Stephen Turner

Friday 25 May to Monday 28 May 2018

I’m a writer from central western NSW who has been accepted into the Hardcopy 2018 program. This year it’s all about fiction and that’s what I’ve always been about – telling stories.

I’ve been a writer since I could read and have written fiction on and off for years. I’ve been a finalist for the Text Prize and several other competitions and have been pursuing a new version of that project that I entered in the Hardcopy program.

I see the Hardcopy program as a way to push myself forward and get the feedback I think I desperately need, and I see it as validation as well. Other people have seen worth in my writing, and I want to use that to push myself forward as well. Using this experience I hope to finish my projects, get more feedback to make them better, and make new industry contacts that I hope will bring my closer to publication.

My YA-focused project is a fast-paced adventure story about a group of teenage journalists investigating a missing girl that leads them into conflict with the powerful and corrupt. I want it to be fun and readable, but also about real-world issues and serious themes. It’s a story about young people from different and troubled backgrounds coming together with a common cause and making a difference, so I think there are real-world parallels there also.

My influences include crime writers such as Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane, and TV/film creators  such as Joss Whedon and Aaron Sorkin. I am especially interested in Australian YA fiction from authors like Ellie Marney, Will Kostakis, Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.

My main focus in my stay here is being a part of the Hardcopy 2018 program for which I submitted this ongoing project. I want to take it from where I currently stand and bring it to a final polished state this year where I can take it to the next level of publication. Hopefully in the off hours from the program I will do lots of writing as well!