Pro­lific au­thor touches down

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

TO AU­THOR Craig Cormick, no state­ment is more true than “clearly, a writ­ing life is a jour­ney that trav­els through many coun­tries”.

And the award-win­ning au­thor wants to help bud­ding writers through those jour­neys by host­ing a writ­ing work­shop at this year’s Whit­sun­day Writers Fes­ti­val.

Mr Cormick is con­sid­ered a high-pro­file au­thor, hav­ing writ­ten a num­ber of books of both fic­tion and non-fic­tion gen­res.

A former Chair of the ACT Writers Cen­tre Mr Cormick has an ex­ten­sive back­ground in teach­ing at univer­sity and com­mu­nity lev­els.

Whit­sun­day Writers Fes­ti­val founder, Glo­ria Bur­ley, said he was em­mi­nently placed to host a work­shop at the 2017 event and would no doubt in­spire bud­ding au­thors from around the re­gion hop­ing to come along this year.

“So what­ever you are writ­ing, you are bound to hear some help­ful ad­vice at

■ Whit­sun­day Writers Fes­ti­val

■ Fri­day, June 16, to Sun­day, June 18

■ Lure, Abell Point Ma­rina

■ www.whit­sun­day writ­ers­fes­ti­val.com or www.whit­sun­dayt­ick­ets .com.au

■ See web­site

the work­shop,” she said.

“Craig writes across a wide range of top­ics, in­clud­ing fic­tion and non-fic­tion, books for chil­dren and adults and lit­er­ary fic­tion and spec­u­la­tive fic­tion, jour­nal­ism and aca­demic stud­ies, short sto­ries and novel­las.

“He is a fas­ci­nat­ing man and will also speak on Satur­day, June 17, as one of our line-up of in­spir­ing one-hour au­thor talks through­out the day.

“He will (also) join in the de­bate on Sun­day morn­ing, Co­ral or Coal.”

Mr Cormick’s writ­ing has won him a num­ber of awards over the years too, in­clud­ing the ACT Book of the Year Award in 1999 for Un­writ­ten His­to­ries and a Queens­land Premier’s Lit­er­ary Award in 2006 for A Funny Thing Hap­pened at 27,000 Feet.

With the event run­ning over three days, there will be am­ple to do and see.

A Free Wel­come Party on the Fri­day night will be held on June 16, fea­tur­ing live mu­sic from lo­cal per­son­al­i­ties.

Satur­day night will see the Gala Din­ner fea­tur­ing key­note speaker Sallyanne Atkin­son, former lord mayor of Bris­bane, former chair of the Bris­bane Writers Fes­ti­val and au­thor of No Job for a Woman.

The 2017 Whit­sun­day Writers Fes­ti­val will once again be held at Lure, Abell Point Ma­rina and tick­ets are avail­able now on­line.

WRITERS FES­TI­VAL

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

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

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