Writing festival aims to empower all genders

Don’t be fooled by the title because the 2018 Girls Write Up is inviting both male and females to attend the all-day festival for teens.

Girls Write Up Wodonga will feature presentations, panels and hands-on workshops by a range of inspiring writers.

Tickets are now on sale for the October 18 festival that will also include workshops for students.

The guest speakers include Claire Christian, an award-winning novelist and playwright from Brisbane; Clementine Ford who is a writer, speaker and feminist thinker and regular contributor to The Age; Brodie Lancaster who is a critic and author based in Melbourne; Sara Mansour is a lawyer, spoken word artist and co-founder and director of Bankstown Poetry Slam.

Other guest speakers include Christie Nieman who writes fiction and nonfiction and her work has been published by Meanjin, Overland and The Guardian; Nevo Zisin who is a Jewish, Queer, non-binary activist, public speaker and author of Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition; and Laniyuk Garcon who was born of a French mother and a Larrakia, Kungarrakan and Gurindji father. Her poetry and short memoir often reflects the intersectionality of her cross cultural and queer identity.

Girls Write Up is for anyone who has felt limited by their gender and wants to understand how language can be used to liberate and empower.Over the day, authors, journalists, activists, artists, poets and other creative thinkers will share the ways they have used their writing to define their identities and shape the world around them.

The program explores the relationship between language, gender and power, and the effects of unconscious bias on our sense of self.

Girls Write Up gives participants the opportunity to discover their own creative voice, equipping them with the skills and the confidence to use it.

The program is returning to Wodonga as part of The Stella Prize schools program.

The event will take place in various locations in The Cube Wodonga and Wodonga Library.

View the program at The Stella Prize website.

Purchase your tickets here.