Saturday Programme

HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY AUSTRALASIA
MELBOURNE CONFERENCE

8th - 10th SEPTEMBER 2017
IDENTITY: ORIGINS AND DIASPORA

Saturday Programme – Stream 1

Please note there are two streams running in parallel

  • 8.15 am – Doors and Registration Open
  • 9.00 – 9.45 am Session One – Welcome & Key Note Address
  • 9.45 – 10.45 am Session Two – Personal Histories: In Conversation with Kerry Greenwood
  • 10.45 – 11.15 am Morning tea and Book Signings
  • 11.15 – 12.15 pm Session Three – First Encounters and Our Colonial Past
  • 12.15 – 1.15 pm Session Four – Immigrant Stories and Diaspora: How Pioneers Adapt and Survive in their New Land
  • 1.15 – 2.15 pm Lunch and Book Signings
  • 2.15 – 3.15 pm Session Five – Venturing Forth: Exploring Stories beyond National Boundaries and Australasian History
  • 3.15 – 3.35 pm Afternoon Tea and Book Signings
  • 3.35 – 5.00 pm Session Six – At First Glance: Initial Words that Attract a Publisher’s Attention
  • 5.00 pm Saturday Stream 1 Closes

Saturday Programme – Stream 2

Please note there are two streams running in parallel.

Limited space is available for Stream 2 sessions.
Seats will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Commences at 11:15 am
  • 11.15 – 12.15 pm Session Three – How to Transmute Research into Compelling Historical Fiction
  • 12.15 – 1.15 pm Session Four – Worlds at War: The Appeal of 20th Century Historical Fiction
  • 1.15 – 2.15 pm Lunch and Book Signings
  • 2.15 – 3.15 pm Session Five – The Outlander Effect: Parallel Narratives and Time Travelling
  • Saturday Stream 2 Closes

Saturday 9th September 2017

Saturday Programme

Please note there are two streams running in parallel

Stream 1 – Auditorium AMDC301

Time

8.15 am
Doors and Registration Open

Venue

STREAM 1 – Auditorium AMDC301
Level 3, AMDC Building
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus

9.00 – 9.45 am Session One

Welcome to Country

Welcome Address by HNSA’s Patron, Kate Forsyth

Keynote Address by Lesley Williams

How the national identities of Australia and New Zealand have been moulded from stories of origin, diaspora and the clash of cultures.

 

9.45 – 10.45 am Session Two

Personal Histories: In Conversation with Kerry Greenwood

What inspires authors to write historical fiction? Join Jackie Ballantyne in conversation with our guest author, Kerry Greenwood, to discover insights into her novels, her writing processes, the TV adaptation of her Phryne Fisher Mysteries, and other aspects of her stellar career.

 

10.45 – 11.15 am Morning tea and Book Signings

11.15 – 12.15 pm Session Three

First Encounters and Our Colonial Past

How do historical novelists approach researching and writing colonial and convict pasts?  What particular challenges must be faced in portraying the meeting of First Peoples with Europeans?  Lucy Treloar, Deborah Challinor, Andrew Peters and Nicole Alexander discuss these issues with Josie Arnold.

 

12.15 – 1.15 pm Session Four

Immigrant Stories and Diaspora: How Pioneers Adapt and Survive in their New Land

Immigrants have helped build our multicultural nations over many generations. Hanifa Deen explores how Maxine Alterio, Arnold Zable, Vicky Adin and Kim Kelly breathe life into tales of prejudice, hardship, homesickness and adaptation.

 

1.15 – 2.15 pm Lunch and Book Signings

2.15 – 3.15 pm Session Five

Venturing Forth: Exploring Stories beyond National Boundaries and Australasian History

Kelly Gardiner discusses with Robyn Cadwallader, Natasha Lester, GS Johnston and Elisabeth Storrs why some authors prefer to discover worlds beyond their native shores and ancestral history.

 

3.15 – 3.35 pm Afternoon Tea and Book Signings

3.35 – 5.00 pm Session Six

At First Glance: Initial Words that Attract a Publisher’s Attention

Come and hear ‘first page’ pitches of aspiring authors to industry experts who will provide a critique of chosen submissions. The session will also provide other attendees with a chance to learn what attracts the attention of agents and publishers when seeking new historical fiction. Entrants will remain anonymous other than the winner.

