Having only just formally established in 2014, the Historical Novel Society Australasia is already in action! This year they will be hosting their inaugural conference at Balmain Town Hall from the 21st to the 22nd of March to celebrate the importance of historical fiction, and bringing history to life through writing.
A whole host of Australian and New Zealand speakers will give talks on a range of fascinating topics, including how changing attitudes of ANZAC traditions has shaped writing, how to compete in a Young Adult industry that is dominated by vampires and werewolves, learning about what will grab the attention of publishers, blending historical genres with mystery and fantasy, how to self publish, and much more! Speakers include author Kate Foryth, patron for the event and an award winning, international bestselling author; Melboune-based author Toni Jordan (Addition , Fall Girl , Nine Days ), and Sulari Gentill, the award winning author of the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, and who has previously written for Inside History Magazine (read more here). A detailed program is available on their website.
Attendees also have the option of attending Super Sessions at an additional price, where you will be able to receive advice on how to research without getting tangled in information, how to best utilise social media to build up your profile, and feedback on your very own manuscripts. there will also be a super session with the opportunity to read out the first page of your manuscript to some expects, and a historical crime fiction academic panel. Read more details about it here.
The Historical Novel Society Australasia also has a special offer to Inside History Magazine readers–receive 10% off when you register with this code: IHHNSA15
Make sure you register soon (follow this link to do so) and we’ll see you there!