#HNSA2017 Brilliant!

What a fantastic, inspiring conference was HNSA 2017! This second Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference, I have to say, was even more brilliant and better than the first.

The hugely diverse and wide-ranging program of speakers, super sessions and workshops provided so much choice – from sessions on ‘personal histories’ with renowned writers such as Kate Forsyth, Sophie Masson and Deborah Challinor, giving insight into their processes and work, to panel discussions on Modern Voice in Historical Fiction and Authenticity Vs Truth to the insightful publisher Pathways to Publication and First Pages critiques. There was also a separate academic program and hands-on opportunities to learn of armour and armouring and historical costumes.

The conference was also a wonderful opportunity to catch up with many writing friends and fellow authors and to meet quite a few new ones during the frequent breaks and/or the cocktail party and dinner nights.

I had a fabulous time and came away inspired, motivated and with lots of new resources and authors to check out.

I got a bit excited too on the tweeting side, and, with so much of value to share, rather than go into all the insights and memorable moments, I’ll share them again below in tweets.













If you’d like to check out any other snippets of wisdom I shared or pics, you can find them on my Twitter feed @chrisbellwrites.

I’d like to say a special thank you to Elisabeth Storrs, Chris Foley and the wonderful Historical Novel Society Australasia team for an amazing event. Roll on 2019.

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Are you superwoman! I’m still sitting on the couch in a heap of exhaustion thinking: I probably should blog about the conference…

September 11, 2017 at 7:45 pm

Corinne Fenton

Sounds wonderful and inspiring, Chris. You have certainly given it a big tick.

September 11, 2017 at 8:51 pm

Leisl Leighton

That’s what I love about going to the RWA conference every year as well, Chris. It’s always so inspiring and fills my creative well. It’s so wonderful to hear from people who have been on your journey and to be surrounded by others who know exactly what it is like to write and to struggle and to keep picking yourself up. I’m so happy for you that you’ve been rejuvenated. So close now. XX

September 13, 2017 at 9:37 am


    I love that meeting of like-minds, on the same or similar journey too, Leisl. It’s always inspiring and encouraging to hear that we all go through similar doubts and fear but wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. xx

    September 13, 2017 at 3:56 pm

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