Wombat Books Anniversary Celebration

Date: 17 June 2017
Where: Redlands College Multipurpose Room

Wombat Books is celebrating eight years of publishing Australian stories! Wombat Books is hosting an afternoon of community fun at Redlands College Multipurpose Room to celebrate Australian authors and illustrators. There will be activities, readings, and book signings with many of Wombat's authors and illustrators, including Aleesah Darlison and Lynne Stringer. There will be a birthday cake, sausage sizzle, prizes, books and competitions.


Adult Learning Australia Conference

Date: 13 June 2017
Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

The 54th Adult Learning Australia conference will be held in Hobart on the 13–14 June 2017. This program is all about exploring the different ways learning changes lives. Keynotes include Dr Tony Birch, Marcia Howard, Bronwyn Lee, Dr Peggy Brown, Dr Tracey Ollis, and Dr Tony Brown.


Copyright and Creativity: Is Australian Policy Hurting Creators?

Date: 26 May 2017
Where: Room 601, Michie Building, University of Queensland, St Lucia

Copyright is designed to promote national culture by providing incentives to creators, both through rewards to those who have already made work (copyright monopolies) and through incentives to those who are making new work to access current copyright culture (copyright exceptions/user rights). The balance between the two is the sweet spot for national culture, innovation, and creative industries. Is Australia hitting the right balance? Join Professor Patricia Aufderheide as she discusses copyright in Australia.


Editors NSW – Editing Children’s and YA Fiction

Date: 02 June 2017
Where: UTS Short Courses, Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo
Price: $220 members and affiliates; $350 non-members

What’s involved in editing fiction for young readers? Is it all YOLO and FOMO and emoji these days, or is there more to it? In this workshop, publisher and editor Zoe Walton (Publisher - Random House Young Readers) will guide you through some of the key elements to consider when structural editing and copyediting children’s and YA fiction, and share examples from her own experience.

Institute of Professional Editors Conference

Date: 13 September 2017
Where: Brisbane Convention Centre

The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) is pleased to announce that registration for its biennial conference being held later this year is now open and the keynote speakers have been announced. The 8th IPEd National Editors Conference, ‘Advancing our Profession’ will be held in Brisbane from 13 to 15 September. Other highlights of the program include a number of panels, an emerging leaders forum and a special presentation by Dr Sandra Phillips from Queensland University of Technology, where she will discuss editing literature with Indigenous cultural content and related topics, as well as the black&write! program.


Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Date: 23 June 2017
Where: Winton, Queensland

The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival will be held in Winton this year, from 23 June to 1 July. This year's theme is celebrating women in film. Festival Creative Director Dr Greg Dolgopolov says, 'our aim is to champion not only the achievements of women in the film industry but particularly women of the outback.' The program will feature a Breakfast with the Stars opening party, conversations, masterclasses with film industry leaders, location tours, daytime films, live entertainment and creative activities for kids.


Historical Novel Society of Australasia (HNSA) Conference

Date: 08 September 2017
Where: Melbourne
Price: $280 for the full weekend programme

The HNSA conference celebrates the genre of historical novels and showcases the best literary talent from Australasia and across the globe. The society considers the historical fiction genre to be important to both the entertainment and education of readers as it contributes to the knowledge of the reader and provides a valid perspective beyond the viewpoint of the historian. Both the imagination and dedication of historical novelists present an authentic world which can enrich a reader’s understanding of real historical personages, eras and events. The HNSA conferences enable readers and writers to celebrate this genre and showcase the best of Australia and New Zealand’s literary talent.


RWA Conference

Date: 11 August 2017
Where: Pullman Hotel, Brisbane
Price: from $520

More than 400 aspiring and established author delegates from around Australia and the world will attend the ‘Love Gone Wild’ conference at the five-star Pullman Brisbane King George Square Hotel from August 11-13. The conference is also open to the public and earlybird registration is now available. Delegates can choose from more than 40 seminars and workshops spanning everything from the craft of writing to business and marketing. They will also discover insider tips from a strong line-up of industry professionals, publishers, editors and some of the biggest names in romantic fiction. Action-packed interactive sessions will include historical weaponry and a police briefing on the latest in forensics for authors writing romantic thrillers and suspense.


Wild Readings

Date: 17 January 2017
Where: Mu'ooz Restaurant, West End, Brisbane
Price: Free

Wild Readings is a series of monthly café readings that encourages writers at all stages of development to read their work out loud. Writers with an original piece they would like to air, that can be read in seven minutes or less, are encouraged to contact Wild Readings about taking part. Unpublished writers are welcome, as are those with publishing credits, and writers of all fields are encouraged to read whether they write fiction or nonfiction, plays, lyrics, essays, short stories, screenplays or haikus (or anything in between!). Readings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at Mu'ooz Restaurant in West End, Brisbane.


Self-Publishing for Beginners

Date: 27 May 2017
Where: Cairns Library, 151 Abbott St, Cairns
Price: QWC Members: $35 ($30), Public $55 ($49)

How do you know if self-publishing is right for you? How can you avoid expensive mistakes? How do you avoid wasting your time and money? How can a traditionally-published author leverage indie marketing tactics? Rachel Amphlett will show you how self-publishing can open up new opportunities for writers and businesses. This workshop includes an audience Q&A session.


Author Branding for Beginners

Date: 27 May 2017
Where: Cairns Library, 151 Abbott St, Cairns
Price: QWC Members: $35 ($30), Public $55 ($49)

An interactive workshop with practical writing exercises. This workshop will cover the importance of establishing an author platform, effective use of social media, maintaining an eye-catching website and blogging. The basics of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Google authorship will also be covered.


Adapting Your Story Across Formats

Date: 10 June 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $65 ($59), Public $85 ($75)

If want to make a living out of your writing it is crucial that you have an adaptive skill set. Writing all-rounder Michelle Law will show you how to adapt one story for various cross-platform formats. Learn how to identify key aspects of stories that lend themselves to being adapted, and how to use narrative elements to retell old stories in fresh and exciting ways.


Tracks: Brisbane

Date: 10 June 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $65 ($59), Public $85 ($75)

If you’re aged 14 to 25 and love reading and writing, this is an exciting event for you. Tracks: Brisbane is a one-day program to develop, inform and showcase young writers and publishers. Take a fiction or non-fiction class, learn about the editing process and what to expect when you’re selected for publication, or take your writing off the page and learn how to perform your work for an audience. Find out about opportunities available to you and join us to hear some of Queensland’s best young writers share their work. This workshop is presented in partnership with Express Media and Backbone Youth Arts.


Get Your Story Started

Date: 25 June 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $75 ($65), public $130 ($117)

Begin your project with Amie Kaufman and develop a framework you can use to generate story after story. In this workshop Amie will guide you through putting together the elements of your novel or short story—generating ideas and identifying your protagonist, inciting incident, setting, antagonist and supporting characters—and bringing depth to these elements to create a layered and compelling story. Leave this fun, practical session with the bones of your next story down on the page and an insight into how authors do what they do.


Meet Amie Kaufman: panel and book signing

Date: 25 June 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $20, Public: $25

Join Amie in an interesting and amusing panel session chaired by an experienced YA bookseller before the floor is opened to audience questions. Get your book signed by Amie after the session!