Our Omega Writers Conference is honoured to have so many teaching staff from Tabor Creative Writing college join us this year as presenters, alongside other authors, editors and agents who are professional teachers of their craft.

A special highlight for Omega is having Alex Marestaing return from USA as our keynote speaker. Thanks to your feedback from 2018 conference we are also welcoming a Screenwriters stream and Marketing stream. You are welcome to move amongst streams throughout the weekend. When you are asked to fill in your preference on registering it is for host group purposes only.

[Fiction Stream]   [Non fiction Stream]   [Children & YA Stream]   [Marketing Stream]   [Screenwriting Stream]

Keynote Speaker – Alex Marestaing

Alex Marestaing

Once upon a time, author Alex Marestaing wrote a random letter to the Walt Disney Company asking if they needed any creative help. Fortunately, Disney had mercy on his embarrassing attempt to break into the publishing scene and gave him his first writing job. A lot has happened since then, including four novels, a beautiful wife, three kids, two cats, an extremely mellow dog, an honorable mention at the London Book Festival, a stint covering soccer in Europe and the U.S., and fun freelance work for companies such as Lego, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins and The Los Angeles Times. Oh yeah, he also speaks at conferences around the country giving people advice such as “Writing letters to random companies isn’t always such a bad idea”

Fiction Stream

Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher. A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels are published by US publishers Kregel Publications, and include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop and Miss Serena’s Secret. Her first series is now available as audiobooks, with German and Dutch translations of the best-selling The Elusive Miss Ellison. Her books are available from Amazon, Book Depository, and Koorong.

James Cooper

James Cooper

James Cooper is Director of Creative Writing at Tabor College, Adelaide, where he has lectured and supervised Masters students in creative writing since 2009. With postgraduate qualifications in Christian philosophy and education, as well as creative writing, he has published a number of poems and short stories both locally and overseas. While his main writing interest is in YA fiction, James is an incurable poet who believes poetry is for everyone (especially writers of fiction). He lives in the Adelaide Hills with his wife and two sons, and is patiently and prayerfully awaiting the publication of his first novel.

Ben Morton

Ben Morton

Ben Morton AKA Morton Benning
Ben is a writer and illustrator from Adelaide South Australia.
He is a fan of sci fi and fantasy in pretty much every available medium.
His first novel, Playing God, was published in 2017 by Stone Table Books, followed by an anthology of fantasy stories and poems called the Tale of Alathimble Spaide and Other Such Nonsense in 2018.

Ben is also an associate lecturer in creative writing at Tabor Adelaide, an editor, illustrator and social media manager at Stone Table Books, and assists writers in getting their books published with his own company Immortalise.

Non Fiction Stream

Cecily Paterson

Cecily Paterson

Cecily Paterson’s memoir Love Tears & Autism won third prize in the Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards in 2012, and another book of hers was shortlisted in the same prize in 2006. Her young teen fiction has won and been shortlisted for a variety of awards, including the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014. She also works as a freelance editor and ghostwriter. Cecily is the creator of the Red Lounge for Writers, a writing website where she also offers an online course in memoir writing. Her favourite thing in life (besides her husband, four children and dog) is to help people tell their stories in ways that touch their audiences. Cecily grew up in Pakistan and now lives in a tiny tourist town in New South Wales.

May-Kuan Lim

May Kuan Lim

May-Kuan LIM was working as an engineer in a Malaysian newsroom when she realized she would rather write stories than broadcast them. From 2007 to 2015, she wrote a monthly parenting column for the Borneo Post. As she interviewed friends and experts, writing became a means of searching for answers. During this time, she also wrote and self-published her father’s memoirs. In 2010, she began teaching at TAFE in Adelaide. Her students inspired her to begin collecting refugee stories. This book project won her an Arts SA Emerging Mentorship Grant, through which she benefited from the tutelage of poet and non-fiction writer, Mark Tredinnick.
maykuanlim.com/

Mark Worthing

Mark Worthing

Dr Mark Worthing is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, North Adelaide, and has also spent many years as a lecturer in the tertiary sector. He was the founder of the Creative Writing Programme at Tabor Adelaide and currently serves as editor of Stone Tabor Books. He has published numerous non-fiction writings, including three recent biographies: Graeme Clark. The Man who invented the bionic ear (Allen&Unwin 2015), Martin Luther. A Wild Boar in the Lord’s Vineyard (Morning Star, 2017) and What the Dog Saw (Morning Star, 2017). He has also written a history of Fantasy literature titled Narnia, Middle-Earth and the Kingdom of God (Stone Table Books, 2016). He is co-convenor of the Christian writer’s group Literati, which has been meeting in Adelaide since 2005. Mark lives on a small farm in Hahndorf with his wife Kathy and their two children.

