Horror (and Halloween) With Kaaron Warren
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Horror (and Halloween) With Kaaron Warren

Canberra-based author Kaaron Warren has been publishing horror and science fiction for more than 20 years. We caught a brief chat with her ahead of her forthcoming workshop (and Halloween!)… Do you have any Halloween reads you’d recommend, and do you have a dream literary Halloween costume? I’ve just finished Adrian Barnes’ Nod, which was brilliant. … Continue reading

A Trove of ideas: Historical sources as inspiration for fiction writers and poets
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A Trove of ideas: Historical sources as inspiration for fiction writers and poets

Words by Bec Fleming, ACTWC Blogger in Residence I’m indecisive. It’s almost always a curse. At conferences I’m usually the one hovering between two doors, frantically re-reading abstracts right before the session begins. In my university days I couldn’t decide between English and History as a major. In the end I stumbled my way into … Continue reading

Tania McCartney’s artist challenge gains international participation
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Tania McCartney’s artist challenge gains international participation

A few weeks ago, we heard rumblings about a 52 Week Illustration Challenge, and then lovely drawings started popping up on Facebook. We had to learn more. The brainchild behind this endeavour is Canberra’s own Tania McCartney. ACTWC intern, Sophie Lovell, recently interviewed Tania about this project. Their conversation is below. ACTWC:  The 52-Week Illustration … Continue reading

How to be the Belle of the Ball(point pen) when it comes to Writing Competitions
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How to be the Belle of the Ball(point pen) when it comes to Writing Competitions

In much the same way that you might have to give yourself a pep talk before donning an elegant dress (or tux) to attend a ball, submitting your writing to competitions can cause anxiety, excitement and fear of failure. What if you’re not ready? What if they don’t like your writing? As in most things in life, preparation is key. Here are our … Continue reading

In review: CONFLUX 9/ NATCON 52
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In review: CONFLUX 9/ NATCON 52

Bob Phillips attended the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild-hosted annual CONFLUX: an event for writers of Science Fiction and beyond. This year, it was held in collaboration with the similarly-genred NATCON. Here are his thoughts on the convention that was. Speculative fiction [spec fic] is a broad church: it covers science fiction, fantasy, horror, artwork, games, … Continue reading