Queensland Writers Centre is heading west and helping communities re-author their stories and send them out into the world. In partnership with Rotary Longreach and Queensland Health, through their Tackling Regional Adversity Through Integrated Care (TRAIC) program, we’re delivering a new community-driven arts-health initiative known as ‘Best of the West’. QWC tutors have enthusiastically…

Contents: HOW TO BE A POET 101 – Samuel Wagan Watson  The Short Story as a Destination – A.S. Patric The Joys of Belonging to a Writing Tribe – Debbie Mulligan When the Writer is Compelled to Speak… – Caylie Jeffery The Fish Bowl Residency – Jasmin McGaughey 2018 QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program Out of our Comfort Zone –  Kelli Hawkin…

What makes a great action scene? by Aiki Flinthart

How do you write an exciting fight scene like those in the movies? Bad news…you can’t, because movies are visual. What you can do is leverage a book’s big advantage: deep POV. Sensory immersion. Aaannnd now we get to the tricky bit. Because the big fight is actually a war between reality vs fiction. How…

Novella Writing by Nick Earls

Any time we think of the novella in terms of being between things – between the short story and the novel, typically – we miss what can be great about it and we miss a chance to become better at writing it. Take a good close look at it specifically, and at the tools that…

Historic Writing by Caylie Jeffery

“History, it is said, was written by the victorious… the winners. But history is really a patchwork of stories about ordinary people whose daily lives and legacies have become the fabric of our world.” Nicole Christian, History and Social Sciences Educator   I hated history as a youth. I’ll admit it. Despite a strong educational…

Eight to twelve year old’s are more mature than we were at the same age. More aware of world matters, and more astute about the environment, relationships and human rights. Research shows they have an eight second attention span, are image driven, and seek immediate gratification. How can a mere book accommodate all this? There…

Writing for The Middle Feature Image

Your blanket was a cape. A stick was a sword. The table was your fortress. Now, the blanket is just a blanket. The stick is thrown onto the roadside. And you write and write on the table. Children say they want to grow up quickly. They want to experience our world of adulthood, but for…

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Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have exploded on the social media scene. Many industries depend heavily on these applications to share their products, updates, and messages to their customers. No matter what type of audience you want to reach, there is always a different category of customers for each social network. As a writer, promoting your…

Submit a 500 word story or a poem up to 36 lines.  Over $7000 worth of prizes to be won.  100+ works published in the anthology Deadline: 8pm, 15th May 2019 AEST Entry Fee: $16.50 per submission More Information

Journaling for Writers with Caylie Jefferies

Words. Incredible things that aid communication. We writers use them to paint pictures in people’s minds, to draw out emotions they never knew they had, to help them to walk in shoes they’ve never worn, and to give them a birdseye view of cultures, places and situations that are beyond their imaginations. But what about…

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