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Expressions of Interest: Eye of the Storm
May 19 @ 2:25 am – Jun 30 @ 11:45 pm

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Expressions of Interest open: Eye of the Storm writers’ festival, Alice Springs 2015

Expressions of Interest are currently open for writers to present or run workshops at the Eye of the Storm writers’ festival, Alice Springs, 17-20 September 2015.

Eye of the Storm is a short festival of writing, culture and ideas at the heart of the country.

This year writers and storytellers come together under the theme: Finding Home.


While the festival program is open to all writers, submissions are being sought from published writers who have a presentation to pitch that resonates with the 2015 theme.


Please include in your pitch:

  1. Short writer’s bio
  2. Presentation or workshop pitch (1-2 paragraphs only). Please tell us how this fits with the festival theme: Finding Home.


EOI close 30 June 2015.


Please email your pitch with subject heading: ‘eye of the storm writer’s pitch’ to: program@eyeofthestorm.org.au. We will contact you AFTER 30 June.


Please note that we are a small festival with limited funds. We can pay artists’ fees. We cannot pay travel. Other costs can be negotiated if your submission is accepted.

STARTING BLOCKS with Sandra Thibodeaux @ Conference Room, Frog Hollow
May 20 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm

Wednesday evenings, 20 May – 3 June

Thinking of writing that novel at last? Got a film in you just waiting to come out? Always dabbled in poetry but haven’t been quite sure how to develop your craft?
This 3-week course will cover the basic skills, tools and approaches to writing in the creative genres. (Sessions can be booked individually.)

Week 1: Voice plus Character/Dialogue
Through models and exercises we will explore: characters and their needs; the character arc; relationships between characters; and effective dialogue.

Week 2: Plot/Structure
Through models and exercises we will learn how to create a character-driven plot that engages tension and resolution to provide a satisfying narrative for an audience.

Week 3: Description/Use of Senses
This class will actively draw upon your senses and imagination as we explore approaches to description.


photo by panosSandra Thibodeaux

Sandra Thibodeaux is a playwright and poet. She has written over a dozen plays that have been staged as part of festivals and broadcast on Radio National. Her latest plays include The Lion Tamer (winner of the 2012 Darwin Festival Script Award) and Mr Takahashi (and other falling secrets) (short-listed for the Patrick White Playwright’s Award). Sandra has published four books of poetry, the latest of these being DIRTY H2O (Mulla Mulla Press). In 2011, Sandra was Australian Poetry’s Poet-in-Residence.


Save the Date: 2015 Eye of the Storm Writers’ Festival
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 20 @ 11:30 pm

We’re excited to announce that Eye of the Storm 2015 is back on track, with Dani Powell taking the reins as festival program co-ordinator.

Block out the dates in your diary and start booking travel if you don’t live in Alice!

Eye of the Storm – writing, culture and ideas at the heart of the country


Writers and storytellers come together under the 2015 theme Finding Home.

Thurs 17 to Sun 20 September, 2015

Alice Springs

Presented by NT Writers’ Centre