Dr Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel aged seven and has since sold more than a million copies . Her books for adults include The Blue Rose, Beauty in Thorns, The Beast’s Garden, The Wild Girl, and Bitter Greens which won the 2015 American Library Association Award for Best Historical Fiction.
Kate’s books for children include the collection of feminist fairy-tale retellings The Buried Moon & Other Tales of Bright Young Women, the companion book to Vasilisa the Wise & Other Tales of Brave Young Women, which won a silver medal in the 2018 Readers Favorite book awards in the US. Other children’s books include The Impossible Quest fantasy series which was shortlisted for the the Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards; the Aurealis-award winning historical fiction series The Chain of Charms, and The Puzzle Ring which was short-listed for the 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and named an 'Unsung Hero of 2009' by international bloggers.
Kate has also won the 2017 William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism and been honoured with the 2018 Australian Fairy Tale Society Award for her significant contribution to the field of fairy tale studies. Kate has a BA in literature, a MA in creative writing and a Doctorate of Creative Arts, and is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers. Kate is a direct descendant of Charlotte Waring Atkinson, the author of the first book for children ever published in Australia.
How do you find the inspiration to write a book that a publisher will love? How do you survive and thrive as an author in a highly competitive industry? What are the hot insider tips to help you achieve your dreams?
In this inspiring masterclass, best-selling, internationally published authors and sisters, Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell discuss staring the deadline down, planning for success, nurturing creativity, reinventing yourself, creating time to write and building resilience. Between them Kate and Belinda have written over 80 books which have been published around the world, translated into many different languages, and been recognised by a swag of literary accolades, as well as being the first sisters in history to be shortlisted for the same Australian literary award – the 2017 REAL Awards (Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature).
Together they have written a memoir, which will be published by the NLA in November, about growing up in a literary family and the life of their great-great-great-great grandmother Charlotte Waring Atkinson who wrote the first children’s book published in Australia in 1841.
Writing with Joy
Ernest Hemingway is meant to have once remarked, jokingly, that there was nothing to writing. All you have to do is sit down at a typewriter, open a vein, and bleed. Although the Hemingway Society refutes this quote constantly, it appears all over the internet. Quotes like this have fostered a misconception that - if writing is to be of any value - it must be made slowly, laboriously, with great suffering and anguish. I prefer the Irish poet Seamus Heaney's view of it: 'I've always associated the moment of writing with a moment of lift, of joy, of unexpected reward.' Writing a book is not easy. It can, however, be something that brings you an enormous sense of joy and creative fulfilment.
If you have lost your joy in writing, join Kate Forsyth for this hour long workshop designed to inspire and energise you once again. Learn how to write with mindfulness and flow, how to build up your writing stamina, and how to rediscover your sense of creative wonder and freedom.