18 August, 2011

NSW Writers' Centre Members Night panel tonight

If you're a Writers' Centre member, you'll already know about this panel. This is just a nudge to remind you that it's happening tonight, in an hour and a half, in fact. And look, free drinks and light refreshments at the end. So get your skates on.
Writing Genre: is it all about the rules?
Thursday 18 August, 6:30pm-8:30pm

After crime writer Peter Temple won the Miles Franklin Award his book, Truth, was said by the judges to have “transcended the genre.” Temple was less shy, he referred to Truth as a crime novel. When critics tell fantasy/sci-fi writer China Miéville he has transcended the genre, he doesn’t take it as a compliment, “I don’t think genre is a muck to be kicked off, I think it’s a set of protocols you can do wonderful things with.”

What do we mean when we talk about genre? Are the rules a restriction or are they there to be broken? If it’s good, can it still be genre? Crime writer P.M. Newton will discuss these and other questions with special guests James Bradley and Margo Lanagan as they sort out what’s going on in the world of genre writing.

Join Pam, James and Margo at the NSW Writers’ Centre for a lively discussion, with free drinks and light refreshments after.

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