Our judges are Alison Green (Pantera Press), Sophie Masson (Eagle Books), Mandy Brett (Text Publishing). Rachel Nightingale will act as narrator.

For submission details, click here.

5.00 pm Saturday Stream 1 Closes

Saturday 9th September 2017

Saturday Programme

Please note there are two streams running in parallel

Stream 2 – Level 5, Rooms AMDC501 & AMDC502

Time

Commences at 11:15 am

Venue

STREAM 2 – Level 5,
Rooms AMDC501 & AMDC502

AMDC Building
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus

Limited space is available for Stream 2 sessions.

Seats will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

 

11.15 – 12.15 pm Session Three

How to Transmute Research into Compelling Historical Fiction

A passion for research doesn’t always translate into creating compelling fiction. Gillian Polack discusses the challenges of converting historical facts into page turning novels with Wendy J Dunn, Barbara Gaskell Denvil, Stephanie Smee and Rachel Nightingale.

 

12.15 – 1.15 pm Session Four

Worlds at War: The Appeal of 20th Century Historical Fiction

The history of the early to mid-20th century now falls within the definition of ‘historical fiction’. Why do novels depicting the great conflicts of modern times hold such fascination? And has war fiction replaced Tudor fiction as ‘the favourite flavour’ for readers and publishers? Julian Novitz discusses these questions with Paddy Richardson, Elise McCune, Justin Sheedy and Pamela Hart.

 

1.15 – 2.15 pm Lunch and Book Signings

2.15-3.15 pm Session Five

The Outlander Effect: Parallel Narratives and Time Travelling

The success of the Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series has inspired authors to delve into the lives of characters through parallel narratives, fantasy and cracks in time. Ella Carey, Belinda Murrell, Gary Crew and Felicity Pulman discuss with Catherine Padmore the challenges of interweaving the tales of two or more protagonists from different periods into their plotlines and themes.

 

3:15 pm Saturday Stream 2 Closes

Saturday 9th September 2017

Super Session Workshop Programme

Purchase of a weekend conference or day ticket is a precondition
to booking a Super Session Workshop

Purchase of a Super Session Workshop ticket entitles the registrant
entry into a draw for a $100 Dymocks Gift Card

Level 5, Rooms AMDC504, AMDC505 & AMDC506

Venue

AMDC Building
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus

HNSA is conducting a suite of super session workshops taught by successful authors and top rate tutors. These run concurrently to Streams 1 & 2 and cost $20 pp in addition to the purchase of a weekend conference or day ticket. Participants will automatically be entered into a draw to win a $100 Dymocks Gift card. For full details visit our super session workshop page.

Saturday workshops include:

Sherryl Clark: Writing Historical Fiction for Children and Teens: Character and Action vs Facts
Lisa Chaplin: From Elevator Pitch to Finish: How to Successfully Pitch Your Book in 30 Seconds

Eleanor Limprecht: How to Transform Family Research into Compelling Historical Fiction

Sulari Gentill: The Mystery in History:  A Crime Fiction Workshop for Aspiring Authors

Isolde Martyn & Anne Gracie: Medieval, Regency and So Much More: Writing Historical Romance for the International Market

Rachel Franks: Trove: An Essential Tool of the Trade 

 

Making History Come to Life in Fiction: Research and Writing.

Gillian Polack is running masterclasses each day on ‘Making History Come to Life in Fiction: Research and Writing.’ Cost $150 pp. Entry into the giveaway draw is included.

* Purchase of a weekend conference or day ticket is a precondition to booking a Super Session Workshop
* Purchase of a Super Session Workshop ticket entitles the registrant entry into a draw for a $100 Dymocks Gift Card

Manuscript Assessments

Level 7, Rooms AMDC706 & AMDC707

Saturday & Sunday 9am-5 pm

Editors Irina Dunn and Alison Arnold are offering one hour 1:1 manuscript assessments during the conference.

Price $180 pp.

For full details visit our Manuscript Assessments page.

* Purchase of a weekend conference or day ticket is a precondition to booking a Super Session

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