Writers+Ideas

Date: 28 April 2017
Where: Powerhouse Museum, New Farm, Brisbane

Hear from some of the world’s most fascinating writers and ideas-makers as part of the 2017 Writers + Ideas series. A series of talks, panels, and events hosted by the Brisbane Powerhouse Museum celebrating writers from near and far and the ideas their works discuss.

brisbanepowerhouse.org/festivals/writersideas/

Rock and Roll Writers Festival – Youth Panel

Date: 02 April 2017
Where: The Old Museum, Brisbane
Price: Free

Everybody Hurts is a free panel curated for young writers 14-17 years at the Rock and Roll Writers Festival. This panel conversation explores why creative expression matters, and how you can find ways to utilise your feelings, desires and frustrations through art, with panelists Joel Birch, Kristy Eager and David Burton.

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Indigenous Arts Business Workshops

Date: 01 April 2017
Where: State Library of Queensland
Price: $10-$15

Are you an Indigenous artisan looking to turn your craft into a profitable business? Come along to these workshops throughout March and April for a unique opportunity to learn entrepreneurial know-how from leading arts practitioners. Leesa Watego and Vernon Ah Kee will lead a series of three practical workshops to help Indigenous artists become financially viable beyond government funding. Learn to map out your business strategy (4 Mar), understand your rights (18 Mar), and acquire the building blocks for your business’s website (1 Apr).

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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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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.

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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

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.

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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!

qwriters.co/kaufman-andrews-jun