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May 2020

 S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award now open

May 22 @ 8:00 am - July 1 @ 5:00 pm

The Kennedy Foundation is delighted to announce it will host the 111h S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award in conjunction with the second Kennedy Lecture dinner in September 2020. Sandra Harvey was an outstanding print journalist and television producer as well as author and co-author of five true crime books. With long-time collaborator Lindsay Simpson she won the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. The S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award recognizes excellence in this genre…

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June 2020

Writing NSW Varuna Fellowships

June 4 @ 8:00 am - July 5 @ 5:00 pm

The Writing NSW Varuna Fellowships are awarded annually to writers who have a work of fiction, creative non-fiction, a play, or a suite of poems that is ready for the next stage of development. Winners receive a week-long residency at Varuna, the National Writer’s House, and a manuscript assessment from the participating publisher. In 2020, two fellowships are available, with one place reserved for a writer under the age of 30. Applicants must be Writing NSW members and be willing to…

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MOOC The Clinical Autopsy: Learning to Understand the Language of the Dead

June 8 @ 8:00 am - July 12 @ 5:00 pm

MOOC The Clinical Autopsy: Learning to Understand the Language of the Dead  is being offered from the University of Oviedo/Central University Hospital of Asturias (Spain). This is a unique course, running from 8 June to 12 July, with more than 150 minutes of real-life autopsies that aims to celebrate everything we can learn from death and dead bodies. It is obviously free, runs for 5 weeks and the University of Oviedo will certify 50 hours of study. It is in English.…

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Susan Hurley@Willy Lit Festival

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sisters in Crime member, Susan Hurley, will be appearing on the Willy Lit Fest 2020 Vision online program. Susan Hurley, author of the scientific thriller, Eight Lives, will be talking with Festival Director Stella Kinsella about her long career in medical research, her understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and her insight into the race to cure COVID-19. Eight Lives is long-listed for Sisters in Crime's 2020 Davitt Awards.  7-8pm Thursday 11 June. The session will run for 60 minutes on Zoom, including Q&A.…

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Quick Crime with Sulari Gentill

June 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$50 – $65

Fewer words doesn't necessarily mean it's easier! Short story writing is an art, turning your story into a perfect little morsel is harder than you might think. Then trying to add in an element of crime, a pinch of suspense and a touch of misdirection and you've quite likely gone over your word limit. Never fear! Award-winning author (and Sisters in Crime member), Sulari Gentill (of Rowland Sinclair fame) has been engaged by the New England Writers' Centre to teach…

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Writing NSW: Online: Crime Writing with Marianne Delacourt

June 22 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm
$395 – $660

Join award-winning author Marianne Delacourt for this six-week online crime writing course starting on 22 June, to discover the basics of crime writing. Learn how to craft a charismatic protagonist, how to research real-life details and, importantly, where your book can fit in the market. 22 June to 31 July 2020, online Marianne Delacourt Marianne Delacourt is the crime-writing pseudonym of speculative fiction author, Marianne de Pierres. The first book in her Tara Sharp crime series, Sharp Shooter, won the Australian Sister’s in Crime…

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July 2020

Writers Victoria: online seminar – Ask… about the US Market (and how you can break in)

July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$18 – $40

A Q&A session with three Aussie authors who have broken into the US market – come with your questions and learn from their experience in publishing outside of Australia and conquering an international audience: Anna Snoekstra Anna Snoekstra is a Sisters in Crime member based in Melbourne.  She is the author of Only Daughter, Little Secrets and The Spite Game, as well as Mercy Point, which is the first instalment in a new YA series. Her novels have been published…

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August 2020

BAD: Megan Goldin live online with Sue Turnbull

August 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival to hear rising star Megan Goldin, author of The Girl in Keller’s Way and The Escape Room (“unforgettable” according to Harlan Coben) talk about her brand new third thriller The Night Swim, with crime reviewer par excellence (& Sisters in Crime ambassador) Sue Turnbull. Book your free ticket to receive an invitation link to watch the event online. Attendees will receive the link by email the night before the event. If you’d like to buy a copy of The Night Swim or…

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September 2020

INTERNATIONAL BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

September 10 @ 10:00 am - September 13 @ 7:30 pm
$10 – $50

BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival Goes International Don’t miss the world’s best crime writers in BAD's virtual 4-day crime fest; Thursday 10-Sunday 13 September. Hear from top crime writers like Ann Cleeves, Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter, Camilla Lackberg,  Nikki French, Jo Nesbø,  Don Winslow and more in a crime extravaganza.  SESSIONS $10 FESTIVAL PASS $50 TICKETS ON SALE NOW FESTIVAL PROGRAM BUY YOUR BOOKS HERE Diary notice: BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival LIVE at the NSW State Library, 5-8 November 2020

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Heyman Mentorship Award partners with Catherine Milne and HarperCollins Australia

September 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Novelist Kathryn Heyman, founder of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, has partnered with publisher Catherine Milne of HarperCollins to offer the 2020 Kathryn Heyman Mentorship Award for a writer from a background of social and economic disadvantage. The successful writer will be mentored by Kathryn Heyman, under the auspices of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, for six months. At the conclusion of the mentoring program, the writer will receive a full read of their manuscript, with the first option to…

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