Inspired by similar events held in Toronto, New York, and London, Bookcamp was a one-day unconference held at the Wheeler Centre for Melbourne Writers Festival in 2011 and at QUT Creative Industries Precinct in 2012.
The event gathered together smart, bookish people both from publishing and other creative backgrounds of all stripes to explore the future of books - and consider emerging technologies, people, ideas, and stories in the fast-changing business of connecting writers with readers.
Instead of a traditional conference which is centrally-programmed and top-down, an unconference is bottom-up, grass-roots and collaborative. It’s an environment to brainstorm ideas, spark conversations, and learn something new; a one-day, open, user-generated conversation where you create the agenda.
Craig Mod is a writer, designer and publisher. He is a 2011 TechFellow award recipient as well as a 2011/2012 MacDowell writing fellow. His writing has appeared on nytimes.com, New Scientist magazine, Codex Journal and other publications. He is the co-author of Art Space Tokyo.
Kassia Krozser has presented at Tools of Change for Publishing, Digital Book World, South by Southwest, and various United States and international conferences. Kassia has also appeared on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and contributes to various publications.
Kate Pullinger’s 2009 novel The Mistress of Nothing won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes. Her prize-winning digital fiction projects Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked Novel have reached audiences around the world. Kate gives talks and readings frequently. She is Professor of Creative Writing and New Media at Bath Spa University.
High McGuire is the founder of PressBooks, an online book publishing platform built on WordPress, and of LibriVox.org, the largest library of free, public domain audiobooks in the world, all read by volunteers.