Word Con 2 Day 2 Part 1

Hi everyone, so like last time I had word con, I will be posting a blog post for each of my teachers to have a look at and comment on. Please expect to see this message at the beginning of each blog post.


There were definitely a lot of tips and tricks in Rob’s presentation on money making in copywriting. And I will definitely be sending the role opening notes at work for a copywriter when they get them all set up. But that’s something for work to figure out.

Anyway, even though the presentation did seem to be focussed on how to handle the shitty parts of money making in copywriting, Rob did reiterate that there are many positives to the job. As someone who sends invoices for the band I kind of manage, I found that it was very helpful just to have that extra info on how I can make my communication with clients better. Especially when it comes to invoices. I haven’t been calling people after I send the invoice but that is definitely something that I will start doing.

I also like the idea of keeping all the correspondence. And whilst I am not in the habit of deleting emails or throwing out paper documents, I have started some new folders in my inbox for managing the various activities that I do for the band and for work.

I always strive to be professional in my manner at work and with the band but that reiteration that it is incredibly important to job life as well as everyday life was nice. It feels good to know that you are doing the right thing.

And finally, I would like to mention that opportunity cost is not something that I was aware of but it makes complete sense and I will definitely be using it as a method of calculating how much the band/I am owed.

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Word Con 2 Day 1 Part 2

Hi everyone, so like last time I had word con, I will be posting a blog post for each of my teachers to have a look at and comment on. Please expect to see this message at the beginning of each blog post.


This time the session was with Andrew McRae, the author of Truck Song. Okay, so I think I need to reiterate that I did not like Truck Song, it did not appeal to me at all. However, in saying that, I found Andrew McRae incredibly interesting.

His ideas on language and how the language had evolved into that used within Truck Song was incredibly insightful into his thought process. Although, I do agree with his publishers when it comes to publishing something with language that evolved, there is no way I would have read it if it were any worse than what it was.

I loved looking at the Art Trucks of Japan, and that was definitely helpful when it comes to envisioning McRae’s thought processes for his trucks. I know that Sarah went home and bought one of the Art Trucks books because they were just that cool.

Even though I could kind of pick it when we were reading Truck Song, I like the way that Andrew confirmed that the book is meant to be Jon Ra’s diaries through his time searching for Isa. And I am also grateful that Andrew could see that he was writing a toxic unrequited love (probably more aptly lust) relationship between Isa and Jon.

I also can completely see the trucks as dragons or thunderstorms, in that they are unpredictable. I think that is completely what they are and I definitely agree with Andrew on that one.

I did not ask any questions, because I do not feel that I could keep my disdain for the book from showing through if I had. But from the questions that were asked, I did find the answers to be quite interesting.

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Word Con 2 Day 1 Part 1

Hi everyone, so like last time I had word con, I will be posting a blog post for each of my teachers to have a look at and comment on. Please expect to see this message at the beginning of each blog post.


The first lecture was in the form of an interview with my lecturer Robyn and a comic book artist. I think what I found most interesting about this artist is that he is (by day) an architect. I feel that his architecture background really adds an element of the realistic to his work, especially when it comes to the buildings.

I love the way that Robyn asks questions. She seems to really get into the interview and I know that she does it for a living, but being able to watch her conduct this interview really showed us what she does. I feel like her questions were appropriate and definitely helped to show us, the audience, everything that we needed to know about Simon.

I really am not a comic book reader, and I think this comes from the fact that I am a terrible drawer myself, and I know that this stems from me not putting any effort in when I was young. I tend to like to read up on all the law and timelines of my favourite comic characters rather than read the actual artwork.

However, I did agree with Simon when he said that our entire comic book culture in Australia is saturated with American comics. This is like with everything that we do when it comes to media, everything is American central.

But, I do like the idea of having a comic book set in Bendigo because that is a very Aussie town and the characters, from what I’ve seen, feel like very Aussie characters.

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Word Con 1

This is the 4th in a group of four posts that I am going to make about the word con event that I attended at my university.


Finally, in my last post about word con 1, I am going to talk about Rob’s hour.

He spoke of copywriting, and when I went home to my family and I spoke to them about Rob’s hour, I had to explain copywriting so many times. It’s actually an incredibly hard thing to do because both copyright and copywrite sound the same when spoken. This led to an incredibly confused mother and an incredibly frustrated Evy.

However, the actual presentation was quite interesting. I was probably one of the few in the room who don’t actually want to be a writer. I want to go down the other route the course provides and get into publishing rather than writing. Even so, Rob’s powerpoint on copywriting was incredibly eye opening and is definitely something that I might look into.

