After long deliberation, the HNSA committee have decided to ‘go virtual’ for our HNSA 2021 conference. Unfortunately, COVID19 continues to pose uncertainties for small organisations when planning events. Many of you will be disappointed you can’t meet in person but a virtual conference offers a great opportunity to enjoy the entire program. All sessions and workshops will remain … Read moreHNSA 2021: Save the Date 22-24 October
Attendees of HNSA Sydney 2019 had the opportunity to enter three competitions. The ARA Short Story Contest TCW First Pages Pitch Contest The inaugural Colleen McCullough Residency Prize ARA Short Story Prize ARA’s generous sponsorship enabled us to establish the First Nations Participation Fund to cover the travel and accommodation expenses of our Indigenous speakers. … Read moreHNSA 2019 Conference Winners
It’s just over month since HNSA Sydney 2019 and the committee are starting to emerge from their fog of post conference fatigue. We will meet on Monday evening to de-brief and then <insert deep fortifying breath> set the train in motion for 2021. Before we start chugging forward however, I’ve been asked to give you … Read moreHNSA Sydney 2019 Conference Wrap Up
The HNSA 2019 conference is nearly here. Workshops in the Craft & Publishing Program kick off tomorrow (Friday 25 October) and there are a few tickets still available for some workshops. See the workshop options here. The main conference program begins on Saturday morning at 9am. See the conference program here. Last minute bookings You can … Read moreIt’s time!
In the past few months some of our wonderful speakers have withdrawn due to personal circumstances. I’m pleased to say that their replacements are just as talented. Take a look: Bookseller, Scott Whitmont, and author, Catherine T Wilson, will step into the shoes of Melanie Prosser and Lucinda Brant in Connecting with Readers; the post … Read moreA few last minute changes
Here’s your chance to win an exclusive writing residency on Norfolk Island, and to spend your time writing on the property of best-selling author Colleen McCullough. We are delighted to announce the creation of a new residency for writers of historical fiction, named in honour of one of Australasia’s most beloved authors. The HNSA Colleen … Read moreNews flash: New writing residency announced
The program for the Academic stream of the 2019 HNSA conference has just been released.
‘The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley’ – Robert Burns ‘To a Mouse’ The HNSA 2019 program features over 60 speakers in 25 sessions across 2 days. As program director, I was pleased that all the moving parts fell into place in March. However, some of our authors have needed … Read moreHNSA 2019 Program Changes
Another giveaway! This month, our sponsor, Allen & Unwin, is offering a 3 book giveaway of The Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning, a novel in which the unravelling of family secrets leads back to Shanghai in World War II. Subscribe to our HNSA newsletter then comment on this post to enter the draw. Contest ends … Read moreGiveaway of The Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning
By Christa Ludlow We all want to improve our writing, research and publishing skills, don’t we? I certainly do. So I’m excited about the series of nine – yes, nine – craft workshops at the HNSA conference on Friday 26 October. But is it possible to have too much of a good thing? I’m facing … Read moreFriday craft and publishing workshops – which one will I choose?