Registrations are now open for the 2019 Rockingham Writers Convention.

This year’s convention will be located at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre, 17 Settlers Avenue, Baldivis.

CONVENTION FEES

Early Bird Registration: $80 members $100 non-members

Standard Registration: $100 members $120 non-members

Pitch/Critique sessions: $50

Convention Fees include morning and afternoon tea and lunch. Please ensure that you inform us of any dietary requirements on your registration form.

Discounts on convention fees are offered to Early Bird Registrations received before 31st July 2019

Members of Rockingham Writers Centre and supporting organisations (shown below) are also eligible for discounted convention fees.

CLOSING DATES

Registration Including Pitch / Critique Session – 7th August 2019

Early Bird Registration – 31st July 2019

Standard Registration –  31st August 2019

WITH THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

 

      

& SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS

      

 

ROCKINGHAM WRITERS CONVENTION 2019 PROGRAM

  SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2019

Mary Davies Library and Community Centre, 17 Settlers Avenue, Baldivis WA

8.30am – 9.00am Check In

9.00am Welcome

9.15am Sesssion 1

A Creating Effective Story Structure – Therese Edmonds

B Writing Commercial Fiction – Anna Valdinger (Harper Collins)

C Find Your Creative Mojo – Josh Langley

10.45am Morning Tea

11.15am Session 2

A Writing a Series – Sasha Wasley

B The Right Words, Editing & Polishing Your Draft – Rachel Watts

C Goal, Motivation, Conflict – Natasha Lester

12.45pm Lunch

1.45pm Session 3

A Writing Short Fiction – Rosanne Dingli

B Is That a Kids’ Book You’re Writing? – Jen Banyard

C Trouble is our Business – Writing Crime Fiction – Guy Salvidge

D Writing the Villain – Carolyn Wren

E PITCH / CRITIQUE SESSIONS available with:

Tara Wynne, Curtis Brown FULL

Anna Valdinger, Harper Collins FULL

Karen McDermott, Serenity Press

Leanne White, Wild Eyed Press

Peta Flanigan, Gumnut Press

3.15pm Afternoon tea

 3.45pm – 4.45pm Session 4

 In Conversation Panel – Tara Wynne (Curtis Brown) & Anna Valdinger (Harper Collins) chat with Teena Raffa-Mulligan about all things publishing.

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WORKSHOPS & PRESENTERS

THE FOUNDATIONS OF FICTION: CHARACTER GOALS, MOTIVATIONS AND STORY CONFLICT – NATASHA LESTER

In this session, Natasha Lester will take you through the three foundations of good fiction: your character’s goals, their motivations, and how these elements work together to create story conflict that draws the reader in. We’ll break each of these down so that you leave the workshop with a strong understanding of how to create a meaningful goal that can last the distance of your story, how to dig deep in every scene to ensure that your characters’ motivations are on the page and shown to the reader, and how conflict naturally arises from the tension between goal and motivation, rather than needing to be imposed upon the story.

Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive for L’Oreal, managing the Maybelline brand, before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts at Curtin University as well as her first novel, What is Left Over, After, which won the TAG Hungerford Award for fiction. Her second novel, If I Should Lose You was published in 2012 and her first historical novel, the bestselling A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, was published in 2016. This was followed by Her Mother’s Secret in 2017 and The Paris Seamstress in 2018. She is also published in the US and Europe. The Age newspaper has described her as “a remarkable Australian talent.”

WRITING COMMERCIAL FICTION FOR TODAY’S MARKET – ANNA VALDINGER (HARPER COLLINS)

Anna will talk about recent and current trends, what’s been working, the evolution of the genre, the retail landscape and what constitutes a bestseller. Get the inside story on cover design, and how to pitch your book to agents and publishers.

