Writing on, and about, an island

30 hours; 30,000 words…

In Books, Tasmania, Writing on May 30, 2012 at 9:30 am

This weekend, I’ve committed to locking myself away with a bunch of other Tasmanian writers, and will attempt to write 30,000 words in a marathon 30 hours.

The weekend is hosted by Tasmania’s literary magazine, Island (and Islet: a free online journal of micro works from emerging writers and visual artists, an initiative of Island magazine)… The epic write-fest is connected to the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

Here’s the lowdown:

“We start the weekend at 6pm on Friday June the 1st at the Meeting Room at the Salamanca Arts Centre and that is where we will be spending our writing weekend.
 
Island will supply you with a shared, yet dedicated writing space and some inspiring books. We will have some tea and coffee and cakes and we are working on a special (proper) coffee deal for you. You will have access to the entire range of Salamanca eateries and drinkeries to keep you fuelled for the weekend.You will need to bring sharpened minds and laptops or other writing devices. We’ll have intermittent internet access – bring yer dongles if you’d like.
 
The poets amongst you have asked about spending their time with poems, the novelists, the critics, the essayists amongst us have queried aspects that relate particularly to their practice of writing. The goal is to spend the weekend writing – and writing 30,000 words each. It is achievable – and it is going to be fun.”

And here’s what we’ve been given as inspiration – 9 Books on Reading and Writing – thanks to BrainPickings.

The weekend is going to be very challenging. But I’m going to use the 30 solid hours to write extra for my crime novel. I’m not necessarily convinced it needs the extra words, but I’m pretty excited about having a clear (child-free) run at the opportunity…

I’ll let you know how I go.

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  1. Wow, good luck. Imma do that one day (:

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