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For the first time, Continuum is able to offer author attendees an opportunity to pitch their unpublished manuscripts to agents, editors and publishers.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 to register. Registration closes Friday 23rd May.