From Activism to Historical Narrative: Exploring the Festival Workshops Program

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This year’s Festival offers an eclectic mix of workshops that cover a fascinating array of topics. Some workshops have already sold out, with many filling fast. Be sure to book your spot now as spaces are limited.

Activism, Community and Advocacy with David Ritter
David Ritter, Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO, tackles Activism, Community Building and Advocacy drawing on the powerful StopAdani campaign, which is a focus of his new book The Coal Truth. He will also speak about past Greenpeace campaigns and workshop the question ‘How do we create change in the world?’

Date: Wednesday 1 August
Time: 1.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Byron Community College
Cost: $65 / $55 Members or students

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Uncovering Secret History with Prof. Jenny Hocking
Every history hides a secret waiting to be found. Whether family history, a personal story, auto/biography or a moment of grand historical rupture. Whatever its form, there is always another story to tell. This workshop shows you how.

Date: Thurdsay 2 August
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Byron Community Centre
Cost: $120 / $100 Members or students

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How to Live More and Spend Less with Richard Denniss
We are told that waste creates wealth. But wasting money on things we don’t need isn’t a good way to ‘create jobs’ or ‘create happiness’. Learning why we waste is essential to learning how to waste less.

Date: Thursday 2 August
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Habitat Byron Bay
Cost: $65 / $55 Members or students

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Dirty Laundry: Writing About Your Family with Mandy Nolan
Our families are full of secrets, dysfunctions, love and betrayal. When it comes to looking for grand story plots sometimes what we’re after is right there in our backyard. Mandy Nolan’s workshop will have you fleshing out those skeletons from your family closet.

Date: Tuesday 31 July
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Byron Community College
Cost: $120 / $100 Members or students

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Writing from the Right-Brain with Ben Hobson

Got a great idea for a novel, but keep second-guessing yourself before you’ve even started? Ben Hobson, author of To Become a Whale, will equip you with a new creative process, one that just might help you break through that wall of self-doubt and find your flow. Open yourself up to the sub-conscious, stop second-guessing your work, and see your writing with fresh eyes.

Date: Wednesday 1 August
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Venue: Habitat Byron Bay
Cost: $65 / $55 Members or students

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