GenreCon is a celebration of Australian genre fiction, bringing together diverse communities of genre writers under one tent to explore writing craft, discuss the business of writing, and engage with a research stream featuring industry specialists whose fields are of interest to creators.
It’s also a weekend-long party and networking opportunity for like-minded writers and publishing professionals united by their love of romance, fantasy, science fiction, crime, young adult, and other sub-genres that have been routinely segregated to their own corner of the bookshop. Genre fiction often gets overlooked at Australian literary festivals, but it’s the source of many of our most enduring stories and it bridges media such as film, games, and comic books in addition to fiction. We’ve started GenreCon to celebrate creators of genre works and the contributions they’ve made to the Australian literary landscape, and to foster the next generation of genre writers as they build their careers.
GenreCon is an initiative of Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) being presented under our The Australian Writer’s Marketplace (AWM) brand. The Queensland Writers Centre is Australia’s largest non-profit membership organisation for writers, and works to promote skills development and professional practice throughout its annual program of workshops and masterclasses. Our passion is getting writers where they want to go and assist them at all stages of their career.
The Australian Writer’s Marketplace is Australia and New Zealand’s only guide to the writing industry, providing submission and contact details for the print media and publishing industry through our publications, website, and workshops run at festivals around Australia.