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Alex has published three research-heavy books – two legal thrillers that incorporate existing law, precedents and legal practice – and a historical thriller set in German-occupied Paris. This session looks at how to strategically target your research and tie it to your novel’s structure. It provides practical, usable tips so that you’re using your time well and not falling down the rabbit hole of in-depth research or struck with “accuracy paralysis”.
– Determining the scope of your research
– Assessing the needs of the novel
– Good and bad sources
– Structuring the novel and identifying research points
– Creating believable worlds through research
– The author’s prerogative – when and how to break with accuracy
An entertaining, warts and all story about one writer’s journey to publication and the lessons learnt along the way. A session filled with practical, real-world advice for new and emerging writers. Time also allowed for audience Q&A. Topics include: Alex’s publication story the role of luck and persistence in publication a writer’s perspective on […]
It took 15 years for Alex to sign a publishing deal with Penguin Books Australia. His debut novel, Blood Witness, was not the first one he’d written, not by a long shot. This session is the story of how Alex adapted his approach to becoming published, the industry insights he gleaned and lessons he learnt […]
This workshop addresses commercial or popular fiction — traditionally distinguished from literary fiction as being more narratively focused. It looks at what to do before you write, tips for structuring your novel and getting the most out of your characters, and how to get your manuscript into the right hands. Topics Publishing process Structuring a […]