1-11 March - Krithi International Book Fair (Kerala)
Kerala, the most literate state in India has created a niche in Indian literature through its distinct style that has always stood a class apart. With an outstanding population of avid readers and literature enthusiasts, reading is embedded in the blood of every Keralite. Today, the Government of Kerala brings together renowned authors and literary personalities from all across the globe to collaborate with aspiring writers,avid readers and literary lovers.
1-10 March - Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (Dubai)
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is the Arab World’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word. Launched in 2009 with 65 authors, the Festival has grown continually and, in 2017, hosted over 185 authors from 37 countries to entertain and educate 44,000 visitors. The Festival places home-grown talent centre-stage and offers local fans the chance to interact with world famous authors, attend literary debates and workshops and participate in competitions.
2-11 March - That's the Story of My Life (Singapore)
Method Productions presents an original play commissioned by the National Book Development Council of Singapore. Mined from the rich legacy of Singapore's literature, That's the Story of My Life takes audience members on a journey of narratives—both personal and fictional—and weaves their stories into ours. This ensemble of tales will be brought to life in one of the most fascinating neighbourhoods in the country.
5-9 March - Remember When: From Memories to Monologues (Singapore)
Remember When: From Memories to Monologue invites us to remember, reflect and map their memories. What do we remember? How do we capture our memories? This creative writing workshop will lead participants to free their imagination, to capture the previous memories in a monologue before they are forgotten. This programme is conceptualised and facilitated by experienced theatre director and drama educator Jeffrey Tan.
8-11 March - New Zealand Writers and Readers Week (Auckland)
Featuring Samin Nosrat, Sonny Liew, Bernice Chauly, Teju Cole, Patricia Lockwood, Cory Doctorow, Anahera Gildea, Anna Jackson, Dominic Hoey, Emily Perkins, Pip Adam, R A Spratt, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Ursula Dubosarsky, Tusiata Avia, Vincent O'Sullivan and many more.
8-25 March - The Bookworm Literary Festival (Beijing)
A two-week program of performance, discussion, book talks, screenings, workshops and children’s events in Beijing, Chengdu and Suzhou. Line-up includes Xinran and Nury Vittachi.
9 March - If Food Be the Love of Words (Singapore)
What if a writer's texts were one day transformed into a dish to be served on a dinner menu? What would that dish taste like? Would you order it? Join us for an evening of irreverent fun and laughter with a pop-up literary-themed dining experience immersed around stories and poetry. Let SingLit determine what fills your minds – and tummies – as invited writers draw upon their own original writing to curate your dinner.
15-28 March - Shanghai International Literary Festival (Shanghai)
The Shanghai International Literary Festival is China’s leading English-language literary festival, creating a dialogue between writers and readers along Shanghai’s famous Bund. Founded and organized by Michelle Garnaut of the M Restaurant Group, each year the festival brings together emerging and established writers of all genres for a taste of the current literary landscape.
18 March - Mastering the Personal Essay (Melbourne)
Personal essay is one of the most interesting forms of non-fiction. Some essays are short memoirs, siblings of short stories. Others are more discursive yet still vivid, offering viewpoints filtered through personal experiences and intimate voice; not lectures, but conversations. We’ll learn about different forms of personal essays, discuss how to find your themes, learn about structure (particularly how to begin) and, most importantly, practice finding and honing your essayist’s voice.
23-25 March - 15th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival (New Orleans)
The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was founded in 2003 as a new initiative designed as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, particularly disseminating prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the LGBT community. It was also formed to bring the LGBT literary community together to celebrate the literary arts.
28 March - Book Reviewing with Thuy On (Melbourne)
Find out how you can turn your love of reading into a reviewing career. This seminar is the essential toolkit for emerging reviewers, covering tone, content, angles, editing, pitching and ethical issues. Thuy On, The Big Issue books editor and a freelance critic for The Age, The Australian, Books + Publishing and others, has more than twenty years’ experience in writing book reviews.
28 March - Corrective Memory: Writing Women into History (Melbourne)
What are the challenges for writers seeking to revive the stories of female historical figures? Women have not always featured prominently in the historical records. And the ways they do feature are often compromised by the prejudices of record writers and keepers of the past. For this discussion, we'll bring together three outstanding Australian writers: Ali Alizadeh, Odette Kelada and Sarah Goldman.
31 March - Book Talk: Life of a Bastard by Damien Black (Singapore)
Damien Black was born and brought up in New York. He was the writer, producer and editor of the podcast and TV show, 'The Short Film Show', on MNN New York. Damien is currently a Language Arts and Science ESL teacher in China. The Life of a Bastard is his first book. In writing the story of Javier Soto, he wishes to capture the essence of life in foster care and to expose the raw truths of the struggle for identity and the shocking violence inflicted on these abandoned children.
6-8 April - Newcastle Writers Festival (Newcastle)
Featuring Amal Awad, Felicity Biggins, Gabrielle McGinnis, Gretel Killeen, Jenny Valentish, Jesse Blackadder, Jimmy Barnes, Magdalena Ball, Lyndall Ryan, Peter Guy, Roanna Gonsalves, Saba Vasefi, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Wendy James and many more.
27 May - Writing for the Ear: Scripting Your First Podcast (Melbourne)
How can you tell stories through sound? This audio storytelling workshop explores tips and tricks for crafting the perfect story, specific to the podcast medium. It is suited for those writing for podcasts for the first time or those looking to hone their craft in scripting. The workshop with Beth Atkinson-Quinton will cover different approaches to audio storytelling, how to craft your idea, interview preparation and technique, storyboarding, scripting and sound design.