The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is running its inaugural Young Writers Conference—a day of industry seminars and writing workshops for young writers aged 15 to 25—at the library on Saturday 25 November. The conference marks the 22-year anniversary of SLQ’s Young Writers Award and aims to introduce young writers to the publishing industry, showcase the success of young writers, share knowledge and create a sense of community.

Young authors and publishing professionals will present the sessions, which will range from ‘the craft of writing to understanding traditional (and not-so-traditional) publishing models and pathways’, with a full program to be announced in September. The conference will also host the winner’s announcement for the SLQ Young Writers Award.

The library hopes the conference will also help to ‘fill a gap in the market for young people who aren’t engaged in undergraduate writing degrees, or who may not be seeking to have careers as “authors”, but enjoy writing as a form of expression and fulfilment’. Bookings are now open and tickets are $25.

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