How to be an Author

How to be an Author Sat 20 Feb Studio One, Level 3 at His Majesty's Theatre Sat 20 Feb Studio One, Level 3 at His Majesty's Theatre $19 Event Info Buy Tickets
Sat 20 Feb at Studio One, Level 3 at His Majesty's Theatre, from $19

In this session on How to be an Author, Fremantle Press helps would-be authors navigate the tricky terrain of developing a manuscript, pitching your idea to a publisher and finally making it to print. Join star authors Holden Sheppard, Deborah Hunn and publisher Georgia Richter in conversation with Rafeif Ismail.

Holden Sheppard

Holden Sheppard is an award-winning Young Adult author born and bred in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel Invisible Boys won numerous accolades including the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award and the 2019 Western Australian Premier's Book Prize for an Emerging Writer. Holden’s writing has been published in Griffith Review, Westerly, Page Seventeen, Indigo journal and the Bright Lights, No City anthology (Margaret River Press, 2019). He has also written for 10 Daily, the Huffington Post, the ABC, DNA magazine and FasterLouder. He serves as the Deputy Chair of Writing WA and as an ambassador for Lifeline WA. Holden is a misfit: a gym junkie who has played Pokémon competitively, a sensitive geek who loves aggressive punk rock, and a bogan who learned to speak French.

Deborah Hunn

Deborah Hunn is a Lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. She completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia and has taught for three decades at universities in Western Australia and South Australia. Her award-winning work has been published in a range of anthologies, edited collections and journals, and includes shorts stories, creative non-fiction, academic essays on literature, film and television and reviews.

Georgia Richter

Georgia Richter has an MA (Creative Writing) from the University of Western Australia and is an IPEd Accredited Editor. She has taught creative writing, professional writing and editing at the universities of Melbourne and Western Australia, as well as at Curtin University. Georgia joined Fremantle Press in 2008 as the fiction, narrative non-fiction and poetry publisher. Along with Deborah Hunn, Georgia Richter is co-author of How to be an Author: The Business of Being a Writer in Australia.

Time & Location

Sat 20 Feb


Studio One, Level 3 at His Majesty's Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth / Karboordup



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    • Adult: $19

Pay What You Can | Our suggested price is $19 but you can choose to pay any amount you’d like – from $0. Any amount you pay above $19 will be used to ensure that other people are able to attend Festival events where cost is normally a barrier

His Majesty’s Theatre will be offering a menu of delicious treats at Crew and King (Menu here) and Dress Circle Bar (Menu here) for you to enjoy during Literature Weekend in the City. Grab a quick bite between sessions or sit down and enjoy a coffee and cake with your favourite book.


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