The fun part came around when Rob got us to write our own copywrite for a product. The Perraz pen. I attempted to make mine sexual (a very bad idea for me, the least sexual person around) because I was under the impression that sex sells. And sometimes it does.

But this time the most entertaining way of selling this pen came from some guy that I didn’t know, but had a quite impressive way of marketing this pen. He spoke about how the company could say anything about the pen, because it doesn’t matter what is said, it’s the price. The Perraz pen is a statement.

He won the mini competition. And he deserved it too. I would buy that pen, if I wasn’t a broke uni student.

Anyway, I think Rob really opened the eyes of the group to copywriting as a way to supplement published or non-published writing income.

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Word Con 1

This is the 3rd in a group of four posts that I am going to make about the word con event that I attended at my university.


This one is about Robyn’s part in Word Con 1.

Now, it’s probably no secret to those who know me that Robyn’s class is one of my favourites. This is because she just has such a passion for journalism and she always has such interesting stories to tell.

And so, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I found Robyn and Edwina’s hour incredibly entertaining.

I was enraptured by the way that Edwina was so impassioned about her book and how it came to be and the journey that she had to make to get the truth.

And Robyn’s stories of sexism and the struggles of interviewing large men that think the world owes them everything and that women are only there to fuck them.

Well, there’s a reason that Robyn and Edwina were so entertaining. And that reason is because once they tell you something, you can see yourself believing it. Half of the explanation for that is because there is no logical reason as to why they would lie about it something. So you have to believe them, because otherwise you’re the idiot.

And so, I sat, completely zoned in to what they were saying. I didn’t want their hour to end because it meant that I would have to wait another week to listen to Robyn speak so passionately about something that means so much to her.

Robyn and Edwina should be proud of the journeys they have made, because their part in word con was incredibly insightful and interesting.

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Word Con 1

This is the 2nd in a group of four posts that I am going to make about the WordCon event that I attended at my university.


I have to say, I really enjoyed Adam’s part in WordCon 1. I didn’t know that much about his journey to writing through being a musician and I like that it seems to be quite common for musicians to move into writing.

Unfortunately, Adam has informed me that he plays percussion and strings, and thus he and I can no longer be friends.

Nah, I’m kidding. It’s just that brass and strings have this sort of playful banter going on.

Anyway, Adam spoke about his journey to writing and I liked that he spoke about his uni time as being more enjoyable than high school. Because that is definitely what I’m experiencing. He mentioned how he went to Vic Uni, and it really resonated with me. When I was in school everyone knocked Vic Uni down to the ground, but Adam’s personal relationship with the school really highlights how much good it can do.

The other guy on the panel, André, is also a musician, though from what I gathered he plays the saxophone, which, hmmm.

But, he does play jazz. And my grandfather was a jazz pianist and he’s half the reason that my family is so musical anyway, so I can’t hate jazz musicians.

André did a degree in primary school teaching, and then dropped it when he realised that there is no logical reason to go back to primary school once you’ve already got out. I feel that.

He then moved into the Red Cross. And from there into publishing. André and Brad are the publishing gurus in this course according to Adam.

Brad was meant to be moderating, and whilst he did have some interesting things to add, he was not very good at it. He seemed to be doodling but he and André did have a good rapport going.

But that was fine because Adam and André had their own comments and interesting tidbits about their lives to comment on.

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Word Con 1

This is the 1st in a group of four posts that I am going to make about the word con event that I attended at my university.


 

This post is about Gary’s part in word con 1.

Gary is a poet, and coincidentally one of my teachers (for writing short fiction).

His event at word con was about poetry, and he began by defining iambic pentameter. Now, I’ve always thought of iambic pentameter and any kind of iambic wording as a heartbeat. You have one unstressed, and then one stressed.

Gary did not use this definition, but he has studied poetry a lot more than I have so he probably knows what he is talking about.

He asked us to write our own sonnet and this is what I came up with:

 

She sleeps so still under the willow tree

Her tears so soft they run like frightened dogs

No cash no home she only has her togs

She floats face down below the raging sea

It started maybe with her mother’s cry

A shriek a wail a slap against her skin

How does this pain come from her next of kin

The willow sways with wind come from the sky

She ran quite fast far from that stony home

The rockwork loomed and up she moved and stopped

She looked below and felt her stomach drop

The waves embraced her frame and broke her bones

They pick her up out of the deathly grip

And cold and blue no air will pass her lip

 

You should be able to feel the heartbeats within this phrasing so that it reads in iambic pentameter.

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