Welcome to a conference spotlight from the Riding the Waves conference!
Today we have Allison Rushby and Allison Tait who will be presenting the workshop
DON’T SWIM ALONE: the joys of co-authoring.
Allison Tait writes fiction, non-fiction and features. Her blog Life in a Pink Fibro is one of Australia’s most popular blogs. Her first novel, Talk of the Town, will be published by Pan Macmillan in June 2013.
Allison Rushby writes anything and everything from adult fiction to YA fiction, newspaper columns and travel memoir. In 2013 she will release a wide variety of work, from New Adult e-serial The Heiresses with St Martin’s Press, to a travel memoir with Momentum Books called Keep Calm and Carry Vegemite.
Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.
Together, Allison Tait and Allison Rushby are Allison Dobell.
What prompted you to put together this workshop for “Riding The Waves”?
We think co-authoring is frequently misunderstood (we’ve actually had industry professionals warn us that it would be a rocky road ahead if we decided to co-author!). We’re also frequently asked by other writers what it’s like to write alongside someone else.
What will participants take away from this session? (OR what is the key outcome or take-home message?)
Attendees should leave with a good idea of whether co-authoring may suit them and their writing. We’ll talk about both the good and the bad bits of co-authoring – from the practicalities (how to choose your writing BFF) to the esoteric (how to resolve creative differences).
Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?
We will most definitely be using our recently published novel, Alice’s Wonderland, as an example of how we co-author.
Any advice for conference first-timers?
I know everyone says it, but, seriously, don’t be shy. Come up and say hello. It’s a requirement of joining RWA that you love a good chat. And if it’s about writing, well, even better!
Alice’s Wonderland is available now and an excerpt can be read at http://allisondobell.com. You can read more about Allison Rushby at http://www.allisonrushby.com and Allison Tait at http://www.allisontait.com.
Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2013 Riding The Waves conference in Fremantle?
I think we always look forward to simply connecting with other writers, as we both write full-time. When your workplace runs to a grand total of one person, it can feel like you’re writing in a bit of a vacuum!
Thank you ladies!