Why I created the Conflux Writer’s Day

By Nicole Murphy
Convenor, Conflux Writer’s Day

A couple of conversations have made it clear that some people don’t quite get the Conflux Writer’s Day. So let me attempt to explain…

My day job (yes, this is important) is as a professional conference organiser. The company I work for specialises in academic conferences. At these, you have a mix of keynote speakers (chosen by the committee) and concurrent presentations. The concurrents are chosen after a blind review process. They’re called concurrents because they run concurrently in the program. The keynotes don’t have to compete with anyone else.

The concurrent presentations are quite short – between 10-20 minutes – and are designed to present the latest research. Generally, each is done by one person (although occasionally two or three will present). It’s an overload of information.

My specialty is working with these speakers and running the process to pull these presentations together. It’s something I really enjoy.

Now, I happen to believe that writers need to get as much information from as many different sources as possible when deciding on things like career development. Everyone’s journey is unique, and if you get caught up with thinking that one person’s way is the only way to do things, you’ll damage yourself because you CAN’T have someone else’s career.

And what’s a good way to give writers a lot of information, I thought? The format of an academic conference would work really well.

And lo, the Conflux Writer’s Day was born.

Some of the presenters will have the opportunity for Q&A at the end of their presentations. Some are doing almost all their presentations that way. Some are going to have audience involvement.

But mostly, you’ll be sitting and writing copious notes and having your brain expanded and perhaps even a little overwhelmed by all the information being flung at you. You’ll have morning and afternoon tea and lunch (all fully catered) to take a breather and chat to people.

At 5pm, you’ll be exhausted but buzzing with everything that’s just happened. You’ll need a few days, maybe even weeks for it all to sink in but I’m confident that everyone that attends the Conflux Writer’s Day will find it one of the most valuable experiences of their writing career.

If you’ve not registered yet, don’t miss out! http://conflux.org.au/conflux-writers-day-2/registration/

NOTE: This is probably going to be the only Conflux Writer’s Day ever run, so if you don’t come this time, you’ll miss out – maybe forever!

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#Conflux9 wrap ups

Banner-eidtThe Con is over, sad but true. Relive those fabulous moments through members’ wrap-ups. Leave a comment with the link to your Conflux 9 blog post and we will add it to this post.

First cab off the rank is Rivqa Rafael who posted on the COSMOS blog:
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/features/the-state-of-flux/

Zena Shapter had so much to say it’s in two parts:
http://www.zenashapter.com/blog/?p=6466
http://www.zenashapter.com/blog/?p=6554

Cat Sparx took some awesomesauce photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/42956650@N00/sets/72157633345616139/

Local Guest of Honour and multi-Ditmar-winning Kaaron Warren tells us about refreshed wells here:
http://kaaronwarren.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/refreshing-the-wells-21-conflux/

Ellen Gregory shares her thoughts on the fantastical experience that was Conflux 9:
http://ellenvgregory.com/2013/05/01/more-on-building-fantastical-worlds/

And editor extraordinaire Bothersome Words gives us her version of the Con:
http://www.bothersomewords.com/blog/2013/05/01/conflux-9/

World-renowned punster Jasoni Fischerio’s thoughts on Conflux 9:
http://jasonfischer.com.au/conflux-was-awesome/

Double-Ditmar winner Kathleen Jennings:
http://tanaudel.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/conflux9-speculative-art-and-bookcovers/

And Merlin’s cock! It’s Alan Baxter:
http://www.alanbaxteronline.com/conflux-9-aftermath/

Reflections from Maureen on her first con:
http://inkashlings.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/conflux9-some-notes/

Best New Talent (according to the Ditmars voters!), David McDonald:
http://www.davidmcdonaldspage.com/2013/05/conflux-2013-roundup/

Local writer (and member of the Canberra Science Fiction Guild), Tim:
http://thegreencastle.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/fun-and-discoveries-at-conflux9-in-canberra-for-2013/

Wade of the prehensile ears:
http://justaddstory.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/coming-down-from-a-conference-high/

Mark Webb’s thoughts you can find here:
http://www.markwebb.name/?p=2027

And a wrap-up from Helen Venn:
http://www.imaginemeatclarion.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/conflux-9-2013.html

Lawrie Brown took some great photos:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151671986630466.1073741834.688425465

Day-by-day action from Rick Keuning:
http://the-rick-blog.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/conflux-day-1.html
http://the-rick-blog.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/conflux-day-2.html
http://the-rick-blog.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/conflux-day-3.html
http://the-rick-blog.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/conflux-day-4.html

And a lengthy post from Jason Gale:
http://www.jcgale.com/blog/?p=596

I even wrote one:
http://lilymulholland.com/2013/05/04/conflux-9/

Fabulous con co-chair Donna Hanson gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Con, including the disappearing of body parts…:
http://donnamareehanson.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/conflux-9-the-aftermath

