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November 2018

Word for Word Festival – Vikki Petraitis and Robin Bowles – Truth is Stranger than Fiction

November 17, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop St
Geelong, Vic 3220 Australia
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$18.50 – $22.00

Leading true crime writers Vikki Petraitis, Robin Bowles (Australia’s True Crime Queen), and Clan Destine Press founder Lindy Cameron make a case for their grimly challenging genre. Inspiration Space, Level Two, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre  Adult $22 Concession $18.50 Bookings:https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=429681     

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Word for Word Festival – Helen McGrath and Cheryl Critchley – The Mind Behind the Crime

November 18, 2018 @ 2:30 pm
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop St
Geelong, Vic 3220 Australia
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$18.50 – $22.00

In conversation with Jennifer Kloester, investigative journalist Cheryl Critchley and psychologist Professor Helen McGrath take a scalpel to the inner workings of some of Australia’s worst killers. Inspiration Space, Level Two, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre Adult $22 Concession $18.50 Bookings; https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=429661    

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February 2019

CSI: Crime Story Investigations with Writers Victoria – Feb-June

February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$35 – $60

In this season’s Reading for Writers, Writers Victoria gets forensic with CSI: Crime Story Investigations. The best crime fiction is renowned for its tight plotting, compelling narrative, quick pace, and morally ambivalent characters. Writers across all genres can learn from the classics. Featuring five of Australia’s best crime writers speaking about the crime stories that influenced them, CSI: Crime Story Investigations will interrogate the nature of what makes a crime novel engaging and delve into the darkest parts of human nature.…

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April 2019

Murder Village: An Improvised Agatha Christie Whodunnit – Comedy Festival

April 12 @ 8:30 pm - April 21 @ 8:30 pm
The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$27 – $34

Murder Village: An Improvised Agatha Christie mystery returns for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Following a critically-acclaimed sell-out run at the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne’s favorite comedic improvisers are bringing the off-the-cuff whodunnit Murder Village to Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019. The hilarious Agatha Christie-style improvised format is a chance for murder mystery lovers to immerse themselves in a world of English villages, red herrings and suspicious characters. “The Butterfly Club is a beautiful and evocative venue, the perfect…

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May 2019

Law on the Small Screen – Victoria Law Foundation Podcast

May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins St
Melbourne, Vic 3008 Australia
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Free

True crime, murder mysteries, police procedurals and sexy stories about the morally dubious – our TV screens and Netflix queues are packed with shows about lawyers, coppers and the law. The law has it all: colourful characters, extreme behaviours, webs of intrigue and dire consequences. Perfect tele fodder, but does it do the reputation of the law harm or good? The second Law Week podcast from the Victoria Law Foundation brings together some highly-talented crafters of televisual crime for a…

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Brimbank Libraries -Writing workshops with author Vikki Petraitis Thursday 23 & 30 May

May 23 @ 5:30 pm - May 30 @ 5:30 pm
Keilor Community Hub, 704B Old Calder Highway
Keilor, Vic 3036 Australia
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Free

Writing workshops with author Vikki Petraitis Memoir Writing Learn how to write the stories of family members. Includes: • Plotting • Developing themes • Using writing techniques to help improve your written expression Keilor Community Hub: Thursday 23 May, 5:30-7:30pm 704B Old Calder Highway, Keilor VIC 3036 Book Here Novel Writing Suitable for both beginning writers and those already working on developing a novel. Includes: • Plotting • Character development • Narrative structure Keilor Community Hub: Thursday 30 May, 5:30-7:30pm 704B Old…

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Entries are open for The Banjo Prize 2019 – close 24 May

May 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

HarperCollins Publishers Australia is delighted to announce that entries are  open for the 2019 Banjo Prize. HarperCollins launched The Banjo Prize in 2018 in a quest to find Australia’s next great storyteller. The inaugural recipient is Tim Slee, whose debut novel Taking Tom Murray Home will be published by HarperCollins in July 2019. The Banjo Prize is offered annually and is open to all Australian fiction writers, offering the chance to win a publishing contract with HarperCollins, with an advance…

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June 2019

Mystery in the Library @The Athenaeum

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Melbourne Athenaeum Library, First Floor, 188 Collins St
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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Free

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the historic Melbourne Athenaeum Library and Sisters in Crime, present three talented storytellers and criminal minds who call Melbourne home. As crime and thriller writing has evolved from puzzle-like mysteries to novels delving deeply into people and places, it has continued to be the world’s most popular form of storytelling. But what makes the genre so fascinating? Tara Mitchell, Sisters in Crime National Convenor, interrogates RWR McDonald, JP Pomare and Lucy Sussex to discuss what draws them…

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Williamstown Literary Festival – Vikki Petraitis workshop

June 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson St
Wiliamstown, Victoria 3016 Australia
$35 – $40

CHOOSE YOUR OWN FELON – WORKSHOP In this workshop best-selling author Vikki Petraitis offers plenty of practical tips and exercises to get your crime writing ideas flowing. Activities and discussions will include: how to create a compelling detective, how to plot for maximum impact, where to set your story, and how to choose a crime that matters. Full $40| Conc $37 | Early $35 10.30am-12.30pm Saturday 15 June Upstairs Committtee Room - Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson St, Williamstown Full $40| Conc…

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Sisters in Crime@ Williamstown Literary Festival

June 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson St
Wiliamstown, Victoria 3016 Australia
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$15 – $20

Out of The Shadows: True Crime Comes of Age explores the rise and rise of true crime. How does the public’s interest in true stories affect their reading habits? Where will this brave new world lead us? Vikki Petraitis grills Claire Halliday, Helen Thomas and Liz Porter to find out. 3-4pm Saturday 15 June Chamber - Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson St, Williamstown Tix: Full $20 | Conc $18 | Early $15 The full program and tickets are on sale at…

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