National Novel Writing Month: Common Challenges Facing Writers

National Novel Writing Month: Common Challenges Facing Writers

National Novel Writing Month: Common Challenges Facing Writers

28 Nov. 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmThursday 28 November 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Woollahra Library, 451 New South Head Road, Double Bay


In celebration of National Novel Writing Month join us for a panel discussion and Q&A session with industry experts covering topics such as overcoming writer’s block and how to get published.

Facilitated by Nicole Abadee, books writer for The Australian Financial Review Magazine, Good Weekend and Australian Book Review and former senior editor at Penguin Random House, this promises to be an engaging discussion for emerging and established writers alike.


Miro Bilbrough is a filmmaker and poet whose memoir of a counter-culture adolescence is due out in 2020. She has regularly published prose-poetry in Australasian journals and anthologies over the last few decades, and her chapbook Small-time spectre was published by the New Zealand press named after a bog, Kilmog, in 2010. Her poem 'Spider silk' won second equal in the Val Vallis Award in 2016; the year in which Miro was awarded a Creative Doctorate of Arts in screenwriting and screen studies from the Writing and Research Centre, Western Sydney University. Her critically acclaimed feature films are Being Venice (2012), which premiered at Sydney Film Festival, and Floodhouse (2004).

Valerie Khoo is CEO of the Australian Writers’ Centre, the country’s leading centre for writing courses. Based in Milsons Point in Sydney, the centre also has a thriving community of online students all over Australia. Valerie is co-host of the popular weekly podcast So You Want to be a Writer, which has also spawned a book of the same name. She is an author, former journalist and visual artist.

Isabelle Li is a Chinese Australian writer and translator. She has published in various anthologies and literary journals, including The Best Australian Stories, Southerly, Westerly, and UTS Writers’ Anthology. Her collection of short stories, A Chinese Affair, was published by Margaret River Press in 2016. Her prose translation has appeared in Sydney Review of Books, and her poetry translations, in Mascara and World Literature in China. She is currently studying her Doctor of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University.

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