The delightful Trudi Canavan has not one, but three posts about Conflux 9:
http://www.trudicanavan.com/

Dave Versace was so invigorated by Conflux he wrote three posts:
http://www.otherleg.com/lexifab2/?p=1628
http://www.otherleg.com/lexifab2/?p=1613
http://www.otherleg.com/lexifab2/?p=1615

And here’s one from Sue:
http://suebursztynski.blogspot.com.au/2013/05/conflux-9-2013-natcon.html

Short story competition winner Aidan Walsh:
http://aidanrwalsh.com/2013/05/19/a-very-belated-conflux-post/

Conflux 9, as the NATCON for 2013, also provided a venue for the Ditmar Awards.

Ditmars host with the most, Deb Bianchotti’s post is here:
http://deborahbiancotti.net/blog/2013/05/ditmars-2013/

Read SeandBlogonaut‘s summary here:
http://storify.com/SeandBlogonaut/the-2013-ditmar-awards-ceremony

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Regency Banquet a highlight of #Conflux9

The Conflux 9 Regency Banquet was held on Saturday night in the ballroom of the Rydges Capital Hill in Canberra.

With entertainment from Earthly Delights, the nearly 70 ball-goers minueted and reeled their way through a delightful evening.

While the dancing and costumes were charming, the undoubted highlight of the evening was the sumptuous Regency feast* prepared by the hotel’s chefs according to recipes created by Conflux’s own Gillian Polack.

Ball guests feasted on three incredible courses:

First Course

  • A pretty dish of eggs
  • Chicken forced with caper sauce
  • White mushroom fricassee
  • Mashed parsnips
  • Tomatoes
  • French beans
  • Almond cheesecakes
  • Brentford rolls

Second Course

  • Roast sirloin with mustard sauce
  • Salad with salad cream
  • Green peas soup
  • Savoury vegetables
  • Broccoli

Third Course

  • Burnt almonds
  • Ginger drops
  • Rice cake with raspberry cream
  • Almond jumbles
  • Moonshine pudding
  • Royal cake
  • Apricot ice cream

The recipes can be found in Five Historical Feasts by Gillian Polack, available from CSFG Publishing.

* Your correspondent, dear readers, is still feeling fabulously full from feasting. If you should hear no more from me, it is because I have expired. Do not be sad, dear readers, for I shall have died quite content.

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#conflux9 Our special guests

Here’s our guests as you’ve never seen them before, courtesy of our MC Craig Cormick.

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#Conflux9 Art Show opens

The Conflux 9 Art Show is open. With a range of speculative fiction-related works, there’s something for everyone, from wearable art to mixed media to digital art to oil and brush masterpieces. Most pieces are available for purchase – auction forms are available in the Art Show room and at Registration.

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#Conflux9 Steampunk High Tea

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The Conflux 9 Steampunk High Tea was held yesterday in the gorgeous Atrium of the Rydges Capital Hill. Gorgeous frocks and sumptuous delights vied for attention of Conflux members. Another scone? Or find out who is beneath that fabulous cyber-samurai costume? Oh, the dilemmas!

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#Conflux9 art show sets up

art show setupPreparations are underway for the Conflux 9 art show, which kicks off at 9am tomorrow (26 April).

Many of the items on display are up for auction. Con members can place a bid or purchase prints at the Art Show desk.

For more information, visit the Art Show room (Executive Boardroom 3).

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#Conflux9 Dealers Room opens for business

dealers3 Dealers1 Dealers2The Conflux 9 Dealers Room is open for business.

As you can see from the pictures, spec fiction fans of all ages are keen to snap up a new read.

Dealers are: Storm Glass Books (Conflux 9 Bookseller), Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Australian Romance Readers Association, The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, Celestial Cobbler, Creative Corsetry, Fablecroft Publishing and Twelfth Planet Press.

Join them at the Con. Opening hours are:

Thursday (today): 1-5.30pm

Friday: 9am-6pm

Saturday: 9am-6pm

Sunday: 9am-3.30pm

The Market Day will be held on Saturday. Check your Con program for details.

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Conflux 9 is underway!

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We are underway with Conflux 9, Australia’s national speculative fiction convention for 2013.

Registrations are streaming in, being managed with aplomb, as always, by Karen Herkes and her crew (Tara and Maddi).

Workshops are underway on Level 1 at Rydges Capital Hill and we are gearing up for the Con’s first social event, the Steampunk High Tea, at 3pm in the Atrium.

See you there?

 

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Conflux in the Chronicle

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Conflux is so close we can taste it! And now we’re in the news: http://canberra.realviewtechnologies.com/?index=index.djvu

Go to page 9 for the story, interviews with the co-chairs and a very fetching picture of co-chair, Donna Maree Hanson, in her steampunk costume.

 

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