Anna Valdinger started her publishing career in London as an in-house editor for a literary agency and then at Pan Macmillan. After moving to Australia, she joined HarperCollins in 2009 to take responsibility for developing the local commercial fiction list. As Fiction Publisher she looks after a wide list of Australian authors including Caroline Overington, Tara Moss, Nicola Moriarty, Rachael Treasure and Dervla McTiernan, as well as international authors such as Karin Slaughter, Daniel Silva, Maggie Alderson, Dean Koontz and Paullina Simons. Her focus is on engrossing, page-turning fiction with strong characters and fabulous storytelling.

 

THE RIGHT WORDS – RACHEL WATTS

All first drafts are a mess. By understanding their message and structure, and choosing the right words, writers rework their drafts to be the best they can be. In this 90-minute workshop with Perth writer Rachel Watts, participants will think about their work from the broadest structural level to the individual lines and words to support their own rewriting process.

In the first half, workshop participants will consider the overall message of their work, identify weaknesses in plotting and reimagine how their characters and plot points can combine to make their story as strong as possible.

Then participants will narrow their focus to line editing. This will be a chance to review word choices and practice editing, with a series of writing exercises that aim to weed out cliché and empower writers to pursue their own unique voice and style.

Watts’ workshop will encourage and challenge writers by offering new ways to view their own work. This workshop breaks down what can seem an overwhelming task into a series of steps to follow, demystifying the rewriting process. Participants will leave with ideas and creative energy as well as exercises to practice in their own time.

Rachel Watts is a writer and professional tutor with a Master’s Degree in Creative Practice. She works with high school students and pre-university students to develop their critical thinking skills and written communication skills including research, structure, grammar and creativity. She also runs workshops for adults in creativity and creative writing. Her short stories and essays have been published by Island, Westerly, Kill Your Darlings, The Big Issue and more. Her unpublished manuscript The Light of the Mind was longlisted for the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

WRITING A BOOK SERIES – SASHA WASLEY

Sasha Wasley will take you through the process of writing a book series: from conceptualising, to series arcs, to continuity and second book syndrome – and more. An interactive workshop in which participants will hear from a published author on how she created and pitched a series to a publisher, the ups and downs of the series writing process, and how to stay in love with your characters for a whole book series. Includes plenty of question and discussion time.

Sasha Wasley was has been composing literary works since before she could write – at five years of age she announced her first poem in the kitchen to a highly appreciate audience (her mum). About 20 years later she completed a PhD in communications and literature. She writes young adult, paranormal and mystery as SD Wasley and general fiction as Sasha Wasley. Her debut novel was published in 2015 through Evernight Teen.

 

IS THAT A KIDS’ BOOK YOU’RE WRITING? – JEN BANYARD

This session will explore currently accepted conventions in writing for children as against adults. While conventions are made to be broken, it’s helpful – especially for a first-time author – to know where your story stands and which elements, if tweaked, might make for an easier passage to publication.

Jen Banyard writes for children and adults. Her novels, which blend adventure with humour and insight, include Riddle Gully Secrets, Riddle Gully Runaway, Mystery at Riddle Gully and Spider Lies and appeal especially to readers ~8 to 13. Jen’s stories for young readers have appeared in children’s magazines and anthologies, and her adult fiction and criticism in literary journals. She has a doctorate in creative writing from the University of Western Australia.

 

TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS: WRITING CRIME FICTION – GUY SALVIDGE

Learn the technical details of writing crime fiction, including a historical analysis of several successful crime authors. Topics covered will include tone, atmosphere, characterisation and plotting. Discussion of relevant publications and competitions will allow participants to set targets for their own crime writing.

Guy Salvidge’s intermittently award-winning fiction has squirrelled its way into such esteemed publications as The Great Unknown, Westerly: New Creative, Award-Winning Australian Writing and Stories of Perth. He has twice been Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Perth Writers’ Centres and he has won the City of Rockingham Short Fiction Award and Joe O’Sullivan Writers’ Prize. Guy’s novel Yellowcake Springs was shortlisted for the 2012 Norma K Hemming Award. The sequelYellowcake Summer was published in 2013. His post-apocalyptic detective series, The Dying Rain and Other Forays into the Bramble Noir, was recently longlisted for the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award. When he’s not writing, he moonlights as an English teacher in rustic, rural Western Australia.

