Marianne de Pierres
Speculative Fiction Masterclass with Marianne de Pierres

10am–4pm Saturday 24 October

In this full day masterclass, Marianne de Pierres will address some of the key issues in 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
  • Current industry insight

Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular Parrish Plessis trilogy and the award-winning Sentinents of Orion and Peacemaker series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into ten languages and adapted into a role-playing game, while the Peacemaker series is currently being adapted into a novel adventure game. 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 three galahs (and once upon a time three sons–before they grew up). Marianne also writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. Visit her websites at and

This tour is made possible by the support of the Australia Council for the Arts in collaboration with the national network of State and Territory Writers Centres.

Cost: $125 members, $90 concessional members, $190 non-members (includes 12 months of membership), $140 concessional non-members (includes 12 months of membership)
Venue: E Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre (formerly ACT Writers Centre workshop room)
Bookings: You can book by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.


Marianne de Pierres

You can read my current newsletter online NOW! It has all my book and story news, plus a quick update on all the wonderful reviewers writing for MDPWeb. I share the news of my new short story sale, among other snippets.

I’m also delighted to share with you a picture of my new Aurealis Ward which is sitting on my shelf along with the previous one I won for Tranformation Space in 2010, and my Curtin Alumni Award!

writing awards

Supanova Melb 2010_MDPI’ve been accruing a Pinterest Board of Favourites Scenes from TV series, TV trailers, and YouTube TV homages, so I thought I’d share some. Almost all of them (not quite all!) are accompanied by a meaningful song, which, I guess, shows the power of music in storytelling.

Years ago, when I was fresh out of high school, I dreamed of directing music videos for a living. At that point in time, it seemed the most creative, wonderful job anyone could have. I’m sure the reality is quite different but to this day, I retain a fascination with music vids; hence some of my sporadic blogging on the topic.

Anyway, as my current storytelling obsession is watching TV series, occasionally I encounter a scene that taps strong emotions in me. Below I share some of them with you. Please let me know your own experiences.

Marianne x


Person of Interest S2 Episode 10 Gimmeee Shelter

John is captured and his wooden expression is surprisingly evocative to those who know his character. ‘It’s been fun, Harold.’

The music is a stirring counterpart, and I’m not even a Rolling Stones fan. This scene has given me much greater love for this song.



The Blacklist

Spine tingling juxtaposition of song and scene: psychopathic Reddington and Gordon Lighfoot’s Sundown. Perfection!

Unfortunately this is only a snip of the whole thing. I’m waiting for someone to put the entire scene up on YT.

Saving Grace

This is not a scene for an episode, but a mix of images that encapsulate a wonderful, ground-breaking series that I found life changing. Grace Hannadarko in all her quixotic moods.

Veronica Mars

Only a Veronica and Logan love scene could play out like this. Dialogue at it’s most realistic. No music for this one.

Orphan Black

The Clone Dance is creepy, sexy, funny, and a testament to Tatiana’s acting ability. I’ve watched this hundreds of times.

The Bridge

The Bridge theme song is haunting, sinister, bleak. I mean seriously BLEAK.

Bleak. Bleak. Bleak. I feel lonely every time I hear it.




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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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