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Regional Writers Rise!

Storytelling takes centre stage at the inaugural Regional Writers Rise Festival - dare to share your story!

May 21, 2023


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Dive into the inaugural Regional Writers Rise Festival, a vibrant celebration of storytelling in its many forms, taking place on June 22-23 at Traralgon and Moe Libraries. Spearheaded by Federation University Australia students, this festival embraces the theme 'New Beginnings' and showcases the rich narratives of Gippsland.

With a full slate of events ranging from digital storytelling screenings to flash fiction workshops, the festival is a haven for creativity. Highlights include a Writers meet and greet at Traralgon Library, interactive workshops, and the much-anticipated 'Rise Up! Short Story Competition' awards ceremony.

“The Regional Writers Rise Festival is more than an event; it's a movement dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the diverse voices of our region...”

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Festival coordinator Threasa Meads shares their excitement: ‘The Regional Writers Rise Festival is

more than an event; it's a movement dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the diverse voices ofour region. Whether you're a poet, a playwright, or someone just starting to explore the joy ofwriting, we offer a stage for your stories and a community that supports your creative journey.’

2024 Festival Program Highlights:

  • Writers Meet & Greet - June 22, 10:00 AM, Traralgon Library (Free, Book Your Spot)
  • Author Talk and Writing Workshops with Lisa Ireland - June 22, starting at 11:00 AM, Traralgon Library (Free, Book Your Spots)
  • DIY Zine Lab - June 22, 1:30 PM, Traralgon Library
    (Free, Book Your Spots)
  • Latrobe City Rising Digital Storytelling Screening - June 22, 5:00 PM, Traralgon Library
    (Free, Book Your Spot)
  • Local Storytellers Salon & Open Mic - June 23, 10:00 AM, Moe Library (Free, Book Your Spot)
  • Flash Fiction Workshop - June 23, 12:00 PM, Moe Library (Free, Book Your Spot)
  • Researching Your Family History Workshop (Online) with David Waldron - June 23, 12:00PM
    (Free, Book Your Spot)
  • Rise Up! Short Story Competition Awards Ceremony - June 23, 3:00 PM, Moe Library
    (Free, Book Your Spot)

This unique festival, supported by Latrobe City Libraries and Gippslandia, not only offers a platform for local and regional writers but also includes a digital component to ensure accessibility for those who cannot join in person. Our partnership with the Latrobe Health Assembly enhances our program with innovative multimedia projects, highlighting the collaborative spirit of our community.

The dedicated efforts of Federation University Professional and Creative Writing student interns are central to the festival’s success, emphasising our commitment to inclusivity and engagement through both virtual and in-person events.

Join us in creating a space where every narrative is cherished, and every voice is heard. Explore, participate, and let your story shine at the Regional Writers Rise Festival.

Please 'dare to share' by entering your unique story into the Rise Up! Short Story Competition.

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