Writing Race 20th March – Tonight!

Recap of Last Week’s Writing Race Wednesday the 13th of March was a quiet night for writing; thank you to Catherine who joined me. Exciting News: Next Week’s Guest is Charlotte Nash! Charlotte will be coming along as Race Captain on March 27th and I can’t wait for her to join us in the Writing … Continue reading »

Writing Race Tonight! And a Guest Announcement!

Hello, Amy the intern back for my weekly post to update you all on the happenings in last week’s Writing Race, and tempt you to come along to tonight’s Race. Last Wednesday was a cold and rainy night – perfect for settling in somewhere warm with a warm beverage and a writing project. Our small … Continue reading »

Writing Race Tonight March 6th (and a recap from last week)

Hello, Amy the intern again. Last week we started off our 2013 Writing Races with a small, eager group of writers who worked on projects ranging from ghost stories to romance, from non-fiction to Australian speculative fiction. We were fortunate enough to be joined by Special Guest Mr Jason Fischer who sped us through the … Continue reading »

GenreCon 2012 Wrap-up

Last week, The Australian Writer’s Marketplace hosted Australia’s inaugural conference for Australian genre writers, GenreCon. From Friday 2 to Sunday 4 November, a passionate group of genre writers and industry professionals joined together to celebrate genre writing in all its forms. GenreCon 2012 was a huge success and we were thrilled to share the weekend … Continue reading »

Fantastic season at the Writing Races

Last night was our last Writing Race for Season 2 (and also my last race as moderator) and I would like to take a moment to reflect on what a wonderful season it has been. Moderating the Writing Races this season has strengthened my belief that writing should not be a solitary pursuit. As writers it’s … Continue reading »

Creative non-fiction opportunity

Here’s a great opportunity for creative non-fiction writers… The U.S. quarterly magazine Creative Nonfiction, in association with the Australian arts company tashmadada, seeks new essays for a special “Australia” issue. They’re looking for a variety of perspectives–from locals, expats, tourists, or anyone else–and will consider essays of all forms and focus as long as Australia’s … Continue reading »

Helene Young: Giving your characters an emotional boost

Last night author Helene Young braved the stormy North Queensland weather to join us at the Writing Races. Helene gave us some great insights into how she creates characters with punch. Creating characters with emotional oomph In stories with a romance, it’s important for readers to connect emotionally with the characters. Readers know there will … Continue reading »

Peter M. Ball: Working past writing road blocks

At last night’s Writing Race, speculative fiction author Peter M. Ball gave us some great insights into his writing process and some tips for getting past those pesky writing road blocks. Author Peter M. Ball with Spokesbear Finding inspiration I usually find inspiration at the intersection of two or three ideas that don’t really seem … Continue reading »