science fiction and fantasy writer

The Never Never Land got a plug at

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2015 at 7:54 am

It’s not a review, but it’s very nice that CSFG’s latest little Australian spec-fic anthology, The Never Never Land (edited by Phill Berrie, Mitch Akhurst and me) has been given a plug in’s Aurora Australis column.

Neat :)

New story out!

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2015 at 6:33 am

My story “Demons Enough” is now up at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Free to read online!

Heh, in the “Current Issue” sidebar, they’ve pulled out the following line from the story:

“If there’s anything still out there expecting to be fed,” he replied, “I want it to have something to feed on that isn’t us.”

Workshop this weekend!

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2015 at 3:51 pm

I’m delivering a beginners’ fiction writing workshop this Sunday at the ACT Writers Centre. There’s still some places available. Details as follows:

The Basics of Fiction Writing
ACT Writers Centre, Gorman House, Braddon
10am-4pm, Sunday 11 October 2015

This workshop aims to teach participants about structure and elements of prose fiction. Participants will take away insights into the basic elements of writing fiction, and tricks, tools and rules of thumb for how to make them work, as well as practical experience in applying these ideas to the development of their own stories. The workshop is divided into sessions on: story elements; structure and plot; getting the details right; creating and planning stories; and the importance of critique.

Bookings: You can book at the ACT Writers Centre by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office.

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Feedback on Previous Workshops

“Fantastic!!! Would attend any of Ian McHugh’s workshops”

“Easily the best writing workshop I’ve been to”

“Well prepared, knowledgeable, innovative approach with writing exercises”

“As a novice in this genre I found the workshop interesting and informative”


“Well prepared and creative with presentation of concepts”


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