On Sunday 6 June, my fabulous friend and author, Shan L. Scott and I, hosted our inaugural Brisbane Young Adult Writers meet up, in the lovely leafy western suburbs of Brisbane. It was a little nerve-racking, putting ourselves out there like that and not knowing what to expect. But I can tell you with the small and intimate crowd, it was an absolute hit.
We had a great turn out of 16, which far exceeded our expectations. And the diversity of the group was incredible – we had a fully independent and signed author, J.E. Miller, who has penned a number of children’s books but her standout is Remember. We also had horror writer Cas E. Crowe who gave us a reading of her latest works, The Wayward Haunt, and we also had the pleasure of Chrissie Junge, the creator of Alfredo, who is a children’s character who thinks he’s a dog, and then gets stolen by pirates. I can’t wait to read my copy of this.
It was fantastic to hear the authors above share their lessons from publishing, what to do and what not to do. Who to trust and signs to look for when people might be taking advantage of you. We had a number of guests who are just starting out on their writing journey – they have the idea in their head but are yet to put it to paper; or they may have started their project and are having trouble finishing. Shan and I also shared our writing journeys and challenges – with me being a non-fiction writer and Shan a fictional writer, we were able to provide the group differing perspectives of our experiences.
We were motivated to have an event like this because we were curious to see how it would pan out. It was such a success that we are looking to host these motivational and judgement-free meetings monthly or bi-monthly. The safe and competition-free environment is perfect for learning about writing, publishing (self or houses), other authors and general information sharing. I cannot wait to share the second edition of HR Hot Tips: Handy Secrets to Success in the Workplacewith the group when it’s out in the coming months, and I can’t wait to check in with our breakout attendees to track their progress on their projects!
My only complaint is that our catering was served about 2 hours after it was supposed to be! But everyone stuck around at the end to enjoy a chat and feed. The atmosphere was fabulous! If you’re Brisbane based and interested in writing, would you attend our next event? Comment below!