Workshops

This year, Continuum is delighted to be offering three workshops for attendees. Click the link to be taken to the info and sign up for each workshop.

Manuscript Assessment with Alex Adsett and Abigail Nathan
Pitch Session with Alex Adsett
Writing Fight Scenes For Women with Aiki Flintheart
Origami with Kopratic


Manuscript Assessment with Alex Adsett and Abigail Nathan

Time: TBC
Duration: 20 mins/session
Cost: $130 – click here to pay
Sign Up Form: click here

Have you got a finished manuscript that you want professional feedback on? Are you not sure if your manuscript has commercial potential, or what more needs to be done before you submit to agents or publisher? Are you looking for professional editorial advice on how to improve your writing? Are you wondering if you should pitch to USA or UK agents, or look within Australia? This is a rare opportunity for a dual face-to-face consultation with two industry professionals –  literary agent Alex Adsett and SFF editor Abigail Nathan (Bothersome Words).  Together, Abigail can provide editorial advice on your manuscript, and Alex can provide publishing strategies and market insights.

Only one assessment per author. Assessment will include the first 25 pages of your manuscript, one page synopsis, one page cover letter including author bio (Note: cover letter is not to Alex and Abigail, but to a theoretical publisher or agent). Pages are to be submitted electronically at least 10 days in advance in a single word document, Times font 12, double spaced.  If you are clear on what kind of feedback you specifically want, please include a sentence letting us know.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is a manuscript consultation, and is not a submission for agency representation. As an agent, Alex is seeking works of full length fiction or narrative non-fiction for adults, young adults and children, with a focus on crime, romance and science fiction fantasy. The agency does not represent memoir, spiritual/new age, poetry, plays or short stories.

Alex is also taking 5 min pitch sessions as a literary agent. Consider if a pitch session is more relevant to where you are with your writing.

Bio – Alex Adsett

Alex Adsett is a literary agent and publishing consultant offering commercial contract advice to authors and publishers.  She has more than twenty years’ experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry and has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. As a consultant, Alex helps authors and publishers negotiate publishing contracts in line with industry standards.  As a literary agent, she is focused on finding exceptional manuscripts for adults, young adults and children, including romance, commercial, science fiction, fantasy, crime, mystery, picture books and narrative non-fiction. Alex represents a select stable of authors including Jodi McAlister, Marlee Jane Ward, Sasha Wasley, and Catherine Pelosi. She is often to be found on twitter at @alexadsett or via her website www.alexadsett.com.au.

Bio – Abigail Nathan

Abigail Nathan has run Bothersome Words Editing & Writing Services since 2004. She provides mentoring, proofreading, structural and copy editing, and specialises in fiction (including genre — fantasy, science fiction, horror, crime, suspense, romance etc) for adults, young adults and middle grade. Abigail has worked with major Australian and UK trade publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette and Gollancz; as well as small presses in the USA. Her work with publishers includes editing authors such as Karen Miller, Traci Harding and Alastair Reynolds, and she also works with self-publishing writers such as Mitchell Hogan and Maria Lewis. Abigail managed the Editors NSW website for over ten years and occasionally presents editing and self-publishing workshops. She is a member of the Freelance Editors’ Network and a mentor for Writing NSW. She can be found on Twitter @BothersomeWords and blogging at http://www.bothersomewords.com/blog.

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Pitch Session with Alex Adsett

Time: TBC
Duration: 5 mins – 3 mins pitch, 2 mins discussion
Cost: Free
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Manuscripts should be at least almost finished, but preferably finished and polished.  Alex will consider manuscripts from middle grade, young adult, and adult, in SFF, crime, mystery or romance genres.

 

Bio

 

Alex Adsett is a literary agent and publishing consultant offering commercial contract advice to authors and publishers.  She has more than twenty years’ experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry and has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. As a consultant, Alex helps authors and publishers negotiate publishing contracts in line with industry standards.  As a literary agent, she is focused on finding exceptional manuscripts for adults, young adults and children, including romance, commercial, science fiction, fantasy, crime, mystery, picture books and narrative non-fiction. Alex represents a select stable of authors including Jodi McAlister, Marlee Jane Ward, Sasha Wasley, and Catherine Pelosi. She is often to be found on twitter at @alexadsett or via her website www.alexadsett.com.au.

Writing Fight Scenes for Women with Aiki Flintheart
Time: TBC
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $20/person (includes copy of Writing Fight Scenes for Women book) – click here to pay
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With more and more ‘strong’ female protagonists appearing in genre fiction, it’s essential authors know how to write authentic fight scenes for them – be it arguments or fisticuffs. Writing what you see in movies won’t cut it because a real fight isn’t like what’s on screen. Use this workshop to learn not only how to write scene that feels, sounds, tastes and smells real to the reader, but to understand the differences between how men and women fight. And how they react, physiologically and psychologically, before, during and after the event.

BioAiki lives in Brisbane, Australia and runs a business with her husband and son. She has over 18 years study/training and teaching in the samurai martial art of Yoshinkan Aikido. She has also cross-trained in jujitsu and gracie jujitsu. She has trained in Japanese-style swordfighting, and is ambidextrous in longbow, horsebow and throwing knives.
In 2017 she was shortlisted in the Aurealis Awards and in the Writers of the Future (USA) competition, plus shortlisted again in 2018 in the Writers of the Future comp. 2011 she e-published a fantasy series for young adults: 80AD. The series spent three years in the I-books top 100 list and over 400,000 copies have been downloaded from Amazon and Smashwords alone. In 2018 her urban fantasy Shadows trilogy came out to five star reviews. 2018 also saw the release of the first in the Kalima Chronicles: IRON. In 2017 she edited an anthology of short stories Return and had short stories published in two anthologies.
She has a BSc Hons in Geology. She has an Adult Training Certification IV and has taught adults in classroom and individual situations for 10 years. She runs a business fulltime and has studied, informally, psychology and personal development for 15 years. She plays four musical instruments. She also paints and bellydances, just for the fun of it.
Aiki Flinthart is a nom-de-plume, since her real name is even stranger

Origami with Kopratic
Time: TBC
Duration:
Cost: gold coin donation on the day
In this workshop, we’ll learn some of the basics of origami and apply them to create two models: a Star Wars X-Wing, as well as a unicorn. We might also chat about life in Mongolia and learn some simple phrases in Mongolian. Materials will be provided.

 

Bio

Kopratic is a monster from the state of Louisiana in the US, currently teaching English in Mongolia. Why a monster? His hobbies include purposefully reading series (and sometimes individual books) out of order and occasionally doing some art folds of books. He is also one of the bloggers over at The Fantasy Inn. His favourite sub-genre of fantasy is New Weird.