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Capricorn Coast Writers Festival

Capricorn Coast Writers Festival (CCWF) will run from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 June 2021, with workshops also in 2020. The festival is for anyone who dares to write, loves to read and wants to learn and aims to bring nationally and internationally recognised authors to our area, while highlighting local literary talent and spotlighting the importance of books and reading to the local community.

Current Events

Past Events

  • Friday 11 June 2021
    Rub shoulders with authors, publishers and presenters as you sip champagne and nibble on canapés at the festival’s glamorous opening event. But be quick - there are limited numbers at this exclusive event so it will sell out fast! Ticket Price - $80
    The Rocks
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Join us as we open the Capricorn Coast Writers Festival 2021 and celebrate the winners of the Student Short Story Competition. FREE SESSION. Doors Open 7.00am. Proceedings will commence at 8am sharp so please be seated by this time.
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Join two giants of investigative journalism, Hedley Thomas and Matthew Condon, during this entertaining, in-conversation event. Matthew Condon, investigative journalist, bestselling author and no.1 podcast creator with Ghost Gate Road, will interview multi Walkley Award winning, investigative journalist and podcaster Hedley Thomas of The Teacher's Pet and The Night Driver fame, in an hour long discussion straddling their experiences in journalism, podcasting and true crime. Ticket Price - $45
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Are you an independent author? Got a book to sell? Then why not book a table at the marketplace? $30 a table/session
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Hey kids, come and join in the fun and activities as Keppel Sands author Samantha Morris reads from her picture book Lilly’s Magnificent Hat. FREE SESSION (ticket still required) Due to Covid number restrictions, can we ask that only one adult accompanies child/children.
    Livingstone Shire Library
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Have you ever wondered how authors who write children’s books go about their craft? Join three successful authors of children’s fiction in a lively discussion about their writing processes and what inspires them. Dr. Anita Heiss, Allison Tait, Kat Apel. Moderator - Nicky Way. Ticket price - $30
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    So you listen to podcasts and you've pondered the prospect of creating your own? Join Walkley Award winning investigative journalist and podcaster Hedley Thomas - creator of The Night Driver and The Teacher's Pet - as he reveals his start in podcasting and shares secrets from the craft to put you on the road to success. Ticket Price - $35
    Salt Apartments Conference Rooms Ground Floor
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Every business is in the business of creating content. And for that, they need words. This is what a copywriter does. If you enjoy writing and would like to get paid to do it, this workshop is for you. Tom Davies works as a freelance copywriter and across an inclusive and engaging 2 hours will cover how to get started, how to find work, benefits and drawbacks of the freelance lifestyle and how to pitch to prospective clients. Ticket Price - $35 Sponsored by Chapter
    The HUB - top floor
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Everybody has a story, be it their own lives, someone else’s, or a ripping tale that they’ve always wanted to commit to paper but didn’t know how to. This workshop will offer prospective writers an insight into how to translate that idea into a professional narrative, be it memoir, creative non-fiction, history or fiction. It will give you the basic tools you need to start your manuscript but, most importantly, to finish it. Ticket Price - $35
    Salt Apartments Conference Rooms Ground Floor
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Like to attend all the Saturday panels? This pass admits 1 person to all 3 Saturday June 12 panels at Yeppoon Town Hall. $80
    Town Hall
  • Between Saturday 12 June 2021 and Sunday 13 June 2021
    Can't decide? Want to attend *all* the panel sessions on both days? This pass admits 1 person to all 6 CCWF panel session across the weekend of June 12-13 at Yeppoon Town Hall. $150
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Workshop participants will don a shell necklace, a baseball cap or any one of Anita’s props as they get lost in their imaginations and create inspiring characters who may live in faraway places including other galaxies. This workshop also includes considering natural and manmade sacred sites as a way for young people to write about their own special places as potential settings in their writing. FREE EVENT (tickets still required)
