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…

One of the most difficult things about writing is that, in the end, it’s all up to you. Whether you’re an amateur or a paid professional, writing demands those hours in the chair to build the word count on a story that might never go any further than your bottom drawer. Writers have all sorts…

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You’ve finished your manuscript. What next? To give your work the greatest chance of success, whether you want to approach an agent or publisher, or you want to self publish, you need to develop your manuscript to the highest possible standard. It is important to revise your work as much as you can before you…

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A huge congratulations to Queensland Writers Centre member and tutor, Caylie Jeffery, on being awarded the 2019 John Oxley Library Community History Award for her Under the Lino project. Inspired by Caylie’s find of bankbooks and money under the lino flooring of her 1912 Queenslander, the Brisbane writer created a community-based research project that brought…

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3 On-Brand Authors to Inspire Your Online Presence An important part of any author’s brand is their official website – the place where people go to find out more about you and your writing. It’s the place to answer those burning questions of who are you, what do you do, and why should readers care?…

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‘Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.’ — Stephen King The business of writing can seem tedious when compared to the joy of plotting out your next manuscript, researching some fantastic historical figure, or trying out a new poetry technique. Still, your prose can be…

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GenreCon planning is well underway and we’re looking forward to a bigger and better event this year. We have a great group of volunteers working hard to create the best GenreCon yet, so keep watching Pen & Pixel for more details as we get closer to the date. While we have your attention, be sure…

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Can’t get to that QWC event you’d really love to attend? No worries – live streaming is on its way! The Queensland Writers Centre is always on the lookout for ways to improve our member services. While we’re based at the State Library of Queensland, our relationships with libraries and writing groups throughout the state…

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“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” (A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh) There are so many romance novels nowadays. Go into any bookstore and you will find tons of romance literature on the shelves. Despite that,…

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