2020 GCWF Speakers


If you want to learn how to write award-winning non-fiction novels, then don’t miss out on this presentation.

2020 Gold Coast Writers' Fair Guest Speaker Kristina Olsson

World-famous and multi-award-winning Australian writer, journalist and teacher, Kristina Olsson is confirmed as a speaker for the Honouring YESTERDAY part of the festival.

Kristina is an Australian writer, journalist and teacher. Kristina lives in Brisbane, Queensland and supervises and mentors post-graduate writing students; she also works as a manuscript assessor and editor.

Kristina’s non-fiction novels have resulted in her receiving the Barbara Jefferis Award, the Queensland Literary Award, and the Nita Kibble Literary Award.

Inspired by TODAY

There are two inspiring speakers for this session: poet, Anisa Nandaula and filmmaker, Josh Hale.

2020 Gold Coast Writers' Fair Guest Speaker Anisa Nandaula

Anisa Nandaula is a nationally recognised spoken word poet, play writer, educator and published author. She is the 2016 Queensland Poetry slam champion and runner up for the Australian poetry slam championships. In 2017 she also won the XYZ Innovation in Spoken Word Prize. She has performed at the Sydney Opera house, Splendour in the Grass, Queensland Poetry festival, Women of the world festival and toured the country sharing stories of love and courage. Anisa is also the co-founder of the arts collective Voices of Colour which creates spaces for migrant, refugee and first nations artists to share their work.


Josh Hale was born in San Leandro, California and Josh’s family relocated to Queensland Australia in 1992. He is a Gold Coast-based Writer/Director/Producer and is an Alumnus from the New York Film Academy; he studied on both the Gold Coast and the Los Angeles campuses.

Josh’s debut feature film, ‘Digital Athletes: The Road to Seat League’, is a Mockumentary about Competitive Gamers and was created on a $5,000 budget filming on the Gold Coast of Australia. The film was well-received on the film festival circuit and won Best Comedy at the San Francisco International New Concept Film Festival and many other prestigious awards.

Josh has recently completed his Second Feature Film shot in mid-2019 on the Gold Coast of Australia; it features a local and international cast and will enter a festival run in 2020.

Josh has always loved writing, and filmmaking gives him the opportunity to turn his written words into visual projections. Josh will be sharing his passion for filmmaking and how to write for the screen, as he believes that good films begin as good stories.


Excited for TOMORROW

2020 Gold Coast Writers' Fair Guest Speaker Andrew Griffiths

Andrew Griffiths is best described as an entrepreneurial futurist – in other words, he specialises in future-proofing businesses across virtually every industry and in every corner of the planet. With 13 bestselling books sold in 65 countries and a client base that includes organisations such as the European Union, CBS, Hewlett Packard, Hertz, Telstra and Newscorp, to mention just a few of the 500 organisations he has worked with, he is clearly sought after to provide advice and wisdom for the smallest of businesses to the largest of organisations. Andrew is able to share his observations, experiences and research from around the world to identify the exact steps any organisation needs to take to become future proof. And he delivers his advice in a down to earth, simple and often hilarious way.


Creative Writing Skills Workshop – Fiction Blitz (Part 1) and Character Art (Part 2)

2020 Gold Coast Writers' Fair Guest Speaker Lauren Elise Daniels

Lauren Elise Daniels’ career commenced with 1st prize in the ‘87 Newport Poetry Contest in Rhode Island, USA. Her essays have appeared overseas and in Australia’s Antic and The Courier-Mail. The manuscript for her novel, Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten shortlisted with Singapore’s Half the World Global Literati Awards and ranked 4th in the People’s Choice Award. It was published in ‘18 and launched in the US, Canada and Australia. She holds a BA and MFA in Creative Writing.

As an editor, Lauren has edited 90+ fiction/non-fiction titles, including the works of OAMs Harold Hunt and Russell Darnley, and Olympian Nadine Neumann. Most of these titles were traditionally published while Lauren also supports a growing number of self-published authors.

Lauren has served as a teacher, speaker and literary judge for the Tasmanian and Queensland Writers Centres, Society of Women Writers QLD, Sandcliffe Writers Festival, Whistler Writers Festival, Hawkeye Books, and Interactive Publishing Pty Ltd. Lauren directs Brisbane Writers Workshop: www.brisbanewriters.com

More information will be added over the coming months. If you have any enquiries email gcwa.president@gmail.com.

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