Code of Conduct Update

We at Continuum strive to make our convention the best possible experience for everyone. Part of this process involves constantly looking at how to improve the way we do things.

We recently revised and updated our Code of Conduct to make it clearer and easier to find specific information. Everyone coming to the convention is expected to be familiar with and abide by the Code of Conduct which includes our anti-harrassment policies. Please take a moment to read through it, especially if you joined as a member before last week when it was updated.

In addition to being on the website, the Code of Conduct will also be printed in the con book, on display in the foyer and available at the registration desk.

If you have any concerns or issues please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@continuum.org.au.

Jack Dann Writing Workshop Deadline Extended

There are still spaces available for Continuum’s workshop, What Writers Must Do To Write Professional Fiction: A No-nonsense Workshop with Jack Dann – so we’re extending the sign-up deadline by another week!

Believe it or not, there is a secret to writing professional fiction. This 2 1/2 hour intensive with Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Award winner Jack Dann is a results-oriented workshop that can change the way you approach the craft of writing. It offers participants a hands-on, step-by-step writing strategy and a unique opportunity to broaden their working understanding of speculative fiction with a writer of international renown. More information about the workshop can be found here.

To attend Jack’s workshop, you must email us at programming@continuum.org.au by Sat 31st May to register. A reminder: this workshop costs $70 to attend and is available to Continuum members only. Contact us now to secure your place!

Programme Items For Aspiring Writers!

Continuum X Presents:
Tame Your Dragon! New Writers’ Day

On Sunday 8th June, Continuum X celebrates all aspiring authors with a day of events to ignite your imagination, teach you the tricks of the trade and even give you the opportunity to present your own manuscript to a panel of publishing industry professionals.

What Writers Must Do To Write Professional Fiction: A No-nonsense Workshop with Jack Dann
Believe it or not, there is a secret to writing professional fiction. This 2½-hour intensive with Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Award winner Jack Dann is a results-oriented workshop that can change the way you approach the craft of writing. It offers participants a hands-on, step-by-step writing strategy and a unique opportunity to broaden their working understanding of speculative fiction with a writer of international renown. More information about the workshop can be found here.

Punching Above Their Weight: Small Press in Australia
They take chances. They go where no big press dares. They publish new writers and veterans alike. They publish SF, fantasy, horror, humour, YA, anthologies. How and why can Australia’s vibrant small press do things large ones can’t?

Pitch Your ‘Script!
For the first time, Continuum is able to offer author attendees an opportunity to pitch their unpublished manuscripts to agents, editors and publishers. Gather your courage, and your manuscript, to spend five minutes pitching to industry professionals. If successful, you will have the opportunity to submit your full manuscript for representation or publication. Featuring: Alex Adsett (Alex Adsett Publishing Services), Kate Cuthbert (Escape Publishing), Russell Farr (Ticonderoga Publications).

Live Slushpile
Ever wondered how that story got chosen – or rejected? Our panel of editors will read out the openings of a few SF stories complete with real-time analysis, explaining at what point they would decide to keep or dump a story and why.

Guest of Honour Speech: Ambelin Kwaymullina
Ambelin Kwaymullina is an Aboriginal writer and illustrator from the Palyku people of the dry, vividly beautiful Pilbara region of Western Australia. Ambelin has written and illustrated a number of award-winning picture books as well as writing a dystopian series – ‘The Tribe’ – for Young Adults.

Continuum day membership for Sunday costs $95 for first-time Continuum membership /concession, or $120 full (purchasable on the day or on Trybooking now). Included is access to all regular speculative fiction and pop culture programming, all New Writers events (excluding Jack Dann workshop) and the presentation ceremony for the 2014 Ditmar Awards for achievement in Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror. The Jack Dann workshop requires pre-registration and is additional $70 to attend. Please email programming@continuum.org.au to register. Registration closes Friday 23rd May.

 

Day Membership Rates

If you can’t attend Continuum for the whole weekend never fear, we have single day tickets for you!

