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March 2020

Writers’ Victoria: Maintaining Narrative Tension with JP Pomare

March 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wheeler Centre, Performance Space, 176 Lt Lonsdale St
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$135 – $215

Maintaining Narrative Tension with JP Pomare Sunday 8 March, 10am-4pm, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Lt Lonsdale St., Melbourne It doesn’t matter where you are at whether this is your first step toward publishing a novel or you’ve been wrangling a troublesome manuscript for a decade, we will look closely at all the elements of fiction and how they work together to create a compelling and suspenseful narrative with contemporary examples and writing exercises. Details and bookings: https://writersvictoria.org.au/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=752

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with Write On with Jane Clifton@Acheron (Vic)

March 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marian Rennie Studio Gallery, 132 Breakaway Rd
Acheron, Vic 3714 Australia
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On International Women’s Day, Saturday 8 March, crime writer (and Sisters in Crime member) Jane Clifton will present Write On! at Marian Rennie’s Studio Gallery in Acheron – just past Marysville and a bit before Alexandra. It’s a smidge over 2 hours from the Melbourne CBD. Workshoppers can come for the afternoon, organise a sleepover or bring a tent and camp out under the stars! There’ll be lunch, wine, coffee and plenty of ideas to toss around. There are gorgeous…

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Writers’ Victoria: Writing Ethical True Crime-Inspired Fiction and Crime Memoir with Ruth McIver

March 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wheeler Centre, Performance Space, 176 Lt Lonsdale St
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$135 – $215

Writing Ethical True Crime-Inspired Fiction and Crime Memoir with Ruth McIver Sun 22 March, 10am-4pm, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Lt Lonsdale St., Melbourne While true crime is nothing new, over the past few years true-crime inspired fiction and true-crime memoirs such as Emma Cline’s ‘The Girls’ (2015) and Michelle McNamara’s ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ (2016) have become a best-selling and award winning sub-genre. Ruth proposes that fictionalising true crime and real lives in a way that is both…

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Gathering Dark with Candice Fox

March 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Vanguard,, 42 King St
Newtown, NSW 2042 Australia
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$20 – $22

Enjoy a night of crime on Tuesday 31 March with BAD Sydney at the launch of Candice Fox’s new thriller Gathering Dark. We begin the night with our Great Trivia Slam (special book prizes for the winners). Then Candice Fox, one of Australia’s most acclaimed crime writers, will be speaking for the first time about her new book set in LA. Gathering Dark features four tough women - a convicted killer, her kleptomaniac former cellmate, a disillusioned LA cop who…

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May 2020

A new $30,000 literary prize for historical fiction

May 1 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

With prize money of $30,000, the new ARA Historical Novel Prize gives Australian and New Zealand historical novelists the chance to be recognised in a class of their own, with the most significant prize purse for any genre-based prize in Australasia. The ARA Historical Novel Prize has been made possible by the generosity of its principal partner, ARA Group, which has ensured the success of its last two biennial conferences with their continuing support. They’re also delighted to involve regional…

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Cancelled: Writing NSW: Crime Writing Fundamentals with Sarah Barrie

May 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writing NSW, Callan Park, Balmain Rd
Lilyfield, NSW 2040 Australia
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$120 – $200

Have you always wanted to know how to write crime? Or do you have a crime novel underway that needs work? Crime Writing Fundamentals with best-selling author Sarah Barrie, is suitable for anyone who wants to learn how to write a successful crime novel. Sarah Barrie Sarah Barrie is an Australian author writing suspense in rural settings. Her bestselling print novel, Secrets of Whitewater Creek, earned her a spot as one of the Top 10 breakthrough authors of 2014, and her next three…

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 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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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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