For those of you in WA, I’ll be running a workshop in May. The info is below. Really looking forward to this trip. I can’t wait to see the artwork produced in the Paper Cut Workshop, and hope to see lots of people at the writing workshop.
The City of Rockingham is happy to announce that registrations are now open for the latest City of Rockingham writers workshop, with award-winning NSW author Kaaron Warren. Kaaron is the author of the collection ‘Through Splintered Walls’, which forms the basis of the ‘Through Splintered Walls’ paper art workshops and community art exhibition which many of you have attended and to which you are contributing. She is jetting in from NSW to attend the exhibition opening and has kindly agreed to conduct a three hour writing workshop at the Rockingham Art Centre, Kent Street, from 10am-1pm, Saturday 4 May, on the subject of ‘Writing Landscape’.
She says: “Setting, character and plot are the three vital elements to any story. This workshop will focus on the importance of the landscape in establishing your setting, and how to use where you live and what you see to build believable, layered worlds that will help inform both your character and your plot.”
To register, contact Lee Battersby, Coordinator Cultural Development & the Arts, on 9528 0386 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Guran has released the TOC and cover of Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales. It looks amazing. My story “Born and Bread” will make you want to bake baguettes. Perhaps. With some of my stories I have a visceral response, in that the story gives me a physical response. This one makes me feel as if I’ve eaten bread before it cooled down enough.
Alan Baxter has just finished a blog series where he asked some writers how they dealt with success. My interview is here, and the others follow. Jo Anderton, Angela Slatter, Lisa Hannet, Trudi Canavan and Margo Lanagan.
Conflux, the Australian National Science Fiction Convention, is only a couple of weeks away now. I’ve got a lot of work to do for this convention! I’m launching some amazing books, giving a presentation, appearing on panels (including one on the theme of body horror, which I’ve been anticipating for about six months!), attending the Regency Banquet and the High Tea and, I imagine, propping up the bar (or being propped up by it, depending on the time of night.) The Ditmar Awards will be announced during the convention, with the voting closing just before.