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Lindy C
24/08/2013 - 4:29pm
Sisters in Crime member Phillipa Martin & Writers Victoria are offering a four-week course in crime writing.

Writing a Crime Novel
Saturday 5 October 2013 - Saturday 26 October 2013
Presented by: PD Martin
Rating: Early and Emerging
Type: Course
Saturdays, 1–5pm. 5–26 October

Writing crime brings together elements such as in-depth research, intriguing characters and a plot with enough twists and turns to keep the savvy crime reader engaged – and guessing.
This course will help you plan, start and/or refine your crime novel and will cover some of the basics of good writing as they apply to the genre, including character development, plot development, dialogue and stream-of-consciousness writing.

PD Martin is the author of five crime fiction novels published 'traditionally' in 13 countries.  Her Sophie Anderson series – Body Count, The Murderers’ Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death – has met with international acclaim.
Phillipa has also recently moved into the digital world. Her ebooks include: Coming Home, The Wanderer, Grounded Spirits and her latest novel, Hell’s Fury, is a spy thriller with crime at its heart.

 

You can find out more about Phillipa at: www.pdmartin.com.au

And info on the writing workshop at Writers Victoria.
 

Lindy C
24/08/2013 - 4:27pm
Sisters in Crime member Phillipa Martin & Writers Victoria are offering a four-week course in crime writing.

Writing a Crime Novel
Saturday 5 October 2013 - Saturday 26 October 2013
Presented by: PD Martin
Rating: Early and Emerging
Type: Course
Saturdays, 1–5pm. 5–26 October

Writing crime brings together elements such as in-depth research, intriguing characters and a plot with enough twists and turns to keep the savvy crime reader engaged – and guessing.
This course will help you plan, start and/or refine your crime novel and will cover some of the basics of good writing as they apply to the genre, including character development, plot development, dialogue and stream-of-consciousness writing.

PD Martin is the author of five crime fiction novels published 'traditionally' in 13 countries.  Her Sophie Anderson series – Body Count, The Murderers’ Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death – has met with international acclaim.
Phillipa has also recently moved into the digital world. Her ebooks include: Coming Home, The Wanderer, Grounded Spirits and her latest novel, Hell’s Fury, is a spy thriller with crime at its heart.

 

You can find out more about Phillipa at: www.pdmartin.com.au

And info on the writing workshop at Writers Victoria.
 

Lindy C
24/08/2013 - 4:26pm
Sisters in Crime member Phillipa Martin and Writers Victoria is offering a four-week course in crime writing.

Writing a Crime Novel
Saturday 5 October 2013 - Saturday 26 October 2013
Presented by: PD Martin
Rating: Early and Emerging
Type: Course
Saturdays, 1–5pm. 5–26 October

Writing crime brings together elements such as in-depth research, intriguing characters and a plot with enough twists and turns to keep the savvy crime reader engaged – and guessing.
This course will help you plan, start and/or refine your crime novel and will cover some of the basics of good writing as they apply to the genre, including character development, plot development, dialogue and stream-of-consciousness writing.

PD Martin is the author of five crime fiction novels published 'traditionally' in 13 countries.  Her Sophie Anderson series – Body Count, The Murderers’ Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death – has met with international acclaim.
Phillipa has also recently moved into the digital world. Her ebooks include: Coming Home, The Wanderer, Grounded Spirits and her latest novel, Hell’s Fury, is a spy thriller with crime at its heart.

 

You can find out more about Phillipa at: www.pdmartin.com.au

And info on the writing workshop at Writers Victoria.
 

Lindy C
24/08/2013 - 4:25pm

Sisters in Crime member Phillipa Martin and Writers Victoria is offering a four-week course in crime writing.

Writing a Crime Novel
Saturday 5 October 2013 - Saturday 26 October 2013
Presented by: PD Martin
Rating: Early and Emerging
Type: Course
Saturdays, 1–5pm. 5–26 October

Writing crime brings together elements such as in-depth research, intriguing characters and a plot with enough twists and turns to keep the savvy crime reader engaged – and guessing.
This course will help you plan, start and/or refine your crime novel and will cover some of the basics of good writing as they apply to the genre, including character development, plot development, dialogue and stream-of-consciousness writing.

PD Martin is the author of five crime fiction novels published 'traditionally' in 13 countries.  Her Sophie Anderson series – Body Count, The Murderers’ Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death – has met with international acclaim.
Phillipa has also recently moved into the digital world. Her ebooks include: Coming Home, The Wanderer, Grounded Spirits and her latest novel, Hell’s Fury, is a spy thriller with crime at its heart.

 

You can find out more about Phillipa at: www.pdmartin.com.au

And info on the writing workshop at Writers Victoria.
 

Lindy C
24/08/2013 - 3:45pm

Australian and International writing competitions

For those who have already submitted their Scarlet Stiletto stories or are already inspired for their next writing project, here are three competitions:

 

The Best of Times short story competition #16

For humorous short stories (any theme) up to 2500 words.
First prize: $500, second prize: $100.
Closes 31 Oct 2013.

No entry form is required. Include a cover sheet with your name and address, story title and word count, and where you heard about the competition.
Entry fee is $10 per story.
Send a cheque or money order made out to Chris Broadribb or use Paypal to pay cabbook-16@yahoo.com.au
Post your entry to PO Box 55, Blaxcell NSW 2142 (including a large SSAE for results) or email it to cabbook-16@yahoo.com.au
Competition website

Odyssey House Victoria
3rd Annual Short Story Competition

This competition is open to writers of all ages and experience.
Each submission must be no more than 1,500 words and follow the theme “From a Distance”. It will need to make a reference to alcohol and/or drugs.

There is a limit of three entries per person, and the entry fee is $10 per story.
First prize is $750 and a one year membership to Writers Victoria; 2nd prize is $200 and 3rd prize is $50.
The competition closes on Friday 1st November, 2013.

For more information or to download an entry form, go to www.odyssey.org.au

The money raised from this competition goes towards the work and services provided by Odyssey House Victoria.
For 32 years Odyssey House has been providing a supportive drug-free environment for people and their families affected by problems associated with drugs, including alcohol.

 

Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition

There’s only one week left to enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition, which offers both existing and aspiring writers the chance to showcase their work to a wider, international audience.

The bonus with the competetion - given it closes at the end of this month - is you can enter previously published stories.

Now in its sixth year, the competition celebrates and nurtures creative talent, inviting writers to submit imaginative and original work in either category for entry: Poetry or Short Fiction.
Prizes include £500 prize money, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual and a selection of books from partner organisations.

Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted and the deadline for entries is 31 August 2013.

For more info, visit the magazine's website