October 18: Events and Opportunities


Welcome to Events and Opportunities.

This post is the first of a weekly series, which will share various events and opportunities available in the writing and journalism industry. Events will include anything from seminars, talks and festivals to book launches; while opportunities will encompass trainee or graduate jobs, courses, internships and work experience. If you have an event or opportunity that you believe will be beneficial to young people who love to journalism and writing, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Please rest assured that there is no conflict of interest; all of these suggestions are made independently.

October 28 2010
Eric Beecher, Source: The Age
Australia media and marketing website mUmBRELLA will be hosting a breakfast panel which will take questions from the audience, moderated by editor Tim Burrowes.
The panelists are: John Thompson, senior manager for road safety and marketing at the Transport Accident Commission; Clemenger BBDO Melbourne’s MD Peter Biggs; Crikey co-owner Eric Beecher; and Naked Communications’ Melbourne MD Frankie Ralston Good. The breakfast takes place at Kobe Jones Restaurant, on Docklands Drive in Melbourne from 7:30-9:30am. More information here.

This event is ideal for the aspiring novelists amongst us. Spanning the month of November, National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo) challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel in one month. Writers wishing to participate should register on the project's website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopses and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting. Laura will be participating as of November 14; please feel free to add her as a "writing buddy" (laura_valerie).

Australia Wide
This course is run by the renowned Sydney Writers Center, which has been rapidly growing due to the enjoyment and practicality of their courses. The course only takes a short five weeks and is specifically designed for people who want to learn how to write articles professionally. More information here.

Australia Wide (Melbourne focus)
Young People and the Arts Australia (YPAA) is developing a newspaper publication for a big event in November (in Melbourne). To showcase this publication, they are keen to find some writers who would like to contribute content. If you would like more information, email info@ypaa.net or call (07) 3254 0553 and ask to speak to Imogene Shields (Communications Officer).

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