Hello all, I’ve got some events coming up soon at the Sydney Writers’ Festival and the details are below. I look forward to meeting new writers and doing a lot of talking about science fiction.
May 20th: Big World Plotting — Writing Masterclass
You've got your world. You've got your characters. What comes next? How do you weave all your ideas together and find your plot?
In this session we will step through how to let your characters find your plot for you, how your world affects your characters, and how to tie it all together and create a story structure.
Duration: three hours Capacity: 16 $85/$75 Bookings 9250 1988, tickets.sydneytheatre.org.au
May 22nd: Forest for the Trees: Hunting & Gathering
"How do publishing houses find new authors and what are they looking for? Are competitions and development programs the new pathways to publication? Join David Henley (Author & Creative Director, Seizure) with Robert Watkins (Commissioning Editor, Hachette), David Winter (Editor, Text Publishing), Rose Michael (Commissioning Editor, Hardie Grant), and author Inga Simpson, recipient of QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program."
On this one I get to chair a discussion with these very fine experts that has been arranged by NSWWC. But you should look at the whole day of Forest for the Trees, because it is hosted by Michael Robotham and looks like their best program ever.
Presented with the NSW Writers’ Centre. Duration: six hours $55/$45 Bookings 9555 9757, nswwc.org.au
May 24: The Science of Science Fiction
"Science is the foundation for science fiction, but how much has fiction influenced science? How does literary and popular culture use the foundation of scientific study as a leaping off point, and when does science fact become science fiction? Join scientist Jim Al-Khalili, action-thriller author Scott Baker and future-fiction author David M Henley as they explore the interplay between imagination and possibility, faux-science and science education, and when and how to break the laws of physics.”
Translation: I get to talk about sci-fi and science with some other big nerds! This one is going to be fun and I look forward to Dr Karl and Jim Al-Kahlili telling me and Scott Baker where our imaginations may have deviated from reality.
$14 Bookings 9250 1988, tickets.sydneytheatre.org.au
A big thank you to SWF for including me, I am really looking forward to the whole program: check it out here for the full details.