For those of you keeping track, the Sydney Writers’ Festival program has been released, and event bookings opened on Saturday.
The short of it for romance authors and readers is this: There are no panels focused on romance fiction.
There’s a panel on women’s fiction and one on chick lit:
Girl Trouble featuring Toni Jordan, Kathy Lette and Gretel Killeen:
Who took the chick out of the lit? Will we miss all those pink covers and breathless promotional prose?Have girls moved on? Maybe, gasp, become women? Kathy Lette and Toni Jordan talk to Gretel Killeen, who has never written (or read) chick lit, but is keen to find out where women’s fiction is heading.
Women On Top featuring Toni Jordan:
Whether you like the term or not, you know what chick lit means: novels usually written by and for women who love reading fiction. Easy to read doesn’t mean easy to write: writing chick lit is harder than it looks!
Join international bestselling author Toni Jordan as she explores the essentials of cool chick lit. Learn to draw intelligent and interesting female protagonists, devise a modern story and develop a voice that lifts off the page. Whether you’re a beginner or have a manuscript or two in your bottom drawer, gain a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of this elegant and under-appreciated form.
There’s also a panel on erotic fan fiction, which as far as I can tell from the blurb, features no serious fan fiction writers at all:
Erotic Fan Fiction returns for one seedy night only. A new batch of writers and performers including Andrew Denton, Zoe Norton Lodge, Ben Jenkins and Tom Ballard turn their craft to a night of smut and hilarity.
So that’s about it.