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?
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
HNSA is proud to announce its next Melbourne satellite event in the lead up to HNSA Sydney 2019. G.S. Johnston, Kathryn Gauci and Michelle Lovi will be in conversation with Chris Foley as they share their experiences with self-publishing. There isn’t a single motivation for self-publishing, and there isn’t a single way to do it, … Read moreMelbourne Satellite Event: Triumphs and Pitfalls of the Self-Publishing Game
By Elizabeth Jane Corbett Jackie French is no stranger to Australian readers. She has written over two hundred books, won sixty literary awards, served as the Australian Children’s Laureate, and been named Senior Australian of the year. When not writing, she plants trees and harvests their fruit, walks in the bush, tames and studies wombats, … Read moreHNSA Author Spotlight: Our Guest of Honour, Jackie French