Program live

The moment you have been waiting for is here!



  • Guest of Honour presentations by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Rob Hood
  • The inaugural Book Love Fest where you will find out the latest and greatest books to love
  • Frankenstein’s 200th Birthday Party
  • 11 workshops on various skills of writing and producing our beloved spec fic
  • 8 book launches
  • 25 plus panels on topics ranging from LGBTQI heroes to the Unconventional Hero’s Journey
  • 3 publishers/agents you can pitch to
  • Academic stream
  • Con dinner
  • Kaffeeklatches, readings, trivia and games

Plus the Art Show and Dealers Room, which will be open throughout the con.

And that’s just what is happening onsite! Last year’s amazing Whiskeycon is on again.

There’s still room for more – so if you have an idea, pitch it and we’ll see what we can do. And if there are panels you are interested in doing, we can see if we have room there as well.

Otherwise – come along. Join the Conflux Family. We’d love to have you.

You can download the program here.


Draft program is up!

Our draft program is now up on our Program page. There are still a few gaps we have left to fill, and some stuff may move around between now and September. But, please, have a look & let us know if there’s anything we’ve missed you’re dying to get on the schedule.


The Final (?) Program

Folks, the final version of the Conflux 12 program (barring minor corrections and last-minute crises) is now up over at the Program page. And the convention starts in just four days! Get your plans together, people – we’ll see you at the Novotel on Friday!


Program and Workshops

Greetings Red Fire Monkeys! Can you believe that Conflux 12 is just over two weeks away?

We have put updates of the Program and Workshop schedules up for your consideration (both pages have downloadable PDF versions as well)

Check them out, and if you are keen to participate, send an email to to let us know!

Note that this is not the final program and is still subject to (minor) adjustment.


Conflux 12 Draft Program is up!

WHOOHOO!! Our draft program is up! Check it out. See anything you like? Why not volunteer to be on a panel? (You will need to be a member of Conflux 12 to be on a panel.)
Can’t see something you’d like on the program? There are still a few spots left to be filled – let us know if you have a suggestion.



Conflux membership FAQs


Q. How do I pay for two tickets to the banquet?

A. Rather than click the button twice to pay for two people, just open up PayPal and use the address Then note on the form what you’ve done.

And if the two people both have special dietary requirements, it’s probably best to use a form each so it doesn’t get confusing.


Q. Help! I can’t find the steampunk high tea registration form.

A. The sign-up sheet for the high tea and the Regency banquet are both on the events page on the website. You have to click on the link, which takes you to a downloads page. Then click on the link on the downloads page and the word document will open.


Q. Where do I send the completed form?

A. Email the completed form/s to


Q. I am bringing a friend. Do I need to complete two forms?

A. Yes, we need a completed form for each person


Q. I have paid for the banquet by PayPal. Do I need to enter my credit card details on the sign-up sheet?

A. No, just note on the sign-up sheet that you’ve paid by PayPal (please include the email you used to login to PayPal so we can match your payment with your sign-up sheet).


Day memberships

Q. I can only come for one day. Do you have day memberships?

A. Yes, day memberships will be available from early April. However, we recommend you sign up as soon as possible for any workshops you wish to attend, as they are filling up fast. Then you can pay for your day membership later.


Upgrading supporting memberships

Q. I have a supporting membership and need to upgrade. How do I pay?

A. You can pay by PayPal, using as the payment address. The below chart shows how much you need to pay depending on when you took out your supporting membership.

If you purchased a Conflux supporting membership, it’s now time to upgrade if you’re planning on attending the conference.  The below chart will tell you how much you owe us for the upgrade. Simply use your credit card to pay via PayPal (log in to PayPal and use the Conflux PayPal email address is or mail a cheque or money order to P.O. Box 903, Belconnen ACT 2616.

Purchased at: Conflux 7 (Saturday 1 October to Monday 3 October 2011) 

Upgrade cost full – $110 Upgrade cost concession – $70

Purchased from: October 4 2011 – April 9 2012

Upgrade cost full – $120 Upgrade cost concession – $80

Purchased from: April 10 2012 – June 13 2012

Upgrade cost full – $150 Upgrade cost concession – $110

Purchased from: June 14 2012 – October 18 2012

Upgrade cost full – $170 Upgrade cost concession – $130

Purchased from: October 19 2012 – January 6 2013

Upgrade cost full – $195 Upgrade cost concession – $140

Purchased from: January 7 2013 – March 31 2013

Upgrade cost full – $220 Upgrade cost concession – $150




Q. Will I be able to attend workshops on the day even if I haven’t pre-booked?

A. Tickets will be sold on the day pending availability. Credit card or cash payments will be taken on the day.


Child minding facilities

Q. Are there any child minding facilities?

A. No child minding facilities are available, however there are some activities specifically designed for children. Please see the Program pages.


Conflux 9 program update


The program is done. Workshops placed, panels organised, we’ve even allocated some rooms – excellent 🙂

A letter will be going out to potential panellists who are either already members or got in touch committing to attend, inviting them to participate in panels that the programming commitee, aka Donna and Nicole, thought appropriate. Thanks to third member of the committee, Maxine McArthur, for doing the grunt work on that. By early February, we’ll be able to start showing you a full program, with confirmed panellists.

