Over at her Earl Grey Editing blog, Elizabeth Fitzgerald is providing a few recommendations for introductory reading in speculative works that double as a gateway to the romance genre (or vice versa). As anyone who has attended the multidimensional GenreCon convention in recent years can attest, there's a lot for [...]
Due to the renovations going on at the Gorman House Arts Centre, the February general meeting will be held in a new location: The Academy of Interactive Entertainment 49 Phillip Avenue, Watson (You might also know it as the Canberra Technology park). The timing is still 7:30 pm on Wednesday [...]
Canberra and Canberra-adjacent members should check out the newly-updated Workshops and Courses page. You will find details of a number of short courses for writers being offered in the first half of 2016 by CSFG members Chris Andrews, Ian McHugh and Gillian Polack.
CSFG member Simon Dewar, currently editing the Suspended in Dusk 2 anthology, has been reading a lot of slush lately. He offer this very useful advice on tightening up your prose by hunting down and eliminating filter words: One of the worst culprits for weakening your prose, distancing our reader [...]
CSFG members may be interested in this upcoming course at ANU's Centre for Continuing Education. The course is called "Search for Life" and covers the progress science has made on answering the question "Are we alone in the universe?" The course is aimed at the general public and will consist [...]
CSFG members have been busy as usual – here’s the latest news. Congratulations in particular to everyone who picked up various awards and gongs! And here’s to a bountiful and successful writing year in 2016! Short story Alan Baxter has enjoyed a few publications in an end-of-year rush: “How Father [...]
CSFG luminary Donna Maree Hanson is currently doing a blog tour to promote her Dragon Wine duology: Shatterwing and Skywatcher. Ian McHugh has an extensive interview with Donna about the reception to the books' launch last year and to the thorny topic of writing about confronting subjects. Here's an [...]
The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) is on again. NAFF is an annual fundraiser that provides an opportunity for a member of the speculative fiction community to attend Natcon aka the National Science Fiction Convention. Next year that will be Contact 2016 (to be held in Brisbane over the Easter [...]
CSFG's latest anthology The Never Never Land has been featured in Alexandra Pierce's recent Aurora Australis column over at Tor.com. AA is highly recommended as a great monthly resource for all the buzz in Australian and New Zealand/Aotearoan speculative fiction. Check it out!
Canberra-based author-illustrator Shane W. Smith, who spoke at a recent CSFG meeting about writing and producing comics, is seeking contributions for his upcoming anthology All the King's Men. Shane is looking for original short stories and comic scripts set in the galaxy-spanning science fiction universe of his previous graphic novels: [...]