WORKSHOPS & TALKS

Narrelle M Harris writes crime, fantasy, horror and romance/erotic fiction.

Her first novel, crime/thriller, Fly By Night (2004), was nominated for a Ned Kelly Award. Her other novels are Witch Honour (2005), Witch Faith (2007), The Opposite of Life (2008), Walking Shadows (2012) and her short story collection Showtime (2012). The Adventure of the Colonial Boy, her first romance novel, came out in 2016 with UK publisher, Improbable Press.

Other short works have been published in Outside the Law #3, Best Zombie Tales Volume 2, The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror, Encounters and Queermance anthologies 1 and 2. In 2016, she has (to date) short stories appearing in the Intrepid Horizons and And Then… anthologies.

With Clan Destine Press’s “Encounters” imprint, Narrelle has three romance/erotica series – Secret Agents, Secret Lives (heteromance), The Talbott and Burns Mysteries and Hammer and Tongue (both queermance). She has had several other short romances published with Queermance and Escape Publishing.

Narrelle has a background in theatre and public speaking. She speaks at libraries, bookstores and other events. In 2009, Narrelle was a regular guest on radio show The Outland Institute on Joy 94.9FM, as the show’s book expert. That same year, she was Guest of Honour at Melbourne science fiction convention, Continuum 5. She has been a guest speaker for the MEAA and the ASA about e-readers and apps, and has appeared on 96.5 Inner FM on Lucille Hughes’ Reading and Writing program.

If you would like to engage Narrelle as a speaker for your library, school or organisation,
contact her on 0421 024 474 or narrelle@iwriter.com.au.


Testimonials

“If you need a well spoken author who captivates the audience, I highly recommend Narrelle.” –Josie Mitzi, Craigieburn Library.

Killer Opening Sentences workshop

Narrelle Harris visited the Wimmera Regional Library during Library Week 2015 to give her “Growing up reading” talk at a number of branches and to conduct a writing workshop “Killer opening sentences”.  At all sessions her enthusiasm, professionalism and enjoyment of her subject matter were apparent to all who attended.  She easily involved her audience and kept everyone engaged.  Comments from attenders included: “Fascinating – touched on many points that I can strongly relate to – very informative, very funny and entertaining” and “She was excellent – could listen to her again on any topic!”
– Leanda Elliott, Wimmera Regional Library


Building Believable Fantasy Worlds workshop

“Narrelle is a warm and engaging workshop facilitator, and had all the participants completely spellbound for the entire time. She even adapted one of her existing workshops to fit the themeof the festival we were running it as a part of – no small feat as this required a lot of research and work on her part. Narrelle is very generous with her time and skills,  and an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end. I cannot recommend her workshops highly enough!”
– Aimee Rhodes, Melbourne Library Services – Dr Who and Building Believable Worlds, November 2013

“Narrelle Harris conducted a lively and engaging workshop at Ballarat in October 2012. Narrelle showed us how our created worlds should have consistency, internal logic and credibility. She emphasised that our worlds need texture and depth through using all the senses. A writing exercise after lunch considered the opening paragraph as we all worked on a new one or shared an existing piece. Narrelle handled this session positively and with great encouragement.A great day that saw us all leaving inspired to continue our writing.”
– Marian Chivers, Secretary, Ballarat Writers Inc.

“Narrelle is an inspirational speaker/author who threaded a wonderful tale of discovering a way to develop believable fantasies. Her knowledge of developing her story through geography, her travels and experiences kept the audience totally captivated for over an hour with lots of interesting questions and answers at the end of the session. Definitely worthwhile for those who love writing.”
Judy Cousins, Emerald Library.


Writing Sex and Intimacy workshop

We were very privileged to have Narrelle visit our SciFi/ Fantasy writing group recently and share her expertise with a Sex and Intimacy workshop. The theme is something that we, as writers, have all stumbled across quite often and we recognised a definite need to make sure we get it right.  Narrelle was fantastic. The workshop was fun, full of conversation and we were also able to analyse and share our thoughts on some of her work within this genre, learning all the way.Narrelle’s enthusiasm and humour shone through and she shared invaluable tips and ideas for
navigating different levels of intimacy between characters, as well as writing effective sex and erotica scenes. 
Altogether, the workshop was excellent and we all left feeling more confident and inspired in our ability to tackle these scenes. Very highly recommended, thank you Narrelle!
– Hayley Barry-Smith, Alternate Worlds, Melbourne


Growing Up Reading talk

“Narrelle gave an engaging talk here at Coburg Library about her experiences of growing up reading.  She expertly drew out members of the group  to also share their experiences of reading when they were growing up. Everyone really enjoyed it.”
– Michael Marsh, Coburg Library.


“Narrelle’s talk about her book The Opposite of Life was great – she was a vibrant and interesting speaker who takes an obvious delight in her work and has a lot of fun with it. There was a lot of interaction with the audience, with many great questions being asked. A very worthwhile event.”
– Christine Hornby, Community Programs Librarian, Brunswick Library.

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