Sep
11

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’ … Read More

Oct
19

Writing is such a solitary endeavour. Of course, we writers/illustrators/creators are no longer isolated or starving in a garret as in years or centuries past. (Forgive the aside, but is it only me who perceives ?starving in a garret? as somewhat romantic when transported to 20th century Paris? I could … Read More

Aug
25

I can’t believe it’s been weeks since I attended the fantastic CYA Conference in Brisbane. I’ve been head-down ever since, following?up on manuscript?advice received during?my two publisher assessment sessions and giving social media a narrow gaze. I was really excited in the weeks prior to the conference to be shortlisted … Read More

Apr
13

Stepping into the past is something all historical fiction authors and readers love to do, and in a room full of like minds and 21st century technology, it?s even more fun. Just ask the hundred and sixty enthusiastic attendees/tweeters gathered recently in Sydney for the inaugural Australian Historical Novel Society … Read More

Aug
04

What a crazy, busy few weeks, but I can?t let them pass without mention of attending the fantastic SCBWI Australia NZ Conference in Sydney July 13-15th. Some of the wonderful crew from SCBWI Vic (Photograph courtesy Dimity Powell) ?What an amazing gathering of creators, publishers and industry professionals all communing … Read More

Apr
08

It’s that time of year ?to flex your writing muscles and get your entries in to the fantastic number of competitions and exciting opportunities open to young writers right now. You’ll find further details and some cool new resources on my?Young Writers? Resources?page, such as?writing residencies, including:?three great?KSP?places in WA,?the … Read More

Sep
14

A thrilling week for me! On Friday I flew to Brisbane for the 2011 CYA Conference. I?d heard so much about this conference over the past few years and have been keen to go, then this year I had a huge added incentive. Back in June, I entered my YA … Read More

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