Tweets from Digital Writers Festival 0 Comments

Tweets from Digital Writers Festival

From 13-24 February on various internet connections across the world, a very special kind of festival took place. The incorrigible and innovative Connor Tomas O’Brien and Emerging Writers Festival Director Sam Twyford-Moore combined their technological and producing prowess to smoosh literary festivals and digital technology together. They brought us eleven days of insight, fun, tears and laughter, all under the very user friendly hashtag DWF14.

As a national publication, it really means a lot to us here at Voiceworks to cross state borders and support writers in hard to reach places. What we loved about DWF is how it slapped geographical distance in the face and brought writers all across Australia and the world together.

If this is the first time you’ve heard of the festival, never fear! They archived most (if not all!) of their sessions on their youtube channel. You guys might be into IRL: Literary Collectives and Place, Right of Reply: Digital Writing, Trolling and Mental HealthThe Tyranny of Distance and The UFO in the Garden: Internet Writing. But truly there is much, much more – a ridiculous amount of goodness on there for you to check out! Loads of awesome Aussie and international writers sharing writing tips, secrets and generally lolling together.

Two of us from Edcomm wrote chapters for the DWF Book of the Night, a crazy live writing event at White Night Melbourne, culminating in a collaborative e-book written in exquisite corpse style that you can download here.

Because we are living in 2.0, there were some great conversations/insights happening on Twitter throughout the festival. I trawled the hashtag and selected a few of my favourites for you to have a gander at, but I encourage you to get amongst it yourself.

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Congratulations to Connor and Sam on a super awesome festival – we’re looking forward to DWF15 already!

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