places i’ll be

June 22 – Emerging Writers Festival – Lunchtime Lit: Writing Queer Characters
In a post-postal world, are we seeing ourselves? From #ownvoices to #AusQueerYA, audiences are demanding representation that reflects the full spectrum of queer experiences. Alison Evans, Kim Ho and Angela Serrano discuss the art of crafting dynamic and nuanced queer characters in different forms.

FREE, more details on EWF’s website.

June 24 – Emerging Writers’ Festival – Subverting Genre (part of the National Writers’ Conference)
Romance. Gothic Literature. Queer YA. Literary Thrillers. Dip your toes into four 15-minute talks about subverting genre tropes and creating new archetypes in fiction. With Alison Evans, Calvin Fung, Alli Sinclair and Rhydian Thoma.

Tickets available from EWF’s website.

July 25 – Queerstories
Join a diverse line up of stars and strangers for a night of queer stories, unexpected tales of lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour, hosted by Maeve Marsden. The LGBTQIA community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating our own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family and community. With Jax Jacki Brown, Emma Valente, Adolfo Aranjuez, Imam Nur Warsame, Clementine Ford + more to be announced.

At Howler in Brunswick, more details on Facebook.

August 27 – Melbourne Writers Festival – All About YA
What goes into writing a YA book? How do you come up with well-rounded characters? How do you end a story? Brilliant authors Alison Evans, Eliza Henry-Jones and Melissa Keil answer all your questions about the making of a book.

Tickets available on MWF’s website.

August 28 – Melbourne Writers Festival – Creating Worlds
Learn how to create your own book universe! Sci-fi writer Alison Evans (Ida) and Hilary Rogers, author of the upcoming Girltopia, show you how to write the perfect world for your book, where the only limits are your imagination.

Tickets available on MWF’s website.