WRITING THE VILLAIN – CAROLYN WREN

Hannibal Lector.  Norman Bates.  Professor Moriarty.  Lord Voldemort.  Have you ever wondered why some literary villains work so well and some leave you wanting? Carolyn Wren will take you through the techniques of writing a page-turning ‘bad guy’ from charismatic villains, pure evil villains, red herring villains and even redeemable villains. Topics include Types of Villains, Actions and Consequences, Literary Villains versus Movie Villains.

Carolyn Wren began writing fiction in 2009 for fun after a career in the finance sector.  She won the first writing contest she entered which gave her the incentive to keep going.  She has published 15 stories through USA and Australian publishers, with upcoming releases through a UK publishing house. Her award tally so far is five wins and 13 finalist placings from around the world. Carolyn doesn’t like to limit herself to one genre, preferring to let her characters take control. The resulting stories can range from light hearted comedic contemporary through to sexy, action-packed romantic suspense and emotion driven urban fantasy.  Because she’s a true romantic at heart, one thing remains constant in all her books: she loves a happy ending.

FIND YOUR CREATIVE WRITING MOJO – JOSH LANGLEY

No matter what stage we’re at in our writing careers, just starting out or well established, we all need some motivation and to be reminded why we signed up for such a creative endeavour. It can be lonely and disheartening, but also full of triumphs and moments of clarity. Award- winning author Josh Langley shares his writing journey and shows you how to get your writing mojo working for you, not matter what’s happening around you.

Key points covered during the session are:

  • Why every aspect of the writing and publishing process is important.
  • How to use everything as inspiration to live a creative life.
  • How to work with your muse and the Creative Cycle for inspiration.
  • How to overcome self-doubt and use your so called faults such as shyness and anxiety to your advantage.

Josh Langley is an award-winning author and illustrator having published 7 books in 8 years and won the 2018 ABIA Small Publisher’s Children’s Book of Year. An engaging speaker, he’s appeared at Paracon 2015, Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, Telling Tales Balingup, delivered workshops and presented at over 40 primary schools. He’s also an award-winning radio creative writer and runs his own creative agency. He’s currently running workshops based on his latest book ‘Find Your Creative Mojo: How to overcome fear, procrastination and self-doubt to express your true self’.  He lives with his partner and lives on 7 and a half acres in the South West of Western Australia with a bunch of neurotic chickens.

WRITING THE SHORT STORY NOW – ROSANNE DINGLI

Get up-to-speed as a writer of short fiction by learning the latest tricks and gain an understanding of how to join the popular trend for reading on the go. Witness what is happening right now in the world of books, and hone your condensed-writing skills. See how you too can join in the evolution of short fiction, by producing what is in demand, and what is being published and bought today.

  • How to start
  • What readers should know about your characters
  • Master the hardest aspect of writing shorts
  • Combining premise and action
  • How to end

Rosanne Dingli has worked with academic, traditional, and small presses, among others. In 2012, she went entirely solo, and now has 8 novels, 6 story collections, and a few novellas, as well as that first poetry collection. She manages them, and writes more, in the secure knowledge that regular shifts and starts in the book industry will never unduly frazzle her.

CREATING EFFECTIVE STORY STRUCTURE – THERESE EDMONDS

A story can have everything going for it but something still doesn’t sit right. The problem is often its structure. This workshop covers how the three-act structure shapes narrative and how to use it effectively. We also cover character arc and journey and how to set up the beginning of your story to create a satisfying ending.

Therese Edmonds has written stand-up comedy and comedy revue, short films and stories, award-winning monologues, one-act plays, and a sea lion panto for a marine park. Her short stories and monologues have been published in Australia, the UK and the US. She has won the Maj Monologues Judge’s Prize as well as twice winning their People’s Choice Award. Therese’s first short film script, Too Soon, was invited to screen at the prestigious Dungog Film Festival; she won the inaugural Shorelines Writing for Performance Festival; her draft screenplay was shortlisted for ScreenWest’s Bill Warnock Award; and her first one-act play, Sleeping Dogs, was shortlisted in the Noosa (now the National) One-Act Play Competition.

