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Writers Symposium | Wheeler Centre

Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author

By Suraya Dewing (NZ) and Mat Clarke (AU)

Proudly brought to you by The Story Mint and World Writers Collective

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018

Melbourne The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Make the leap and attend a writer's symposium designed to help you take control of your writing career and propel you into the author market.

Yes, it is a tough market! But many have done it, so why can't you?

This is an international forum for writers to exchange knowledge and experiences with editors, social media experts, literary agents, indie publishers, traditional publishers and reviewers. This is where writers, learn how to make the transition from published writer to financially successful author!

Speakers from Australia, New Zealand, India and the USA will present personally or via teleconference.

Who should attend Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author?

Melbourne writers at all stages of development

Melbourne writers wanting to make money from their writing

Melbourne bucket list writers (yes, the one's who say that 'one day, I'll write a book')

Who is presenting Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author?

Jointly presented by:

Melbourne The Story Mint

Melbourne World Writers Collective

Melbourne Our amazing sponsors: The Moat, Sue Ellson

Melbourne Our amazing presenters and facilitators: listed below


We open with a pre-recorded video message from New York based Founder and President of the successful international literary and film consultancy, Langtons International Agency. Linda Langton co-founded the highly successful Ink Company in Australia and New Zealand before moving to New York. She will answer your questions if you submit them to either suraya@thestorymint.com or matclarke.author@gmail.com by the end of August.

What is in the program for Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author?

We have over 30 speakers from six countries, all experts in their fields related to writing, publishing and promoting. Most sessions are delivered by speakers and panellists happy to take your questions. Others are hands-on workshops in a smaller room. Four sessions are delivered via teleconference from USA, India and France.

Set the agenda of what you learn when you purchase your ticket by choosing the ones you wish to attend. The sessions are listed below.

Please note: The programme may change depending on your feedback.

Compere - Cory Corbett - actor, producer and writer (AU)

Day 1 Saturday 6 October 2018 8:30am- 5:00pm

(There are five minute breaks between each session)

Melbourne 8.30-9.30 Registration. Meet and greet, coffee, tea and biscuits

Melbourne 9.30 Setting the theme. Breaking the code: From published to best-selling author

Melbourne Welcome and Symposium Opening: Linda Langton, Founder and President of the successful international literary and film consultancy group, New York Langton's International Agency. Formerly from Australia. Pre-recorded. (US)

Melbourne Stylefit™ - New Technology and New Possibilities

Melbourne Suraya Dewing - CEO, The Story Mint, (NZ), Linda Alley - writer (AU), Andrew Harris - writer (UK and NZ)

(Early lunch will be served from 11.00am to 1.00pm at The Moat, a fabulous restaurant tucked beneath Melbourne's iconic State Library)

Melbourne Discussion - A story not sold is a story not told, Part 1 Nishant Kaushik, Shmavon Azatyan, Shriram Iyer,

Melbourne Editing - Preparing for Publication, Robyn Kindler - TAFE and AMES literacy and numeracy tutor (AU)

Melbourne Editing - Marketing, Tahnee Hopman - editing and marketing communications (AU), Jessica Anwyl - writer and marketing strategist (AU)

Melbourne A Writer's Journey, Jocelyn Harewood - Author of Romper Stomper, YA novels and travel writer for Lonely Planet (AU)

Melbourne The Power of PR - Selling You, Your Brand and Your Books, Andrew Harris - author The C Clef and A Litany of Good Intentions (UK), Session includes a teleconference with Andrew's PR agency in the USA

Melbourne Personal brand and content reach, Clare Dea - nominated for Telstra Business Woman of the Year, international performance artist, speaker and mentor (AU), Davin Clarke - business coach, brand creator (AU), Tom Ahern - Founder of MindMate, Adventurer and Broadcaster (AU)

Melbourne Dialogue between literary agent, book promoter and author, Hemali Ajmera - writer and Lalitha Ravindran Literary Agent and Book Promoter (IN) (Teleconference)

Melbourne Indie Publishing: Tools Indie writers have to promote their work (includes demonstration), Andrew Tesoriero - Up and Up Media and Launch Pad Writers Club (AU)

Day 2 Sunday 7 October 2018 8:30am - 4:30pm

Melbourne 8.30am Developing a holistic digital marketing and social media communications strategy, Rebekah Radice - serial Entrepreneur and Social Media Leader (US) (Teleconference)

Melbourne Building an online presence through online publications, Azadeh Nafissi - writer, filmmaker and social media manager (FR) (Teleconference)

Melbourne How social media works for writers, Sue Ellson - author ‘120 Ways To Achieve Your Purpose With LinkedIn,' ‘120 Ways To Attract The Right Career Or Business' and ‘120 Ways To Market Your Business Hyper Locally' (AU)

Melbourne A writer runs a small business, Anna Cairo - author ‘The Business of Being Social' (AU)

(Early lunch is served from 11.30am - 1.00pm)

Melbourne From a publisher's perspective, Blaise van Hecke - Owner at Busybird Publishing, Lazaros Zigomanis' - Publications Manager and Chief Editor, Busybird Publishing

Melbourne Screen Writing - Writing Believable Dialogue, Stu Mentha - playwright, blogger, producer (AU), Noel Anderson - playwright and director (AU)

Question Time

Part 1 Jocelyn Harewood, George Sharp, Cassie Lane (AU)

Part 2 Les Zigomanis, Robyn Kinder, Victoria Blandin (AU)

Melbourne Discovering the world of imagination, Louise Crossley - ELICOS course coordinator, author, curriculum writer (AU), Solene Anglaret - founder, writer, presenter of Be Beyond Borders (AU)

Melbourne Traditional and Self Publishing (discussion), Self published: Ana Spoke, Andrew Tesoriero (AU), Traditional: Rachel Matthews, Cassie Lane (AU)

..Wrap up


Melbourne Developing your pitch to agents and publishers

Melbourne Writing games and editing help from professionals

Melbourne What to send in a query letter, and then once you are accepted what to send. Also how to structure each area

Melbourne Editing nitty gritty, writing dialogue, mapping out characters

Melbourne How to craft a query letter, synopsis, biography

Melbourne Pitching to agents and publishers (this session only - $30)

Mat Clark - Author and Founder of the World Writers Collective

Special Activities

Melbourne Three-minute pitch to Literary Agent or Publisher (tbc)

Melbourne Sunday night dinner with a selection of hosts and creatives (tbc)


Did I hear you ask about free snacks? Carry on the conversation with the presenters and your fellow writers over complimentary morning tea and light lunch.

You won't have to think about anything else except getting published and how many books you are going to sell...


A$350 - A$400


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