Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s finest spec fic authors this July, as Cat Sparks directs her second Speculative Fiction Festival. Alongside a genre-spanning program of panels, the popular kaffeekaltsches are back, giving attendees the opportunity to take part in intimate group chats with the likes of Sean Williams, Margo Lanagan, Garth Nix, Kaaron Warren, John Birmingham, Marlee Jane Ward and Angela Slatter.
Explore short fiction, genre-bending, and the influence of superheroes and legends. Hear from writers imagining future realities – from the ramifications of AI to the repercussions of climate change. Learn how to craft and sell stories from people who have done it successfully and gain direct advice from editors and publishers.
“Contemporary speculative fiction is a literature of ideas,” says Cat, and this is the perfect opportunity to engage with the ideas most relevant to spec fic writers today, alongside a community of peers both emerging and established. Join us for an unforgettable day of fantasy, speculation, and know-how, where professional authors share their secrets and new authors are forged.
Online: Year of the Novel – Phase One
Make 2021 the year you finally write that book in this online course from acclaimed author Emily Maguire. Over three phases of eight weeks each, you’ll receive the tools, support and encouragement you need to plan, write and edit your novel. Please note that while the three phases are designed to build on each other, […]
Online: Writing and Revising Short Stories
This one-week online course with award-winning author Roanna Gonsalves enables participants to enhance their understanding of the short story form and to refine their craft in order to create engaging and delightful short stories. Participants need to start the course with a draft of a short story (500 to 2000 words) for workshopping. Is this course […]
Online: Preparing Your Manuscript for Publication
When you’re in the throes of writing your first book, you’re not necessarily thinking about what happens when you’re done. But that day will come. You’ll write the last sentence of your final chapter. You’ll lean back in your chair, stunned. And you’ll ask yourself, Now what? This online course with Tiffany Tsao will help […]