Workshops, training and other events

CSFG includes a number of members who provide training through workshops and courses of study. the following opportunities are coming up very soon:

The art of science fiction and fantasy (Woden Library, Wednesday 18 March 12:30 – 1:30 pm)

Gillian Polack will be presenting an intriguing literary journey. Travel through Gillian’s literary past, present and future as she explores what’s involved in writing science fiction and fantasy novels.

Bookings are available here.

How to write A Game of Thrones (Australian National University, commencing 28 April)

Unlock the mind of George RR Martin and the world he created in his ever popular A Game of Thrones to enhance your fictional writing and start your own award-winning series. An invaluable insight into world-building, novel writing and the publishing industry for anyone interested in writing novels, science-fiction or fantasy series.

For more information go to the ANU Centre for Continuing Education site to enroll.

Writing your family’s history (Australian National University, commencing 30 April)

All families have great histories – the problem is finding out what they are and preserving them. This course gets you started, with the basic skills you will need to research and to write. By the end of it, you will have at least one part of your family history written and you will know where to go next.  The course provides that starting point to discovering your family’s history and preserving it. It covers basic research skills, oral history collection skills (how to interview people and what to do with those interviews) and writing skills.

For more information go to the ANU Centre for Continuing Education site to enroll.

Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference 2015 (Sydney 20-22 March)

Gillian Polack will be presenting sessions, attending panels and launching books at the inaugural HNSA Conference in Sydney. A number of Australian historical fantasy authors will be in attendance, including Kate Forsyth as the conference’s patron.

Go here for more information or to book a ticket.

Where the Wild Things Are (Noted Festival, St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Friday 20 March )

Let your imagination run wild as local horror writers Kaaron Warren and James Doig read you stories and provide you with writing prompts to write the spookiest prose. BYO torch.(Bookings not required: more information is available here)


Where the Wild Things Are will be one of a series of similar events as part of Canberra arts events over the weekend of 20-22 March: You are Here (Canberra’s new experimental arts festival) and its experimental literary offshoot Noted Festival (a somewhat unorthodox writing festival).

Elizabeth Fitzgerald will be one of a number of writers reporting on Noted and You Are Here events for the Canberra-based Scissors Paper Pen literary collective.


Recent events

Due to the lateness of this report, we missed a couple of recent events. My sincere apologies for not getting the word out in time.

Tehani Wesselly was a guest speaker at the CSIRO Staff Association’s International Women’s Day luncheon on March 6, speaking on subjects related to Cranky Ladies and “making stuff happen”.

Zena Shapter presented a workshop to the Society of Women Writers NSW at the State Library of NSW on Friday 12 March.