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Worldbuilding – not just for fantasy writers! | Sue-Ellen Pashley

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Worldbuilding is often seen as the domain of fantasy writers. But it’s so much more than just creating a fantasy world. It’s in the foundation of every story – even those set in the real world. It encompasses where we set our story in both location and time, it’s the mood of the book, the way our characters move in their setting and environment, the reason why our characters interact as they do. The world pushes on our characters and the characters push back in some way – just as we do in real life! It draws the reader in, …

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Perfecting Your Pitch & Plotting Your Story | Soraya M. Lane.

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Whether you’re a new writer starting out or an already published author, one thing you have to be good at is pitching. This is as true for someone querying agents as it is for someone already working with an editor? Why? Because pitching doesn’t stop when you sell your first or even your 30th book – trust me, I’m in the thick of writing pitches right now! I’m fortunate to be able to sell ideas at proposal stage, thanks to working with my editors for some time, but if I can’t write a good, short pitch to hook their attention, …

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Kiss and Tell | Nicole Flockton

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Texas-based romance writer, Nicole Flockton, writes contemporary novels in the living room of her Houston home. A former Perth resident, Nicole is a USA Today Bestselling author with 32 books to her name and a proud member of both the American and Australian romance writers’ associations. Before becoming a full-time author, Nicole worked as an executive assistant and now devotes her time to writing, raising a family, volunteering at her children’s school, reading and watching sports.

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Setting and Context |A PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES WITH STELLA QUINN

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Episode 1 The Setting & Context series of articles is concerned with “setting” in fiction. What is it? How is it done? How important is setting to story and character and reader enjoyment? Over the coming months, I will be peeking behind the scenes of fictional landscapes from the comfort of our armchairs, some favourite novels in hand, in search of answers to these questions.

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Simply Writing | TIS THE SEASON TO BE QUERYING . . .

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I’m not certain there is a particular season for querying an editor or agent, but I thought this a fitting title given that Christmas has just been and gone, and who wouldn’t want a contract tied up with a pretty green, red and gold bow? When submitting a manuscript to an editor or agent, there are so many things we have to not only remember, but get right. How should we structure our query? What must we include and what must we leave out? And what factors should we take into consideration as we word that wonderful yet critical covering …

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MARCH OWL | Playing at being God: effective and fun world-building with Sue-Ellen Pashley

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Course Dates: 4 — 31 March 2019Cost: RWA Member—$55. Non-RWA Member—$88.Venue: Online RWA Moodle Platform Booking link: www.trybooking.com/ZQRA About the course… World-building is an important element of any story and, when done well, can become a character in its own right. But how do you make sure that you’re an effective ‘God’? How can you ensure that your world, whether it’s real, alternative or imaginary, makes sense and is a good foundation for your characters and plot? And how much is enough? This course will give participants strategies, information and checklists to help you get this right. The course will …

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Cover Crush | February

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Another month has come and gone. Can you believe we are already into February? I’ve hardly finished washing the clothes from the holiday period and here I am, sending my baby to Pre-School. As they say, the days are long but the years are fast. This month, after viewing the tempting delights of our Member New Releases, I’d like to focus on the opportunity to embrace new subjects within our genre.

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Volunteer of the Month | Karina Coldrick

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Karina started writing Empire Strikes Back fan fiction as a seven year-old and hasn’t stopped writing since. Her work has won awards in Australia and the USA, including the Valerie Parv Award in 2014. Originally from Perth, WA, she met her husband-to-be when studying in the UK and they have since lived in Ireland and Australia. After deciding their lives had too much sunshine and not enough castles, Karina and her family moved to live in the heart of the Emerald Isle, close to the river Shannon. They love the area so much, she and her husband have recently started giving tours. …