They are available to buy through Trybooking now or at the con on the day and are priced as follows:

Saturday or Sunday

Adult Day Membership $120.00
Concession/First time $95.00
Youth Day Membership (Ages 13-17) $35.00
Junior Day Membership (Ages 5-12) $15.00
Cub membership (Under 5) Free

Monday

Adult Day Membership $60.00
Concession/First time $50.00
Youth Day Membership (Ages 13-17) $35.00
Junior Day Membership (Ages 5-12) $15.00
Cub membership (Under 5) Free

And if you only want to get your groove on at the ball, Maskobalo tickets are also available to purchase online here.

We hope to see you at the con!

Fan Fund Delegates

As the Australian National Science Fiction, this year Continuum will be hosting delegates from 3 different fan funds.
The fan fund races were recently run and won and we are pleased to announce the winners who will be joining us in June:

DUFF

Juanita Coulson – a zine editor, fan artist, writer, and musician. She is best known for her science fiction fanzine Yandro, which won the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1965. Juanita is also a pioneer Star Trek fan when in 1968 she co-edited ST-Phile, the second Star Trek fanzine ever published, appearing while the original television series was first being broadcast.

NAFF

Matthew Lindus – an active member of the Perth SF community since moving there in 1998, he is a computer programmer, gamer of all sorts, and a science fiction and fantasy fan. Matthew has served in various positions on both Ghengiscon and Swancon committees and is passionate about improving accessibilty for people with mobility issues at conventions.

FFANZ

Dan Rabarts – involved in the local NZ and Australian speculative fiction fan and writing community over the past several years, Dan has served two terms on the SpecFicNZ committee, and earned several SJV nominations over the past five years. He looks forward to sharing what going on in New Zealand fandom and returning home inspired by Australian fandom’s energy.

We hope you take the opportunity during the con to welcome and have a chat with these fabulous fans!

 

Jack Dann Writing Workshop

Continuum is proud to announce our new workshop:

What Writers Must Do To Write Professional Fiction:
A No-nonsense Workshop with Jack Dann

Believe it or not, there is a secret to writing professional fiction; and it involves learning a bit of ancient cartography. (cartis = map and graph = write.)

This 2½ hour intensive with Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Award winner Jack Dann is a results-oriented workshop that can change the way you approach the craft of writing. It offers participants a hands-on, step-by-step writing strategy and a unique opportunity to broaden their working understanding of speculative fiction with a writer of international renown.

This workshop will cover how to overcome the three(+) basic hurdles to writing saleable fiction It will also cover technical and thematic aspects of historical and fantastic fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and magical realism. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about writing in the various genres (and the history of the genres); the essentials of writing cutting edge fiction and the nature of creativity; the workings of the Australian, British and American markets; the new e-commerce paradigms; how to get an agent (if necessary) and how to submit a manuscript. But most importantly, participants will learn how to overcome the basic mistakes that frustrate the inexperienced writer. They will also discover “the writer’s best friends”!

All participants will be given handouts of “The Keys to the Kingdom”, which Jack wrote for Writers Digest, an updated “Books For Writers: An Essential List”, and a fistful of other “essential” material that Jack has found helpful for writers.

This workshop will run for 2.5 hours on Sunday 8th June from 9:30am to 12pm, and will incur an additional cost of $70pp. Payment in advance is a must! To sign up, please email us at programming@continuum.org.au by Fri 23rd May.
Priority will be given to Continuum members.

If you’re wondering what you’re in for, here’s Jack’s tips for short story writing from the Queensland Writers Centre.

Norma K. Hemming Award 2014 Short List

Presented by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF),  the Norma K. Hemming Award marks excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in the form of science fiction and fantasy or related artwork or media by an Australian.

The Short List is:
A Very Unusual Pursuit – City of Orphans by Catherine Jinks (Allen & Unwin)
Caution: Contains Small Parts by Kirstyn McDermott (Twelfth Planet Press)
Dark Serpent by Kylie Chan (HarperVoyager)
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Random House)
Rupetta by N. A. Sulway (Tartarus Press (UK))
Trucksong by Andrew Macrae (Twelfth Planet Press)

Congratulations to those who made the list!
The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday 8th June at Continuum X: Carnival of Lost Souls, the 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention.