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GenreCon 2017 attendees will have the chance to sign up for one or more workshops and seminars running across the weekend. Due to limited space and high demand, the majority of these spaces will be allocated before the conference begins, via an online sign-up process.

Workshop and seminar sign-up will open at 12:00 PM on Tuesday, 17 October 2017, via an online form. If you’re interested in a workshop, here’s what you need to know before you sign up:

  • You will be asked to select four workshops you’re interested in attending, in order of preference, but we cannot guarantee that you’ll get a spot in your first choice. We pack as many people into our workshop space as safety guidelines and our presenter’s capacity will allow us, but most years there are generally more people who want to do a workshop than there are seats in our workshop space.
  • Most participants will generally get one place in a Friday workshop and one place in a weekend workshop. We will do everything we can to get you into two choices from your list, but workshops held over Saturday and Sunday tend to have significantly higher demand.
  • You may get an opportunity to sign up for additional spots at the conference registration desk. If you miss out on a workshop spot, check in with the conference registration desk to get your name included on a waitlist – a limited number of additional spots usually open on the weekend, and they’ll be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • Genrecon seminars and workshops are free to GenreCon attendees, but space limitations mean that pre-registration is essential.
  • If you’re looking for more workshop options, our colleagues at Queensland Writers Centre are running a series of paid workshops with our international guests in the lead-up to the GenreCon: After the First Draft with Nalini Singh; How to Write Sex & Violence with Delilah Dawson; and Nailing Your First Chapter with Delilah Dawson.

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Half a Million Words in Nine Months with Zaide Bishop
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Do you struggle to find the time to write? Are your monthly word counts lower than you want? Zaide Bishop shares her time management skills, as well as methods, tricks and software that allowed her to write half a million words in nine months, along with techniques used by other highly prolific authors.

The Art of the Short Story with Amanda Pillar
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

This workshop will focus on the craft of writing short stories – and will provide a list of ‘do nots’ for writers. Learn what catches the attention of an editor, what separates the short story from longer works, and how to nail a killer first line.

How to Write Fight Scenes for Women with Aiki Flinthart
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Want arguments/fights that make the heart pound? Understand differences between how women and men fight, how they get into fights, and how they react – emotionally & physiologically – before, during and after the event. Learn how to write a confrontation/fight scene that feels, sounds, tastes, & smells real to the reader. (Applicable all genders & all genres)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]


The Neuroscience Of Reading And How It Makes You A Better Writer with Charlotte Nash
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

This seminar introduces the neuroscience of reading – how our brains process stories, and which aspects of stories are the most powerful for engaging us. With practical examples from successful science fiction thrillers, this is a seminar that reframes writing as a science as much as an art, and gives writers a new toolbox of ideas for improving their stories.

Perfect Your Book with Belinda Pollard
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

There’s a great book lurking in that messy first draft, but how do we uncover it? In this practical session, award-winning mystery/thriller author Belinda Pollard shares techniques adapted from 20 years as an editor that can help you turbocharge your self-editing, recruit a crack team of beta readers, and find the right pro editor when the time comes.

Digging Deep into Character with Anne Gracie
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

What keeps people reading fiction is a never-ending fascination with the human condition. Discover more about your fictional characters, learn the importance of creating reader empathy, practice the power of unique detail in bringing them to life on the page, and learn how to feed in enticing snippets of relevant backstory, avoiding info-dumps.

Theme Mastery with Chris Andrews
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Story themes are tricky beasts to corner, but integral to characters’ choices and how the story unfolds and resolves. It’s the tool that elevates good stories into great stories – or if done badly, utterly destroys them. This workshop takes you through the process identifying your theme and the influence it will have over your story, characters, and the decisions they make.
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Writing Through Fear with Anna Campbell
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Join award-winning author Anna Campbell for a practical workshop that explores recognising fear’s deadly touch on our work, and learning proven techniques for combating that fear and getting back into good writing practice. Learn to stop making excuses and penetrate fear’s many guises, including procrastination, self-doubt, writer’s block, lack of discipline, the sagging middle, and the new idea’s siren call. Develop techniques for starting a novel and sticking with it to reach those magic words, “the end.”

