An Evening with Thordis Elva & Tom Stranger

Date: 02 March 2017
Where: The Edge, State Library of Queensland
Price: $52.50

South of Forgiveness, co-authored by Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger, is based on their remarkable journey from an ordinary teenage couple, to perpetrator and rape survivor, to strangers, to collaborators searching for peace.

uplit.com.au/festival/uplit/program/south-of-forgiveness

An Evening with Lindy West

Date: 01 March 2017
Where: Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland
Price: $52.50

Lindy's debut book Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman is a raucous and highly original memoir in Lindy’s trademark and unapologetic style that traverses the most provocative issues of popular culture today.

uplit.com.au/festival/uplit/program/lindy-west

Wildlife Queensland Women’s Day Brunch

Date: 04 March 2017
Where: Ship Inn, South Bank, Brisbane
Price: $45

Wildlife Queensland will be celebrating women in wildlife conservation and International Women’s Day 2017 with a special brunch on Saturday 4 March featuring guest speaker Sharon Pincott, internationally acclaimed wildlife warrior and author of Elephant Dawn. Supporters of conservation (of both sexes) are invited to enjoy this buffet among the bougainvilleas at Southbank’s Ship Inn as Pincott shares her incredible story of 13 years spent working alone with the clan of wild, free-roaming, elephants known as the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe.

www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=254125

Ruth Magazine Autumn edition launch

Date: 10 March 2017
Where: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End
Price: Free, registrations essential

Join the President of the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA), Mrs Joy Coulson, when she launches the latest edition of Ruth magazine.  The autumn 2017 edition of Ruth magazine will come to life with all the inspirational people featured joining together to celebrate the wonderful work of the QCWA which is celebrating its 95th birthday this year.  

avidreader.com.au/events/qcwa-ruth-magazine

A Rock & Roll Writers Festival

Date: 01 April 2017
Where: Old Museum, Brisbane
Price: Weekend pass $120

A Rock & Roll Writers Festival is Australia’s first – and only – literary festival devoted to exploring the relationship between writing and music, and that special creative spark that exists between the two. As promised, they’re back for the second year at the Old Museum Brisbane, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2, April 2017.

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Riverbend Poetry Series 1

Date: 28 February 2017
Where: Riverbend Books
Price: $8

Showcasing award winning QLD voices from both the page and stage, the Riverbend Poetry Series is an exciting evening of poetry. Featured on the bill is emerging poet and 2016 QLD Poetry Slam champion Anisa Nandaula, Thomas Shapcott Prize winner & UQP author of Glasshouses Stuart Barnes, Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize winner & author of Meteorites Carmen Leigh Keates, and Liam Ferney whose latest collection Content (Hunter Publishers) was shortlisted as part of the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards.

riverbendbooks.com.au/events/poetry-series-one

CapriCon 2017 Steampunk and Pop Culture Convention

Date: 08 April 2017
Where: Rockhampton Regional Library
Price: Free

The event is an all ages and abilities event held as part of the Youth Week celebrations. It is a free, inclusive, family friendly event suitable for all ages and abilities held as part of Youth Week celebrations. This year CapriCon is beginning a new literary stream, supporting and promoting local authors of speculative fiction.

www.rrc.qld.gov.au

Anna Daniels launch – Girl In Between

Date: 27 April 2017
Where: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford Street, Bulimba, Brisbane

Journalist and radio presenter Anna Daniel's Vogel-award-winning first novel, Girl In Between, will be launching at Riverbend Books in Bulimba in April. Vogel judge and author, Rohan Wilson will present a Q&A with Anna.

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.

tinyurl.com/wildreadings

The Summer of Romance

Date: 01 December 2016
Where: Australia wide
Price: No fee

A team of researchers from the University of Tasmania are conducting a research project into the significance of paperback Harlequin Mills & Boon novels in contemporary literary culture – and need the help of booklovers to do it! Readers can contribute to the study by participating in The Summer of Romance scavenger hunt from December 2016 - February 2017. Head to The Summer of Romance website for further instructions.

summerofromanceutas.com/

Fundamentals of Creative Writing

Date: 01 February 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $130 ($117), Public $190 ($171)

Adopting the ‘writer’ label is daunting if you haven’t tried your hand at creative writing before. A healthy writing practice starts with good writing habits, a systematic approach to cultivating ideas and a strong grasp of the fundamentals of storytelling. This four-part introductory workshop series is packed with information, practical exercises and inspiration that will give you the confidence to call yourself a Queensland Writer. This course is also great for writers looking to refresh their skills.

