The Never-Far-Away Telling of Story

This weekend I was far away from writing stories on my computer (something that doesn’t happen very often!), staying in the beautiful southern highlands. There were trees as far as the eye could see, and not one building interrupted the view. Parrots squawked. Mist hazed. There was little traffic. We saw only a handful of… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 1 September 2014

My Story on Galactic Chat!

Galactic Chat’s Mark Webb interviews Aussie speculative fiction guru Ion “Nuke” Newcombe about AntipodeanSF, ebooks, what makes good flash fiction, and all things speculative. Listen through to the end of the podcast, when I narrate my flash fiction piece Shy at around the 49-minute mark. Thanks Mark, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Sean Wright for yet… Continue reading →

How A Dolphin Can Help Write A Novel #WABIAD

Last Saturday night, I couldn’t sleep – I was too excited about what was going to happen the next day… taking the Write-a-Book-in-a-Day challenge! Last year, my team (of ten Northern Beaches Writers’ Group members) took the ‘WABIAD’ challenge to raise money for The Kids Cancer Project at Westmead Children’s Hospital, and we did rather… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 22 August 2014
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When To Send Your Novel Writing Into The World

Today I’m over at the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild talking about when to send your novel writing out into the world: Why is it that we only realise how bad we were at writing novels… once we’re finally good at writing them? When I finished writing my first novel, I honestly thought it would be… Continue reading →

Why Everyone Should Write

Ping everyone! Writers Readers Friends Family Whether you think you’re good at writing or not – writing is good for you. Why? Because …even if you just write a diary, even if you just jot down notes, even if you just amass written words that voice your views on a certain subject… 1. it gets… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 11 August 2014
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I’ve been ‘snapshot’ again! #2014Snapshot

The 2014 Aussie Speculative Fiction Snapshot The Australian speculative fiction snapshot series celebrates the breadth and depth of Australia’s speculative fiction scene by interviewing prominent writers, editors and booksellers in the industry. I was first interviewed for the series in 2012 (by David McDonald), and it’s an honour to be included again. This time, the… Continue reading →

  • Words by Zena Shapter
  • 3 August 2014
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How short story writing & flash fiction gets judged in competitions

As some of you may know, I recently judged the Australian Horror Writers’ Association’s short story and flash fiction competition. It involved reading 154 stories and over 385,000 words. At 12pt Times New Roman font, spaced at 1.5 lines, that was 1,066 pages of writing. Whoa! I’m so glad I read it all though – thank… Continue reading →