Conference Spotlight ~ GenreCon

Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the


Today we have some information from a Bronze Conference Sponsor – GenreCon.

GenreCon 2012

When: November 2-4, 2012
Where: Rydges Parramatta, 116 James Ruse Drive, Parramatta
Bookings/FMI: GenreCon 2012 Online

What is it?

GenreCon is a new national conference celebrating Australian genre fiction. It brings together diverse communities of genre writers under one tent to explore writing craft, discuss the business of writing and publishing, and get specialist knowledge to feed their stories.

Genre fiction is the source of many of our most enduring stories and it bridges media such as film, games, and comic books in addition to literature. We’ve started GenreCon to celebrate Australian creators of genre works and the contributions they’ve made to the literary landscape, and to foster the next generation of genre writers as they build their careers.


Who is coming?

GenreCon welcomes genre-writers from every corner of the bookshop, from romance to fantasy to crime, and those whose work crosses the aisle. Among some of the special guests who will be leading discussions, sharing knowledge (and the occasional cocktail) are…

Sarah Wendell is author of the book Everything I Know About Love, I Learned from Romance Novels, co-author of the book, Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels, and co-founder of Smart Bitches Trashy Books, one of the most globally popular blogs examining romance fiction. Smart Bitches Trashy Books specializes in reviewing romance novels, pondering the history and future of the genre in digital form and in print, and bemoaning the enormous prevalence of bodacious pectorals adorning male cover models.

Anna Campbell has written seven historical romances for HarperCollins Australia and her work is published internationally, including in the United States, Germany, Russia, Turkey and Japan. Anna has won numerous awards for her sweeping, emotional stories set in the early 19th century, including the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill, the Heart of Excellence, the Aspen Gold, and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s most popular historical romance. The Australian Romance Readers Association voted Anna their favorite Australian romance author of 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2012, Anna launches an exciting new publishing venture with her first series “Sons of Sin”, beginning with Seven Nights In A Rogue’s Bed in October 2012.

Helene Young is a contemporary suspense author and lives near a beach just north of Cairns. When she’s not writing, she flies Dash 8 aircraft around regional Australia. Her stories are set in the top end of Australia – a wild and wonderful, larger-than-life environment just begging to be showcased in novels filled with intrigue. Her latest book is Burning Lies.

Kim Wilkins was born in London, and grew up at the seaside north of Brisbane, Australia. She has degrees in literature and creative writing, and teaches writing at the University of Queensland and in the community. Her first novel, The Infernal, a supernatural thriller was published in 1997. Since then, she has published across many genres and for many different age groups. Kim publishes contemporary epic romances as Kimberley Freeman, including her latest, Lighthouse Bay.

Presented by…

GenreCon is an initiative of the Queensland Writers Centre, presented under our national platform The Australian Writer’s Marketplace. Queensland Writers Centre is one of Australia’s most successful non-profit organisations for writers. We strive for more Australian writers to have sustainable careers and to be read and enjoyed throughout the world. Our national programs support the artistic and professional development of writers through mentoring, manuscript development, peer support and industry-relevant education. Our passion is getting writers where they want to go and assisting them at all stages of their career.


Thank you GenreCon and Jennifer St. George.

Our next spotlight is on the 6th August. 


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