Free tickets for reading and writing wonderland

Teachers and teacher-librarians are being specially catered for at the country’s largest dedicated event for Australian authors and self-publishers, Book Expo Australia, on August 30-31 at the Sydney Showground, Olympic Park.

For starters, Education has 10 free tickets for Federation members.

And from 9–10am on each day, teachers and teacher-librarians have the Expo to themselves, to browse and chat to authors uninterrupted.

The day before the Expo (Friday August 29) will be set aside for aspiring writers, with workshops run by leading names in literature.

Best-selling author Kate Forsyth will run a masterclass on “Blasting through writer’s block”; literary columnist Meredith Jaffe and writer/editor Kat Mayo will run a workshop on “Book reviews — blogging and media”; writer and film-maker Scott Baker and Andrew Akratos (head of boutique publisher OMNE) will talk on “Editing and Rewrites”.

Other Friday workshops include: “Making Picture Books” (children’s writer Aleesah Darlison); “Writing Crime and Action” (Greg Barron); “Writing for YA [young adult] Readers” (Richard Harland); and “Writing Memorable Sex Scenes” (Tracey O’Hara).

On the weekend, there will be more than a hundred exhibitors, and panel discussions and debates on: child literacy workshops, how to write a book, how to entice reluctant readers to read, new publishing technology, dark issues in young adult novels, and whether graphic novels serve to draw reluctant readers or stunt the imagination. Performance areas include performance reading, illustrator skills and poetry.

To get your free tickets, email with “Book Expo Australia Free Tickets” in the subject line, or write to “Book Expo Australia Free Tickets”, Education, NSW Teachers Federation, Locked Bag 3010 Darlinghurst 1300. Include your name, Federation membership number, workplace name and phone number, postal address and home phone number. The closing date is August 15.

Visit the Book Expo Facebook page for more information and discussion.