Super Sessions/Workshops

HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY AUSTRALASIA
Melbourne CONFERENCE

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

Super Sessions/Workshops
Saturday Programme

Level 5, Rooms AMDC504, AMDC505 & AMDC506

Quick Overview:

  • 11.15 – 12.15 pm Session Three – Writing Historical Fiction for Children and Teens: Character and Action vs Facts
  • 11.15 – 12.15 pm Session Three – From Elevator Pitch to Finish: How to Successfully Pitch Your Book in 30 Seconds
  • 11.15 – 12.15 pm Session Three – How to Transform Family Research into Compelling Historical Fiction
  • 12.15 – 3.15 pm Sessions Four and Five (2 hours plus lunch break) – Making History Come to Life in Fiction: Research and Writing Masterclass
  • 12.15 – 1.15 pm Session Four – The Mystery in History:  A Crime Fiction Workshop for Aspiring Authors
  • 2.15 – 3.15 pm Session Five – Medieval, Regency and So Much More: A Historical Romance Workshop for Aspiring Authors
  • 2.15 – 3.15 pm Session Five – Trove: An Essential Tool of the Trade 

Super Sessions/Workshops
Sunday Programme

Level 5, Rooms AMDC504, AMDC505 & AMDC506

Quick Overview:

  • 9.00 – 10.00 am Session One – Armour and Armouring
  • 10.00 – 12.30 pm Sessions Two and Three (2 hours plus tea break) – Making History Come to Life in Fiction: Research and Writing Masterclass 2
  • 10.00 – 11.00 am Session Two – Everything You Wanted to Know about Self-Publishing* But Were Afraid to Ask
  • 11.30 – 12.30 pm Session Three – Authorpreneurship: The Business of Creativity
  • 12.30 – 1.30 pm Session Four – Building an Author Platform: Social Media Basics for Historical Novelists
  • 12.30 – 1.30 pm Session Four – Scrivener for Beginners
  • 12.30 – 1.30 pm Session Four – Recreating Historical Costumes

Saturday 9th September 2017

Super Sessions/Workshops
Saturday Programme

Venue

LEVEL 5, ROOMS AMDC504, AMDC505 & AMDC506

AMDC Building
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus

11.15 – 12.15 pm Session Three

ROOM AMDC506

Writing Historical Fiction for Children and Teens: Character and Action vs Facts

Historical fiction for young readers doesn’t mean there’s no need to research. The factual background is important, but even more, characters have to be compelling, and plenty of action is vital. Sherryl Clark will guide you in choosing the viewpoint character, structuring your story, issues of voice and language, gatekeepers and education expectations, and how to get obsessed with an era!

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11.15 – 12.15 pm Session Three

ROOM AMDC505

From Elevator Pitch to Finish: How to Successfully Pitch Your Book in 30 Seconds

‘What’s your book about?’ In these fast-paced days, you literally have 30 seconds to engage the potential reader, editor or agent. And if you can’t be coherent about your story, that says a lot about the book itself.

Lisa Chaplin’s From Elevator Pitch to Finish is a fully interactive workshop designed to help each writer produce a professional elevator pitch (or story arc), filled with “signposts” that tell agents how to sell your book to editors, or shows editors your target markets – and gives the editor or agent plenty of time to ask the questions that prove their interest in your book – which is what we all want!

With over half a dozen handouts for this 60 minute workshop alone, all you need bring is your story idea and your imagination.

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11.15 – 12.15 pm Session Three

ROOM AMDC504

How to Transform Family Research into Compelling Historical Fiction

Is there a skeleton in the closet of your ancestral history? A juicy family legend which has inspired you to write? Critically acclaimed historical fiction author Eleanor Limprecht will share ways to transform your genealogical research into compelling historical fiction – how to narrow down the story and choose your frame. She’ll also discuss the depth of research required, how much to rely on facts versus fiction, and what to do with gaps in your family history.

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12.15  – 3.15 pm Sessions Four and Five (2 hours plus lunch break)

ROOM AMDC504

Making History Come to Life in Fiction: Research and Writing Masterclass 1

In this two hour masterclass, Gillian Polack teaches writers techniques for making the historical world of the novel come to life for the reader. These techniques will be placed in a wider background of narrative genre, to help writers understand the role of their creativity in interpreting history for readers. We will examine the role of genre, for instance, and how writers use story space. The focus will mainly be on the needs of historical fiction and historical fantasy writers. In the first hour, we will look at how to construct history for specific types of novels and methods for communicating it in ways that enhance the story. In the second, we will discuss samples of work by writers in the session using these techniques and theory.

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12.15 – 1.15 pm Session Four

ROOM AMDC505

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

At its best, historical crime fiction is much more than a murder in period costume.  Internationally published, award-winning author, Sulari Gentill, takes you through the basics and nuances of crime-fiction and the art of making history more than just picturesque backdrop.

