Anne Scott, author of Harvest, a science-fiction novella set in Australia, is offering the ebook version of her book for free download from Kindle between 31 May and 4 June.
Harvest is a salient worldwide message. Our society is infested with every compilation of electronic gadgetry with delivery made into the silent, antisocial, interpersonal world of cyberspace and hence the child’s brain. Who would have thought the places meant to be the safest in our society are the most duplicitous: our homes and schools. What … who lurks behind those electronic screens that daub every home, every schoolroom, capturing your child’s mind in a prison of his own aspirations, corrupting the young brain to his nefarious agenda? … Harvest … the grim reaper of our children’s minds. How he did this and why is what this story is all about.
Click here to read an interview with the author.
Have you ever wondered which of these spellings is correct? I checked a number of dictionaries and found this answer: While poky and pokey appear to be largely interchangeable, pokie has an entirely different meaning.
When poky (pokey) is used as an adjective and refers to a place, it means small or cramped: The policeman entered the poky room.
When used to describe a person, it means someone who is moving slowly or pottering or concerned with petty matters: He had a poky view of the world until he began to travel.
When used as a noun, poky can also mean a prison, although the Macquarie dictionary says that the usual spelling for this sense of the word would be pokey and not poky: The drunk man spent a night in the pokey.
Pokie, on the other hand, is a noun, a slang word for a poker machine in Australia: The gambler was addicted to playing the pokies.
- Want to write a screenplay?
- Want to get up-close-and-personal with a Hollywood heavyweight teaching you the craft of screenwriting and showing you what it takes to construct a jaw-dropping blockbuster and / or cult film?
The Gold Coast Film Festival (GCFF April 18-28 2013) is excited to announce the return of Hollywood screenwriting legend, Todd Farmer, all the way from LA to the Gold Coast to execute an intimate, two-day writing master class as part of the GCFF lineup in 2013. Teaching the ‘tricks of the trade’ that go towards writing a successful Hollywood script, there will also be an allocated session where Farmer will hear all aspiring writers’, individual pitches and provide feedback to participants. The seminar will be held at the Sofitel at Broadbeach, Gold Coast on April 22 – 23 2013 and this exclusive Hollywood offer will be limited to 40 participants only at a cost of $395 (plus GST.)*
Screenwriting is a craft. To become a good screenwriter, one must not only write but study their craft. This once in a lifetime master-apprentice two-day seminar by one of Hollywood’s most talented screenwriters, Todd Farmer, will allow 40 individuals to learn the secrets to his Hollywood success and how to emulate Farmer’s success on the local and international film frontier.
Find out more about this master class at http://www.gcfilmfestival.com/page/90/Screenwriting_Master_Class
Over two full days on April 22 – April 23 (9.30am – 5.00pm) Todd Farmer will discuss in detail:
· The difference between US and Australian markets;
· The basics of screenplay writing;
· The first 10 minutes;
· First Act; Second Act; Third Act;
· What doesn’t work;
· Breaking down a scene;
· Creating a hero and a villain;
· Incorporating themes;
· Developing your characters;
· How to write dialog;
· Writing for 3D;
· Gatekeepers to success;
· Writing transmedia elements;
· Advice on how to break in to Hollywood; and
At the end of the two-day workshop there will be an allocated session where Farmer will hear individual script pitches and provide feedback to participants.
• For more information and to book your spot, visit www.GoldCoastFilmFestival.iwannaticket.com.au
• For accommodation deals see www.qpow.com.au
• For Sofitel accommodation deal for participants see www.sofitelgoldcoast.com.au/le-news-and-events.html
*Please note the cost of $395 (plus GST) does not include accommodation or meals.
The full GCFF program of films and events will be available from early 2013 at www.gcfilmfestival.com