HANDY TIPS: Craig Cormick will host a workshop at the Whitsunday Writers Festival.
HANDY TIPS: Craig Cormick will host a workshop at the Whitsunday Writers Festival. contributed

Writers get ready

THE Whitsunday Writers Festival is a friendly and fun festival, with fabulous food, stimulating workshops and inspiring speakers, all overlooking the Coral Sea and Whitsunday islands.

Now in its eighth year it promises the usual potpourri of passion and prose in paradise.

"We are very fortunate to be able to hold our festival in such a stunning location as Lure, at Abell Point Marina,” festival founder Gloria Burley said.

"Attendees can mingle with authors over delicious food and take in the stunning views of the Whitsunday islands and Coral Sea.

"We are known for being a very friendly festival where everyone feels welcome, whether they are a writer, an aspiring writer or someone who simply loves reading and a good book.

"The workshops on Friday are for those who want to hone their writing skills and the Saturday authors' talks are all about listening to people who have followed their dreams and their passion, and being inspired by their creative journeys.”

The authors' line-up this year includes Sallyanne Atkinson, the first female Lord Mayor of Brisbane and author of No Job for a Woman' who will share her experiences of being in the top job in a man's world.

Adventurer Linda Frylink Anderson will talk about her experiences sailing around the world which she has turned into two books, Sailing in My Sarong and Salvage in My Sarong.

Award-winning author Craig Cormick will speak on Saturday and also present a creative writing workshop on Friday, and memoir-writer Helena Pastor will share her tips and tricks for writing about life in both a workshop and talk.

The Whitsunday Writers Festival extends grateful thanks to all sponsors, especially the Regional Arts Development Fund.