Sunday Programme

HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY AUSTRALASIA
MELBOURNE CONFERENCE

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

Sunday Programme – Stream 1

Please note there are two streams running in parallel

  • 8.15 am Doors and Registration Open
  • 9.00 – 10.00 am Session One – Personal Histories: In Conversation with Kate Forsyth and Deborah Challinor
  • 10.00 – 11.00 am Session Two – Historical Whodunits: Solving Clues across the Centuries
  • 11.00 – 11.30 am Morning tea and Book Signings
  • 11.30 – 12.30 pm Session Three – Personal Histories: In Conversation with Sophie Masson and Lucy Treloar
  • 12.30 – 1.30 pm Session Four – The Long Haul: Writing Successful Series and Multiple Books
  • 1.30 – 2.30 pm Lunch and Book Signings
  • 2.30 – 3.30 pm Session Five – Pathways to Publication: What do Agents and Publishers Look for in Historical Fiction?
  • 3.30 – 3.50 pm Afternoon Tea and Book Signings
  • 3.50 – 4.50 pm Session Six – Outside the Comfort zone: Sex Scenes and Violence – What Authors Dread or Relish?
  • 4.50 pm Sunday Stream 1 Closes

Conference Ends

Sunday 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.

  • 9.00 – 10.00 am Session One – Children and Young Adult Fiction: How Difficult Can It Be? Is Writing Fiction for Children and Young Adults an Easy Option?
  • 10.00 – 11.00 am Session Two – The Modern Voice in Historical Fiction
  • 11.00 – 11.30 am Morning tea and Book Signings
  • 11.30 – 12.30 pm Session Three – A Rose by Any Other Name: What’s the Difference between Historical Romance and an Historical Love Story?
  • 12.30 – 1.30 pm Session Four – Authenticity or Truth? Does the history in an historical novel need to be accurate?
  • 1:30 pm Sunday Stream 2 Closes

Sunday 10th September 2017

Sunday 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 – 10.00 am Session One

Personal Histories: In Conversation with Kate Forsyth and Deborah Challinor

What attracted Kate Forsyth to delve into adult historical fiction after writing acclaimed fantasy novels for children and young adults? And where did Deborah Challinor obtain the inspiration for her three historical series, numerous standalone novels, and non-fiction books? Join Josie Arnold in learning the answers and more as she investigates these story tellers’ own histories.

 

10.00 – 11.00 am Session Two

Historical Whodunits: Solving Clues across the Centuries

Historical mysteries are hugely popular. Why are readers attracted to the addition of history to murder and mayhem? What challenges do writers encounter when creating detectives who lack modern crime kits? Kelly Gardiner asks Sulari Gentill, Robert Gott, Meg Keneally and Gary Corby what ingredients they use to keep their readers guessing to the very last page.

 

11.00 – 11.30 am Morning tea and Book Signings

11.30 – 12.30 pm Session Three

Personal Histories: In Conversation with Sophie Masson and Lucy Treloar

Award winning author, Sophie Masson, has more than 50 novels published in Australia and internationally. What drives her passion for writing and love of history? Lucy Treloar has recently published her debut novel to a whirlwind of local and international critical acclaim. How has she dealt with this new found fame and what does she think attracts readers and critics to her writing? Jackie Ballantyne will explore the personal stories behind these experienced and ‘newbie’ novelists.

 

12.30 – 1.30 pm Session Four

The Long Haul: Writing Successful Series and Multiple Books

Juliet Marillier is the author of 6 historical fantasy series and has a total of 21 books to her name. Libby Hathorn has written over 60 Children and Young Adult (CYA) books which include historical novels among them. Anne Gracie has written 3 series, 20 novels and four novellas. How do these novelists maintain momentum? And what keeps the spark of inspiration from being doused? Catherine Padmore explores the stories behind these award winning authors.

 

1.30 – 2.30 pm Lunch and Book Signings

2.30 – 3.30 pm Session Five

Pathways to Publication: What do Agents and Publishers Look for in Historical Fiction?

What are the expectations of publishers and agents when assessing the manuscripts of aspiring historical novelists? Publisher Lindy Cameron (Clan Destine Press) talks to agent, Clare Forster (Curtis Brown) and publishers Alison Green (Pantera Press) and Mandy Brett (Text Publishing) about the preparation needed to take your first step onto the pathway to publication.

 

3.30 – 3.50 pm Afternoon Tea and Book Signings

3.50 – 4.50 pm Session Six

Outside the Comfort zone: Sex Scenes and Violence - What Authors Dread or Relish?

Back by popular demand Kate Forsyth, Anna Campbell and Luke Devenish will break down closed bedroom doors and read their racier scenes. They will also tackle the topic of writing sex scenes and violence ‘outside the comfort zone’.

 

4.50 pm Sunday Stream 1 Closes

Conference Ends

Sunday 10th September 2017

Sunday Programme

Please note there are two streams running in parallel

Stream 2 – Level 5, Rooms AMDC501 & AMDC502

Time

Commences 9:00 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.

 

9.00 – 10.00 am Session One

Children and Young Adult Fiction: How Difficult Can It Be? Is Writing Fiction for Children and Young Adults an Easy Option?

Writing historical fiction for children and young adults (CYA) takes skills that are often underrated. Gabrielle Wang, Wendy Orr, Pamela Rushby and Alan Tucker discuss with Felicity Pulman why CYA novels pose challenges not faced by authors of adult historical fiction.

 

10.00 – 11.00 am Session Two

The Modern Voice in Historical Fiction

Writing styles have altered over the years. Should an historical novelist cater for the tastes of 21st Century readers by introducing modern expressions and dialogue in their novels? Is it valid to introduce current sensibilities to characters who would otherwise have been constrained by their own societies? Authors Kate Mildenhall, Melissa Ashley, Greg Pyers and Luke Devenish discuss with Eleanor Limprecht  how historical novels have changed over time, and how they approach writing authentic characters true to their period.

 

11.00 – 11.30 am Morning tea and Book Signings

11.30 – 12.30 pm Session Three

A Rose by Any Other Name: What’s the Difference between Historical Romance and an Historical Love Story?

Booksellers and publishers are called upon to categorise books for ease of selection. But aren’t historical romance and historical love stories the same? Do readers care about the pigeon holing of books into sub-genres? And if it’s necessary, what is required to establish the difference when writing a book? Elisabeth Storrs discusses these concepts with Isolde Martyn, Alison Stuart, Lisa Chaplin and Anna Campbell.

 

12.30 – 1.30 pm Session Four

Authenticity or Truth? Does the history in an historical novel need to be accurate?

History forms the basis of an historical novel but is the book less valid if the author ‘bends’ history to fit the plot? Should facts be strictly followed or merely form the backbone of a novel? Is accuracy rather than authenticity the standard to which historical novelists must be held? Ngahuia te Awekotuku teases out the answers to these questions and ponders whether history is ever truthful with Greg Johnston, Kathryn Gauci, Tim Griffiths and Pamela Hart.

 

1:30 pm Sunday Stream 2 Closes

Sunday 10th 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.

Sunday workshops include:

Matt Curran ‘Lief the Viking’: Armour and Armouring

GS Johnston: Everything You Wanted to Know about Self-Publishing* But Were Afraid to Ask

Hazel Edwards: Authorpreneurship: The Business of Creativity

Elizabeth Lhuede & Elisabeth Storrs: Building an Author Platform: Social Media Basics for Historical Novelists

Kelly Gardiner: Scrivener for Beginners

Rachel Nightingale: Recreating Historical Costumes

 

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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