What fiction writers and editors can learn from genre fiction

13 April, 2019

A full-day seminar-workshop on fiction writing and editing

Popular fiction, genre fiction, commercial fiction: whatever you call it, it’s the publisher’s bread and butter. Long decried as the less serious cousin of literary fiction, genre fiction was a best-selling phenomenon long before screen adaptations like Game of Thrones and The Haunting of Hill House made them mainstream. The establishment may look down on it, but legions of fans continue to raise genre fiction to the top of the market.

Writers and editors can gain a lot from learning together. Fiction writers will learn how to incorporate elements of genre fiction to enhance their own work and help their manuscript thrive on the market, while editors will learn how to guide their authors towards success with the help of genre-fiction editing stratagems. Even non-fiction editors will learn ways to make a text more appealing while building on their versatility and skillset.


Kate CuthbertUpper body photo of Kate, a smiling woman with short brown hair wearing a blue shirt.

Kate Cuthbert established Escape Publishing, the romance genre imprint for Harlequin Australia, and ran it as Managing Editor for seven years. But before making it a career, she was a genre fiction addict and an award-winning reviewer for national and international publications.

Her seminar–workshop will introduce you to aspects of genre fiction that can be applied to all types of fiction, including literary. She will reveal frameworks and crafting to help you or your client succeed. The initial overview of practical writing techniques for fundamental elements like character development, conflict, plot, pacing and setting will suit beginner writers and editors as well as those looking to polish and refine their skills. You’ll receive publishing tips (notably on the importance of paratexts like covers and blurbs), and you’ll find out what you can do to make publishers notice your manuscript and save it from the dreaded slush pile.

Be prepared for a jam-packed day of learning, discussions and networking. See you there!


Date: Saturday 13 April 2019
Time: Time: 9.00am (for 9.30 start) – 4.00pm
Place: The Gallery, Theatre Gardens
180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco (Between Bagot Rd and Hamersley Rd. Free weekend parking.)
Cost: IPEd members $150, members of writing centres $160, non-members $175. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.


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Registrations close: Friday 5th April 2019
Bookings are essential!
Enquiries: Michèle Drouart