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2.15 – 3.15 pm Session Five

ROOM AMDC506

Medieval, Regency and So Much More: A Historical Romance Workshop for Aspiring Authors

‘Historical romance’ covers a wide range of styles, with varying degrees of history and romance. Internationally published, award-winning authors Anne Gracie and Isolde Martyn will share their tips about writing historical romance, the craft of story-telling, the importance of research, and creating historical characters and atmosphere, as well as some ‘how-not-to’ advice.

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2.15-3.15 pm Session Five

ROOM AMDC505

Trove: An Essential Tool of the Trade 

Trove is a gateway to an extraordinary range of resources, across many formats including: books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, objects and pictures. Join Rachel Franks for an introduction to this essential tool for the historical novelist. Focusing on newspapers, this session will look at search strategies and offer a few “tips and tricks” for using Trove.

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Sunday 10th September 2017

Super Sessions/Workshops
Sunday Programme

Venue

LEVEL 5, ROOMS AMDC504, AMDC505 & AMDC506

AMDC Building
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus

9.00 – 10.00 am Session One

ROOM AMDC506

Armour and Armouring

What are the components of a set of armour? How heavy is all that metal once it’s all on? What would a blacksmith have done to create a helm and the other trappings of a knight? In this workshop, Matt Curran (aka Leif the Viking), will give you the opportunity to meet a modern day armourer, to learn about making and wearing armour, and discuss the finer points of medieval fighting.

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10.00 am – 12.30 pm Sessions Two and Three (2 hours plus tea break)

ROOM AMDC504

Making History Come to Life in Fiction: Research and Writing Masterclass 2

In this two hour super masterclass, Gillian Polack teaches writers techniques for making the historical world of the novel come to life for the reader. These techniques will be placed in a wider background of narrative genre, to help writers understand the role of their creativity in interpreting history for readers. We will examine the role of genre, for instance, and how writers use story space. The focus will mainly be on the needs of historical fiction and historical fantasy writers. In the first hour, we will look at how to construct history for specific types of novels and methods for communicating it in ways that enhance the story. In the second, we will discuss samples of work by writers in the session using these techniques and theory.

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10.00 – 11.00 am Session Two

ROOM AMDC505

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

The self-publishing revolution has given authors the opportunity to reach readers directly and cut out the gatekeepers. Successful indie authors are creative producers, publishers, and publicists who run small businesses. In this interactive session, GS Johnston, Kathryn Gauci and Prue Batten are available to answer questions from those intending to venture into indie publishing, or Indies who want to learn more.

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11.30 – 12.30 pm Session Three

ROOM AMDC505

Authorpreneurship: The Business of Creativity

The business of creativity is changing, not just in the formats in which ideas are presented internationally, but in how authors perceive themselves. ‘Author’ is the brand which can be overwhelming if there’s just you.

Today a creator needs to be an ‘Authorpreneur’: an originator and an entrepreneur. Apart from creating words or images for  specific audiences, this means learning the marketing, publicity, technological, legal and entrepreneurial skills to establish and maintain self-employment in the business of ideas.

Even if a VERY small business. Just you.

Hazel Edwards offers strategies for beginners, mid-list and highly experienced creators needing to adapt to a fast-changing, digital, global industry. It’s about sharing ideas so you can work effectively at what you most enjoy creating and providing ways to help sell your work for longer, in varied new formats and to larger audiences. Great ideas won’t reach audiences unless the creators can stay in business and survive financially.

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12.30 – 1.30 pm Session Four

ROOM AMDC506

Building an Author Platform: Social Media Basics for Historical Novelists

Whether traditionally published or an indie author, historical novelists are called upon more than ever to be their own publicists. Building an author platform is a necessity if you are to connect with your readers and promote your books. Elisabeth Storrs and Elizabeth Lhuede will guide you through the basics of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, website ‘musts’ and blogging with a particular emphasis on marketing historical fiction.

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12.30 – 1.30 pm Session Four

ROOM AMDC505

Scrivener for Beginners

Scrivener is a low-cost software program created especially for writers. In this practical session, Kelly Gardiner will introduce you to Scrivener’s strengths: how to use it to manage chapters and scenes, set and track word count targets, sketch out characters and settings, incorporate research materials, and more.

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12.30 – 1.30 pm Session Four

ROOM AMDC504

Recreating Historical Costumes

What is it like to wear a Tudor outfit or dance in a Renaissance dress? How heavy is an ancient Chinese hanfu and how much fabric goes into its creation? These questions and more will be answered by Rachel Nightingale in this workshop, where you will have a chance to get up close and personal with a range of outfits made by historical re-enactors based on research and portraits. You will have the chance to look at a number of costuming books that deconstruct historical costumes, and perhaps even to try on a historical outfit.

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