In this episode we talk to Dr Anita Heiss.
Dr Anita Heiss
Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature.
She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. She is an Adjunct Professor with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS and currently divides her time between writing, public speaking, MCing, and being a ‘creative disruptor’.
Anita was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards. Her most recent novel is Harry’s Secret, and she recently relocated to Brisbane to manage the Epic Good Foundation.
You can find Anita at www.anitaheiss.com.
You can find out more about Anita’s September 2016 workshop in Dublin here.
In this episode we discussed:
- being an Australian of the Year Finalist
- having a very structured approach to the day
- having an element of health, fun, work and Anita time every day
- the benefits of a life coach
- getting started as a writer and releasing her 18th book
- studying a PhD
- being strategic as a writer and the process Anita uses to write a book
- pansters vs plotters
- tips for budding writers
- being a member of a Writers’ Centre
- being a “creative disruptor”
- writing Tiddas and living in Brisbane (and meeting Mel!)
- meeting people via twitter
- becoming the manager of the Epic Good Foundation and moving to Brisbane
- asking for help
- being an advocate for literacy and Indigenous literacy
- the importance of knowing how to read
- what success looks like to Anita
- running meetings – or walking meetings!
- changing values as we get older
- importance of holidays