OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo what have I been up to this past while?

Well, check the video below and you can see!

There’s also an interview up on the Writers’ Victoria site, ahead of my master classes there in September. Not too late to sign up for them! There will be a session in Melbourne and one in Geelong.

And I was delighted to see this mention of my Branding workshop in the Bayside Bulletin. The Macleay Island writers are a great bunch of people!

Probably my biggest news though, is that I received a scholarship to pursue my Masters of Philosophy (research–creative practice) at the University of Queensland next year. I’m terribly excited, and can’t wait to begin in January 2015. Never too old to be a student :)

I’m booked to run two spec fic master classes for Writers’ Victoria in September. Sign up now, or miss out. Course outlines below:

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Spec Fic Masterclass

(Londsdale Street, Melbourne)

Sunday 28 September 2014, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Presented by: Marianne de Pierres
Rating: Emerging and Established
Type: Masterclass

Address some of the key issues in writing speculative fiction, including how to build convincing worlds, maintain narrative drive, and effectively mix sub-genres. Get an up-to-date insight into the industry, explore the concept of creating adaptable content for New Media and how to survive in the brave new world of publishing.

Learning Outcomes 
• Excellence in world-building 
• How to maintain narrative drive 
• How to successfully mix speculative fiction genres 
• How to create speculative fiction for the new world of publishing 
• Current industry insight

Marianne de Pierres is a multi-award winning Australian author of novels written in the science fiction, fantasy, crime, and young adult genres. Over the eighteen years Marianne has been a professional writer, she’s acquired a wide skill base and knowledge about the craft and business of writing. Marianne is currently tutoring in writing at the University of Queensland and is the Project Manager for WRITE101x, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) being developed by uqX as part of the edX consortium.

Marianne will also be giving this workshop in Geelong on Saturday 27 September.

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.

Book online now.

 

Spec Fic Masterclass

(Geelong)

Saturday 27 September 2014, 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Presented by: Marianne de Pierres
Rating: Emerging and Established
Type: Masterclass

Address some of the key issues in writing speculative fiction, including how to build convincing worlds, maintain narrative drive, and effectively mix sub-genres. Get an up-to-date insight into the industry, explore the concept of creating adaptable content for New Media and how to survive in the brave new world of publishing.

Learning Outcomes 
• Excellence in world-building 
• How to maintain narrative drive 
• How to successfully mix speculative fiction genres 
• How to create speculative fiction for the new world of publishing 
• Current industry insight

Marianne de Pierres is a multi-award winning Australian author of novels written in the science fiction, fantasy, crime, and young adult genres. Over the eighteen years Marianne has been a professional writer, she’s acquired a wide skill base and knowledge about the craft and business of writing. Marianne is currently tutoring in writing at the University of Queensland and is the Project Manager for WRITE101x, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) being developed by uqX as part of the edX consortium.

Marianne will also be giving this workshop in Melbourne on Sunday 28 September.

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. It is presented in collaboration with Geelong Writers and Belmont Library.

Book online now.

Awards

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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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