    Livingstone Shire Library
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Romance fiction is a broad church, from Mills and Boon to Austen and everything in between. It is the world’s highest-selling fiction market with the world’s most devoted readers. Join three local romance writers as they talk about this fascinating and sometimes misunderstood genre. Amy Andrews, J.B. Heller, Liz Lovelock. Moderator - Allyson Sinclair Ticket price - $30
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    UQP creates books that enrich and inspire readers and make a major contribution to the fabric of arts and literature in Australia and the world. Listen to Margot Lloyd of UQP chat about their publishing guidelines, the types of books they are interested in acquiring and their submission process. FREE SESSION (ticket still required)
    The HUB - top floor
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Learn the secrets of branding and marketing, pre and post publication, and the importance of social media in today’s digital world. Get tips from Annie Seaton on how to capture a slice of the market whether you are traditionally or self-published. For aspiring and established authors. Ticket Price - $35
    Salt Apartments Conference Rooms Ground Floor
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Whether you’re an avid reader or considering writing your first cozy mystery, book yourself into this session with CT Mitchell, Australian cozy mystery author of 25+ short reads and learn more about this quirky but charming genre. Ticket Price - $35
    Salt Apartments Conference Rooms Ground Floor
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Are you an independent author? Got a book to sell? Then why not book a table at the marketplace? $30 a table/session
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Hey kids, join in the fun and activities as Kat Apel reads from her picture book The Bird in the Herd. FREE SESSION (tickets still required) Due to Covid number restrictions, can we ask that only one adult accompanies child/children.
    Livingstone Shire Library
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Discover the 10 KEYS TO A GREAT STORY with Allison Tait. In this workshop, kids will discover the essential ingredients for writing a story, plus where to find ideas, how to create characters, how to make sure you finish a story, and other writerly secrets... FREE SESSION (ticket still required)
    Livingstone Shire Library
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    By its very nature, writing is a solitary occupation. Join two of our headliners and a local psychologist as they discuss what the writing process requires of authors mentally. They will also explore anxieties such as self-doubt, imposter syndrome, second-book syndrome and more. Holly Ringland, Rachael Johns, Tom De Pauw. Moderator - Laurie Rainbird. Ticket price - $30
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Rocky Street Press is an independent arts magazine based in Central Queensland. It celebrates culture, creativity and community across regional and rural Australia. Listen to Jodie Van De Wetering of RSP chat about publishing guidelines, the types of stories they are interested in showcasing and their submission process. FREE SESSION (ticket still required)
    The HUB - top floor
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    In this two-hour workshop, Allison Tait, internationally published bestselling middle-grade author, co-host of the So You Want To Be A Writer podcast, co-founder of the Your Kid’s Next Read community and teacher at the Australian Writer’s Centre, will look at the top 10 questions you need to ask yourself in order to find success as a children’s author – and answer any burning questions you might have. Ticket Price - $35
    Salt Apartments Conference Rooms Ground Floor
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Just like creating memorable characters, world building is an essential element in all good novels and short stories. J. P. Manning, author and teacher, explores the intricacies of world building – what it is, the elements involved and how to achieve it in your stories. Ticket Price - $35
    Salt Apartments Conference Rooms Ground Floor
  • Saturday 12 June 2021
    Join our three headline authors - Holly Ringland, Dr Anita Heiss and Rachael Johns - as they each talk about a secret subject! This will be followed by a lively panel discussing books, writing, life, the universe and everything. Compered by Paul Culliver from ABC Radio Capricornia, it promises to be a a night of fun, laughter and entertainment for all! Ticket price - $60 This is not a catered event. A cash bar will operate at the interval during which light refreshments will be served.
