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Gunnas Sci Fi Writing Masterclass With Marianne de Pierres

Time: 10am-4pm
Venue: La Luna Bistro

Interested in writing science fiction, fantasy or speculative fiction? This is for you!

In this full day master class, Marianne de Pierres will address some of the key components of writing speculative fiction, including how to build convincing worlds, maintain narrative drive, and effectively blend sub-genres. A section of the workshop will also be spent on sharing current industry insight and the exploring the concept of creating adaptable content for New Media–how to survive in the brave new world of publishing.

Learning outcomes

  • Excellence in world-building
  • How to maintain narrative drive
  • How to successfully blend speculative fiction genres
  • How to create speculative fiction for the new world of publishing


Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular PARRISH PLESSIS trilogy and the award-winning SENTIENTS OF ORION and PEACEMAKER series.

Marianne has also authored children’s and young adult stories, notably the Night Creatures trilogy a dark fantasy series for teens.

Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and a galah. Marianne also writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt.

Visit her websites at and

As with all Gunnas classes, a sumptuous gourmet morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is included.

Great food, awesome people, brilliant day. Full $290

Conc/student/artist/unemployed/anyone povo $250

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The Peacemaker: Book OneI’m hoping some of my Brisbane friends and readers will join Trent Jamieson and I at the Avid Reader Book Club evening in May.

Details are as follows:

Science Fiction Bookclub – Marianne de Pierres

Monday 29 May 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop

Tickets $7.50
Tickets available until 29 May 2017 6:30 PM

We’ll be discussing PEACEMAKER and MYTHMAKER, published by Angry Robot Books.

Hiya! I’m conducting a two day workshop in Kilcoy at the GONDOR WRITERS CENTRE on May 30th and 31st. Contact Elaine Ouston to book your attendance. It is very reasonably priced, so don’t miss out.

I’ve been presenting worldbuilding and research workshops for a few years and I’ve learned some great tips to help you make your novels and stories more authentic. I can’t wait to share them with you. Bring a friend and have a fun weekend away!

worldbuildingMarianne’s Workshops: 

Research and World-building

Day One: Research – how to start, where to look, and when to stop!

Day Two: World-building – creating authentic worlds without turning your novel into an indigestible travel diary. How much do you need to know? Learn what to put in and what to leave out.


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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 





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