Friends reading together

As writers, we like to find our little corner, whether that’s somewhere in nature, or our kitchen table, and sit and think and sit some more and maybe write something down and not be disturbed. Most definitely though, we DO NOT want to be asked, ‘So what did you write today?’ Because there’s nothing more…

If you’re a writer who struggles with matters related to confidence, you’re not alone. Many emerging writers are hard-pressed to believe in the value of their creative work. They often question the power of their words, the resonance of their ideas, even their worthiness to write. A woman in one of my workshops once said…

Birds flying at sunset

There is something very very terrifying about submitting your writing, whether it’s your first time, fifth time, or you’ve been published multiple times over the decades. It’s terrifying because being rejected or being told that that chapter you loved needs to be revised never goes down easy… no matter how many successes you’ve had. So…

feather quill in a pot of ink

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen Has there ever been a more iconic opening sentence in a novel? Jane Austen may not be every reader or writers cup of tea, but there’s still much that…

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…

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