Self-Publishing for Beginners with Karen Beilharz
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Self-publishing is sometimes a good alternative to traditional publishing, but many aspiring self-publishers don’t know what they’re in for. In this workshop, we’ll look at the whys and why nots of self-publishing, the self-publishing process (as opposed to the traditional publishing process), and the nitty gritty of production, marketing, and distribution in print and digital.

Top Ten Tricks and Traps of Publishing Contracts with Alex Adsett
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Come along to this fast and fun overview of publishing copyright and contracts, identifying ten important things you need to consider before you sign on the dotted line of a publishing contract. What rights are you actually giving away? Are you getting a fair royalty? Will you ever get your rights back? What does a normal publishing contract look like anyway?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1494288734959{border-radius: 3px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]


AIKI FLINTHART has 15 years+ training in the samurai martial art of Yoshinkan Aikido, with cross-training in jujitsu, archery & knife-throwing. She has a successful YA fantasy series (80AD), a fantasy trilogy being released with Clan Destine press 2017, and an urban fantasy trilogy also being released in 2017.

ALEX ADSETT is a literary agent and publishing consultant. As a consultant, Alex offers strategic and commercial contract advice to authors and publishers.  As a literary agent, she is focused on finding exceptional manuscripts for all ages, with a focus on SFF, romance, and crime. She is often to be found on twitter at @alexadsett or via her website www.alexadsett.com.au.

AMANDA PILLAR is an award-winning editor and author who lives in Australia. She is the author of the Graced Series and has had numerous short stories published. Amanda has co-edited six fiction anthologies (Voices, Grants Pass, Scenes from the Second Storey, Ishtar, The Phantom Queen Awakes, Damnation and Dames) and solo-edited two: Bloodstones and Bloodlines. She has won two awards for her anthologies, and has been nominated for two Australian Shadows, five Ditmars and three Aurealis awards. She works as an archaeologist.

Queenslander ANNA CAMPBELL has written 10 multi award-winning historical romances set in the first quarter of the 19th century for HarperCollins and Hachette. She has also independently released 15 bestselling novellas. Her work is now published in 18 languages. Since selling her first published novel at auction to HarperCollins US in 2006, she has written full-time. Anna regularly mentors other writers in technical skills, productivity, romance and commercial fiction. She has conducted successful training courses for Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of America, Queensland Writers Centre, Brisbane Writers Festival, GenreCon and Melbourne Romance Writers Guild. Website: www.annacampbell.com

Award-winning Melbourne writer ANNE GRACIE started her first novel while backpacking solo around the world. She’s now working on her 20th book. A nationally bestselling author in the USA, her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages. Anne is an experienced and popular presenter. www.annegracie.com

BELINDA POLLARD is an award-winning former journalist who loves mountain hiking despite bad knees and a fear of heights. She has been a professional writer and book editor for decades, and a contributor to the British Closer to God series since 1999.

CHARLOTTE NASH writes both spec fic and romance. Her short stories have been nominated for Aurealis and Ditmar awards, and her romantic novels have been published in five countries, most recently The Paris Wedding and The Horseman. She currently a PhD student in creative writing, studying the neuroscience of the science fiction thriller. When not writing, she is a keen motorbiker, weightlifter and amateur permaculturist.

CHRIS ANDREWS is a writer and editor whose first novel was shortlisted in both the QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program and the HarperCollins Varuna Award for Manuscript Development. He has over a decade of experience working as an editor for CSIRO and other government organisations, and currently runs Creative Manuscript Services.

KAREN BEILHARZ is a Sydney-based writer, editor and comics creator, best known for her work on “Kinds of Blue” (an anthology about depression), “Eternal Life” (a science fiction graphic novel) and “Monsters” (an anthology for kids about fear). She is a Twitter addict and an avid knitter. Learn more: http://hivemindedness.com/

ZAIDE BISHOP (aka Talitha Kalago) writes spec fic romance. Her new trilogy, Bones of Eden, was released in July 2017 through Harlequin. Between her two pen names and nonfiction writing, Zaide wrote over 650, 000 words and edited more than 1000 pages in 2016. She expects to top that in 2017.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]