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Let’s Talk About… Writing Genre Fiction in Australia



Grace Chan and Dinuka McKenzie, hosted by Bianca Breen




With many publishers of crime, romance and science fiction based overseas and agents often focusing on literary fiction, so-called Australia doesn’t always feel like a welcoming place for writers of genre fiction. Many of this continent’s most successful writers, both critically and commercially, though, are working in this space. In this session, Grace Chan and Dinuka McKenzie discuss what it’s like to focus on a genre in our literary landscape and answer questions from the audience and our moderator.
Photos of Grace Chan and Dinuka McKenzie


This seminar will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

About the Tutor:

Grace Chan (gracechanwrites.com) is a speculative fiction writer and doctor. She has been shortlisted for the Aurealis and Norma K Hemming Awards, and for Viva la Novella. Her short fiction can be found in Clarkesworld, Going Down Swinging, Aurealis, and many other places. Her debut novel, Every Version of You, explores identity and transformation through virtual reality and mind-uploading (Affirm Press, 2022). 

Dinuka McKenzie is an Australian writer. Her debut crime fiction manuscript The Torrent won the 2020 Banjo Prize for fiction and was published by HarperCollins Australia in February 2022. Her unpublished manuscript Taken was longlisted for the 2020 Richell Prize and will be published in 2023. She is represented by Alex Adsett Literary. She lives in Southern Sydney on Dharawal Country with her husband, two kids and their pet chicken.

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Registration for this event ended on 23 May 2023 - 4:00
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