I took copious notes and have favourite quotes [yes I am a Dr Seuss fan be aware, the same birthday we share!]. Curious: did any poets stab their eyeballs after that?
In the past I have transcribed notes I have taken at writing events but this time I took so many you may combust if I did on this occasion. So today I will just write down some tidbits that struck me, some quotes and some observations:
- Bravery and courage are subjective in their interpretation – writers are just doing their job and doing what they feel called to do – is this courage? – Paraphrasing David Astle
- Benjamin Law writes in his underpants.
- Searching for rituals and magic on how to become a writer is just looking for a shortcut instead of just learning the craft. – Paraphrasing Graeme Simsion
- Use the vomit then clean up method of first draft. – Paraphrasing Benjamin Law
- ‘Don’t Dwell’ - David Astle and Ita Buttrose both said this and it was my most valuable, personal takeaway – thank you!
- ‘A part of writing humour is that it can have a serious underpinning’ – Toni Jordan
- ‘Writing course helped tremendously’/’creative writing course didn’t help’
- Benjamin Law writes in his underpants. [I know I said that before but the image needs reminding]
- ‘With each novel, you pick up new sensitivities and scars’ – Liam Pieper [oh be still my heart!]
- ‘Create opportunities for yourself’ – Lauren Mitchell
- ‘A writing community is hugely important’ – Briohny Doyle
- Rosemary Sorenson, Director of the Bendigo Writers Festival, will flinch if you jump up from behind her and blurt ‘Good luck for the Festival’
-‘[Why create space for experimental writing?]… because life now is non-linear, it’s a response to the times. We provide a space at The Brow because all writing has a part in the publishing eco-system’ – Sam Cooney ['Publishing Eco-system' is my new favourite phrase!]
- ‘Your inner world is a resource and is infinitely generous’ – Stephanie Dowrick
- ‘Dreams? How else would God speak?’- Stephanie Dowrick
Like I said, I wrote copious notes and there are many other brilliant quotes and knowledge but some way through my experience, I put away the pen to just listen. There was a sweet moment when I closed my eyes and let Stephanie Dowrick’s words travel straight to my soul.
There were also many more events I missed, ones that friends went to and I got to hear how wonderful they were. What a delight it is to see and hear so many people enthusiastic about ideas. I cannot thank the Bendigo Writers Festival organisers enough for providing us this joy.
My last note though is something said or agreed with by EVERY speaker I had the fortune of seeing and hearing: ‘keep writing to get better’ – take that as literally or as holistically as you wish.