I’m stuck. I’ve purchased my early bird ticket to #HNSA2019 so I have plenty of time to peruse the program. I didn’t factor in having to decide between panels on at the same time. Now I’m in a quandary and I’m not sure that having time to think is going to help at all! I … Read morePanel Spotlight – We need to Talk about Bette and Joan versus Connecting with Readers
‘Pitch contest entries are now full. All places have been taken.’ I flounce back into my chair, cursing my hesitation about entering this contest. Now I’ve missed out! Too slow, too indecisive, too busy with work to think about it properly. Of course, now I can’t enter it is the very thing I want to … Read moreSpotlight on the TCW First Pages Pitch Contest
Just as we immerse ourselves in writing of an historical time period, our characters emerging onto the pages to give the reader some sense of reality, there are people who, rather than writing about history, aim to actually live it. These people are known as historical re-enactors and as of 2016, the Australia Living History … Read moreSpotlight on Historical Weapons Re-enactments
It’s Sunday morning, the final day of the conference. You’re exhausted from the previous day’s packed program, yet strangely exhilarated, and wanting to make the most of the few remaining hours of HNSA 2019. You’ve made a host of new friends and you are huddled together, in the foyer, balancing coffee cups, while trying to … Read moreA French Affair versus Intertwining Lives – which one will you choose?
After the excitement of the first day’s presentations at the Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference on Saturday 26 October, you’ll have the opportunity to join other writers and readers at the Conference dinner. The guest speaker at the dinner will be Anna Campbell, bestselling historical romance author. Anna was born in Brisbane, and grew up … Read moreHNSA 2019 Conference Dinner – good food, great company and historical romance
Ernest Hemingway. Virigina Woolf. Herman Melville. Jean Rhys. Thomas Hardy. DH Lawrence. Olga Masters, Gabriel Garcia Marquez… What do these literary luminaries have in common? At one time or another, each mastered the highly precise art form of the short story. In an age when readers (and writers) have never been so ‘time poor’, the … Read moreSpotlight on the ARA HNSA 2019 Short Story Prize
Have you ever felt you’re swimming in circles? Been at a fork in the river and not sure which stream to follow? You are not alone! For me – an avid reader of historical novels, an aspiring author (and admittedly also a Pisces) – trying to decide which stream to choose at the forthcoming HNSA Conference … Read moreThe Versatile Writer versus Stoking the Flame. Which panel will I choose?
By Patricia Leslie Sophie Masson AM is an award-winning author. War & Resistance is her latest historical novel for young adults, preceded most recently by Black Wings (the Greystanes Press 2018) and Jack of Spades( (Eagle Books 2017) which was shortlisted for the 2018 Davitt Awards. Sophie has published over 60 books. In between wordsmithing and publishing, she has been … Read moreAuthor Spotlight – an interview with Sophie Masson
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?