I am greatly looking forward to returning to Tasmania next month for the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival 2022 (TAF2022). I had the great pleasure of being part of the inaugural festival in 2019 in Cygnet and the digital festival in 2021. This year, I am returning to launch the Tasmanian chapter of Sisters in Crime Australia and to deliver two masterclasses in Franklin.
Sisters in Crime Tasmania is being inaugurated on the 100 anniversary of crime writer extraordinaire Dame Agatha Christie’s visit to the island state. In her 1977 autobiography, Christie writes: “From Australia we went to Tasmania [sic.], driving from Launceston to Hobart. Incredibly beautiful Hobart, with its deep blue sea and harbour, and its flowers, trees and shrubs. I planned to come back and live there one day.” While Christie’s plans to move to Tasmania never came to fruition, it seems fitting to mark the anniversary of her visit with the establishment of a local branch of Sisters in Crime, an organisation committed to supporting local readers and writers – sisters and brothers-in-law – of crime fiction.
The Sisters in Crime launch, Let the Heist Begin, is a ticketed event that includes dinner at Frank’s Ciderhouse, on Thurs 6 Oct at 6.00PM. I’m being interviewed by Sisters in Crime co-founder, author and CEO of Clan Destine Press Lindy Cameron about the (considerable) impact that Sisters in Crime has had on my writing career. Details here.
On Sat 8 October, 3.00-5.00PM, I’m delivering a masterclass called Pathways to Publication. While there is no one pathway to publication, there are steps that writers can take to increase their chances of success. I will be covering this terrain in my workshop and providing resources for participants to follow up. Bookings here.
On Sun 9 October, 12.30-2.30PM, I’m presenting a workshop on one of my favourite topics, ‘Never Just Description – Using Setting to Enhance Your Story.’ There will be at least three writing exercises in this workshop and again, participants will be provided with resources, if not homework. Bookings here.
The masterclasses are classes suitable for aspiring, emerging and established writers working in general, literary and genre fiction.
The full program for the Terror Australis Readers and Writers Festival 2022 is available here.