qwriters.co/fundamentals-feb-17

Year of the Novel Online

Date: 06 February 2017
Where: Online
Price: $525 (payment plans can be arranged through QWC)

This ten month long, tutor-guided course is designed to lead you through the enormous and dedicated task of writing and developing a novel. Year of the Novel Online is filled with information and practical writing activities that will keep you motivated throughout the process and will help you on the journey to The End. This course will be led by tutor James Phelan, bestselling author of twenty-five novels and one work of non-fiction.

qwriters.co/year-novel-olc

Write That Book! Year of the Novel

Date: 25 February 2017
Where: Meeting Room 1B, ground floor, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $695 ($625), Public: $760 ($680) (payment plans can be arranged through QWC)

Whether it’s a true or made-up story, memoir or creative non-fiction, if you have a book-length story you’re keen to tell, this course will help you to write that book! This is a great opportunity for emerging writers of fiction or non-fiction to complete a first draft with help from five full-day workshops with Mary-Rose MacColl throughout 2017 and feedback on 10 pages of a work-in-progress.

qwriters.co/maccoll-novel-feb

In Conversation with Joanna Penn

Date: 26 February 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $20, Public: $25

New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer Joanna Penn will be joined on stage by fellow writers Belinda Pollard and Rachel Amphlett for a lively chat about thriller and genre writing, independent publishing, and marketing.

qwriters.co/penn-conversation-feb

Fundamentals of Creative Writing

Date: 01 March 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $130 ($117), Public $190 ($171)

Adopting the ‘writer’ label is daunting if you haven’t tried your hand at creative writing before. A healthy writing practice starts with good writing habits, a systematic approach to cultivating ideas and a strong grasp of the fundamentals of storytelling. This four-part introductory workshop series is packed with information, practical exercises and inspiration that will give you the confidence to call yourself a Queensland Writer. This course is also great for writers looking to refresh their skills.

qwriters.co/fundamentals-mar-17

Digital and Locative Storytelling Workshops

Date: 04 March 2017
Where: Bundaberg
Price: $15

Writers in the Bundaberg region are invited to a weekend of digital and locative storytelling workshops, presented by the Queensland University of Technology's "Writing the Digital Futures" team and Creative Regions' Place Activation in the CBD program. Discover new and innovative ways to tell and share stories about places; new, digital storytelling tools and software; and learn oral history techniques for capturing great stories about people and places. The workshops will be held over Saturday 4 and Sunday March 5 2017.

www.creativeregions.com.au/date-claimer-digital-locative-storytelling-workshops/

Meet the Publishers: Peppermint magazine

Date: 04 March 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $45 ($40), Public $65 ($59)

Have you daydreamed about starting a magazine? It’s a long road taking it from fantasy to reality. How do you brand and position it? How do you sustain it? How do you manage writers, pitches, photographers, advertisers, story ideas and designers? Get answers to your questions from Peppermint magazine’s founder, designer and editor-in-chief Kelley Sheenan and editor Rebecca Jamieson.

qwriters.co/peppermint-mar

Memoir: A Book of Your Own

Date: 05 March 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $125 ($110), Public $180 ($160)

Ordinary lives can make gripping stories, if told well. Master the magic of memoir with one of Queensland’s most awarded memoirists. Kristina Olsson will help you identify your significant moments and show you how to recount them in the context of your broader life story.

qwriters.co/olsson-memoir-mar-bne

Memoir: A Book of Your Own

Date: 11 March 2017
Where: CityLibraries Aitkenvale, 4 Petunia St, Townsville
Price: Free (subsidised by Townsville City Council)

Ordinary lives can make gripping stories, if told well. Master the magic of memoir with one of Queensland’s most awarded memoirists. Kristina Olsson will help you identify your significant moments and show you how to recount them in the context of your broader life story.

qwriters.co/olsson-memoir-mar-tsv

Hot Pot

Date: 16 March 2017
Where: TBC, Brisbane
Price: $10

Ready to take your writing for a spin in front of a receptive crowd? QWC members are invited to put their name in a pot; if they have ‘pot luck’ and their name is selected, they have five minutes to enchant the crowd with a polished reading of their work—after which a cowbell will be unceremoniously rung and the next name summoned from the pot.

qwriters.co/hot-pot-mar

Memoir: A Book of Your Own

Date: 12 March 2017
Where: Cairns Library, 151 Abbott St, Cairns
Price: QWC Members: $55 ($49), Public $75 ($68)

