends in our book industry
9.00am – 10.00am | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $30
Workshop: The realities of preparing your work for publishers
10.00am – 11.00am | ATTITUDE, 25 FRASER STREET – $30
How to do your own PR
10.15am – 11.00am | CLUNES TOWN HALL 98 BAILEY STREET – $15
Expert Panel: Looking Good – Book Design and Layout. What’s in a Cover?
10.30am – 11.30am | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $15
Expert Panel: How Editors and Authors Work Best Together
10.00am – 11.00am | THE WAREHOUSE, 36 FRASER STREET – FREE
How Writers can Seek Funding
With Debby Marziarz
11:15am – 4:00pm | THE WAREHOUSE, 36 FRASER STREET – $25
One-on-one (30mins) grant writing consultations
With Debby Marziarz
11.30am – 12.15pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $15
Expert Panel: Effective Pitching to Publishers
12:00pm – 1:00pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $30
Workshop: How to Publish Like a Pro
Print on demand workshop with Debbie Lee from Ingram Spark
12.30pm – 2.30pm | ATTITUDE, 25 FRASER STREET – $60
Workshop: Writing Crime
12.45pm – 1.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $15
Expert Panel: The Meteoric Rise of Podcasts and Audiobooks
The Meteoric Rise of Podcasts and Audiobooks. Where do they fit in the life cycles of books? With Vikki Petraitis, Emily Webb and Bolinda/Borrow Box
1.30pm – 3.30pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $60
Workshop: Writing Romance
2.15pm – 3.15pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $15
Getting It Out There – Printing, Distribution and Sales
3.00pm – 5.00pm | ATTITUDE, 25 FRASER STREET -– $60
Workshop: Writing Fantasy
3.30pm – 4.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $15
Expert Panel: Going It Alone or Going Rogue
Learning from the experiences of those who have tried and taken different publishing and promotion paths
4.00pm – 5.00pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $30
What You Need to Create Audiobooks
Join Dave Stokes for an in-depth insigne into Audiobooks.
Audiobooks continue to outstrip sales growth for both paperbacks and eBooks, and have done so for the past few years. Why?
With the concurrent phenomenal growth in podcasting and audio social media (like Clubhouse), you gotta believe that there is a reason for it!
As this engaging workshop will illustrate, we talk and listen to learn and entertain.
Verbal communication goes way back prior the invention of written language and the printing press.
Let’s get that inner voice out of you!
SUNDAY 10 OCTOBER
10.00am – 12.30pm | CLUNES TOWN HALL, 98 BAILEY STREET – $60
Expert Panel: Marketing Morning
- Part 1: Building Your Book Marketing Strategy
- Part 2: Implementing Your Book Marketing Tools. Choosing, Using, and Measuring Their Impact
10.00am – 12noon | ATTITUDE – $60
Workshop: Writing Memoir
Emeritus Professor Richard Freadman
10am – 12.00pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $60
With millions downloading their podcasts, Emily Webb from Australian True Crime and Vikki Petraitis from Casefile Presents The Vanishing of Vivienne Cameron are the veritable experts in making podcasts that top the charts around the world. If you are interested in how podcasts are made or want to develop and make your own, come along to their workshop. It will cover: craft, podcast communities, content creation, formatting, scripting, equipment, and podcast platforms.
12.30pm – 2.30pm | FORMER FREE LENDING LIBRARY, 6 TEMPLETON STREET – $60
Workshop: Writing for Young Adults
12.30pm – 2.30pm | ATTITUDE, 25 FRASER STREET – $60
Workshop: Writing History
Join Professor Keir Reeves, who has written, edited and contributed chapters to numerous books, loves public history and heritage that bring our past alive, as he explains how to approach writing history.
Keir holds a chair in Australian History at Federation University is on the boards of Goldfields Tourism and the Museum of Chinese-Australian History.
Learning from those who have successfully created, formed partnerships and marketed books that have boosted businesses. Join Alva, Rita Erlich and Vaughan Mossop in conversation with Leslie Falkiner-Rose.