The Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) released their first line-up announcement for the biennial National Screenwriters Conference, which will take place at Mornington Peninsula in Victoria from 20-22 February 2013.

Shameless creator Paul Abbott, announced as international headliner last month, will be joined by a host of industry elite including John Collee (Happy Feet, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Craig Pearce (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom), Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Easy Virtue), Jacquelin Perske (Spirited, Love My Way, Little Fish, The Secret Life of Us), Keith Thompson & Tony Briggs (The Sapphires), Ian Simmons (Good News World, Good News Week, The Sideshow) and Peter Moon (Fast Forward, Full Frontal).

"We bring together an unrivalled number of preeminent writers at the top of their game for the NSC, which is a not-for-profit event. The retreat-like setting creates a hothouse of ideas, craft and inspiration, and facilitates formal and informal access to our incomparable guests," says AWG president and conference panelist Jan Sardi (Shine, The Notebook, Mao's Last Dancer).

Discounted early-bird registrations are now open, with Masterclasses and Micro-Mentorship places limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

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