View From Here Magazine is currently running an online interview with Leigh Blakmore, the President of the Australian Horror Writers Association.
AHWA is a non-profit organization that provides a space for like-minded writers of horror to forum their stories to an encouraging audience. Many stories that were first read and enjoyed by fellow members in one of Australian Horror Writers Association’s critique groups are now published. If you have been thinking about how to take the first step in distributing your story, look for a group or association and get mingling! Join an online group with a specific purpose and focus such as this, or scope out your local area for a writers group. It’s the perfect way to start!
In addressing how the association helps members seeking publication, Blakmore says, “The AHWA’s website provides useful links to other sites relating to horror and horror writing. In terms of becoming published, the main helpful aspects of the association are the Critique and Mentoring programs, whereby members can criticize each others’ work, receive advice, and discuss issues relating to publishing and trends in the marketplace for horror. Specifically, the Critique group is designed to have more experienced writers in the field assisting emerging writers to improve the quality of their work. It functions as a round table where ideas can be thrown around, prose style can be worked on, and quality, publishable writing can be nurtured.”
Catch the entire interview here: Leigh Blakmore, President of AHWA