Ordinary lives can make gripping stories, if told well. Master the magic of memoir with one of Queensland’s most awarded memoirists. Kristina Olsson will help you identify your significant moments and show you how to recount them in the context of your broader life story.

qwriters.co/olsson-memoir-mar-cns

Pre-Launch

Date: 16 March 2017
Where: TBC, Brisbane
Price: $10

A number of established and emerging Queensland writers have exciting new publications slated for release in 2017. Get a sneak peek of the treats in store as some of them read excerpts from their upcoming works.

qwriters.co/pre-launch-mar

Writing Romance and Genre

Date: 18 March 2017
Where: Toowoomba City Library, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba
Price: QWC Members: $35 ($30), Public $55 ($49)

Let Charlotte take you through the core skills of narrative writing (premise and structure) with special emphasis on applying these to genre and romantic stories. The workshop has significant practical components for participants to work on their own stories.

qwriters.co/nash-romance-mar

The Interview

Date: 23 March 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $65 ($59), Public $85 ($75)

International media writer Peter Spinks shares simple rules for conducting science interviews for print, radio, TV and video multimedia, including when to go on or off the record. The practical component of this workshop includes mock interviews.

qwriters.co/spinks-interview-mar

A-Z of Science Writing

Date: 21 March 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $150 ($135), Public $175 ($157)

Fairfax’s science columnist Peter Spinks shares his checklist of things to do before, during and after writing popular science articles or features. Topics covered include key research facts, sourcing ideas, media priorities, vetting articles, the production process, fairness and accuracy. Peter will also give you his tips on formulaic writing, improving grammar, punctuation and style. The workshop includes short writing exercises with feedback and instruction.

qwriters.co/spinks-science-mar

The Second Draft

Date: 18 March 2017
Where: Toowoomba City Library, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba
Price: QWC Members: $35 ($30), Public $55 ($49)

What happens after your first draft is written? Charlotte will take you through key editing skills and selling to the industry as you learn about organised editing, pitches, synopses, agents, publishers and beyond.

qwriters.co/nash-draft-mar

Writing About Real People

Date: 18 March 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $65 ($59), Public $85 ($75)

Hugh Lunn has spent decades writing about real people across a range of formats, including feature articles, biography and autobiography.  In this workshop, he will share anecdotes, exercises and tips for keeping it real. Hugh Lunn is a multi-Walkley Award winning journalist and best-selling author whose considerable publication list includes six memoirs; two biographies; two books on the Australian language; three collections of his newspapers feature articles and columns; and a book of radio serial episodes.

qwriters.co/lunn-people-mar

Writing for Children

Date: 01 April 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $45 ($40), Public $65 ($59)

Education writing for children can be a steady source of income for writers, but breaking into that market can be difficult. Join Pamela Rushby for a nuts-and-bolts look at the educational market.

qwriters.co/rushby-children-apr

Exploring Narrative

Date: 05 April 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $130 ($117), Public $190 ($171)

Narrative is the basis of all storytelling. Our four-part introductory workshop series cuts through the jargon and takes you through the essentials to make your characters, plots and settings pop. Learn the good stuff through detailed information, fun exercises and examples drawn from great contemporary and classic Queensland writers. Whether you write for pages, screens or stages, a solid grasp of narrative fundamentals will help bring out the best in your writing.

qwriters.co/narrative-apr-17

Advanced Short Story

Date: 08 April 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $125 ($110), Public $180 ($160)

This advanced workshop will take short story writers through an intensive study of the craft and technique essential for writing unique and vital stories. Explore character development, narrative function, voice and tone, ideas and aesthetics specific to short stories, with a focus on how to deploy these skills practically. Move away from literary mimicry with a renewed awareness of the clichés of conception and form.

qwriters.co/patrick-short-apr

An Evening of Perfect Prose

Date: 08 April 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $20, Public: $25

An evening of perfect prose with a dash of literary levity as a stellar selection of writers—including Miles Franklin Literary Award winner A S Patric—read their works-in-progress, followed by a panel discussion. Drinks will be available at the bar. Bring your own mingling skills.

qwriters.co/prose-apr

Novella

Date: 09 April 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $125 ($110), Public $180 ($160)

Over the past years the novella has made a resurgence in popularity with readers and publishers. In this workshop, learn about the form by studying the functions of craft, narrative, voice and tone specific to the novella. Learn how to apply these skills practically to your own writing in order to write strong novellas that avoid mimicry and cliché.

qwriters.co/patrick-novella-apr

Intelligent Editing and Glamorous Grammar

Date: 29 April 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $95 ($85), Public $125 ($108) Price includes a copy of How Writing Works