Does this mean that if you want to participate, or you’ve got an idea for Conflux, that you’ve missed your chance? Not at all. Email conflux9 at gmail dot com to let us know. But note the following:

a) We are taking no more workshops. We’re full to the brim. Done.

b) The panels and such are set and there’s little room for adding additional panels so while we want to hear your ideas (because if you give us a brilliant one we will move heaven and hell to make it happen) be prepared to hear a ‘no’.

c) We have more flexibility in moving panellists around and not all the panels are full – List of panels is here – so please feel free to nominate yourself for some. We’re limiting numbers on panels and the number of people doing panels because there’s a lot of people wanting to be involved, and not enough panels. If we ran the con over a week, we’d be right…

d) The programming committee won’t be looking at the program again until February, so you won’t hear about your fab idea or your participation until mid-February. In other words – don’t expect us to instantly change the program and tell you what you’re doing right away. We need a set process in order for the changes to be dealt with efficiently and fairly to all.

Workshops will go on sale at the end of January and we’ve got some absolute rippers this time, as well as some old favourites that continue to draw the crowds.

We’re really excited about the fabulous program that has been pulled together for Conflux 9. It’s going to be an awesome con!


Conflux 9 program in design – your opportunity to input

The Conflux 9 programming committee will be meeting this coming week to start drafting the program. If you’re planning on coming to the convention and want to be part of the program, email president.conflux[at]


Conflux 8 Program

Hi Everyone – below is the latest timetable.  It’s all very exciting – just a few days left to go until Conflux.

We’ve had a such good turnout that we’ve had to hire an extra room! Note that readings scheduled for Cook 1 will only be held in that room if the Gallery or Bar is uncomfortably crowded.

Conflux membership includes a catered buffet lunch on Saturday. The theme of the lunch is 1950s and prizes will be given for the best 1950s outfit or the loudest Hawaiian shirt. We need to confirm numbers for catering with Novotel  in advance so please let the Conflux Chair know if you are coming for lunch by Tuesday, and if you have any special dietary requirements.   If you buy your membership on the day and we don’t know you are coming, you may miss out on attending the  lunch. In this event, you will not be charged for Saturday lunch.

You can also download  a pdf version of this Latest Timetable.


Jones – Lecture layout Clarke – lecture layout Cook – workshops, discussions,Cook 1 (near door)                         Cook 2 (near whiteboard) Keelty – Dealers, Craft,  Art, Author in Residence, Gallery, Bar & Café – Readings Chillout and conversation zone
9 am Registration opens Dealers room open
9.10 – 9.50 am

Opening Ceremony  Jack Dann and The Fildenstar

10 am – 11 am What makes fantasy epic?
Rik Lagarto, Sabrina de Souza,Mik Bennett
Evil Overlord panel with Jack Dann as Evil Overlord –
Pat Gallagher, Kaaron Warren, Rob Porteous, Lewis Morley and David Versace
K J Taylor and Tor Roxburgh 
What makes a good fantasy / sf / horror story? Sue Isle,
Ian McHugh, Alan Baxter
11 am – 12 pm Story and Plot Structure in Superhero Comics
Rob Hood, Conor Bendle, Alan Baxter, Lewis Morley
Keri Arthur Guest Spot with Tracey O’Hara Speculative poetry discussion Penelope Cottier, Ross Hamilton, Talie Helene, Frankie Seymour
12 pm  Lunch One Restaurant
1 pm- -2 pm Romance Writers of the Apocalypse Tracey O’Hara,
Nicole Murphy, Jodi Cleghorn
Talk – Theatre of the dead
Patrick Gallagher
How to write prophesies
Gillian Polack, K J Taylor, Sabrina de Souza
Speculative poetry readings
Penelope Cotter, Ross Hamilton, Talie Helene, Frankie Seymour
Author in Residence:Tor Roxburgh
2 pm -3 pm ReadingJack Dann and Adam Browne Trends in apocalyptic & post-apocalyptic writing  – changes since 1950s
Cat Sparks, Jodi Cleghorn, Claire McKenna, Gillian Polack
Comics-history & current trends Mik Bennet, Lewis Morley, Shauna O’Meara, Marilyn Pride The art of scene and mood setting in dark speculative fiction
Alan Baxter, Tracey O’Hara,
Lily Mulholland
Ice your dalek cookie – Karen Herkes and
Donna Hanson
3 pm – 4 pm Conflux Fiction Contest Winners  read their  stories Keith Stevenson Guest Spot Dr Who apocalyptic stories
Lawrie Brown, Alan Chick,
Dawn Meredith,
4 pm – 5 pm How do you write a good non-human romantic lead?
Janeen Webb, Keri Arthur, Tracey O’Hara
CSFG Anthology Readings Is it more important for science in Sci-Fi to be accurate or just believable?  Craig Cormick, Phill Berrie, Rob Porteous Author in Residence
Sue Isle
Gillian Polack and Cat Sparks
5 pm – 6 pm Zombie apocalypse  Simon Petrie, Cat Sparks, Sue Isle How to Build an Android
David Dufty, Crisetta Macleod, Dawn Meredith
Role playing – an Apocalyptic who done it – Karen Herkes Author in Residence
Adam Browne
Karron Warren and Rob Hood
6 pm Meetup in One Bar for Saturday night book launches at Smiths Alternative Bookshop
Saturday Night7 pm onwards Smiths Alternative Bookshop – Five books launches –  launched by Conflux MC Jack Dann:   Jodi Cleghorn – From Stage Door Shadows;
Gillian Polack – Ms Celllophane (e-book);  Craig Cormick – Time Vandals;  Tor Roxburgh – The Light Heart of Stone; Greg Mellor – Wild Chrome
Galaxy Nightclub From 9pm onwards – 1990s dancing –Meetup to be arranged


