News flash: New writing residency announced

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 McCullough Residency will provide two writers, including an emerging writer, with a chance to visit and explore Norfolk Island, and spend their time writing in the environment which inspired Colleen.

Entries are open now and close on 13 October 2019. The residency will take place between 3-9 February 2020.

The residency is open to writers of historical fiction attending our 2019 conference in Parramatta on 25-27 October.

Read more about Colleen McCullough and how to apply for the residency here.

Our thanks to Burnt Pine Travel, Baunti Escapes, and Ric Robinson for their support of this unique writing residency.

Go to the entry form.

Once again, historical fiction writers and readers can gather for a three stream program on the weekend of 26-27 October including our extended Academic stream on Sunday 27 October. This time there’s also a Craft & Publishing program on Friday 25 October with craft workshops, masterclasses and manuscript assessments with top class tutors. Our Guest of Honour is Jackie French. Keynote speaker Paula Morris will address our theme: History Repeats.

Among the 60 acclaimed speakers are patrons Kate Forsyth and Sophie Masson, Catherine Jinks, Ali Alizadeh, Lucy Treloar, Pamela Hart, Nicole Alexander, Jane Caro, Alison Goodman, Kelly Gardiner, Michelle Aung Thin, Meg Keneally, Majella Cullinane and so many more.

Enjoy a delicious meal at our conference dinner on Saturday 26 October where Anna Campbell will entertain us. You’ll also hear who’s won this year’s ARA HNSA Short Story Contest with a $500 prize, and the HNSA Colleen McCullough Residency.

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