The Point of Writing: an interview with Jodi Picoult

TJ Wilkshire

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, five of which have been made into blockbuster films. Her last eight novels reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and she has famously sold more books than Shakespeare or Dickens. I spoke to Jodi  a few days after Donald Trump had been elected. Trump’s more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Tony Wilson

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Fearless public speaking

Ian Demack

Imagine this: your first book hits the bookshelves next month. Your publicist has organised a flurry of promotional activities—an interview on ABC radio, some author talks at neighbourhood libraries, maybe even a panel spot at an upcoming writers’ festival. Then you glance at your calendar and feel a rising sense of panic. Truth is, you’re more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Kendall Talbot

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

HARDCOPY: hard to fault

Bill Wilkie

In November 2015, over the course of a weekend, I met seven publishers and two agents – who had all read a sample of my manuscript – to discuss their thoughts on my writing. Among the guests were some of the biggest names in Australian publishing, including Henry Rosenbloom, founder of Scribe, and representatives from more

Queensland Writers Life – Sarah Ridout

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Writer profile: Michelle Law

You’ve written across a number of mediums including film, television, journals, magazines, books and for the stage. When you started writing, did you envision a career in which you would be writing across different platforms? In a way, yes! When I finished high school, I was tossing up between studying writing, visual arts or drama. more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Yvonne Mes

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Fiction and Illustration

Sarah Fallon

My bookshelf is woefully short on illustrated fiction. Some Roald Dahl books with the unforgettable cartoons of Quentin Blake, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the caricature-esque artwork of John Tenniel found within, and a fat collection of fairy tales with illustrations by almost as many artists as there are stories. None of these are what more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Andrew Stafford

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

So you want to self-publish: how to evaluate publishing services

Emily Craven

You don’t need convincing. The question is, how do you independently publish your work to the standard of a traditional publisher without feeling like you’ve been robbed and left in the desert in your underwear? As much as we like to think we’re super talented, chances are you’ll have to hire some help to get more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Jackie Ryan

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

The movie and the diary

Angela Bensted

On New Year’s Eve a fellow reveller asked “why do you write?” and the answer eluded me. It’s been a few days since the party, but I’d like another shot at the title. On a recent international flight I watched a film about American novelist Thomas Wolfe and his editor Max Perkins. Despite Jude Law crowding the screen more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Ashley Hay

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Industry Spotlight: Captain Honey

What makes a good self-publishing service? It’s important to work with professionals who have experience in traditional book publishing. That way, you can be sure of the quality of the book produced. It should look and feel as if it has been produced by a traditional house – there is no need to settle for more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Lisa Walker

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Writing early middle grade fiction

Dave Lowe

When I tell people that I’m a children’s author, they usually smile, which I interpret as – well, that explains the terrible haircut, at least. When they ask what kind of books I write, I say ‘Early Middle Grade Fiction’, and then they smile again, which I interpret as – I have no idea what more

Queensland Writer’s Life – June Perkins

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Children’s stories: my, how you’ve grown!

Pamela Rushby

Just over 20 years ago, in 1994, my first novel for children was published. Some 200 books later (I hasten to clarify that quite a few are only 2000 words long), I’m working on my latest. What, if anything, has changed in children’s books over that time? Quite a lot. We’ve seen international game changers. more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Edwina Shaw

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Mar-May WQ print magazine available now for QWC members

Contents: The seed of the novella – AS Patric The child as protagonist – Finegan Kruckemeyer Fearless public speaking – Ian Demack Storytelling through songwriting – Dion Read Cat’s Clause: semi-colons and where to find them – Catherine Moller Writing Resource: How Writing Works by Roslyn Petelin – reviewed by TJ Wilkshire Children’s Stories: my how you’ve grown! – Pamela Rushby Author Profile: Michelle Law So you more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Kylie Scott

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Christine Retschlag

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Conjuring Stories

Melaina Faranda

When I give a creative writing workshop, I’ll sometimes break the word imagination into three: I for the self; MAGI being an archaic term for a magician, wise man, or sorcerer; and NATION representing a country or terrain. Put together and we might consider that each of us contains a kind of inner magician able more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Sally Piper

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Writing on the Road

Claire Coleman

The first impressions that would become my story began on the road. I had always intended to try to write a novel on the road; I had even started one once, so abandoned now that I can’t even remember what it was. As I crossed the Nullarbor Plain, the great desert that stretches across Australia’s more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Krissy Kneen

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

How to take an author photo

Giulio Saggin

Anything done well looks easy. This includes author portraits. You’ve no doubt seen ones you like and while they might appear easy to replicate, looks can be deceiving. How many times have you wondered why your cake looks different to the one in the cookbook? I’ve taken many portraits during my 25+ year career as more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Benjamin Law

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Writing Games

Brooke Maggs

I remember approaching a writer of a game I love, Bioshock, and asking him: how do I write for games? He said, ‘Be a writer. Write a lot of things.’ The simplicity of the advice shocked my younger self: become a storyteller, regardless of the medium, with a body of work. While I can’t profess more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Robin Adolphs

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Making a living from writing

Jackie French

Yes, you can do it. No, most authors in Australia don’t make $13,600 a year, despite how often you hear that discouraging quotation. I doubt there is a single author who makes $13,600 and, if they exist, they are extremely skinny. That’s the average that Australians make from writing books. My darling husband makes $56 more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Jason Nahrung