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    Workshop participants will don a shell necklace, a baseball cap or any one of Anita’s props as they get lost in their imaginations and create inspiring characters who may live in faraway places including other galaxies. This workshop also includes considering natural and manmade sacred sites as a way for young people to write about their own special places as potential settings in their writing. FREE SESSION (ticket still required)
    The HUB - top floor
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    The vast majority of books require some level of research. Be they historical, contemporary or other-worldly, research plays an important role in crafting a story. In this panel discussion, three very different authors talk about their various research techniques. Holly Ringland, Annie Seaton, Phil Hore. Moderator - Naomi Nixon Ticket price - $30
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    Magnetic Author explores the sea change in the way an author can become the hunted not always the hunter, in acquiring new prospects that become raving fans WITHOUT breaking the bank. Get ready for 2 hours of action-packed information with CT Mitchell that will change your writing career. Enter the room, pull out your pad and pen, turn off your phone and be present. Your writing career is about to take off! Ticket price - $35
    Salt Apartments Conference Rooms Ground Floor
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    In this workshop with Kat Apel, participants will; Revisit familiar literary devices and identify them in poetry samples. Learn a number of poetry forms that develop writing muscle. Play with poetry forms that spark creativity. Take away a toolkit of poetry techniques to apply across all genres. Ticket price - $35
    Salt Apartments Conference Rooms Ground Floor
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    Are you an independent author? Got a book to sell? Then why not book a table at the marketplace? $30 a table/session
    Yeppon Town Hall
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    Like to attend *all* the Sunday panels? This pass admits 1 person to all 3 Sunday June 13 panels at Yeppoon Town Hall. $80
    Yeppoon town hall
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    Have you ever wondered what happens to a writer’s work once it leaves their computer and gets into the hands of an editor? Come and listen to three publishing professionals as they lift the lid on the editing process. Margot Lloyd, Jodie Van De Wetering, Terry Phillips. Moderator - Anthea Cuddihy Ticket price - $30
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    Clarity about purpose is the best foundation for ensuring your social media platforms achieve your goals. Tom is paid by businesses who need help with their social media and by getting clear on purpose he helps increase their digital reach, improve target audience engagement, ensures brand consistency and builds their business. This relaxed and supportive workshop is suitable for both creatives and businesses and for anyone who wants to use social media better Ticket Price - $35
    Salt Apartments Conference Rooms Ground Floor
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    Ernest Hemingway said, ‘When writing a novel, a writer should create living people. People. Not characters.’ In this workshop, best-selling Australian author, Rachael Johns, will walk participants through the ten ingredients she uses to create real people that leap off the page and take over the story. This workshop will explore everything from how a person’s past will shape their present, to archetypes, F-words and much, much more. Ticket price - $35
    Salt Apartments Conference Rooms Ground Floor
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    Are you an independent author? Got a book to sell? Then why not book a table at the marketplace? $30 a table/session
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    With the advent of digital publishing platforms such as Amazon, Apple and Kobo, independent/self-publishing is more popular now than it’s ever been. Sit and listen as three successful indie authors spill the beans on their self-publishing journey. C.T. Mitchell, Belle Brookes, Eve Johnston. Moderator - Nene Davies Ticket price - $30
    Yeppoon Town Hall
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    Gain the knowledge & skills needed to create & produce leading content for film & TV. Open to all aspiring writers, young or old, experienced or just beginning. Every great film starts with a great screenplay, see how your story can make it to the big screen with Ian Westley. Ticket price - $35
    Salt Apartments Conference Rooms Ground Floor
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    Annie Seaton explores what makes a successful romance novel and examines different genres, tropes and categories, and the skills needed to craft a romance novel. What are the basic elements required? What are the extra elements that contribute to a great story? What part does conflict play in crafting a romance? What happens when your romance novel is finished, and how do you get your manuscript to publication? Ticket Price - $35
    Salt Apartments Conference Rooms Ground Floor
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    Specul8 has grown from a small local literary journal to a full independent press which welcomes submissions from authors everywhere. They publish all forms of spec fic including (but not limited to): horror, sci-fi, fantasy, apocalyptic, historical fiction, steampunk and so on... Come and listen to Terry Phillips of Specul8 chat about their publishing guidelines, the types of material they are interested in acquiring and their submission process. FREE SESSION (ticket still required)
    The HUB - top floor
  • Sunday 13 June 2021
    Join us at the Bilge Bar situated on the lower floor of the Keppel Bay Sailing Club to relax, wind down and meet up with new and old friends as you chatter about your weekend highlights. FREE entry but a cash bar will operate. (Ticket still required)
    The Bilge Bar, Keppel Bay Sailing Club