Two-Day Book-Writing Boot Camp

Do you want to write a book?


It could be anything – a novel; nonfiction; self-help; biography; a business, community, or organisation’s history; or it could even be something totally different!

But you have that book in you?

And now you want to get it out into the world?

Busybird Publishing’s Book-Writing Boot Camp is about arming you with the tools you need to write and publish YOUR book!

Eventbrite - Book Writing Boot Camp -- 20–21 October 2018 (Melbourne)


So, if

  • you’re an aspiring novelist
  • you’re a business owner or entrepreneur and want to write a book that showcases your expertise, establishes you as a leader in your field, and proclaims you a published author
  • you’re a coach who has a methodology they want to offer to the world
  • you want to write a memoir or autobiography of your life, or a biography of somebody, or a history of your family, or community, but are unsure how to tackle it
  • you have already written a book, but don’t know where to go next

then Busybird Publishing’s Book-Writing Boot Camp is for YOU!

Book Writing Boot Camp is an intensive workshop that will cover things such as:

  • outlining
  • fleshing out your idea
  • structure
  • voice
  • prose
  • good writing hygiene
  • revision
  • detailing a publishing plan (either to self-publish, or to submit to traditional publishers)
  • marketing the finished book
  • and all those little steps in-between.

Running over the 20th–21st October weekend, 9.00am–5.00pm, this will be an exhaustive workshop that will help you dive into the structure of your book, understand what you want to do, and map it out.

Eventbrite - Book Writing Boot Camp -- 20–21 October 2018 (Melbourne)


It’ll also cover everything from conception to publication of your book. This group will be limited to 16 participants and all participants will be eligible to receive discounts on our publishing services after having completed this workshop, should they wish to publish with Busybird Publishing.

    Early Bird: $395.00 (ends 20th September)
    Full price: $550.00.

Lunch will be included both days.

If you’re interested in talking to us about Busybird Publishing’s Book Writing Boot Camp, you can call us and talk to Blaise on (03) 9434 6365 or contact us via email. Or you can book directly through Eventbrite.

Or contact us to let us know if you’re interested in having a Book Writing Boot Camp in an area near you, whether it’s for a writing group, a festival, or any other sort of writing- and/or publishing-related function!


Optional Welcome Dinner – RSVP by 28th September 2018

If you would like to attend our welcome dinner on Friday 19th October, please RSVP to Blaise on (03) 9434 6365 or contact us via email by 28th September 2018.


Your Facilitators

Blaise van Hecke is the publisher at Busybird Publishing. Blaise helps other writers to find their voice through coaching and publishing at Busybird Publishing. She runs various workshops for Busybird about writing, editing, and publishing, and is popularly in demand for talks about publishing in general.

Blaise’s story ‘Eleventh Summer’ came second place in the biennial short story competition with the Society of Women Writers (Vic) in 2007, which has since been published in the anthology, Mud Puddles, and the anthology, Thirteen Stories. She has also had other stories published in Blue Crow Magazine, 21D Magazine, Fellowship of Australian Writers, and [untitled].

Blaise is also the author of The Book Book: 12 Steps to Successful Publishing and co-author of Self-Made: Real Australian Business Stories, and contributor to the Health Conscious series Healthy Body and Healthy Mind. She is now working on her first fiction novel, ‘The Colours of Ash’. Her memoir, The Road to Tralfamadore is Bathed in River Water , is due for release August 2018.

Blaise runs Busybird Publishing with her husband, Kev, in the leafy suburb of Montmorency (Melbourne) where they have formed a creative hub for writers and artists through workshops, mentorship, publishing services and open mic nights. To date they have nurtured over 300 books into the world. Blaise is an enthusiastic advocate for writing and the arts, as president for the Society Women Writers’ Victoria and a Pinpoint Ambassador for literature with Banyule Council, and a member of the Nillumbik Arts Advisory Committee.

Les Zigomanis is Publications Manager and Chief Editor at Busybird Publishing. He has worked as a freelance editor for various publishers and authors.

He’s also the author of the novels August Falling, Just Another Week in Suburbia (which has been optioned by Truce Films) and Pride, the instructional guide The Launch Book, has had stories and articles published in various print and digital journals, several unpublished novels shortlisted for awards, and three screenplays optioned. He has had unpublished novels and unproduced screenplays place and shortlist in various awards.

He blogs regularly for Busybird Publishing about writing, editing, and publishing; and also runs a blog on his own website.


Getting to Busybird

Busybird Publishing
2/118 Para Road
Montmorency 3094.


Public Transport

Busybird Publishing is 650 metres from Montmorency Railway Station which is one stop (15 mins) from Eltham Railway Station.

Note: A myki card is required to travel on Melbourne public transport, one can be purchased at:

Montmorency Pharmacy, 45 Were Street, Montmorency or Eltham Newsagency, Shop 2, 963 Main Road, Eltham.

For more information on where to purchase myki cards you can visit Public Transport Victoria.


Where to stay

Eltham Gateway (4-star hotel)
1339 Main Road
Eltham 3095

11 mins uber ride to Busybird Publishing.

Eltham Motor Inn (3-star hotel)
1450 Main Road
Eltham 3095.

12 mins uber ride to Busybird Publishing.

Comfort Inn Greensborough /
Greensborough Motor Inn
(3-star hotel)
245 Greensborough Highway
Macelod 3085.

7 mins uber ride to Busybird Publishing.


Places to eat



Espresso 3094 for breakfast or coffee.
44 Were Street, Montmorency.
Cuisines: Coffee and Tea, Café Food
Rating: 4.3 Rating on tripadvisor

Cash and Cards accepted.

Papa Bear for breakfast or coffee.
Shop 5, Midway Arcade, 972 Main Road, Eltham.
Cuisines: Café, Australian, Vegetarian and Vegan options.
Rating: 4.3 Rating on tripadvisor

Cash and Cards accepted.

Max’s Woodfire Pizza and Burgers for dinner.
Cnr Were St & Rattray Rd, (6-8 Were St) Montmorency.
Cuisines: Pizza, Australian, Vegetarian friendly.
Rating: 4 Rating on tripadvisor

Cash and Cards accepted.

Sushi Wushi for dinner.
30 Commercial Place, Eltham.
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Rating: 4 on tripadvisor

Cash and Cards accepted

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