Looking Forward

Last night was Busybird’s Christmas Party/Open Mic Night 40 – a fantastic way to see out the year. In a night filled with merriment, feasting, and great readings, we also had the privilege of announcing the winner of the 2017 Busybird Creative Fellowship!

Maryanne Eve, the 2017 Busybird Creative Fellow
Congratulations to Maryanne Eve!

A resident of Kinglake, Maryanne experienced the tragedy of Black Saturday firsthand, and is interested in writing about how the aftermath of the fires affected the relationships of women in the Kinglake area. Throughout 2017, Maryanne will work with Busybird Publishing on developing both her writing and her project.

Thanks to everybody else who entered. Those who’ve been shortlisted also win a one-hour consult to talk to our Director of Publishing, Blaise, about their writing.

Now, tomorrow, Friday, 16th December 2016, Busybird Publishing closes for 2016!

We will be reopening Wednesday, 4th January 2017, at 9.00am.

Whilst we’re still programming our itinerary for 2017, there’s some things that we can tell you about already.


    Open Mic Nic

    It’s back from February, the third Wednesday of every month (except December, when it’s the second Wednesday!), beginning at 7.00pm. If you’re a writer, poet, singer, stand up comic, mime – whatever your talent – and you want to try your material on a live audience, why not come on down? Or you might just want to come along and watch. It’s a fun, inexpensive night out. Great entertainment. Great company. Great fun.


    • 15th February
    • 15th March
    • 19th April
    • 17th May
    • 21th June
    • 19th July
    • 16th August
    • 20th September
    • 18th October
    • 15th November
    • 13th December

    No bookings are required and it costs just $5.00 entry. Refreshments provided.


    Ever wanted to write a novel but you’re unsure how to go about it? Or perhaps you’ve started a novel, but are getting stuck and don’t know where to take it. Novelling comprises eight 2.5-hour sessions that explore the facets of writing a novel – things such as structure, characterisation, arcs, plots, prose, causality, submitting, agents and publishers, and more!


    • February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
    • March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th


    Payment Options …
    Plan     Cost     Total
    Early Bird Price     Pay by 1st Feb     $345
    Pay as you go     $60 x 8     $480
    Two installments
    (First payment due by 1st Feb
    second due 1st March)
        $220 apiece     $440
    One-time payment     $480     $480

    If you’re interested, drop us an email or give us a call!

    Book Writing Boot Camp

    Learn about every facet of book production in this intensive all-day workshop. Blaise van Hecke – The Book Chick, and Busybird’s Director of Publishing – will teach you about planning your book, the methodology behind writing it, publishing options (self-publishing or traditional publishing, and the dangers of partnership publishing), and how to market your book. It’s everything you’d ever need to know about writing, publishing, and marketing, all packed into a single workshop! Book Camp runs 10.00am–4.00pm, and lunch is provided.


    • To be announced
      Early Bird: $125.00
      Normal Price: $165.00

    Karma Kinglake Writing Retreat

    Take a break from your life and reinvigorate yourself in the beauty of Kinglake. Karma is a five-star retreat where all your needs will be met. Enjoy lavish meals (all dietary requirements will be met). And learn how to get the most out of your craft so you can tackle that project you’ve always wanted to write. Regardless what you’re writing – whether it’s nonfiction or fiction – the Karma Kinglake Writing Retreat will help you develop as a writer and transcend boundaries that have always held you back.


    • 5–7th May 2017
      Valued at $2,080, but costing just $1,250, and as an Early Bird special only $995 if you pay by 20th March. Check out our page for a breakdown of everything you get.

    Publish for Profit

    Want to meet other writers? Learn from their wisdom? Share your own knowledge? Perhaps you’re interested in networking? Publish for Profit is a regular meet-up that lets you do all this and also features brainstorming sessions, and a lesson on some facet of the publishing industry, e.g. editing, layout, distribution, writing blurbs, pitching articles (and on and on and on this list goes!).


    • To be announced
      $10.00 per meeting.

      16-Week Write-to-Publish Program

      Have you been looking for intensive mentoring to guide you through the process of writing a book – planning it out, mapping the structure, writing it, editing it, and ultimately publishing it? Do you need somebody who’ll establish the parameters in which you can operate and challenge you to get the best out of yourself? Do you need somebody to make sure you stay on track? Busybird’s 16-Week Write-to-Publish Program is an intensive mentorship that will assign you a qualified mentor who’ll work with you to help you plan, write, and publish your book – whatever that book might be! We’ll be releasing more details in the new year, so keep an eye out for it!

    Our usual range of workshops will also be back, along with a few other surprises. But if you have any ideas for things you’d like to see Busybird run, email us here!

    Hope you all have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    See you in 2017!

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