Children & YA Stream

Marianne Musgrove

Marianne Musgrave

Marianne Musgrove is an award-winning South Australian children’s author and poet. She is also a descendant of King Henry VIII’s librarian so you could say books are in her blood! She won the 2008 Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature for The Worry Tree, the 2011 Swiss Prix Chronos for Don’t Breathe a Word (German edition), and was short-listed for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for The Beginner’s Guide to Revenge, a book about forgiveness. Her stories have been translated into over a dozen languages. In 2016, she was made a May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust fellow and a Max Fatchen fellow.
mariannemusgrove.com.au

Alex Marestaing

Alex Marestaing

Once upon a time, author Alex Marestaing wrote a random letter to the Walt Disney Company asking if they needed any creative help. Fortunately, Disney had mercy on his embarrassing attempt to break into the publishing scene and gave him his first writing job. A lot has happened since then, including four novels, a beautiful wife, three kids, two cats, an extremely mellow dog, an honorable mention at the London Book Festival, a stint covering soccer in Europe and the U.S., and fun freelance work for companies such as Lego, Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins and The Los Angeles Times. Oh yeah, he also speaks at conferences around the country giving people advice such as “Writing letters to random companies isn’t always such a bad idea”

Rosanne Hawke

Rosanne Hawk

Rosanne Hawke is a children’s & YA author. She was a teacher & aid worker in Pakistan & UAE, and lectures casually in creative writing at Tabor Adelaide. Her interests include cultural identity, faith, relationships & history. She often writes of displacement, moving between countries (Beyond Borders), or from city to country (Zenna Dare). She tells stories of children not heard: Shahana, Mountain Wolf & Marrying Ameera. Taj and the Great Camel Trek won the 2012 Adelaide Festival Award for Children’s Literature. Rosanne is the recipient of the 2015 Nance Donkin Award.

Marketing Stream

Iola Goulton

Iola Goulton

Iola Goulton is a New Zealand book reviewer, freelance editor, and author, writing contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Unpronounceable Names (Iola is pronounced yo-la, not eye-ola and definitely not Lola).

Iola holds a degree in marketing, has a background in human resource consulting, works as a freelance editor, and has recently introduced an email course for authors wanting to establish their online platform. When she’s not working, Iola is usually reading or writing her next book review. Iola lives in the beautiful Bay of Plenty in New Zealand (not far from Hobbiton) with her husband, two teenagers and one cat. She is currently working on her first novel.

Screenwriting Stream

Simon Kennedy

Simon Kennedy

Simon is co-creator of Safe Harbour, a four part TV psychological thriller screening on SBS in early 2018. Safe Harbour is being distributed internationally by NBCU. He is building a slate of TV, feature film and webseries projects for both children and adult markets, and is a writer for hire, developing shows for several Australian production companies. Simon was invited to be a juror for 2017’s international 168 Film Festival’s screenwriting competition.

Simon has won national awards in short story and poetry. In 2013, after seven years as a professional musician, he co-founded and performed in Songs with Simon, a YouTube channel of kids’ songs produced in his garage that has over 32 million views and 41,000 subscribers.

Simon Williams & Brendon Skinner

Brendon Skinner and Simon Williams studied film at Flinders University where they formed a partnership, driven to tell stories that entertain and inspire audiences around the world. They directed three short films with international festival recognition, See-Saw Sweethearts (2009), Monkeybar Mafia (2010) and Toot Toot (2010).

Late in 2010, they undertook an intensive producing/directing mentorship with Mario Andreacchio where they were exposed to the international film markets. In 2013, they founded Gravity Films and developed a range of feature film, web-series and TV projects as well as directing and co-producing a comedy series, Goober (2016) for the ABC.