Category: teaching

How to Avoid Gillian at Conflux in 2018

Saturday 29 September 1.30 pm Workshop, Writing the Other This builds on old research and new research and is going to be very handy for any writer who wants aliens, cultures other than their own, or non-derivative characters in their work. It’s also handy for non-writers who want to understand what writers do, but the …

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The Great Avoidance. How to Avoid Gillian at Continuum 13 (Australian National SF Convention)

My regular guide for the wary. If you avoid me, you will miss my news. There will be news, so avoiding me is a great way of remaining in a state of mildly addled curiosity. If you avoid me, you will also avoid chocolate. I am thus a great aid to dieting. It’s good chocolate, …

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When the New becomes the Same-Old

I’ve reached the stage where I’m tired of the Not-Quite-New Black in SFF. I would very much like publishers to stop pushing gritty urban noir fantasy at me right now, whether it has elves or not, whether it’s derived from ancient gods or not, whether it’s set in London (which most are) or somewhere else. …

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On Listening and Writing

My last class for the year was all about teaching my students to listen to the stories told by traditional owners, and how not to explore artefacts as complete outsiders while considering oneself an insider. We talked about why. We did lots of listening. In fact, we spent nearly an hour and a half and …

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Foodishness

My course on food in history starts on 5 February ( there are still places, if anyone Canberra is interested ) so I thought I’d start the 17th century food cookalong-at-home next weekend, to bring all my foodie stuff into alignment. Every month I’ll put recipes up in the last weekend of the month for …

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