NYWF in Review: Best Job or Total Flop with Ash Thomson

I was lucky enough to attend a panel addressing the profession of editing at the 2014 National Young Writers’ Festival. Here’s what I thought of it, and why.

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National Young Writers Festival has been and gone, but that festivalia feeling (and post-festival survey) is here to stay with our short series featuring Canberra writers recalling the best, worst, and most memorable bits of the NYWF twennyfifteen. We’re kicking off with Ash Thomson and his festival pick, Best Job or Total Flop, which featured Johannes Jakob, Kat Muscat, Alice Grundy, Zoya Patel and Elena Gomez at The Royal Exhange.

Event description:An age old profession, editing is often held up in the writing community as the perfect job for writers and readers alike, but does the day to day experience live up to the hype? Five editors chat about the ins and outs of editorial life.

NYWF_logo1Robert Gottleib, editor to Joseph Heller, John le Carré, Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison and host of other successfuls, told The Paris Review that the glorification of editors is not a wholesome thing. He was also…

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