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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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Emerging Writers Festival – Masterclass: Writing Crime

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wheeler Centre, Performance Space, 176 Lt Lonsdale St
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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$75 – $90

Masterclass: Writing Crime Looking to learn the foundational tools of crime writing, or to sharpen existing weapons already at your disposal? This masterclass will refine your essential plot, pacing, and genre-specific techniques, and teach you how to get paid for your crimes (the fictional variety)! We discuss the responsibilities of writers in representing criminalisation and violence, and how to develop a critical and ethical approach to writing in this thrilling genre. 10.15AM KEYNOTE: CONVENTIONS OF CRIME Angela Savage takes us on a whirlwind…

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July 2019

Workshops- 14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists

July 1 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
RMIT City Campus, Storey Hall (Building 16), Level 7, Green Brain Conference Rooms 1 & 2,
336–348 Swanston St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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$75

A series of workshops on language, linguistics and the law on 1 July at RMIT University in Melbourne will precede the 14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (runs to 5 July). These half-day workshops will be running separately to the main conference, and you can join these workshops without booking into, or attending the actual IAFL conference. This will provide an opportunity for those working in relevant industries to engage with the conference, expert knowledge and…

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S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award – opens 15 May; closes 31 July

July 1 @ 6:00 pm
$50

S.D. HARVEY AWARD Kennedy Foundation hosts prestigious S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award Enter by clicking here The Kennedy Foundation is delighted to announce it will host the 10th  S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award in conjunction with the inaugural Kennedy Lecture dinner in September 2019. Sandra (Dawn) Harvey was an outstanding print journalist and television producer who was also the author and co-author of five true crime books. With long-time collaborator Lindsay Simpson she won the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) Lifetime…

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Melbourne Rare Book Week – Charlotte Jay

July 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Library at the Dock, 2nd floor, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade
Docklands, VIC 3008 Australia
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Free

The Knife is Feminine: Discovering Charlotte Jay Hosted by Melbourne Library Service The inaugural winner of the  Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe award in 1953 was an Australian woman, Charlotte Jay, for Beat Not The Bones , a mystery set in Papua New Guinea. In 2019 who has heard of Charlotte Jay in this her centenary year? Discover an author who wrote crime and mystery books set in locations around the world. Celebrate her life and works of this forgotten…

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