 IN CONVERSATION – TARA WYNNE (LITERARY AGENT, CURTIS BROWN) & ANNA VALDINGER (PUBLISHER, HARPER COLLINS) CHAT WITH AUTHOR TEENA RAFFA-MULLIGAN

TARA WYNNE

‘With an MA in English from Edinburgh University, Tara Wynne started her publishing career just a few doors down from Charles Dickens’ house in Bloomsbury – at Sheil Land Associates. She joined Curtis Brown UK in 1998, and moved to Curtis Brown Australia as a Literary Agent in January 2002. She represents a broad range of writers from commercial (romance, thrillers, crime, fantasy) to literary fiction and non-fiction (travel, memoir, history, self-help) to young adult fiction and children’s. She is also Vice President of the Australian Literary Agents Association. In her spare time you can find her standing on her head, ocean swimming and whipping up a meal for friends and family, just not all at once.

ANNA VALDINGER (See previous bio)

TEENA RAFFA-MULLIGAN writes across genres and has published picture books, junior fiction, middle grade novels, romances and many short stories and poems for children and adults. Teena’s first published book was a stranger danger tale for young readers that was endorsed by the West Australian police and education departments of the day and used in schools around the country.  She shares her passion for books and writing by presenting talks and workshops to encourage people of all ages to write their own stories. Her writing life has also included a long career as a journalist and editor.

 

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PITCH / CRITIQUE SESSIONS

15 Minutes per session.

Please note: No critique/pitch submissions are to be forwarded directly to agents/publishers but must be emailed to rockinghamwriterscentre@gmail.com by August 7th.

CURTIS BROWN

Curtis Brown is Australia’s oldest and largest literary agency representing a diverse range of Australian and New Zealand authors. 

Agent Tara Wynne is offering individual critiques. Submit: An outline and a chapter.

Please note that sessions with Tara are now full. 

HARPER COLLINS

Anna Valdinger looks after the Harper Collins commercial fiction list and is interested in engrossing, page-turning stories featuring strong characters. Submit: A synopsis and the first chapter.

Please note that sessions with Anna are now full.

SERENITY PRESS

Serenity Press endeavours to share inspirational stories from the literary folklore-fairy tale genre, bringing readers authors who write from the heart, and books which inspire, empower, awaken, amaze and inform. Publisher Karen McDermott is keen to speak with authors who feel their work would suit the press. Submit: A synopsis and the first chapter.

WILD EYED PRESS

Wild Eyed Press is an Art Publishing Company based in Nannup, Western Australia with a focus on Australian wildlife and the natural environment. The press produces four titles per year, preferring to release small numbers and concentrating on producing a high quality product.

Submit – Authors booking a pitch session with publisher Leanne are required to submit their complete picture book manuscript ‘Name _Rockingham Critique 19’, with a short bio, contact details and web page links if available.

On the day, illustrators will need to bring a portfolio of 10 A3 sleeves, 20 pages, prints only, no originals. Alternatively they may bring a rough sketched book mock up.

Illustrators will also need to provide a short bio, contact details and web page links if available. All critique attendees will need to bring a business card to leave with publisher Leanne White.

GUMNUT PRESS

Gumnut Press is a newly established independent publishing company based in Perth with a passion for producing engaging books that challenge, excite and inspire every reader. Publisher Peta Flanigan is looking for novella length (20,000-45,000 words) contemporary romance and romantic suspense and novella or novel length cosy mysteries. Authors are required to submit a synopsis, first chapter and short bio plus information on their social media activity. An indication of writing experience and competition or self-publishing success would be beneficial.  

It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that they have read all of the above information regarding submission requirements and selected an appropriate publisher for their work. If you are unsure, please call Teena Raffa-Mulligan on 0438 916 001.

 

Please contact Teena at rockinghamwriterscentre@gmail.com or Bec on 0427 093 917 for further enquiries or