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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Friday Round Up – April

WQ Online

AT QWC Brush up on the basics in Toolkit for Writers Online, navigate the Mystery and Suspense in your story with Sulari Gentill or polish up with Craig Munro in The Art of Editing. Ready for the next stage? Check out our Marketing and Publicity two-part seminar series with Nikki Parkinson and Jaki Arthur, or more

First Friday Round Up – March

WQ Online

AT QWC This March, QWC’s program is covering off the fundamentals. If you’re just starting out, Introduction to Creative Writing will equip you with the skills to jump start your writing practice, or if you’re at the starting point of a career, our Business Basics course will help you to read contracts, understand copyright and more

Under Cover

Craig Munro

In New York recently I visited a bookstore with a Book Expresso machine that would print a book while you waited – either your own or one downloaded from the internet. Like a literary Tardis, this ingenious machine sat beside the store’s café so you could enjoy a coffee while it spat out your customised more

First Friday Round Up – February

WQ Online

AT QWC This February, it’s full steam ahead at QWC! You can build a better novel with Kim Wilkins, a better memoir or autobiography with Kári Gíslason, or start your poetic practice with Pascalle Burton. Or perhaps you want feedback on your work? The Writer’s Surgery: 90 minute mentorship is back in 2016 with new more

First Friday Round Up – October

WQ Online

AT QWC While the year might be starting to wind down, we’re starting to gear up. Not only do we have GenreCon to look forward to at the end of the month, but we’ll be welcome the successful writers for this year’s QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program and heading out to Lamington Park with Nick more

Reading Your Work Aloud

Kaitlyn Plyley

I teach workshops on performance poetry and The Moth-style storytelling, so I’m always telling people to get off the page. Memorise your piece, look up, connect with the audience! Write something visceral, rhythmic, easy to remember! However, doing readings at festivals and literary events often means performing something that wasn’t written for performance. If you’re more

First Friday Round Up – September

WQ Online

AT QWC Shape your prose for the media – social, print and video in our second Professional and Business Writing session, or take your content from blog to book with Nikki Parkinson, Emily Craven and Caylie Jeffery. Young writers! Get locative with your literature with Matt Blackwood in Sticky Stories. Fanfiction a little more your more

First Friday Round Up – August

WQ Online

AT QWC Start your story with QWC or edit them with Charlotte Nash. Get the edge at work in Professional and Business Writing or blow up your storyworld in Transmedia Storytelling. And don’t forget to enjoy some readings, a drink or two and the company of some terrific writers with us tomorrow at Lucky Duck more

First Friday Round Up – July

WQ Online

At QWC For all you budding novelists, Express Year of the Novel with Richard Newsome kicks off this month. Want something a little shorter? Maybe try some flash fiction with Angela Meyer or short erotica with Chris Green. Or, for something completely different, hone your book reviewing skills. Not quite ready for that yet? Try more

Ask Dr. Kim Episode 1

WQ Online

 

First Friday Round Up – May

WQ Online

AT QWC There’s just a few days left to donate to our Scholarships and Access Fund! We’re raising money to support and encourage Queensland’s less heard voices, and seek to assist young writers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, writers who identify as living with a disability, female writers, LGBTTIQ writers, writers from culturally and more

First Friday Roundup – April

Sophie Overett

AT QWC We’re very excited to be announcing QWC’s 25th Anniversary Program, chock full of touring conversations, a writer’s retreat with the one and only Nick Earls, and the launch of our Scholarships and Access Funds to provide funding and travel support for writers from diverse backgrounds. Find out more about the fund and donate more