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Sarah Wendell

Sarah Wendell is author of the book Everything I Know About Love, I Learned from Romance Novels, co-author of the book, Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels, and co-founder of Smart Bitches Trashy, one of the most popular blogs examining romance fiction. The site specialises in reviewing romance novels, pondering the history and future of the genre in digital form and in print, and bemoaning the enormous prevalence of bodacious pectorals adorning male cover models.

In her quest to celebrate the romance genre and the women who read and write it, Sarah has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Gayle King Show on The Oprah Winfrey Network, the Canadian Broadcasting Company's Steven and Chris Show, and NPR's All Things Considered. Sarah has written columns on romance for The Washington Post, and has been quoted in People Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Post, USA Today, New Jersey Monthly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Los Angeles Times Book Blog, Redbook, Metro:New York, and Publishers Weekly. You can find Sarah on Twitter @smartbitches or on her couch, most likely with her eyeglasses turned towards a book.

Appearing in:

Friday 23 Aug 2013 at 06.30 pm

Digital Women

Editor of mega-blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books Sarah Wendell and media commentator Jane Caro join online publisher Marina Go to discuss their experiences of creating, publishing and connecting in the digital environment. 

Proudly supported by the Queen Victoria Women's Centre

Sarah Wendell, Marina Go, Jane Caro

Venue: The Victoria Room, QVWC
Code: 9207
Price: $21.50/19.50

Saturday 24 Aug 2013 at 10.00 am

Digital Drive: Morning session

The morning sessions are all about developing your writing in the digital space and features writers Annabel Smith, Antony Loewenstein, Darrell Pitt, Lady Melbourne, Paul Verhoeven and Mark Welker. Gain insight into developing your digital writing and publishing online, with a special focus on writers using diverse platforms, such as blogs, ebooks, podcasting and video. It's time to kick-start your digital creativity!

Words Beyond the Page with Antony Loewenstein and Annabel Smith
What are the opportunities available to writers in the digital space? How are writers thinking about working online and what things are possible? An introductory, inspirational discussion about how these writers work in the digital space.

Publishing Online: books, blogs and beyond with Darrell Pitt and Lady Melbourne

The ins and outs of blogging, self publishing ebooks and otherwise publishing your own work online. What are the best ways to approach it? What platforms are available, and how to succeed in a crowded online marketplace.

More than Words: podcasting and v-logging with Paul Verhoeven and Mark Welker
Why make a podcast or V-log? What are the best ways to approach it, what platforms are available, and how to succeed in a crowded marketplace.

Supported by Wattpad. Presented with the Emerging Writers' Festival.

Annabel Smith, Darrell Pitt, Lady Melbourne, Paul Verhoeven, Mark Welker, Antony Loewenstein

Venue: The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space
Code: 7301
Price: $60/50

Saturday 24 Aug 2013 at 02.00 pm

Digital Drive: Afternoon Session

The Afternoon Session are all about developing your career. Take your writing to the world. Join Connor Tomas O’Brien, Vanessa Hughes, Clementine Ford, Luke Ryan, Sarah Wendell, Luke Buckmaster, Alison Croggon and Sophie Black to see how you can build a successful career in the digital space.

The Medium or the Message with Vanessa Hughes and Connor Tomas O’Brien
What are the challenges and opportunities of writing for different platforms?

Freelancing for online publications with Luke Ryan and Clementine Ford
Writing for other people online – and getting paid for it. How to find publications, how to pitch, and online journalism.

Audience development: how to find and keep an audience with Sarah Wendell and Luke Buckmaster
Writing online is all well and good but how do you get people to read your work? These authors are pros at audience development – reaching out on social media and driving traffic to your work.

Being a part of the conversation: how do we talk about digital? with Alison Croggon and Sophie Black
The internet is a social place and it’s new. How do we critique work online? Dealing with commenters, reviews, trolls and social media.

Presented with the Emerging Writers' Festival

Connor Tomas O’Brien, Vanessa Hughes, Clementine Ford, Luke Ryan, Sarah Wendell, Luke Buckmaster, Alison Croggon, Sophie Black

Venue: The Wheeler Centre - Performance Space
Code: 7302
Price: $60/50

Sunday 25 Aug 2013 at 04.00 pm

Modern Love

Romance has always been a hot genre (excuse the pun) but erotica is increasingly crossing over into the mainstream. Join New York Times best-selling paranormal romance author Marjorie M Liu and editor of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog Sarah Wendell in a discussion about the appeal of reading (and writing) romance and erotica. Chaired by Stephanie van Schilt.

Sarah Wendell, Marjorie M Liu, Stephanie van Schilt

Venue: ACMI Cinema 1
Code: 4405
Price: $21.50/19.50

Thursday 29 Aug 2013 at 06.30 am


There's more to romance novels than fluff and fantasy. Authors Sarah Wendell and Marjorie M Liu share their insights.





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