Jones – Lecture layout ClarkeLecture layout Cook – workshops, discussions,Cook 1 (near door)                         Cook 2 (near whiteboard) Keelty – Dealers, Craft,  Art, Author in Residence, Gallery, Bar & Café – Readings Chillout and conversation zone
9.00  Registration opens Dealers room open
9 am  – 10 am Joss Whedon and the plural of Apocalypse Mik Bennett, Jane Virgo, Tara Ott, Val Toh Using lessons from apocalypses past in your fiction  Ian McHugh Readings
Dawn Meredith and Crisetta McLeod
Writing dialogue workshop
Alan Baxter, Rik Lagarto
Author in Residence:
Jodi Cleghorn
10 am  – 11 am CSFG Anthology Readings Independent publishing and speculative fiction Keri Arthur, Keith Stevenson, Bill Congreve, Simon Petrie, Jodi Cleghorn, Readings
Kaaron Warren and Kimberley Gaal
Death by chocolate
Tara Ott, Mik Bennett
Author in Residence
Craig Cormick
11 am – 12pm Urban Fantasy as Alternate Reality  Keri Arthur, Claire McKenna, Ross Hamilton Pyrotechnicon – From Concept to finished Book –  Adam Browne and Keith Stevenson Readings
Rob Porteous and
Phill Berrie
Imagery: How do you use the things you see in your horror fiction ? Talie Helene, Kaaron Warren, Shauna O’Meara Build your own Volcano
Karen Herkes
12  – 12.20pm Reading  Rob Hood The Adjustable Cosmos (film)  closed

Findenstar Setup

12.20  – 1.15pm  Fildenstar Concert  Fildenstar Concert  Fildenstar Concert Fildenstar Concert Conflux AGM  Exact time & venue to be confirmed.
1.15 – 2.15 pm What makes a good short story? Cat Sparks, Rob Porteous, Crisetta Macleod Australian Apocalypse / Post Apocalypse films  Karen Herkes, Rob Hood, Lewis Morley, Marilyn Pride Pyrotechnicon Booklaunch
Adam Browne and
Keith Stevenson
Author in Residence
K J Taylor
Keri Arthur,
2.15 – 3.15 pm Mashpunk – does steampunk play well with others?
Louise Curtis, Conor Bendle, Marilyn Pride, Rik Lagarto
Science of environmental apocalypse and its potential use in your science fiction
Cat Sparks, Frankie Seymour, Simon Petrie, Phill Berrie
Janeen Webb and
Jodi Cleghorn
Science discussion / workshop – physiology of fear –
Karen Herkes
Author in Residence: Bill Congreve
3.15 – 4.15 pm Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy – A retrospective lookConor Bendle, Rob Hood,Mik Bennett Time travel – paradoxes are only the first step  Guy Micklethwait, Gillian Polack, Lawrie Brown, Adam Browne Readings Alan Baxter and Ian McHugh Other entities – Fantasy beyond dragons, fairies, kings and queens K J Taylor
Tor Roxburgh, Lily Mulholland
4.15 – 5.15 pm, YA Fiction – What’s next
Dawn Meredith Tara Ott, Craig Cormick, Conor Bendle
Great Debate – Zombies vs Vampires Jack Dann mediator, Keith Stevenson, Keri Arthur,
Pat Gallagher, Rob Hood, Kimberley Gaal, John Morris
Point of view workshop
Janeen Webb, Kaaron Warren
Pack up room KaffeeklatschJodi Cleghorn and Adam Browne
5.15  – 6.00 pm Closing Ceremony 5 pm Happy hour
6.00 pm Meetup in One Bar for King O’Malleys
6.00 pm onward Dead Dogs Party and dinner at King O’Malleys






Conflux Incorporated AGM

The 2012 Annual General Meeting of Conflux Incorporated will take place on Sunday, September 30 at 12.20pm (lunchtime) at Novotel Canberra (exact venue of meeting to be determined).

The business of the meeting is to table audited accounts and the president’s report and to elect a new executive for the coming year.
Anyone who is a member of Conflux 8 is eligible to be a member of Conflux Incorporated. To do so, you simply need to attend the AGM or inform Conflux Inc president Nicole Murphy via
For more information about Conflux Incorporated, email