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 Everyone has a favourite picture book, right? A book that got into their bones when they were really young, and stayed there. Or maybe it’s a new book you’ve fallen in love with, when reading to your little ones. Falling in love with, or rediscovering an old picture book flame touches a part of…

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When I was a child growing up in South Africa, all I wanted to do was make movies. I saw everything as if it were a story – perhaps because so many of the events were confronting for a seven or eleven year old: the night of the huge veld fire that came too close…

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Lucy is a sixteen-year-old paraplegic who has seen strange lights hovering over the creek on her father’s 10,000 acre farm in far north Queensland; heart disease is the number one killing disease in Australia; we have to rethink our ideas on failure and perhaps redefine the word failure as an unexpected outcome. After all, 4…

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Known for her wonderful contributions to the Brisbane History Community, Caylie Jeffery (Author of Under the Lino and Qld Memory Award winner) will be meeting with the House Detective, Marianne Taylor, for an insightful and entertaining conversation with WQ editor Sandra Makaresz. Join in this inspiring event as they dive deep into discussions about researching…

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What led you down the path to writing about trauma? I have always had an interest in psychology and the delicate balance of the mind, and last year completed my PhD in Creative Writing, which explores ways to more realistically represent trauma in crime fiction. My crime thrillers have all explored the many facets of…

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World Building is a concept we often associate with fantasy, science fiction or magic novels. But all stories exist within their own world and if we’re to know our characters, and write them well, we must understand the world we are building and the characters within it. As with all laws, they exist in connection…

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Children’s fiction continues to go from strength to strength and it’s an area that the Queensland Writers Centre sees a lot of our writers working in – and aiming to improve their writing in order to reach publication. With success stories like Aaron Blabey, it’s no wonder. Blabey’s series, The Bad Guys (Scholastic), has topped…

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We all know the dream – write a fabulous book and start a bidding war, preferably in American dollars. Sell gazillions of copies worldwide and become an international bestseller. Do book tours with mile-long signing queues in New York. Sell the movie rights. Go bigger than JK Rowling and Liane Moriarty combined. Wonder if it…

Queensland Writers Centre Writer's Surgery

Anyone who’s ever attempted a creative work knows the stamina required. You spend hours writing and rewriting, crafting characters and scenes, obsessing over the most minor word selection only to scrap entire sentences and start again. It’s intense and it’s personal – and many writers refuse to send their work out into the world until…

  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…

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