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August 27th, 2023 10:00 AM — August 27th, 2023 4:00 PM



August 27th, 2023 10:00 AM — August 27th, 2023 4:00 PM


Unleash the power of your imagination and join us for a full-day workshop with Lisa L. Hannett on dark fantasy writing!

If your mind is brimming with strange creatures, otherworldly characters, and haunting locales, this is the perfect opportunity to bring your ideas to life. Aimed at new and emerging writers (and those new to the genre), this workshop highlights the nuts and bolts of writing dark fantasy fiction, offering relevant tips, exercises, and inspiration for novelists and short story writers alike.

Turn your notebooks of odd magic, twisted tales, and “what ifs” into fanciful stories that lead the imagination down weird and wonderful paths. This full-day course will guide you through world-building, characterisation, plotting, and research, to help you unleash your creativity and take your writing to the next level. Join Lisa Hannett and discover the world of unusual, enchanting, and unsettling fantasy stories.

Participants will learn:

  • Dark fantasy: what is it?
  • Beginners' toolkit for writing dark fantasy
  • Writing exercises and prompts
  • Editing tips
  • Information about publication opportunities.



About Lisa Hannett

Lisa L. Hannett has had over 75 short stories appear in speculative fiction venues including Clarkesworld, Fantasy, Weird Tales, Apex, The Dark and Year’s Best anthologies in Australia, Canada and the US. She has won four Aurealis Awards, an Australian National Science Fiction Award, an Australian Shadows Award, and her first book was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. Her latest collection of dark fantasy stories is The Fortunate Isles. You can find her online on Instagram @LisaLHannett.


Venue: Morgan Thomas Room, State Library, North Terrace, Adelaide SA

Members $130 / Non-members $205


—Not a Writers SA member? Members receive more than 30% off the full price of this workshop, you’ll also get a free 20 minute consult, expert advice about your career and your work, and join a community of like-minded creatives. Join now for as little as $60! 

—We strongly recommend all staff, speakers, and attendees of in-person events be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You cannot attend if you are unwell or you or a close family member test positive to Covid-19 in the five days prior to this event. See our full policy here.

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

—If you are a member of another state based writers centre or a member of SCBWI SA, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the program commencement date to get a code for the member price.

Registration Details

Registration for this event ended on August 26th, 2023 4:00 PM

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  • 30% discount on all workshops and services
  • a free 20-minute consultation with our Director upon sign up
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  • career pathway support and opportunities
  • access to a community of writers
  • opportunities to meet industry professionals
  • opportunities for publication and promotion

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