We need your involvement. While GenreCon bring in a bunch of awesome guests, the conference is only possible thanks to the team of attending writers, editors, and agents who volunteer their expertise over the course of the weekend, delivering workshops and discussion panels on a range of writing and publishing topics. If you’d like to be involved in this year’s program, all the details you need to know are available on the Getting Involved at GenreCon page
We’re looking for writers at ever level of experience, from beginners to established pros. We’ll be taking expressions of interest for program volunteers up until July 31, when the GenreCon team sit down to start finalizing thing year’s program.
Speaking of special guests, we’d like to welcome two more special guests to this year’s conference – Mary Robinette Kowal and Angela Savage.
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean.
Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.
Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit maryrobinettekowal.com.
Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first crime novel to feature Australian expatriate PI Jayne Keeney, Behind the Night Bazaar, won the 2004 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She won the 2011 Scarlett Stiletto Award with her short story, ‘The Teardrop Tattoos’, and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her most recent novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award.
In the 1990s, Angela worked on HIV/AIDS programs for the Australian Red Cross, based in Laos, Vietnam and later Thailand. In 2008, she relocated with her family to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for twelve months. For more than 15 years, Angela combined her writing career with work in the community sector, most recently heading up a small peak of community development organisations in Victoria. She has a Combined Honours degree in History and Philosophy of Science and Criminology from the University of Melbourne, and in 2014 commenced a PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
Angela lives in Melbourne with her partner, writer Andrew Nette, and their daughter.Read More
2015 GenreCon Registration is now live. To book your tickets, head over the Australian Writers Marketplace store where there are options to pick up Weekend Registrations, book Banquet Tickets, and secure your place at the opening night reception.Read More