Crime writer PM Newton (author of The Old School) was given a brief to write a self-help book for children – admitting she doesn’t read self-help books and doesn’t have children! Wandering through such “dangerous” ideas as ‘Sharpen the Saw’ and ‘Even Firefighters Poop’, PM ends up pitching a series of books that star Dexter Dung Beetle, addressing toilet training for toddlers, and resulting in raucous
laughter from all present!
Graphic novelist Pat Grant (author of Blue) was given the brief of mashing a sci-fi with elements of a cookbook. His novel begins each chapter with a recipe, telling the pre-apocolyptic, post-industrial sci-fi tale of the successes of pro-biotics in writing history and solving mankind’s woes! It is the writers of recipes that rule this dystopian futuristic world congested with
predators and poverty.
Several audience members contributed with their own mashed-up genre-benders, with side-achingly hilarious and oft very surprising results! Jennie, “not a writer, but a playwright”, called for any producers in the room to come forward to produce her ‘Travelling with Great Expectations’ – fan fiction mashed with a travel guide. Philippa pitched a horror tale and a gardening book, including such creepy tips as how to keep your tools sharp! Both were awarded with the best pitch idea, winning a free course at the NSW Writers’ Centre. Congratulations ladies!
We have free NSW Writers’ Centre course programs in store, so make sure you pop in on your travels and pick one up!