Category Archives: Writing Groups

Margo Reveals What it’s like inside a ROR Crit Week!

From Margo … A Deepening ROR—a wRiters On the Rise workshop, from the inside First there’s a bit of foreplay. Someone pipes up online: “When’s the next ROR?” Someone at the other end of the country: “I’ll have a novel … Continue reading

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Raring to ROR…

As some of you might know our ROR writing group gets together every 12 – 18 months to critique our books in progress. Back in 2001 at the first ROR we read Margo Lanagan’s Black Juice anthology and wept over … Continue reading

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How Writing Competitions can help you …

Today we’re going to hear from 2 members of the RWA Paranormal Romance e-group, who have been driving their writing craft and writing careers forward by entering writing competitions. For anyone writing a book that contains characters who are motivated … Continue reading

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Paul Mannering: How did I get here?

For the first time ever, Angry Robot opened its doors to independent submissions. New Zealand based Paul Mannering – along with thousands of other hopeful writers – submitted the first five chapters of his SF/Zombie-horror manuscript Tankbread. A long-time member … Continue reading

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Meet Richard Harland

A man of many waistcoats, Richard Harland is a great raconteur. (If you ever have to do a reading at an SF Con, try not to be slotted in after him). A writer of SF, fantasy, horror, mystery and the … Continue reading

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Meet Maxine McArthur

I met Maxine McArthur at World Con in 1999. In those heady days Random House was developing a genre line which published Tansy, Maxine and myself. (Random House discontinued the line, orphaning all three of us). Maxine’s first book Time … Continue reading

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Dark Urban Fantasy …

Readers of the spec fic sub genres have noticed the advance of a related sub genre appearing on the bookshop shelves – Dark Urban Fantasy (DUF) or Paranormal Romance. This cousin of spec fic’s Dark Urban Fantasy has been doing … Continue reading

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