Crime writing & Festivals Part 1

When people ask, ‘How are you?’ I try not to respond with, ‘Busy.’ For me, ‘busy’ is what American novelist and teacher John Gardner calls a ‘feeble abstraction’ that ‘says almost nothing’. Gardner exhorts us to tell our stories in concrete terms.

So, how am I on this first day of November?

darebin-picI’m preparing for a full-on month of writing classes, crime fiction festivals, academic conferences and family celebrations.

First up is a Crime Writing Workshop for Darebin Libraries, next Sat 5 November, 1.00PM – 4.00PM at Northcote Library, as part of Nanowrimo, aka National Novel Writing Month. As always, I’ll be putting the ‘work’ into ‘workshop’ with an action-packed afternoon of input, group discussion and writing exercises. The workshop is looking pretty full, but bookings are still open for a few more days. See here for details.

The following weekend is the 10th Reader’s Feast Bookstore Crime and Justice Festival. I’ve been involved in this festival for many years and I’m looking forward to being part of the tenth anniversary celebrations. Although I’m not personally involved in the Saturday morning session, since I helped put it together, and as it features some of my favourite people crime writers, I figured I can give it a plug here:

cj-festivalSaturday, November 12, 10.00AM-11.00AM
The Metropolitan Hotel, 263 William St. Melbourne

Aussie Noir
Home grown crime fiction is experiencing something of a golden age at the moment with some remarkable books currently available – join Andrew Nette (Gunshine State), Zane Lovitt (Black Teeth) and Jock Serong (The Rules of Backyard Cricket) as they discuss this phenomenon under the watchful eye of writer and panel chair crime writer
Leigh Redhead (Thrill City) who is also currently undertaking a PhD thesis on this very topic.

Saturday, November 12, 2.30PM-3.30PM
The Metropolitan Hotel, 263 William St. Melbourne

Asia Noir
In a festival that has looked at bodies in snow in Scandi Noir and home grown villains in Aussie Noir, we finish with a look at what is fast becoming ‘the next big thing’ in crime fiction – Asia Noir. Join Andrew Nette (Gunshine State), Cath Ferla (Ghost Girls) and, as participating chair, Angela Savage (The Dying Beach).

Tickets and full program here.

On the third weekend in November, I’ll be running a workshop on ‘Showing and Telling’ as part of the Word For Word Non-Fiction Festival in Geelong, and participating in the Sisters in Crime Australia SheKilda 3: One Day Crime Spree. Stay tuned for more details…

About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. She won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, and the Scarlet Stiletto Award short story award. Her latest novel is, Mother of Pearl, published by Transit Lounge. Angela holds a PhD in Creative Writing, is former CEO of Writers Victoria, and currently works as CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.
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7 Responses to Crime writing & Festivals Part 1

  1. Jo says:

    Looks like you’ve got a busy November ahead of you. Enjoy!

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    • In my campaign to ban the word ‘busy’ from my vocabulary, Jo, I’m thinking I’ll call it a ‘logistically challenging November’ or a ‘drop the ball at your peril November’…

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  2. Margot Kinberg says:

    You do have a lot going on this month, Angela! I’m impressed with how much you’re doing. It all sounds really interesting, too, and I wish you well with it.

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  3. Jaz Stutley says:

    Looking forward to the 5th @ Northcote, Angela! What do we bring? Pens and paper? Cupcakes and chocolate? See you then, All the best, Jaz Sent from my iPad


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  4. kathy d says:

    What a interesting month you have coming up. Hope there are some reports.
    Meanwhile, I’m exhausted just reading about all of this activity.

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