Back in June or July, I sent Jane Howard, who was organising the Digital Writers Festival, a message on Twitter:
have ideas on diversity panels etc and grassroots movements and have applied so will await decisions & twiddle thumbs. 🙂
— Marisa Wikramanayake (@mwikramanayake) July 20, 2016
In September/October I received a series of emails the upshot of which meant I was in TWO (count them, TWO) sessions for the Digital Writers Festival.
The Digital Writers Festival runs from November 1 to November 11 which basically means it starts next Tuesday. And it is all ONLINE.
YES. Thanks to the magic of Google Hangouts and some other spiffy internet technology, you, lucky viewers wherever you may be in the world, get to watch awesome writers chat about all things writing, without needing to travel to a festival location, brave crowds, buy tickets and find accommodation etc. It also means you get to see more and different writers who would otherwise not be able to attend and speak.
And panels and discussions are not all that there is on offer. There will be virtual tours, you will get to interact and ask questions and it will generally just be a ton of awesomeness.
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And my sessions are FREE! So you really have no excuse. I mean you get to watch me online, watch me stumble over my words and generally have a laugh at my expense.
Perth – 4:30 PM | Sydney – 7:30 PM | Sri Lanka – 2:00 PM | London – 8:30 AM | New York – 4:30 AM | Los Angeles – 1:30 AM
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The next session is with the awesome Angela Serrano (who is amazingly funny and is working on a memoir) and is part of an event series titled Moving Away and we are in Part 2: Coming to Australia where we talk about our experiences as first generation migrant writers in Australia.
It will run on Sunday, November 6 at the following times:
Perth – 9:30 AM | Sydney – 12:30 PM | Sri Lanka – 7:00 AM | London – 1:30 AM | New York – 9:30 PM (Saturday, 5 Nov) | Los Angeles – 6:30 PM (Saturday, 5 Nov)
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There will be other amazing writers and editors including Marlee Jane Ward, Anna Spargo-Ryan, Alice Grundy, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Steven Finch, Alice Pung, Omar Sakr, Elizabeth Tan and Khalid Warsame and more.