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Kylie Kaden

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

New Tools, Timeless Tales

Simon Groth

For the last few months I’ve been working with a small tech start-up company with big ideas. Called oolipo—a nod to the oulipo movement that pioneered experimental constrained writing techniques—this company is taking the nineteenth century idea of serialised storytelling and bringing it to a contemporary audience via that most twenty-first century device, the smartphone. more

Queensland Writer’s Life – Nick Earls

WQ is proud to present a series of interviews with writers from across Queensland. We have approached novelists, playwrights, freelancers, memoirists, short fiction writers, songwriters, game writers, poets, debuts, old hats, traditionally published authors and self-publishers, and asked each of them the same eleven questions. Read individually, each writer’s answers reveals their unique approach to their more

Australian short story trends

Craig Bolland

It’s hard to pin down an Australian tradition, stylistic or conceptual, that reliably runs through our short stories. Lawson may have had an early influence, but for as long as Australians have been writing, our short stories have poked at the edges of convention. It’s fair to say that Australian short stories, notably those from more

Effective Dialogue: It’s Speech, Jim, But Not as We Know It!

Angela Slatter

An essential component of any story, long or short, is the dialogue. Dialogue is very important because it’s the chance for our characters to speak. They speak to each other, to the reader, to their deities, enemies, loved ones, friends, the strangers who wander across the landscape of the tale and leave important details behind more

In the back door

Sandra Watkins

Going it alone without a publisher, agent or editor is the way a person who doesn’t know anything about the publishing industry finds herself travelling. When an idea forms during one of those 2am wide-awakes, it might never occur to someone who finds the idea interesting enough to write down that they (a) might be more

An interview with Gillian Wills

Can you tell us a little bit about Elvis? Had you had any other animal companions previously? I’ve had many pets – tortoises, guinea pigs, budgies, stick insects, hens, cats, ducks, fish, dogs and a goat. But never a horse until I encountered Elvis, in a terrible condition, on a hillbilly farm in Green Pidgeon more

Dec-Feb WQ print magazine available now for QWC members

Contents: Like plumbing – Kristina Olsson Australian short story trends – Craig Bolland Making a living from writing – Jackie French Writing games – Brooke Maggs New tools, timeless tales – Simon Groth Trends in young adult writing – Amie Kaufman Conjuring stories – Melaina Faranda Writing on the road – Claire Coleman Coming home – 25 more

Poetry changes. Nothing is certain. But write.

Nathan Shepherdson

Florence. Italy. Two nouns. Two places. One location. Two concepts for what they evoke within traveller mythology. If I’m allowed the sports arena-like satellite digital drill-down: we find two poets in the mesmeric and genteel surrounds of the NYU Campus in Florence.  I can put my hand up to being one of those poets, with more

Three Things You Should be Doing with your Rights

Peter M Ball

The most useful advice I’ve been given as a writer had nothing to do with craft. It came from an established writer years into their career, and it came down to a simple task: track the rights in an excel document. Do one for every story, every novel. I’m not sure why this stuck with more

Trends in Young Adult Writing (Excerpt)

Amie Kaufman

“I see now that dismissing YA books because you’re not a young adult is a little bit like refusing to watch thrillers on the grounds that you’re not a policeman or a dangerous criminal, and as a consequence, I’ve discovered a previously ignored room at the back of the bookstore that’s filled with masterpieces I’ve more

Designing drunken text

George Saad

George Saad explores how new kinds of partnerships between authors and designers can help enrich the story-telling experience for readers …   With the growing popularity and quality of cinema, television and video games, storytelling has expanded from the static pages of books. We are absorbing stories constantly, while seeing bookstores diminish and being led more

What if the business of books is not just about business?

David Hardy

David Hardy discusses the power of books to promote awareness and change …   When I initially considered a collection of stories about older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians, I was surprised that this might be the first. I could only find anthologies by community groups or university research and mostly centred more

Like plumbing (Excerpt)

Kristina Olsson

Here’s the writer in her garret, quill in hand, parchment at the ready, starving. She lives on bread and gruel and inspiration. The latter arrives punctually every day, courtesy of her muse, who alights on her shoulder and whispers in her ear. She, dutiful amanuensis, scribbles away, oblivious to her drear surroundings and unkempt hair, more

How Writing Works: an Interview with Roslyn Petelin

QWC interviewed Australia’s grammar guru, Associate Professor Roslyn Petelin, on the importance of grammar for writers …   First of all: what is good writing? Writing that fulfils the reader’s needs and is appropriate for its genre and its context. Writing that’s coherent and compelling; writing that’s free of clichés, gobbledygook, redundancy, verbosity, and rambling sentence more

Creating Your Own Online Pyjama Party

Claire Christian

In mid-2014 I quit what I thought would be my ‘dream’ job to commit to my freelance arts practice. I wanted to write every day, finish that novel, start a podcast, work in my pyjamas, and of course, I wanted to turn into an over-night entrepreneurial success and have Julia Roberts play me in a more

Magic Fish Dreaming – How to Crowd Fund a Poetry Book

Dr June Perkins

Friends who had lived in the Far North once told me, ‘when you live there and then leave again, your heart never really leaves the place.’ That’s just what I found when working on a collection of poetry, Magic Fish Dreaming. What I didn’t realise was that this collection was going to be especially for children more