Want to generate coherent, compelling writing in any genre? Enrol in this three-hour editing workshop with Dr Roslyn Petelin, author of the best-selling How Writing Works and designer of the online course WRITE101x English Grammar and Style, which has attracted more than 350,000 students to date. Participants will be invited to enrol in the next offering of the free WRITE101x course, which commences on 27 February. They will also be invited to submit a 150-word sample of their writing in any genre prior to the workshop.

qwriters.co/petelin-editing-apr

Arts and Entertainment Writing

Date: 06 May 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $65 ($59), Public $85 ($75)

When covering or reviewing a story, the arts and lifestyle writer functions as a conduit between the arts and the public. Through a combination of practical exercises and amusing real-world examples, Phil Brown will demonstrate how complex arts concepts can be distilled and made accessible to the public. Phil Brown is arts editor for The Courier-Mail. He is also a widely published poet and the author of two books of poetry and two humorous memoirs. He has been writing about arts and entertainment for 35 years.

qwriters.co/brown-arts-may

Pitching to Publishers Online

Date: 08 May 2017
Where: Online
Price: $150

Journalist, radio presenter and author Tiana Templeman shows you the essentials of selling your work to magazines, agents and publishers.

qwriters.co/pitching-publishers-olc

Exploring Narrative

Date: 10 May 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $130 ($117), Public $190 ($171)

Narrative is the basis of all storytelling. Our four-part introductory workshop series cuts through the jargon and takes you through the essentials to make your characters, plots and settings pop. Learn the good stuff through detailed information, fun exercises and examples drawn from great contemporary and classic Queensland writers. Whether you write for pages, screens or stages, a solid grasp of narrative fundamentals will help bring out the best in your writing.

qwriters.co/narrative-may-17

How to Work with an Editor

Date: 13 May 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $125 ($110), Public $180 ($160)

Getting the most out of the writer–editor relationship requires an understanding of what editors do. Using real-world examples and hands-on exercises, The Lifted Brow editor Sam Cooney will let you in on the daily ins-and-outs of editing, including pitching, negotiating terms, editing (all three stages), promoting your work and post-publication. Improve your skills, increase your chances of publication and learn to better collaborate with editors across the content lifecycle.

qwriters.co/cooney-editor-may

Writing for the Web

Date: 14 May 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $65 ($59), Public $85 ($75)

Writing for the web is a specialist skill. It is no longer just the words that matter; a story’s shelf-life online is contingent on layout, sharing and web technologies such as SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). This workshop explores what makes standout online content and introduces you to SEO, content marketing, online branding and creating content that holds purpose.

qwriters.co/cooney-web-may

Meet the Publishers: with Sam Cooney of The Lifted Brow

Date: 14 May 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $20, Public: $25

What does an editor for The Lifted Brow do—and how do they do it? How does The Lifted Brow find and foster writers—and how can writers forge a relationship with a publisher like this? An in-depth panel discussion with Sam Cooney followed by an audience Q&A.

qwriters.co/cooney-publishers-may

Creating Characters

Date: 20 May 2017
Where: 80A Woongarra Street, Bundaberg
Price: QWC Members: $35 ($30), Public $55 ($49)

In this three-hour intensive workshop you’ll approach characterisation through setting, action and voice, and learn there are other ways to know your characters than just biography. Trent will share some of his secrets in the art of making your characters sing (and maybe dance, but probably not). Bring your writing implements, a sense of wonder and chocolate.

qwriters.co/jamieson-characters-may

Building Worlds

Date: 20 May 2017
Where: 80A Woongarra Street, Bundaberg
Price: QWC Members: $35 ($30), Public $55 ($49)

World-building is extremely important in science fiction (SF) and fantasy, but there are many ways and means of achieving it. Multi-award winning SF author Trent Jamieson will unpack a little of his own approach to world-building as well as looking at some other works and how they create their worlds. Bring writing implements, your imagination and at least two gravitational fields.

qwriters.co/jamieson-worlds-may

Spoken Word

Date: 20 May 2017
Where: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: QWC Members: $45 ($40), Public $65 ($59)

Luka Lessen will work with participants to explore the spoken word genre, styles of writing and performance. This workshop looks at the skills of material creation, theme development and oratory delivery.

qwriters.co/lesson-may

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.

qwriters.co/amphlett-self-publishing-may-cns

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.

qwriters.co/amphlett-branding-may-cns

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.

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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.

qwriters.co/tracks-express-media-jun

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.

qwriters.co/kaufman-story-june

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!

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