If you’re in South-east Queensland in early August, you may be interested in the following event. When God calls you to write—be it just one book or several—then it’s wise to prepare for the journey.

The Brisbane Omega Showcase (Friday 11 August and Saturday 12 August) is an opportunity for writers—both established and aspiring—to showcase our work, to encourage each other through the words God has given us, to refresh and revitalise our vision and to find support for when the times are tough. See our Facebook Page. The inspiration and fun will kick off at 2pm Friday at Coopers Colonial Motel, Acacia Ridge, and again at 9 am on Saturday.

Our presenters

Rochelle Stephens of Wombat Books and Rhiza Press will be offering consultations as a publisher.

Darryl Dymock, tutor at the Queensland Writers Centre, will be speaking on memoir and how to start a writing group in your church.

Simon Kennedy, co-creator of the award-winning series, Safe Harbour, will be speaking on how to turn your manuscript into a screenplay.

Andrew Stone of Stone Creative Group will be inspiring us with his special blend of innovation and passion in spreading the love of God.

Lynne Stringer will be offering editorial consultancies. So too will Nola Passmore of The Write Flourish.

Rebekah Robinson of Beckon Creative will be giving us vital tips on cover design.

Mazzy Adams will be speaking on the pros and cons of keeping in a lane when it comes to genre.

Brad Smith will be offering us a devotional, fresh from his debut book.

Ruth Bonetti of Words and Music will be showing us how to speak to maximum effect as she introduces our guests.

Raelene Purtill will be presenting a session on Creative Writing.

Anne Hamilton will be speaking on inspiration and persistence. And you can speak to her throughout the day about the sort of manuscripts Armour Books is looking to publish.

Rendered Realms—Jenny O’Hagan, Adele Jones and Lynne Stringer—will be showing us unusual ways of marketing.

AND YOU TOO! If you’ve got a book to promote, let us know that you want a 2-minute spot. We’ve got the shepherd’s crook ready if you go too long, so make sure you prepare just 200–250 words.

Our Sponsors and Prizes

Throughout the day we’ll be having lots of food and fun, including prize draws that support writers through practical assistance through our writing journey. Our generous sponsors have donated the following prizes to date:

Lynne Stringer: $100 editing voucher

Beckon Creative: 1 hour design work for bookmark or business card

Adele Jones: 2 hrs proofreading

Nola Passmore: $100 voucher for assessment or editing

Jenny O’Hagan: $100 voucher for editing or proofreading

Mazzy Adams: beta-reading for novel up to 80,000 words

Ruth Bonetti: 3 hours proofreading or beta-reading

Anne Hamilton: 3 hours editing, proofreading or beta-reading.

Raelene Purtill: 3 hours of pre-writing, planning, answering ‘Why?’, to help bring focus to a project.

Armour Books: discount vouchers

Koorong (Toowoomba): discount vouchers

Book here:

Friday and Saturday: https://www.trybooking.com/CIDBQ

Friday only: https://www.trybooking.com/CHZPW

Saturday only: https://www.trybooking.com/CIDBC

Please use the discount code if you are a member of Omega Writers.