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#HNSA2017 Brilliant!

What a fantastic, inspiring conference was HNSA 2017! This second Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference, I have to say, was even more brilliant and better than the first.

The hugely diverse and wide-ranging program of speakers, super sessions and workshops provided so much choice – from sessions on ‘personal histories’ with renowned writers such as Kate Forsyth, Sophie Masson and Deborah Challinor, giving insight into their processes and work, to panel discussions on Modern Voice in Historical Fiction and Authenticity Vs Truth to the insightful publisher Pathways to Publication and First Pages critiques. There was also a separate academic program and hands-on opportunities to learn of armour and armouring and historical costumes.

The conference was also a wonderful opportunity to catch up with many writing friends and fellow authors and to meet quite a few new ones during the frequent breaks and/or the cocktail party and dinner nights.

I had a fabulous time and came away inspired, motivated and with lots of new resources and authors to check out.

I got a bit excited too on the tweeting side, and, with so much of value to share, rather than go into all the insights and memorable moments, I’ll share them again below in tweets.

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If you’d like to check out any other snippets of wisdom I shared or pics, you can find them on my Twitter feed @chrisbellwrites.

I’d like to say a special thank you to Elisabeth Storrs, Chris Foley and the wonderful Historical Novel Society Australasia team for an amazing event. Roll on 2019.

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#HNSA2015

Stepping into the past is something all historical fiction authors and readers love to do, and in a room full of like minds and 21st century technology, it’s even more fun. Just ask the hundred and sixty enthusiastic attendees/tweeters gathered recently in Sydney for the inaugural Australian Historical Novel Society Conference.

I took plenty of notes, but also discovered how fantastic Twitter is for capturing quotes and the essence of talks and then for sharing them, both with those attending and any interested to follow at #HNSA2015.

Rather than go into heaps of detail about the diverse range of sessions, ranging from personal histories to What is it about the Tudors, to YA historical fiction competing against volumes of vampires, I’m just going to let a few of the tweets talk. Along with some of the pics, including those of a fun and fabulous reading between our lovely conference patron Kate Forsyth, cheeky keynote Colin Falconer and (missing her second calling) the marvellous Jess Blackadder.

If you’d like a snapshot of the conference from tweeters including @KateForsyth @jesseblackadder @kmjgardiner checkout #HNSA 2015 on Twitter.

Many thanks to Chris Foley, Elisabeth Storrs and all their team for a fantastic event. I cannot wait until the next one *** IN MELBOURNE*** in 2017.

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