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07/08/2015 - 3:32pm

To join Sisters in Crimeonline is simple. Click here and follow the prompts.

Merchandise including tshirts, books and stiletto champagne stoppers will soon be available online through Eventbrite.

Sisters in Crime Membership fees

Victorian membership: A$40/$30 (conc) pa

Non-Victorian membership:A$30/$20 (conc) pa

Overseas subscribers & libraries:A$35 pa

Some of the advantages of joining Sisters in Crime Australia membership include:

  • Becoming a member of an organisation that promotes and celebrates women crime writers, offers a forum for debate and is seriously committed to fun
  • A membership card that offers 10% discount at selected bookshops
  • Discounted prices for Scarlet Stiletto winning short story collections, Scarlet Stiletto: The First Cut & Scarlet Stiletto: The Second Cut
  • A vote in the Davitt Awards for the best crime book of the year
  • Emailed updates of forthcoming events, competitions, news and much more
  • The opportunity to become involved by volunteering with Sisters in Crime Australia

Discounts for members are members are available at:


Hares & Hyenas – 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy 3065

03 9495 6589

The Sun Bookshop – 10 Ballarat Street, Yarraville3013

03 9689 0661

Camberwell Books – 207 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn 3123

03 9882 1716

Bellcourt Books - 63 Grey Street, Hamilton 3300 

03 5572 1310

Bellcourt Books - 71 Firebrace Street,Horsham 3400

03 5381 0866

New South Wales

Abbey’s Bookshop – 131 York Street, Sydney 2000

02 9264 3111

Blues Point Bookshop – 131 Blues Point Road, McMahons Point 2060

02 9956 7056

Western Australia

New Edition Bookshop – 50 South Terrace, Freemantle 6160

08 9335 2383


*Pulp Fiction – Shop 4, Level 1 Blocksidge & Ferguson Building Arcade, 144 Adelaide St.,  Brisbane 4000

07 3236 2750

*Note: bookshop offers gift certificate with certain amount spent

Merchandise including tshirts, books and stiletto champagne stoppers will soon be available online through Eventbrite.

If you have any queries regarding this new process or about becoming a member, please contact Michaela Lobb

05/08/2015 - 10:43pm

PD Martin’s next Novel-writing Intensive course is starting soon and her NaNoWriMo course is also open for bookings.  Same set up as previously—inspiring location, fully catered, and intense learning to push attendees’ writing forward. Courses cater for all genres. Note: The courses may be on hold for the next couple of years as Phillipa focuses on her PhD.

Novel-writing Intensive

10am-4pm, Monday 24 August to Friday 28 August Day 1: Story ideas, genre, research and sense of place Day 2: PD Martin’s Writing Rules to Live By Day 3: Character intensive (Part 1) Day 4: Character intensive (Part 2) & Plot intensive (Part 1) Day 5: Plot intensive (Part 2) & Bringing it all together

Phillipa uses a combination of theory, analysing sample texts and writing exercises to make sure you get the most out of the course. Each participant gets a folder with extremely detailed notes (PowerPoint slides and other handouts) so they can refer back to the notes in the future.

Cost is $999 for Sisters in Crime members.


"The novel writing intensive is a must if you want to improve your writing craft and learn tools and techniques to make your story more compelling. Highly recommended." Louise Bassett, 2014 student

The NaNoWriMo course is also open for bookings. Across Sundays in October and November, October is all about preparation and November features five ‘write-ins’ at the Convent to ensure the magic 50,000 words. 

“Phillipa’s NaNoWriMo writing course was illuminating, inspiring, informative and life-changing. That all her students produced 50,000 words of a manuscript…is an extraordinary achievement and reflects her tenacious and methodical approach to teaching novel-writing.” Annie Lawson, 2014 NaNoWriMo student



05/08/2015 - 10:40pm

Join best-selling author Vikki Petraitis for a ten week Novel Writing course catering for both beginning writers and those already working on developing a novel. Components include: plotting, character development, narrative structure, and description. This longer course will give writers the chance to refine a piece of work, and the opportunity to share their work with other people with the same goals – to write a novel. 

Comment from a previous attendee of one of Vikki’s courses:
“Vikki Petraitis was knowledgeable and entertaining. I was engaged throughout. 10 out of 10.’

Saturday October     10, 17, 24, 31

Saturday November   7, 14, 21, 28

Saturday December   5, 12

11.30 – 1.30 pm

Beaumaris Library, 96 Reserve Road

$200 (all ten sessions).  Bookings essential. www.trybooking.com/146422

10/07/2015 - 1:26pm

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for submissions. Now in its eighth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent. Prizes include £500 and publication in an anthology of new writing, giving you the chance to showcase your work to a wider, international audience.

Prizes include:

  • £500 Poetry winner
  • £500 Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each).

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015.

To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting

10/07/2015 - 1:13pm



The St Albans Writers Festival is bringing a whole world of writing to a little village. Their 2015 program includes Jane Caro, Hugh Mackay, Michael Robotham, Nikki Gemmell, PM Newton and many other established and emerging writers. They come together to create an exciting programme encompassing fiction, crime, historical, speculative, and historical fiction, true crime, fables, social commentary, comedy and travel writing. Both new and established Australian writers will be there and there will be talks, ‘in conversation’ sessions, as well as topic panels to cater to all interests. Of course, you’ll be able to buy books and have them signed by the authors at each session, as well as in our Festival Centre bookshop. There will also be the unique opportunity to share a table with your favourite writer and chat over a coffee in the Festival Centre. Rubbing shoulders with writers is just one of the advantages of being part of this intimate festival.


A few quirks of St Albans
Coming from Sydney, you will have to cross the Hawkesbury by car ferry.
There is no wi-fi or mobile phone service in St Albans village (it stops once you cross the Hawkesbury).

There are no ATMs in the village (the nearest is Wisemans Ferry), so cash up before you arrive! With no internet service we can’t link to credit card services so cash is the way to go.


Click here for more info.