Welcome to the first Conference Spotlight post of 2014. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing your presenters for the core conference workshops. Pull on your sports shorts, tie your running shoes and get down to warm ups, it’s time to rock romance at Olympic Park. Let the Games begin!
On Track B, Session 2, Saturday 9th August, Valerie Parv seizes the baton with The Inside Story on How to Draw your Readers into your Fictional World.
The Inside Story
On Facebook, we soon learn that the advertising we see on our timelines can be completely different from what our friends see. Depending on our likes and comments, one friend may see anti-aging and diet products while another gets cars and travel. It’s the same with writing – different readers perceive your words differently. So how can we be sure that our writing draws them in and makes them forget they’re reading fiction? Through interaction and fun exercises, this workshop explores five ways to engage your reader with your story world, keeping you on the same page until the end.
Your Presenter – Valerie Parv
Valerie Parv is one of Australia’s most successful authors with more than 29 million copies of her books sold. They have been widely translated and are now available as ebooks. For many years, The State Library of NSW has collected her literary papers and the project is ongoing. She holds a master of arts from Queensland University of Technology, and is the first Australian author to receive a Pioneer of Romance award from RT Book Reviews, New York. Her science fiction/romance Beacons series is her most ambitious yet, starting with Birthright (2012) and Earthbound(2014) with a novella, Starfound bridging the two, followed by the climactic series conclusion, Homeworld. (Corvallis Press, Oregon, USA). Valerie is represented by Linda Tate of The Tate Gallery Pty Ltd in Sydney, and enjoys connecting with readers via www.valerieparv.com, her blog, valerieparv.wordpress.com, @ValerieParv on twitter and on Facebook.
Valerie’s extends her expertise and generosity by mentoring new writers through the Valerie Parv Award created in her honour by Romance Writers of Australia. She has served as an Australia Day Ambassador for the past six years and loves visiting communities in regional NSW, adding a tractor pull, yabby racing and thong throwing to her list of experiences.