Creative Conversations at FAWWA


Creative Conversations, a new initiative organised by FAWWA, will run over the next nine months at Mattie Furphy House.

Each session has three parts: a conversation and a workshop, followed by a manuscript assessment for five writers.

In the conversation, the featured author discusses his or her creative process with another author or creator. Topics discussed will range from dreaming up mystery novels which persuade readers to follow the whole series, to entry into a poet’s creative world.

Audience members will be encouraged to become involved in the conversation.

The conversations will take place on the first Sunday of each month, at 3pm. (Entry: $10)

A week after the conversation, the featured writer will lead a workshop on an aspect of their work or the creative life. The workshops are aimed at introducing new skills to emerging writers, whether they be honing the perfect sentences or bringing the past to life. (Cost is $30 non FAWWA members, $25 FAWWA members.)

In the following fortnight, by arrangement, the featured author will provide manuscript assessment of a short excerpt (5-6 pages) to 5 writers and give feedback.

The first conversation is this afternoon, 8th March, at 3pm, and features crime writer Alan Carter in conversation with Georgia Richter from Fremantle Press.

Alan will talk about creating a Crime Fiction Series—heroes, villains, and the zeitgeist. 

Alan Carter

Alan was born in Sunderland, UK, and immigrated to Australia in 1991. He lives in Fremantle with his wife Kath and son Liam and works as a television documentary director. His first novel, Prime Cut, was shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award in 2010, and won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction in 2011. The sequel, Getting Warmer, was released in October 2013. The third book in the Cato Kwong series, Bad Seed, has just been released by Fremantle Press.

Next Sunday, 15th March, also at 3pm, Alan will run a workshop. He will cover topics such as: crime scene investigation; creating the characters—creating heroes, villains, and an ensemble cast that your readers will not only want to stick around with for a book, but for a series; points of view; a sense of time and place; plots, subplots and red herrings; cliff-hangers and resolutions; and practical tips for the perfect crime.


Next month’s author is Moira McKinnon.

moira mckinnon

Moira was born in Western Australia, one of six children. Although she was drawn to writing, she became a general practitioner then an epidemiologist, with an emphasis on infectious diseases. She spent her early working life in the outback, mainly with Aboriginal people. In 1992 she wrote a short story, Toyota Dreaming, which won the Harold Goodwin short story prize at the Henry Lawson festival. Many years later, she started writing again, and her essay, ‘Who Killed Matilda?’, was a co-winner of the National Calibre essay award in 2011. Her novel, ‘Cicada’, set in the Kimberley, was published by Allen and Unwin in 2014.

Moira will be in conversation with author Marlish Glorie on Sunday, 12th April, at 3pm about ‘Writing across the cultural divide – can a writer be true to both sides?’

The following week, Sunday, 19th April, at 3pm she will run a workshop on ‘The power of the sentence’. The workshop will examine tools and methods to create great sentences, looking at the rhythm, balance and suspense of sentences of master writers.

More information:

For more about the Creative Conversations series and to see the list of upcoming authors, download the booklet Creative Conversations, or visit the FAWWA website.