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?
By Catherine T Wilson If I were a rich woman, Yubby, dibby, dibby, dibby, dibby, dibby, dibby, dum. All day long I’d write, and write, and write, If I were a wealthy woman. I wouldn’t have to work hard, Yubby, dibby, dibby…hey, wait a minute!* To write properly, of course I’d have to work hard! … Read moreWhich panel will you choose? It’s Academic, or Learning from History?
You’ll be spoiled for choice with the HNSA Sydney 2019 program. Two parallel streams are running throughout the weekend. Stream 1 is jam packed with authors discussing their inspiration and journeys; the nooks and crannies of history; the psychology of characters, and even a love potion or two. Stream 2 delves deeper into the craft … Read moreWhich panel will you choose? Crime or research?
Here’s a treat for April. Our sponsor, Allen & Unwin, is offering a 3 book giveaway of Esther by Jennifer North, the story of Esther Abraham, a First Fleet convict who became the First Lady of the colony of Sydney. You can read a sample chapter here. Jessica North has been researching Esther’s story for … Read moreGiveaway of Esther by Jennifer North
The HNSA is proud to be the third arm of the international Historical Novel Society which fosters the reading and writing of the genre with biennial conferences in the UK, US and Australasia. Recently, as HNSA’s program director, I had the honour of writing the feature article for the Historical Novels Review magazine on the … Read moreAustralasian Historical Fiction State of Play
The HNSA committee is proud to bring you our 3rd biennial conference. We never thought we’d get this far. I hope fans of the genre, both readers and writers alike, will gather as a community again –this time at historic Parramatta. As program director, I thought I’d tell you what’s on offer at the conference … Read moreWhat’s on offer at HNSA Sydney 2019