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A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.


This workshop will discuss writing fantasy fiction from the first flash of inspiration to preparing for publication, focusing on:

  • the many different types of speculative fiction, from magic realism to heroic fantasy
  • turning ideas and images into a complete work of fantastic fiction
  • importance of plot and character
  • creating an 'other world' with its own inherent logic and cohesion
  • originality and freshness - how to avoid the hackneyed without surrendering familiarity
  • how to go about finding an agent and publisher

Cost For workshops:
The Australian Society of Authors has a recommended rate for all public appearances. Please see the ASA website for details.