The 2018 Independent Publishing Conference will feature a range of special sessions, from stand-alone events such as the Most Underrated Book Award presentation, to professional development workshops such as Writers Victoria/Arts Access Victoria disability awareness training.

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Special Events at 2018 conference

  • Thursday 22 November, 9:30am

    • Workshop SpacePublishAbility training

      Thursday 22 November, 9:30am to 1pm

      Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria are thrilled to offer disability awareness training tailored specifically to the publishing industry at the heavily subsidised rate of $25 (over 80% discount) during the Independent Publishing Conference.

      The training will cover:

      • Best practice language
      • The Social Model of Disability
      • Barriers to participation and how the arts can ‘open doors’
      • Knowing your organisation’s legal obligations
      • The creative case for inclusion, beyond compliance

      Our facilitators are artists with disability, skilled at using their creative talents to illuminate complex issues around access and inclusion.

      Publishability will equip you with the skills and tools to engage confidently with people with disability to create environments of equality and authentic representation.

      Spaces are limited so booking is essential.


      This training is supported by The State Library of Victoria.

  • Thursday 22 November

    • Performance SpaceMost Underrated Book Award

      Join us at this free evening Wheeler Centre event to find out who has won the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award.

  • Friday 23 November, 9am

    • Workshop SpacePoetry

      Ellen van Neerven, Kent MacCarter (Cordite), Yvette Holt (chair)

      Friday 23 November, 9am to 10am

      With thanks to Australian Poetry, join poets and publishing professionals Ellen van Neerven, Kent MacCarter and Yvette Holt to explore the recent increase in publication of collections by First Nations writers, reception of and demand for these locally and internationally, and best practice in acquiring and editing these works.

      This is a free event, but booking is required.

  • Friday 23 November, 5:45pm

    • Performance SpaceNetworking and Publishing in the Age of Trump

      Danika Isdahl (Sarabande Books), Per Henningsgaard (Curtin University), Emmett Stinson (chair) 

      Friday 23 November, 5:45pm to 6:45 pm 

      Sarabande Books has drawn attention to the role of the US National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in supporting its publishing, and campaigned against the Trump administration’s repeated proposals to reduce this funding. In this conversation Sarabande’s Danika Isdahl, will discuss with Per Henningsgard and Emmett Stinson, the role in the US publishing eco-system of publishers based outside of New York – and their survival in the current US political environment.

      Open to ticket holders of the Trade Day only.