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Saturday, 16 October 2021

The GCWA Meeting is on Saturday,16 October 2021 at Burleigh Waters Community Centre, Christine Avenue. We have a capacity of 82 people.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete the entry process so we can start on time. If you have flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and get better quickly.

Entry prices are: Members: $5.00 (EFTPOS payment preferred, although cash is acceptable)
Visitors: $10.00 (EFTPOS payment preferred, although cash is acceptable)


Order of Events from 12pm

12:00 Start
12:05 Introduction
12:15 Guest Speaker: Geneve Flynn – Speculative fiction, the state of the industry, and heroes and villains.
13:00 Afternoon Tea: Pre-packed refreshments provided or BYO
13:45 Workshop: Gail Tagarro – ‘I’m a Good Writer: I Don’t Need An Editor’
15:00 Close


Geneve Flynn

Speculative fiction is a hugely popular category on Amazon. Bram Stoker Award-winning author and editor, Geneve Flynn, will explore the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and offer insights on industry directions and how to succeed in this field. 

Some of the most memorable heroes and villains have sprung from the speculative fiction world. Think of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, Harry Potter and Voldemort, Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter. The second half of the presentation will expand on what makes these characters so resonant, and offer tips and tricks to make sure your heroes and villains are just as unforgettable. 

Geneve Flynn is an award-winning speculative fiction editor and author. She has two psychology degrees and only uses them for nefarious purposes.

She co-edited Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women with celebrated New Zealand author and editor Lee Murray. The anthology is a 2020 Bram Stoker Award® winner and is shortlisted for the 2020 Shirley Jackson Award, Aurealis Award, and Australian Shadows Award. Black Cranes is listed on Tor Nightfire’s Works of Feminist Horror and Locus magazine’s 2020 Recommended Reading List

Geneve was assistant editor for Relics, Wrecks, and Ruins, a speculative fiction anthology which features authors such as Neil Gaiman, Ken Liu, Robert Silverberg, James (SA) Corey, Lee Murray, Mark Lawrence, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Angela Slatter. The anthology is the legacy of Australian fantasy author Aiki Flinthart, and is in support of the Flinthart Writing Residency with the Queensland Writers Centre

Geneve’s short stories have been published in various markets, including Flame Tree Publishing, Things in the Well, and PseudoPod. Her latest short story, “They Call Me Mother,” will appear in Classic Monsters Unleashed with some of the biggest names in horror, including Joe Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, and Ramsey Campbell.

Geneve loves tales that unsettle, all things writerly, and B-grade action movies. If that sounds like you, check out her website at www.geneveflynn.com.au.


Gail Tagarro

Gail Tagarro is a book writing coach and Accredited Editor (AE). She currently runs four different book coaching programs, helping many aspiring writers go from zero to finished draft, including the 12-week program Get Your Book to the Finish Line™ running again in October.

Gail has been working with writers since the early 2000s. She is an AE, has an MA in linguistics, a journalism degree, years of experience in the corporate world, and 32 years running her own business. Through her book coaching programs and professional editing services, she helps authors and aspiring writers bring their fiction and nonfiction books into the world.

Gail has published an historical novel about the relationship between Chopin & the French writer George Sand during their stay in Mallorca, and a self-help nonfiction book on writing technique. As a documentation consultant in a previous life, she wrote countless corporate procedures and IT documentation.

Working with other writers doesn’t leave her much time for working on her next novel, but she plans to follow her own advice in 2022 and get stuck in.

Gail will present her workshop – ‘I’m a Good Writer: I Don’t Need An Editor’: A full disclosure workshop on how writing and editing are different skills, and how you can prepare your manuscript for your chosen editor.


New members are welcome: please email Membership Secretary, gcwa.membersec@gmail.com