The idea of working as a freelance writer sure sounds alluring. You have the freedom to set your own schedule, work your own hours, select your own clients and write about the topics you know and love from the comfort of your own lounge chair. What’s not to like? However the thought of becoming a…

January. It’s the time of year where everyone creates ambitious New Year’s resolutions and makes plans to ensure the new year will exceed the last. Yet when statistics show that few people manage to follow through on these resolutions, it can be tempting to pass off the opportunity to plan and visualise the year ahead…

Christmas has come again and that means many new books under the tree! With some of the biggest authors hitting the shelves at Christmas, there’s always something you’ve been waiting to read. And as writers, reading is paramount to improve our craft. If we didn’t love to read, we wouldn’t desire to write. But reading…

Writer and teacher Kristina Olsson recognised through top award Writer, teacher and creative writing mentor Kristina Olsson is the recipient of this year’s Johnno Award, presented by the Queensland Writers Centre for outstanding services to Queensland writers and writing. Established in 2001, the Johnno Award is named for QWC founding patron David Malouf’s eponymous novel….

Your best friend has read your manuscript, loved it, and said “This would make a great mini-series! I can just see Nicole Kidman as the main character! And remember how good Brisbane looked in Harrow on TV? You could be famous!” You think, “I could do that!” – but how do you set about pitching…

The simple fact is that fiction and film are different: as authors we rarely, if ever, think about the cinematic aspects of our work. Often a written work will set a seemingly impossible standard for adaptation, with long detailed sentences, page-spanning paragraphs and comprehensive descriptions outlining a characters’ thoughts. A screen adaptation will remove all…

Writing a book is the easy bit. Getting it into the hands of readers is another story. How hard could it be to publish a book? The first draft was completed at the end of July and the lease on my apartment was up at the end of March the following year. That seems to…

Ask someone what they imagine when they hear the word ‘writer’ and they’ll describe a dishevelled artist hunched over a keyboard with abandoned cups of tea strewn around them. This may not be far from the truth (I like to think I look slightly tidier, myself) but while we may write alone, we’re still writing…

For nearly thirty years, the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) has focused on supporting people who want to write. This year, we’re offering workshops for people who need to write in the course of their work and to help them achieve their professional goals. Our professional writing workshops are staffed by experienced real-world instructors who pass…

Queensland author Karen Foxlee‘s new novel Lenny’s Book of Everything promises to be one of the biggest books of 2018, after Allen & Unwin (and the team behind Marcus Zusak’s phenomenally successful novel The Book Thief) secured the publishing rights in a fiercely-competitive seven-way auction. Ahead of its much-anticipated release on 24 October, QWC member and author Chloë…

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